I have had quite a few requests of late to start reviewing the Bleach Anime like I have with Naruto, so while I was originally planning on waiting for the arc to end and do a review of it as a whole, I instead changed plans to do weekly reviews instead. So then, how was the offering this week for the Bleach Anime?
First of all, here’s a brief summary of what happened:
“Ichigo is shocked to learn that Chad and Orihime have now sided with Tsukishima and are even willing to fight Ichigo to protect their precious “friend.” Meanwhile, Ginjo races to help Ichigo, but the remaining members of Xcution halt his attempt. Tsukishima and Ichigo face off in what is to be their final battle, only for the appearance of a new ally for Ichigo and a fresh betrayal to occur at that moment.”
But as for the review itself, let me start by saying I really enjoy the Fullbring arc. I have already read it in the Manga and for the most part I found it excellent, and the Anime has so far done a good job with the episodes too, this one being no exception. In recent weeks we have seen Ichigo suffer the anguish and torture of seeing all his friends suddenly helping Tsukishima, while at the same time getting annoyed with Ichigo for attacking him in the first place. Of course they are only doing it because of Tsukishima’s Fullbring ability “Book of the End” which allows him to insert himself in someone’s past if he manages to cut them with his sword. Eventually it was down to just Ichigo and Ginjo who hadn’t been hit with that Fullbring, and thus were going against everyone else Tsukishima assembled. I really like the way the Anime has handled the surprise betrayal from Ginjo, the laugh from Ginjo was done brilliantly, and all of a sudden after being Ichigo’s ally for so long to then turn in to his enemy and do such a convincing job was great.
I obviously don’t want to say much more than that because it would end up as being spoilers, but Ginjo’s deception was handled very well and has left Ichigo in a dire situation. I also advise skipping the preview for the next episode, as quite honestly I immediately noticed them giving something away that will no doubt annoy someone who doesn’t already know what is to come.
But this episode was pretty awesome and done well, the tone at the end of the episode fit really well and the soundtrack choices were spot on too. For anyone this far in to Bleach then no doubt you will end up watching the next episode regardless, but with what is to come let me tell you that watching on from here is a must if you want to see not only some brilliant moments, but also if you have a care at all for the storyline. Overall this was a fine episode, and is one you should be sure to check out if you are a fan of the usual turns and battles Bleach throws out.