My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Bleach #44 is still more of the same battle but it does have some improvement of plot. It’s got a two-fold battle. the big throw-down between Tosen and Komamura which was interesting. We finally see Tosen’s back story but I would rather have had it when we first learn of his defection to Aizen’s crew. It comes a little too late here. I almost feel sorry for him.
And finally Ichigo has returned and I might have given this a three star except for this. This part was so very disappointing. We deal with Ichigo’s violent hollowfication by not dealing with it. Orihime is somewhere healing Uryu and it’s just Ichigo and Rukia whom he tells to NOT fight and she DOES. I am so frustrated with Rukia’s character. She was the first character I ever connected with in this and she’s supposed to be important but that ended before we even got into the double digit volumes. She literally just disappears somewhere while Ichigo fights Yammy.
Well fights him until Kenpachi and Byakuya arrive and tell Ichigo to shove off. They send him to the big battle because somehow only he can beat Aizen do to whatever it is Aizen’s sword can do. At least the art is still gorgeous.
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Bleach, Volume 45: The Burnout Inferno by Tite Kubo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Bleach 45 takes an interesting turn. We have more of the same battle which has been going on for about a year now but it stepped up the story telling a little. We get Shinji vs Aizen and I must have wandered off mentally because I didn’t see how Aizen got out of Shinji’s very cool bankai or whatever it was (there are so many new powers I can’t keep them straight). We have all the Soul Reapers coming together to help Ichigo (who still hasn’t got that he’s not alone in this). We have some more touching moments for Tosen (but I still can’t figure out what happened to him so I’m calling it Aizen ‘magic.’)
In all this fighting, we finally see General Yamamoto’s power. I don’t really give a crap about him, mind you since he’s been such a nominal character but his power was interesting at least. And I got more Toshiro, whom I do like.
And the back cover has a really cute Halloween pic in color (the larger version in b&w was in #44). The library has the next three. I hope (really hope) this ends this story arc. It’s gone on too long.
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