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Books 86-87

Bleach, Vol. 54: Goodbye to Our Xcution (Bleach #54)Bleach, Vol. 54: Goodbye to Our Xcution by Tite Kubo

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



Vol 54 of Bleach brings the fullbring arc to a close. Honestly this was a fairly satisfying arc. It balanced storytelling with action. It had emotional punch and the ending of it was no different. I was very happy with it. This also would have been a good place for the series to close with Ichigo triumphant again. However, there is one more arc to come. That said, I enjoyed this a lot.



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Bleach, Vol. 55: The Blood Warfare (Bleach #55)Bleach, Vol. 55: The Blood Warfare by Tite Kubo

My rating: 3 of 5 stars





Vol 55 opens the last arc of the series and while there is nothing wrong at all with the storytelling, action and art (all balanced quite well truthfully), I am not really pleased with this. It has everything to do with my preferences to be honest. Ichigo and his friends are drawn back into the fight. Something mysterious is happening in the Soul Society. People are disappearing and others have been killed. Ichigo is attacked by what appears to be an arrancar but before he can get any answers Nell and Pesche arrive to tell him that Hueco Mundo has fallen under attack. Uryu bows out of the fight but Chad and Orihime go with him (Orihime has finally started impressing me in these last few arcs, standing up for herself).

They find out most of Mundo has been devastated and it’s a bit of a hit to realize just who is leading this war (and it explains a lot as to why Uryu backed out). So why didn’t I like this nearly as much as the last arc. Sort of good guys being very evil. Yes Quincies and Soul Reapers don’t get along but this is not how I wanted things to end. But more importantly quasi-Nazis. No. just NO! I never want to see Nazis, Neo-Nazis or quasi-Nazis again. I see too many Nazis in manga. Granted, they’re the villains, but I still don’t want to see it. I hate the idea and it’s really sucking my joy out of the closing arc.




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