There was no One Piece this week.
Hahaha, Fuck me.
I can’t believe I was so stupid. I let Bleach get my hopes up. “Oh, look these bad guys are being defeated so quickly. Wow, way to go Bleach! Looks like you can do stuff without dragging stuff out.”
And then this chapter came along and went “NOPE” all over my sorry self. This didn’t even feel like it was meant to be a twist. It felt like a very deliberate troll chapter. “HAHA, we tricked you, you poor soddy reader!”
Well played Bleach. Well played. That will teach me to trust you.
That said, I liked what was shown of the Quincy in the Shinigami World. That scene of Giselle drinking Bambietta’s was surprising sensual. I guess, maybe now we can expect Liltotto and Giselle to help the good guys? Not that I particularly care, but we shouldn’t expect anything. If anything, this chapter thought us that expecting Bleach to do what most good stories do is a bad idea.
Oh and the chapter title “What the Hell” is such a great title for this chapter.
Explanation for that final line. Image below in case that comment ever goes away:
This was a good chapter. It had the right emotional impact and a healthy dose of nostalgia and friendship. I will admit that it feels a bit like the manga keeps modifying the past to make it look like Sasuke liked Naruto more than what was implied earlier, but it is not a big deal and doesn’t really detract from much.
All of this friendship stuff is a bit too mushy, but I guess it beats the angst this relationship was once known for. Looks like both of these kiddos have grown up a little. I didn’t recognize that line Sasuke and Naruto used at the end, but I remember very little from the original series. All I know is that it is very significant, important and symbolizes the return of a friendship between these two.
I wonder if either of them are going to be heavily hindered because they lost their arms. Naruto never really used much jutsu, but Sasuke used to use a few (the fireballs and chidori required seals if I remember correctly). Maybe Sasuke will just pull an Itachi and use seals with one hand, or he will just retire and live with Sakura.
You know, I have been ranting a lot about Naruto for a long time now. This chapter doesn’t invalidate my rants, but it puts me at peace. I feel like I finally have nothing left to say about this manga. Last time, I wanted to say that this fight was a final attempt at finding the trail we left oh so long ago. We have found that trail, and irrespective of the detours and mishaps we had along the way, I feel that the step we took this week and the 2 steps we will take next week will finally take us home. And at the end of the day, that’s all I can really ask for.