We reach the climax of the Soul Society Arc and with it get some great battles, classic moments, and the birth of one of anime’s best villains. How does it all come together? Let’s take a look!Continue reading
Uryu gets the spotlight for the first half of this chunk of episodes, before we dive head-first into the fight-fest that is the Soul Society Arc finale. Does the pace slow a bit too much in between? Are there too many flashbacks? Did they really put another Karakura Superheroes filler episode in?! Let’s take a look!Continue reading
The Soul Society arc kicks into full gear as we get confrontations, battles, murder mysteries and more blood than you can shake a stick at … does that phrase makes sense in that context? … Oh well, whatever! It’s funny watching this back how quickly some events happen one after the other, but it’s still an enjoyable ride. Let’s take a look!Continue reading
I hold the Soul Society Arc in very high regard, but even I’ll admit this first quarter is a little on the slow side. Now, it’s the beginning, it’s just setting things in motion, so I can’t be too hard on it, but there are one or two moments when the anime team stretch some things out to breaking point, something they thankfully resist as the arc goes on. So with that all being said, let’s take a closer look at the first chunk of Soul Society episodes!Continue reading
I know I only just covered the end of the first arc of Bleach, but here’s the second volume of the Light Novel series set after the final arc! That’s reviewing for you… Anyway! You read my review HERE. It’s a lengthy tome, especially for something called a “Light Novel”, but there you go…
It’s time to end the year with a not-every-week-but-close look at the Soul Society arc in Bleach… but first I need to finish off the preceding arc that I left with six episodes left to review (which is fairness to my past self, makes sense as these episodes are far more a prologue to the next arc than anything to do with the 14 episodes before it) These six episodes are very important to the series as a whole: we have our first Shinigami vs. Shinigami fight, we’re introduced to the idea of Captains and Lieutenants, we actually see Soul Society, and Ichigo gets his Shinigami powers, including his trademark large butcher knife blade! Does it all work in such a short amount of time? Let’s have a look!Continue reading
I had no idea what to call this as it was an OVA film that was split into three episodes for the region I’m in, so do I call it “OVA 1”? “Series 1”? “The Complete First Season”? *shrugs* I’ll just call it “Burn The Witch” and worry about it whenever the next one comes out… So, Burn The Witch is a spin-off from Bleach (which coincidentally I’ll be covering a bit more in the coming weeks) focusing on what is eventually revealed as the “Western Branch” of Soul Society who deal with Dragons rather than Hollows. What’s it like? Let’s find out!Continue reading
It’s funny that I put up my first book review on this blog a month or two back, then suddenly I had my first book review for Anime UK News! “Can’t Fear Your Own World” is a light novel set after the end of the manga series and sees to the job of tying up a bunch of loose ends. Does the first third of this story do the job? Click HERE to find out!
Some sort of quote relating to ending with a whimper rather than a bang would fit well here… I reviewed the final volume of the Bleach manga for Anime UK News, and it can be found HERE. Ah well… at the last first two and a half arc were great!
Now I’m sure some of you are rolling your eyes here, but think back to Bleach when it was in its beginning, this arc (of again, smaller stories) and the second, bigger arc (the Soul Society Arc) are frankly brilliant, it’s only during the endless Arrancar Arc where things started slowly turning south, and then… yeah. But this isn’t an overall look at Shonen Jump! series, this is debut arcs, and I honestly think Bleach did it best (of the ones I’ve seen / read). With these first fourteen episodes you get a good feel for not only our lead protagonist, but for nearly all his surrounding cast, meaning we truly feel like we know the unit when they then have to jump head first into danger in the next arc. Let’s take a closer look and round off this Top 5!