Welcome to this short review. I figured to only review the final arc instead of the whole series to make it easier on me. Plus, I had reviewed the Fullbring Arc back then. I thought someone in the community wanted to review Bleach. I figured I wouldn't do justice in my review. I'm still trying to make a good review.
Bleach's final arc focused on the Quincy invasion of Soul Society led by Yhwach, the last force of conflict for Ichigo's gang and Soul Society.
In comparison to past groups, I say Quincy didn't stand out. They had the potential. After the Bounts arc and Quincy massacre by the Shinigami, I did want to see more from the Quincy group when this final arc focused on them. With the Shinigami clad in white, their enemies, Arrancar and Quincy, were white. It was cool. I do love Bleach for using Spanish, German, and Japanese into their terminology, character names, and rest of their environment. So far, Arrancars were the best and unique group of enemies I enjoyed.
Like many arcs except for the Fullbring one and anime filler arcs, it had pacing issues. It was way dragged out than the Arrancar arc. It was a series of battles, non-stop. There were only one or two breaks just for training and recovery. Because there were so many battles, it's hard to keep track of them and the new characters. For Kubo, he takes the time to name every henchmen. Some people don't like that while others do. I'm fine with the naming which means we get to create their character page in the wiki. Since there is no death toll or anything confirmed, most of the Quincy are dead or unknown. Excluding Yhwach, the only Quincies that stood out were Bazz-B and Jugram Haschwalth due to their backstory for me. As for the Soul Society characters, time and time again - these guys are the focus of these battles while Ichigo's group: Orihime, Chad, and Uryu, don't get any spotlight. Uryu has a role but it's diminished until the end where he helps Ichigo beat Yhwach. I did find his backstory of his father dissecting his mother a powerful scene. While deaths of the Quincy lack any emotional depth, some of the Soul Society captain deaths also felt forced or unnecessary. I never did find Unohana's battle made any sense. She's your healer and then she has this backstory which comes out of nowhere where she is the Kenpachi. She fights Kenny in order to awaken his potential and dies. To me, it didn't make sense.
With pacing issues and unmemorable characters, you can only remember events. The final fight had a variety of mixed reactions. I was fine with it while others who are battle users didn't enjoy how Yhwach was defeated. With Zangetsu having Yhwach's old self, I find it fit to beat Yhwach with Ichigo's Zangetsu as the circle comes in full.
For the ending, it was strange. They could have not include the Yhwach's Almighty scene of trying to destroy the future. A simple epilogue of showing what the future holds for everyone. Though, the epilogue's scope is narrow as it only focused on Soul Society and Ichigo's group.
Overall, it wasn't that bad. They could have done better for Bleach's final run and end it on a good note featuring more than just those 2 groups as I know folks had fan favorite characters with Hueco Mundo and more.
Thanks for reading. Let me know if how you feel about Bleach.
Taka: I see. A global release will benefit it. Gundam did pretty good. The only few franchises that are only popular in Japan but not popular in the west - Yokai Watch comes to mind.
Apr 10, 2021 1:55:16 GMT
Master Menos: F for Respects. DMX did all his work while suffering from a drug addiction, and I almost never knew until a point. I hope his next life treats him far better.
Apr 10, 2021 15:30:45 GMT
HungryWorld: Sorry for taking so long for the things i have to do, have been suffering from some health issues (including mental health deterioration). Anyways hope i can be a bit more active here soon enough once i am properly patched up again.
Apr 27, 2021 17:45:38 GMT
Taka: No worries, health, family, school, and work take priorities first.
Apr 28, 2021 7:41:52 GMT