Bleach Manga Chapter 318 – Five Pillars/Four Pillars

18 07 2008

I seem to like short and easy to write posts now.

Here’s a quick summary of this week’s chapter of the Bleach manga.

/Start Summary/

After the flashback to Soul Society a century ago, we’re back in the present. Ichigo and crew are still in Hueco Mundo trying to get Inoue Orihime back from Ulqiorra, who was left in charge of Hueco Mundo. That was because Aizen and the rest of the villains left for Karakura Town back in Bleach chapter 315 to get the key to dominating the world using the Juureichi(Karakura Town) and the 100, 000 souls.

Instead of starting the fights now, Kubo Tite goes for more Ichigo/Ulqiorra double entendres.(Let’s unsheathe both our swords at the same time!)

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An edit to how it really should have been

There also seems to be an internal power struggle between the Hollows, or Barragan(the old man) is just really paranoid about the other Espada usurping his position. He commands the Hollows to attack the four pillars that are sealing the space and keeping the real Karakura Town in Soul Society.

However, in the last pages, the minor characters get their chance to shine. Hisagi Shuuhei, Izuru Kira, Madarame Ikkaku and Yumichika Ayasegawa are the ones protecting the pillars that keep Karakura Town in Soul Society and shred the Hollows to pieces.

/End Summary/

I find the Bleach art to be deteriorating with ever since the Arrancar arc started. From rather sharp, hard angles to Ichigo’s face, it’s turned into some kind of oval shape, like his face has actually elongated. Perhaps it’s to show that Ichigo is growing up, but I think the older design looked much better and had more KU-RU! to it.

Before and After

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In any case, I will still be reading the new chapters, if only for Yoruichi.