Bleach 670

Okay, we all know Bleach was at it’s best before Aizen turned into a butterfly. The Rukia Rescue Arc was awesome, but after that it went downhill. Too many characters, too many backstories (of characters about to die… really?), fights dragging on for much too long, questionable plot choices…

Let’s say the best part of Bleach ever since the Rukia Rescue Arc ended was Isshin’s backstory. It was short, on point, interesting and informative. It was great and I’m even overlooking that Ichigo got revealed to be a human/quincy/hollw/shinigami-hybrid. He was fine being a substitude shinigami, was that necessary? Whatever, Isshin’s backstory was still great.

tumblr_mn73tbsfF21sqknc4o1_500Now, however, this manga has reached new levels of ridiculous. Especially in more recent chapters, Bleach has taken many turns for the worst – even more than before. Sure, Ukitake was a character who could be killed off, because he was dying of tuberculosis anyway, but I dare you didn’t kill off Urahara Tite Kubo.

I admit I’m shipping IchixRuki so I’m biased as hell, but even if you don’t, they have an amazing dynamic going on between them and I’m really missing that. It was old fashioned and overdone, but the friend-cycle Ichigo was in worked great and the manga had a good balance between action, character development and frienship moments. Even when Ichigo want and rescued Rukia, there was still more to it. Now, for a while, it’s been nothing but fights and sidecharacters.

When was the last chapter Ichigo had some screentime? It’s been a while. I want to see thefuckmore of the core characters, I want to see the story progressing… and finally finishing. After giving Kenpachi a Bankai and Hitsugaya puberty, I’m so far done with this, I’m reading it for the laughs and this is sad, because Bleach used to be good.

Case in point, let’s have fun instead of just crying over how stupid this manga has turned out to be. Everyone thought Hitsugaya’s Bankai would disappear when the last petal melts, because it was said he had an unfinished Bankai due to his young age achieving it. Fun side note: Yachiro is much younger and is the one in charge of controlling Kenpachi’s Berserk-Bankai. How exactly does that work? Another fun side note: am I remembering things wrong, or didn’t Hitsugaya’s Bankai actually fall apart before when the petals all melted?

If even that’s true, it’s easily explained, so not a big deal. I would really like to know, if Matsumoto and Hinamori know about his adult-state-Bankai-mode. That’s comedic gold on a silver plate right there. I need to see their reaction. I mean, he quite literally just turned into the hottest guy in the entire cast. So much for forcing his head between your breasts, Matsomoto. You sure, you wanted to do that all the time?

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Bleach Chapter 666

…Tite Kubo, you won’t let Urahara die. You. Won’t. Let. Urahara. Die. End of discussion.

On the other hand, I was shocked he killed off Byakuya, Grimjow and Hitsugaya. What do they have in common? They’re all alive. However, Ukitake is probably dead for good, but he was severely ill to begin with.

I think it’s really cool seeing some of the Arrancar back in action. Kubpo wasted so much time giving us backstory about them, it’s good to see them having some screentime after all. I mean, who’s not in foir some Grimmjow action? That guy’s just cool, but judging from his background, it was pretty obvious he would fight on the good side eventually. Either way it’s pretty nice and Urahara is just bein his awesome self as well. That’s why you can’t kill him off, Bleach would immediately loose half it’s fun. I mean, the one half that is still left.

Talking about fun… am I the only one who thinks Hitsugaya was massively out of character in this chapter? Maybe being a zombie grilled more of his brain cells than I expected, but that joke-szene with Byakuya was just painful to read.

G (Yamada Hitotsuki)

Today I stumbled across a new car racing manga. Interesting, because I’m not really into racing in real life, but then again, I’m not into boxing either and have read 1100+ chapters of Hajime no Ippo. I’m done trying to figure out how my brain works, I just accept it in all it’s weird ways.

Either way, there’s just one chapter available in English so far, I guess a scanlation group has just picked it up or something. I haven’t even found it on MAL yet. Either way, the first chapter was a pretty standart introduction of the main characters, but the set up gives me some very strong Capeta vibes and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Capeta does many things very right. It takes a lot of time to build it’s characters from a very young age and even though Capeta himself is some sort of genius, he’s working extreamly hard and suffers through his circumstances in order to come closer to his goals. Like Mao in G, both are from a poor financial background and maybe I’m too early to judge, because it’s just been one chapter, but the first chapter of G was really rushed.

I’m not really that much into manga with these crazy geniuses and usually prefer stories with the hard working type (*cough* Ippo *cough*), which is one of the main reasons why I dislike Prince of Tennis and can’t get the Kuroko no Basket hype – it just drifts off too much into supernatural territory at one point. Capeta and Mao are both exceptionally talanted, but Mao’s natural gifts are surpassing those of a normal human being right off the bat in the first chapters.

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Capeta with his F1 toy car

Also, in G, Mao is 5 years old and meets a Formula racer who acknowledges his talend and gives him a GoKart to train in, so he can become a Formula 1 driver one day. That’s cute, because a GoKart is the only thing you need in order to become a racer. Fast forward 8 years and you see Mao driving in a GoKart in the snow (great idea) receiving a letter from said Formula dirver to come to Tokyo if he wants to become a F1 driver.

This is what bugs me so much: the initial set up is so extreamly similar to Capeta (which

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Mao with his F1 toy car

was still being published for 2 more years until 2013 when the first chapter of G was released in 2011) with a gifted car-crazy-boy with an F1-toy who likes watching cars pretending to drive one from humble surroundings entering the racing world, but we haven’t seen any struggle at all from Mao’s front so far, while Capeta had serious financial problems standing in his way.

Mao was basically sponsored off the spot and even though Capeta could have joined Autohouse, he would’ve just been no. 2 all the time, so it was probably better for him not to. Furthermore Capeta shows in great detal just how expensive racing sport really is and having one GoKart is really not enough. Mao’s father wasn’t even able to buy him a proper toy in 5 years, chapter 2 really needs to confirm how he was able to pay for his races, tires, fuel, spare parts and travel costs. Was he sponsored the entire time? If not, how was he able to pull it off? What happend in these 8 years?

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Capeta watching cars

I don’t think it’s a good idea to start off a manga this similar to another one with the same topic. Going the same route with financial probelms and all is not a good idea either, so I can imagine them not going there on purpose. If so, don’t set up your story this way! Make it at least a bit more different. The first part of the chapter literally reads like Capeta and (un)fortunately Capeta did a great job with the surrounding problems occuring in the racing world when you’ve got no money.

Since chapter 1 ends with claiming “This is the beginning oif his stroy”, I guess it’s a save

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Mao watching cars

bet we’re done with the introductions, unfortunately. We will probably get to know our main hero in his teens and we will probably see him getting sponsored right off the bat. I don’t like this, I want to see him work for his achievements.

Even if we move on so fast, G has some serious explaining to do what happend during the past 8 years and I give it to the manga, at the end of the first chapter it really does look like it will take a different path than Capeta, but I don’t appreciate the extreme similarities at the beginning – including the annoying blonde girl jumping around the main character (except, it’s now his sister, not his childhood friend).

I’m impressed they didn’t get sued for this. When talking about Capeta first, I said how much Capeta remembered me of Initial D. That’s a joke compared to Capeta ch1 vs G ch1.

Rakudai Kishi no Cavalry ep. 2

headdeskWhen I was briefly talking about the first episode, I said I hoped there’d be no harem. Episode 2 arrives and with it comes the harem. And the incest. Two of the things I hate the most in anime. What a great start.

The episode was ok, but only until the sister arrived. I mean, sure, the newspaper girl was unnessecary fanservice, but I can live with that. Frankly speaking, if I couldn’t, I couldn’t watch anime alltogether. Since most anime are shounen and have more or less fanservice, as a female anime fan, this is something you just have to live with.

This doesn’t mean I have to like it, though, and I have my point of no return and this point is immediately crossed when the female lead becomes a rival in the form of the male leads sister. She literally shows up and jumps at her brother. Awesome! The first real kiss in this anime and it’s incest – real incest, the anime made it very clear beforehand those siblings are related by blood. This is just wrong on so many levels.

And on MyAnimeList most people were actually… rooting for this! You can’t really disagree nope-48959with preferences and I usually let everyone like what they want, but incest between bloodrelated siblings? Sorry, but no. And I absolutely won’t argue about her reasons and that it’s only fiction and let everyone like what they want. Just. No.

So, getting this out of the way, I’m obviously very close to dropping this anime. A friend of mine said he heared the main leads are actually going to be together, which is probably why neighter the anime nor the Novel are tagged as a harem and the thing with the sister will probably just be played out as fanservice from time to time.

However, even considering this, I’m still very close to dropping this and the reason is Stella. I’m fine with Tsundere, I even like Tsundere. I watched Shakugan no Shana and Toradora and I liked both of them. What I don’t like is when a supposely strong female lead goes ultra-dere to the point where she throws away her entire pride as a woman. A Tsundere is always fanserivce, but this extereme version of a Tsundere is just off the charts and makes me want to puke.

tumblr_nw0yvl6hdS1rd6sdio1_500If you want to play the strong female lead card, you better play it properly and don’t disgrace your entire gender by playing the obident slave rubbing your bare breasts on his back. That’s just disgusting. Of course you can have a character who’s strong and be in love, but normal people in love don’t do this crazy stuff, or at least not in this stage of their relationship.

End of story? Rakudai Kishi no Cavarly took a massive turn to the worse. Probably my first drop this season.