BLEACH SERIES 16 PART 2

PrintE-mail Written by Dominic Cuthbert

As the Soul Society was all but bereft in the first curve, it’s gratifying to catch up with the Soul Reaper’s shenanigans. And all’s well and merry on New Year’s Eve as the Soul Reapers fly kites. But even that turns into a hot bed of competition and one-upmanship. Rukia, on the other hand, has to deal with a more personal plight than the world hanging in the balance or umpteen hollows to contend with.

When the narrative does catch up with Ichigo again, he’s still in the thick of it, vigorously training and honing his fullbring ability opposite ruthless sensei, Kūgo Ginjō. Some of these scenes are particularly eye wincing – sometimes literally - and even by Bleach standards, the entire arc flings about the bloodshed with abandon.

Since losing his powers 17 months before and having to cope with life as a normal, Ichigo has been putting in the hard slog and sharpening his innate ability to tool himself as a hollow slayer again. His powers are put to the test by having to routinely fend off Shūkurō Tsukishima, who deals in memory and manipulation. As far as Bleach baddies go, he’s fairly bland. After the curtain falls on the obligatory twists, he’s a lot more fallible, but since this is, for all intents and purposes, the last huzzah, he’s a bit lacklustre.

Where the villain loses, is only Ichigo’s gain. The episodes take time to explore his mental state, and the growing effect of creeping paranoia and instability. The fatigue of his excursions on his mental wellbeing was never an overwhelming concern, but when the memories of his friends and family have been drastically altered, Ichigo reaches breaking point. If the entire 16-series run was a character study, then this final curve was the apotheosis.

There’s some spectacular combat in tow, the like of which we haven’t quite seen before in the clashes between Soul Reapers and the fullbringers. The last episode, aptly, is a convergence of style, sound and splendour that is the essence of Bleach distilled.

But in amongst the action and mental fatigue is a real sense of retrospect and generational divides. It’s an ending steeped in nostalgia and optimism, and one that quietly bids farewell to a show that ran for almost ten years. This isn’t necessary the end, but for now, this quietly unassuming swansong is all we’ve got.

Special Features: Opening and closing animations

BLEACH SERIES 16 PART 2 / CERT: 15 / DIRECTOR: NORIYUKI ABE / SCREENPLAY: MASASHI SOGO / STARRING: FUMIKO ORIKASA, MASAKAZU MORITA, AKIO OHTSUKA, ATSUKO YUYA / RELEASE DATE: SEPTEMBER 28TH

 


Suggested Articles:
Three prostitutes are found murdered in the exact same way over consecutive nights across three coun
Between 1974 and 1981, Agatha Christie appeared to be everywhere on the big-screen, with no fewer th
Here’s a twist: a film shot on an iPhone about making a sequel to a film shot on an iPhone. James
DRAMAtical Murder is a an anime based on a visual novel game for the PC. It follows Aoba Seragak, a
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code
Refresh

Other articles in DVD / Blu-ray Reviews

THE TEAM 24 February 2017

THE AGATHA CHRISTIE MOVIE COLLECTION 24 February 2017

2 JENNIFER 23 February 2017

DRAMATICAL MURDER 23 February 2017

LOVE, CHUNIBYO, AND OTHER DELUSIONS 23 February 2017

A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS 23 February 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK 21 February 2017

THE CRYING GAME 19 February 2017

THE MINDY PROJECT SEASON 4 15 February 2017

TRAIN TO BUSAN 14 February 2017

- Entire Category -

Sign up today!
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner
Banner

      
      
 
 
 
...