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09 April 2010 @ 12:44 pm
Something really disturbed me when I read chapter 399 and I can't help but share it.

WARNING: Spoilers!
I can't help but notice the sentence above the first panel of page 3. Does this mean that there will be no Ichigo vs. Aizen showdown anymore!? I have two theories regarding this:
Theory 1: Aizen would defeat Isshin and face Ichigo. At this point, we can't even tell if Aizen could do that.. he's challenged for the very first time. Here we see Aizen showing real emotion of either fear or anxiety. Looks like he found his match in the form of Ichigo's father. They seem to be on par with each other's skills (okay, maybe Isshin's a little bit more powerful here), but who knows what will happen next. Maybe the Aizen who's fighting with Isshin right now is just an illusion. The man is known to have many tricks on his sleeves. Ulterior motives, skills, etc. you name it. He's the master of deception. If that happens, I would be disappointed. It sounds too cliche at this point and it has been overused in the Bleach plot for so many times (in the SS arc and the part where Hitsugaya stabbed Aizen, but then it was Momo), unless Kubo-sensei could pull off another believable tact or strategy behind it, then everything would be acceptable.
Theory 2: THIS IS THE FINAL BATTLE DESTINED IN BLEACH: Aizen vs. Isshin and Gin vs. Ichigo. Isshin will defeat Aizen. Likewise, Ichigo will defeat Gin. Then, we have a happy ending. This would be great, but if this happens, there will be no Hero vs. Main Villain fight. It's more like Main Villain vs. Hero's Father and Hero vs. Sidekick. Hero vs. Villain's Sidekick. Doesn't that sound odd? I mean, it's not fitting; not suitable for me. The Hero have suffered all kinds of tragic situations, went under huge character development throughout the past 300+ chapters.. only to face the sidekick, not the villain himself. There's something missing. I mean, the Hero lost his essence. It would sound great if the REAL FINALE is between the Hero (Ichigo) vs. Main Villain (Aizen). If the hero did not have the chance to fight with the antagonist, I think there's something lost in his progression, or his redemption. All the trouble that Ichigo is facing was "caused" by Aizen (he said it himself, riiiiight?). There has to be redemption, and redemption for me is = Ichigo vs. Aizen, but I still don't know how would this fight occur. It's not Aizen who's engaged in a battle with Ichigo: it's his father.

Or maybe, Gin IS the real villain and Aizen is just a mere puppet all along. Whatever.

I cannot explain what I think about this chapter elaborately, and I think you guys have better opinions regarding those things that I pointed out. It just disturbs me 0_o I have never been disturbed by a Bleach chapter like this in my entire life.

Maybe I'm just taking that sentence too seriously. Is "last battle" the real translation? Is there any different translation for that sentence?
Kylarakarenai on April 9th, 2010 04:53 am (UTC)
That line is from the editors. Relax.
Hitomishimizu_hitomi on April 9th, 2010 05:09 am (UTC)
Agreed, it's probably just the last battle of the arc.
balladbirdballadbird on April 9th, 2010 06:13 am (UTC)
Don't take the flavor text so seriously. the SJ editors just add it to build suspense, it's not approved or created by Kubo himself.

The word "final" doesn't mean much in that text, either. During the IchiUlqui fight, the side text referred to three different strikes as the "Final Attack!!"
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Nnoi: Bleach - Sentarou Booger Flickernnoi on April 9th, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
ha ha ha ha exactly He has had his monologue NEXT ARC
Nnoinnoi on April 9th, 2010 11:52 am (UTC)
I took it as just a reminder once again that this is supposed to be the deciding BATTLES of the war. not that any particular battle was the last end all battle but that the struggle they are engaged in and have been engaged in to save Karakura town is supposed to be the last battle what they have been building toward for so long
Kim!: Mmm... Jump...spartydragon on April 9th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Ehhh, I figure the Aizen/Isshin fight will end in a draw (Aizen realizes he can't defeat DADDY POWERZ and retreats or initiates plan - what N now?), and the Ichigo/Gin fight... that one I can see going any way actually. But any win will be by a slim margin. Ichigo barely wins, Gin barely wins, or they fight until Aizen high tails it out of there and Gin goes with him.

As far as last battle, I thought this was the last battle of the ARC not the whole manga. XD
Phoenix Hawk's Deep Corefmphoenixhawk on April 9th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
Actually, this would be Plan M for Captain Broken. N is probably the "Fuck it, just blow the whole planet up," plan.
Kim!: Nose Ponies!!!!spartydragon on April 9th, 2010 11:47 pm (UTC)
Lol, yeah.

How much you wanna bet Aizen has a secret moon base?
Phoenix Hawk's Deep Corefmphoenixhawk on April 9th, 2010 11:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't want to take those odds.
Kim!spartydragon on April 10th, 2010 12:05 am (UTC)
What about a secret moon base with sharks with lasers?
darthsqueechan: eh?darthsqueechan on April 9th, 2010 08:43 pm (UTC)
I guess there's another option that no one's really said yet... or maybe they did and I missed it. If Aizen will indeed be beaten in this arc and not run away, at least.

What if, rather than either Isshin or Ichigo fighting Aizen alone, father and son team up and defeat him together?

Why does only one of them have to finish him off?
Kim!: Mushroom Mushroomspartydragon on April 9th, 2010 09:20 pm (UTC)
Mostly because of Bleach's track record. Most of the fights have been 1 on 1 macho trips. The first tag team in the entire manga was Byakuya and Kenpachi vs. Yammi, then Gotei 13 vs. not!Aizen. Almost 400 chapters and those are the only melee fights. :P

Plus, at the moment, Ichigo and Isshin are a ways apart. If Aizen and Gin decided to fight as a team it'd be best to team up, obviously, but until or unless they do that, we're stuck with the usual formula.
(Anonymous) on April 10th, 2010 05:46 pm (UTC)
Didn't Rose and Love fight together against Starrk...?
And Ukitake and Shunsui fought together, at least against Yamamoto.
And Ishida and Renji vs. Grantz.

Well, you still have the point. Compared to the total amount, it's not that much.
Kim!: Nose Ponies!!!!spartydragon on April 10th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, forgot about those. Except the Ishida and Renji vs. Grantz fight. I purposefully blocked that from memory. :D

eframepiloteframepilot on April 10th, 2010 12:09 am (UTC)
The editorial text said that Ichigo vs. Aizen was the final battle of the arc a few chapters ago, and that turned out to be wrong. This is no different.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on April 10th, 2010 12:51 pm (UTC)


It's the editorial side text. It used to worry me and give me headaches about plot anticipation too until I figured out it was all a load of BS.