But it was the revelation of Aizen's betrayal that convinced me Bleach was the best story I have ever read.
I don't cheer for villains. Ever. I don't even cheer for anti-heroes! (Batman, Jack Bauer, I feel no pity for you) When watching Pirates of the Carribean I root for James Norrington from start to finish. Will and Jack are precious I suppose, but I like my men with a little more honor.
And I don't know how Kubo does it but at the end of EVERY major fight I fall in love with the Bleach Baddies. For example: Renji started out as a violent-prone freak I despised and now ranks in my top five, just under Ichigo and Byakuya. BYAKUYA! He went from being "scum of the earth" to "OMG, HE's MY FAVORITE!" I still dislike most of the Arrancar (and I'm mad at Kubo for making me care about Ulquiorra right there at the end). I loved "Aizen Taicho" from the first moment I saw him. When he was killed WITHIN ONE BOOK I was as heartbroken as Hinamori. Then Aizen came back. And he ran her through. O_o
And here's the weird part--I don't like Aizen. His 'holier then thou' has gone on long enough and I can't wait to see Ichigo pound him into the ground. But I still love reading about him.
He makes Evil look Good.
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