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29 June 2011 @ 09:22 am
BLEACH Chapter 454  
 http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/454

Awwwww yeah.

My thoughts: Certainly not as fast and exciting as last week's, but it's moving along. Isshin's holding a sword, which I can only assume was made specifically for Ichigo. He's already got his Fullbring sword; would Kubo actually give him two? Ginoju is still very suspect to me. It all seems too set-up. I can't tell if it's just poor writing/execution or if, in Ichigo eyes, the XCUTION are great actors. This is probably the most shocked Ginjou has ever looked, and it still doesn't seem genuine. You have to wonder if Kubo's aware people are expecting Tsukishima and the XCUTION to be working together.
 
 
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jpblackjpblack on June 29th, 2011 02:40 pm (UTC)
The sword had reiatsu/smoke coming from it. I interpreted it as it being freshly made, so I think it's what it was. The title was "Sheathebreaker" so perhaps it's a metaphor for the sword finally being ready; pulled out of its sheathe.
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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on June 29th, 2011 02:39 pm (UTC)


Thank you for posting--my girl Jackie was out and I'm not fast on the draw.

The pace sloooooooowed down.

I'm trying to be happy about seeing Ishida but all he did was stand up. At least he's dressed.

Oh well, maybe next week he'll brush his teeth.

Oh Ichigo. KILLING TSUKISHIMA HUH? You're really mad. Ginjou, you liar, what are you up to?

I guess there really is nowhere to go but to follow Yukio. Big picture of a scary mansion. "Don't open the door!" But the horror show must go on. I guess the mansion picture sets up a scaaaaary atmosphere but it's more annoying than donuts to me--not a really thrilling ending to a chapter.

Ichigo, I know you're a trusting soul but you're just being led... You starting to remind me of Little Peggy March.




I'm more interested in what Isshin is carrying and why he and Urahara need such a thing. The reference to the moon in the beginning made me think of yeah, Rukia, and Ichigo's powers---both are referred to as the moon. Sure sometimes a cigar is just a cigar but in this case the symbolism seemed a little heavy-handed.
dekinai_yodekinai_yo on June 29th, 2011 08:54 pm (UTC)
like lead
it's true that the pacing in many senses has let up a bit after that barrage of events last chapter - but the sense of anxiety/dread/foreboding has set and stuck, with me at least, lingering all throughout the week and brought back full force to hang out in the back of my head and the pit of my stomach all day, since i read the chapter this morning. the action itself has stopped for a moment, but the gravity of the situation, if anything, is deepening. hopefully it will continue that way for a while before they get back into chest-thumping expository rants- i mean, fighting.
with everything happening, there's a TON of potential for the urgency of the situation to be carried on for several chapters, and the fact that the sense of awful anticipation Kubo-sensei stirred up last week has managed to remain strong is a great sign. hopefully ratings are starting to climb again.
hinodeh: sexy and smug rukiahinodeh on June 29th, 2011 02:41 pm (UTC)
Calling it now. Ichigo will get stabbed by the sword that Isshin, Uruhara and Mysterygami made and that will return his powers.
jpblackjpblack on June 29th, 2011 02:45 pm (UTC)
Y'know, even if it's predictable, that would actually be really cool. The Fullbringers all turn on Ichigo, he's alone and helpless, and bam; Urahara, Isshin, and Rukia barge in. Ichigo shares a long stare with her, and she then stabs him. Chapter ends on him in Shinigami garb. Maybe he cuts of one of the FBs appendages before the ominous cloud of reiatsu dissolves.
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qchanlover: devqchanlover on June 29th, 2011 02:43 pm (UTC)
i am worried over uryu... It hasn't proved if his memories have changed
_debbiechan_: Ishida Dancing by Distilled_debbiechan_ on June 29th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)

Boy did not look healthy. He looked like he needed a barf bag. At least he's wearing civilian clothes (I didn't think he'd change into fab Quincy garb this arc--everyone's been wearing street stuff) but he's all hunched over and sick looking....
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darksloverdarkslover on June 29th, 2011 02:55 pm (UTC)
- That sword Papasaki holds reeks "Chapter 1 penetration!" to me. I bet that this is what Isshin, Urahara and Sinigami X were preparing before. And it needed shinigami X's reiatsu to be ready? Hmm...

- So, this seems to be tsukishima's ability... Ginjou is not sure. This is too fishy. What kind of group had him as their leader and didn't even know his powers?

- Actually Ichigo, I'd say that it IS Ginjou's fault, but whatev.

- ICHIGO IS CONSIDERING OF KILLING A HUMAN?! Ichigo, what has the loss of your shinigami powers done to you?????????????????? I know that you're pissed, but this????

- OK, I'm starting to get suspicious of Ginjou's motives now... what if he wants Ichigo to kill Tsukishima for his own goals (whichever they may be)?

- I'm getting scared OF Ichigo at this point. He's seriously thinking of murder? Oi, Ichigo, this is veeeery different from what you've been doing to the hollows! That was "purification"! Is Aizen responsible for this, the dome, the Arrancar, who resembled humans more than other hollows? Yikes.

- That "we'll fix you soon" line freaked me out more. Bleach is seriously becoming a horror story!

I like it.

- Oh, Ishida is up! Hi, Ishida! Wait, why only one page with you? KUBO!!

- And even the abandoned, haunted mansion is in! Bleach IS becoming a horror manga!


Not as good as the previous chapter, but I liked it. Ichigo's determination to kill Tsukishima sure puts him under another light. This boy's phyche needs some light. Immediately. Brrr...
incandescensincandescens on June 29th, 2011 04:44 pm (UTC)
One of Ichigo's main motivations has always been "protect other people". Tsukishima has messed with that in the most brutal way, and has affected most of the people that Ichigo knows, and there isn't any obvious way for Ichigo to fix it. It's a gut punch.

Admittedly the boy isn't thinking very rationally anyhow, though. :)
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nehalenianehalenia on June 29th, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
"Sheathbreaker" is the most intriguing title I've seen Kubo use in awhile. I agree that the sword Isshin's holding is going to get stabbed into Ichigo (like everyone else seems to think) but I suspect it's going to do more than just activate his powers. A sword's sheath is its container, just like a human body is the "container" of the soul. If "Sheathbreaker" refers to that sword, then I think it's going to kill or destroy Ichigo's human body. :/ That would certainly "steal his (human) future".

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Danielwdboldstar on June 29th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
Oooo. I like this theory. I wonder if Isshin et. al. will give him a choice, or if they'll just stab him? Could bring up some interesting issues if Ichigo just gets to die, no choice in the matter.
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qwirky on June 29th, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
Isshin's holding a sword, which I can only assume was made specifically for Ichigo. He's already got his Fullbring sword; would Kubo actually give him two?
Based on your comments above, I think you've changed your mind on this scenario. TBH, it makes little sense for Isshin and Urahara to create a sword (probably made from whatever was in Urahara's vat, and which has shinigami reiatsu in it) to give to Ichigo; the sword's probably for Isshin, or whoever, to stab Ichigo.

It annoys me that the sword is white and it has reiatsu streaming from it, looking like white ribbons. Not to say "OH, THAT'S SUPPOSED TO BE SODE NO SHIRAYUKI," because I don't think it is, but I feel like Kubo was messing us with that imagery. :|

You have to wonder if Kubo's aware people are expecting Tsukishima and the XCUTION to be working together.
I don't think the general public is expecting that, though. I only think you're assuming they are now because everyone here read bonefield's essay and realized how logical it sounded, whereas prior to her essay, most people weren't thinking that Ginjou and Tsukishima were allies. Some people thought Ginjou was definitely skeevy. But there are still a ton of people who refuse to admit that Ginjou is shady, or else they think he's just Urahara Lite.

I can't tell if it's just poor writing/execution or if, in Ichigo eyes, the XCUTION are great actors. This is probably the most shocked Ginjou has ever looked, and it still doesn't seem genuine.
I think Ginjou's feelings came off believably. Not to say that I as a reader believe he's genuine, based on his past history, but if I were to view this chapter on its own in isolation with no prior context, or if I were to view Ginjou's reactions from Ichigo's perspective, I'd believe Ginjou.

That said, I'm not sure how much I believe Ginjou about Tsukishima's power. His explanation differs from everything he said before to Chad - Fullbringers can't get new powers, their powers can't evolve, Tsukishima's only cuts through anything, blah blah blah. It makes sense what Tsukishima's power does, but trying to figure out what Ginjou's telling the truth about and what he's lying about is like trying to determine how much of what Aizen says is bullshit (which boils down to: if it's not contradicted in the next few chapters, we assume it's the truth until it's retconned or contradicted/corrected later).

Poor Ichigo ;________; *hugs him* Talking about killing someone... and Ginjou's all "NO YOU CAN'T D: D:" followed up by "WELL DO YOU THINK YOU CAN?! HE NEEDS TO DIE ANYWAY NO MATTER WHAT! CAN YOU KILL HIM WITH NO PROOF?!?!" >_> Ginjou, you creeper. GTFO and away from Ichigo.

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_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on June 29th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)

Based on Ginjou's previous fake faces, his surprise could easily be fake.

The whole con man bait and switch "Oh we have no proof--but

CAN YOU DO IT ICHIGO? CAN YOU KILL HIM?"

Meanwhile as Neha was saying, there's no damn reason why Ginjou can't kill Tsukishima himself--Ginjou is more powerful at the moment and has even more motive.

He leads Ichigo right into that Haunted Mansion like it's Candyland. -_-

I do think Kubo's playing with the Sode no Shirayuki imagery and I wouldn't be surprised if it's Rukia, not Isshin, who delivers the blow again--with some twist. I just can't see Ichigo letting his dad stab him without a fight but maybe he will only let Rukia ...

I'm feeling so sorry for Ichigo right now. He's got old man bags under his eyes.
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lorkylorklorkylork on June 29th, 2011 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh...I DO NOT TRUST GINJOU!

Papasaki and Urahara are looking grim and serious. Goodness...I shivered at the sight of the sword...and the title.

I still do not understand fullbringers and their powers...

Lower panel on this page: http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/454/10...get away from Ichigo, you ramen dude...only Aizen has ever come close to him. Seriously, this reminded me of Aizen's-tap-on-Ichigo's-chest-scene

Ichigo talking about murder? How far has he fallen? And he looks berserk in that panel....and then Ginjou...aaarrrrrrrrrrhhhh....

moonlight293moonlight293 on June 29th, 2011 09:30 pm (UTC)


... Well shit :o
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aryastarkxaryastarkx on June 29th, 2011 04:10 pm (UTC)
i guess shinigami x went back to soul society...or wherever they came from...for the time being, however long that will be
geez i feel like we'll have to wait 20+ chapters to learn what's going on on that front, unless it blends into the next arc (which would be such bullshit)

anyway i hope next week's chapter is better than this week's "meh" chapter. ichigo's frantic expressions are getting annoying
Running on Coffee and Schadenfreudearcadiasilver on June 29th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
I have to wonder now if this plan was something Isshin and Urahara concocted in response to the Fullbringers, or something that has been on the burner since the end of Deicide. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the later and all that was holding it up was for Ichigo to show that he was ready to talk about it.

Still, echoing the idea that this sheathebreaker will destroy his human body and seal his human life. It makes sense, after all. When Rukia first put that blade through his heart, it was a symbolic AND literal "death". I mean, we even get a panel of her bloody sword sticking out of his back. So death is the only means of him becoming a shinigami again.
nivek01nivek01 on June 29th, 2011 11:00 pm (UTC)
To me, this seems too rushed to have been on the backburner since Ichigo used the FGT. If they'd been in planning for over a year, I'd think Isshin would be more comfortable with it. But instead we have even Urahara questioning what they were doing.

Also, you don't sit down and pull all nighters to finish a term paper three weeks before it's due. If Isshin was so caught up in this plan that he couldn't even be bothered to notice a creeper going into his own house and messing with his daughters minds, then I think it's because they need to finish as soon as possible. Or Isshin is just a really bad, favoriting parent

Nonetheless, I would be interested to learn why it took them so long if they've had this planned since decide. I doubt it would have anything to do with Ichigo not being able to talk about SS, because he was avoiding the topic so he could try and move on with his life. It would be almost cruel to go "Oh, Ichigo, what's that? You've moved on enough to be able to talk about your shinigami powers? Well what a coincidence! Look at what we can restore now!"

I, like everyone else apparently, instantly thought that Isshin is going to use that sword to destroy Ichigo's human body, make him a shinigami again, etc. I think at this point though, I would be much happier if it was something else, just because I would enjoy the moral ambiguity.
산토끼 × san-toki: 『b』 → grimmysan_toki on June 29th, 2011 05:49 pm (UTC)
I just had a thought before this chapter was out that....what if Ginjou was working with Tsukishima and when he cut out Ichigo's eyes, he messed with perception so he really was Shuu and everyone thinks Ichigo is a big jerk.



Hmmmm, I guess this will be all explained soon.
(Anonymous) on June 30th, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
HAHAHAHA
lol YES! lets bring meme base and bleach together. When ichigo was running away last chapter he should've had the "forever alone' face.
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Aquat1c F1sh: Bleach - Ichigo Ponderingaquat1cf1sh on June 29th, 2011 06:06 pm (UTC)
I liked it, still had a creepy feeling from last week.

Although if this really is the "final battle" with Tsukishima, I... dunno. I kind of want this interesting feeling of "everybody thinks Ichigo is insane" to stay for a while. This is the most interested in Bleach I've been in a long time.
yl_ylyl_yl on June 29th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
Ichigo! Where are you?????? You must have been replaced by an imposter! I know it's a total nightmare for you, but is the situation dire enough for you, yourself, to actually suggest to kill Tsukishima?

It's creepy that the same cresent moon has been hanging in the sky for 3 days (I love astronomy, so it actually bothers me that the moon is always stuck in the same phase), and even creepier that Ichigo has become part of the Xcution in just 3 days (okay, maybe longer if you include the time he was stuck in the game, but still).
eframepiloteframepilot on June 29th, 2011 07:42 pm (UTC)
In Bleach world, the moon always looks like that. Except in Hueco Mundo, where it looks like the mirror image.
mae_snapdragon: bedmae_snapdragon on June 29th, 2011 08:00 pm (UTC)
RUUKIIIAAAA!
Not going to lie, every single time they showed the crescent moon I thought "Rukia imagery! Rukia imagery!". And I counted. We saw it four times. Though for me, the most significant one was the first one, on the second page, right underneath the words "Bleach 454". This better be foreshadowing Rukia's return...and I like the idea that Rukia is the mysterygami.
descrimedescrime on June 29th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
The question I have is, if Ichigo and Ginjou are the two with correct memories, how did Ginjou not remember the video game thing-y on his jacket?
qwirky on June 29th, 2011 09:12 pm (UTC)
Theoretically, Yukio could have sneaked it on Ginjou (possibly when he and the others "attacked" Ginjou), then justified it later because of the false memories ('this is how we always did it'). Or Ichigo's just so messed up, he didn't notice that Yukio's explanation and Ginjou's reaction are not exactly consistent with Ginjou's version of what's going down. I'm thinking probably the latter (this is assuming that Ginjou's a bad guy who's deceiving Ichigo).