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06 July 2011 @ 11:30 am
Bleach 455 is Out  
Bleach 455 is out on MangaReader.

ETA: MangaStream's version is up.

Ichigo attempts to attack Tsukishima, but Ginjou holds him back. In theory, it sounds like good, though rather generic, advice - "don't attack him without thinking" - but given Ginjou's skeeviness... Perhaps Ginjou wants to get Ichigo inside the mansion first to see his brainwashed friends, which Ginjou knows would push Ichigo over the edge even more. Besides that, Tsukishima had plenty of opportunity earlier to cut Ichigo; why would he start now? (Unless Ginjou means that he thinks Tsukishima can cut anything, so a cut would be physically lethal, which is not information that he's shared with Ichigo.)

I like how Tsukishima points out that he wouldn't set traps in the creepy old mansion - he'd have set traps in the creepy forest that Yukio led Ichigo and Ginjou through.

Inside is... Ichigo's surprise party with all of Ichigo's brainwashed family and friends! Hurray. Given that this chapter is being released in Japan during the week of Ichigo's birthday, this is a pretty fucked up "birthday" party from Kubo.

Ichigo runs away again, though this time he at least thinks that he can't kill Tsukishima with his friends in the way. What's startling is that Ichigo really thinks that he wants to kill Tsukishima. I know he said it last chapter, and that was screwed up, but to have him repeat it again, Ichigo-who-doesn't-kill-his-enemies, shows just how psychologically messed up Ichigo is. Before it was an idea; now it's an actual goal.

The other Fullbringers are upstairs. Yay, Jackie's okay! Though apparently brainwashed, or working with Tsukishima, or whatever.

Ginjou seems to contradict his earlier warning of "don't attack without thinking" by now encouraging Ichigo to go all out against Tsukishima. "It's okay, now that the stairs are gone and there's no way for you to escape since you're surrounded and on the second floor! And wasn't it nice, seeing all your brainwashed friends earlier telling you to apologize?!" And what will you be doing, Ginjou, while Ichigo attacks Tsukishima?

Ichigo powers up, does a Spider-man pose on the wall, and slices off Tsukishima's arm. Ichigo is not holding back at all, putting into practice his desire to kill Tsukishima. Though he reiterates his goal, a close-up of his face, however, shows that instead of a strong and determined look, there's a determined look with the "I'm so mentally fucked up" dark eye rings (which are used on Ichigo in every panel in this chapter).

Chad and Inoue then make a non-surprising appearance to protect Tsukishima, thus confirming the success of "Operation: Brainwash All of Ichigo's Nakama (Except Mayyyyybe Ishida!)". Inoue, of course, will restore Tsukishima's arm.

njxaxsonnjxaxson on July 6th, 2011 03:39 pm (UTC)
Wow, Ichigo really goes dark here. I find that a very sad fate for him. The ending is even sadder - Kubo is going full-court press here. Ichigo seems to have been totally turned on his head.

To some extent, I don't even really know where to begin with this.
oh gallant piglet,: ouchaizome on July 6th, 2011 03:47 pm (UTC)
I will say this much: Tsukishima is no longer boring to me. If he can turn Karin, Yuzu, Tatsuki, AND Chad and Orihime against Ichigo, that's some pretty scary power. Even Aizen didn't creep me out this much.

Now cue the "Rescue Ichigo" arc. Hurry up Isshin, Urahara, and/or Ishida and Rukiaaaaaaaa.
Eva: Annoyed [Pokemon]animeangel4eva on July 6th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
_debbiechan_: party by sxylilwitch_debbiechan_ on July 6th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)

Tsukishima obviously let himself be cut on purpose so Hime could heal him. And Chad who would fight anyone for Ichigo attacking Ichigo.

What a double cross.

Well things are going as I expected.


qwirky on July 6th, 2011 06:55 pm (UTC)
*throws confetti for Ichigo's creepy surprise birthday party in the old mansion in the woods with the zombies*

Yeah, I thought Tsukishima seemed genuinely surprised by Ichigo's speed, but losing an arm? Pshaw. Who cares when you have Inoue there to patch you up (though it must still hurt :x).

Chad ;__;
 Lady Camille Catherine Cecily Lloyd-George X: Thinkingskilly_n_duff on July 6th, 2011 03:52 pm (UTC)
-Worst Birthday Party Ever.

-Deicide went all the way up to 23--how long will this "End of Bond" arc last?!

-And is it the end of Ichigo's bonds with his friends or is it (hopefully) the end of Tsukishima's Bond on everyone?

-I want Rukia back. More then ever. ESPECIALLY because I'm absolutely in love with the idea that Tsuki's powers only work on humans.
kaibasgirl on July 7th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
but if it doesn't, imagine what it'll do to Ichigo if even RUKIA gets taken in by him =\
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Eva: GAME OVER [Haruka]animeangel4eva on July 6th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Dude I had I like a zillion chills run down my spine, this is SO CREEPY...

I've been thinking recently, Zaraki would probably be THRILLED to see Ichigo in this state. LMAO!
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: epic shitla_kalaka on July 6th, 2011 04:34 pm (UTC)
you can bet on that, and add to it that Kenpachi would ask for a one on one *_*

Man I was so shocked when I saw Ichigo cut Tsuki's arm O.o
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廚二病chuuni on July 6th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Bleach continues to be a psychological horror manga.

Kubo can you not be a little more creative? I swear this is the 4089403848th time we've seen the whole I'M RIGHT BEHIND YOU scene throughout Bleach.
Vayshti: pic#104677201vayshti on July 6th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC)
♫ Spidermaaaan, Spidermaaaan. Does whatevs a shpider caaaaan. ♫

I am liking the dark horror tone - even the heavy Ichi eyes.
Creepy closed eyed greeting of pod-friends is creepy.
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dvaB..aka..Yumicode_mari on July 6th, 2011 03:58 pm (UTC)
A sad fate it is. I hope Isshin and Kisuke will get more attention in the next chapter then a few steps, and will rescue Ichigo before he is forced to commit a crime. Cause it's one thing when you kill someone who's already been dead, but when it's a human.. oh no, Sensei, the hell are you doing?

Oh, and it's not Power Rangers, it's Spiderman /head-desk/
Issues: Ichigo-Can't take the fight....lovely_masoka on July 6th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Ichigo )8
brightelephonebrightelephone on July 6th, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
Poor Ichigo. This is literally one of the worst things that could happen to him. Ichigo's all about saving his friends. Seeing them all like this is probably worse for him than any kind of physical pain. Tsukishima is SUCH A CREEP (but he's still an interesting villain!).
Running on Coffee and Schadenfreudearcadiasilver on July 6th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC)


...Genjou is like Ichigo's pokemon trainer here.
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀la_kalaka on July 6th, 2011 04:37 pm (UTC)
though the same x_D
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jpblackjpblack on July 6th, 2011 04:15 pm (UTC)
I think you're reading too much into Ichigo's eyes on page 18, lol. He seems pretty determined. There's no arguing he's messed up, but he knows it's this way because of the guy right in front of him. No one's screwed with him as direct as Tsukishima before.

Chapters. need. more. stuffage. Before I could utter my seventh "holy shit" it was over.
jpblackjpblack on July 6th, 2011 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and, uh, who's mouth is that? The one that got the closeups? Were they even the same person? I thiiiiiink it was Yuzu.
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aryastarkx: the good wife 1aryastarkx on July 6th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC)
if mysterygami doesn't end up being who i hope it is...i will be so pissed, since this wait has been SO painful.

i don't think they'll be revealed any time soon though, since ichigo vs friends will probably be drawn out. (i hope it won't)
nehalenia: ichigo pensivenehalenia on July 6th, 2011 04:55 pm (UTC)
Wow, fast chapter is fast! At first I thought the way Chad busted in was a bit ambiguous, but no, they're standing with Tsukishima and facing Ichigo, and I just noticed that Inoue had already released 2 of her rikka. (I thought they were flying rubble from their entrance at first.) Since there are 2 rikka out, I'm sure the first thing we'll see next chapter is Inoue healing Tsuki's arm.

Next chapter promises to be angsty with Ichigo facing his nakama. I call Ishida showing up, probably at the end of next chapter. Entrance might be ambiguous to make us question if he's brainwashed or not (I say not).

I know there have been murmurs about Kubo replaying the Dome scenario in this. I was hopeful but skeptical -- sooo not the same scenario, right? -- but Ichigo taking off Tsuki's arm like that does remind me of how upset Dome!Ichigo was to find out he'd maimed Ulquiorra and how he wanted to cut off his own limbs to even the fight. Ichigo has now lost so much of himself that he actually wants to kill.

Looking back, I think this whole arc has been about Ichigo losing everything that makes him "Ichigo", and it started with losing Rukia. He lied to himself that he was okay, but then Ishida getting cut up proved that he really didn't have the power to protect any longer. Now Tsukishima has taken away his family, his friends, even his new allies. Ichigo doesn't know who or what he is any longer and is so desperate to get his identity back that he's willing to kill another human being.

While I did dislike the training part of this arc, these last few chapters are redeeming the Lost Agent arc for me and I can't wait to see what happens next. (Ichigo, are you gonna stab Ishdia again because you think he's against you? Or will he actually reach you this time? My inner IchiIshi fangirl is dying to see what happens when Ishida shows up.)
qwirky on July 6th, 2011 06:41 pm (UTC)
Looking back, I think this whole arc has been about Ichigo losing everything that makes him "Ichigo", and it started with losing Rukia. He lied to himself that he was okay, but then Ishida getting cut up proved that he really didn't have the power to protect any longer. Now Tsukishima has taken away his family, his friends, even his new allies. Ichigo doesn't know who or what he is any longer and is so desperate to get his identity back that he's willing to kill another human being.
I like this analysis. Ichigo. ;____; ;________________;
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DAlcotraz on July 6th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Here's the thing. It took us, the readers/watchers years to get through the Aizen Arc, but in Bleach time, it was one consecutive fight after another. At the most, he spent a few days in Hueco Mundo. Not really sure since there's really no sun/moon thing there. So he gets killed like twice in a short time, fights with Grimmy Reaper again, almost gets killed by Octopussy like RIGHT after, and then has to face off against Ulquiorra again, right after, and dies, only to be resurrected by his friend to go on a rampage and almost kill one of his own buddies.

Then he comes out from there, finds out his dad is a Shinigami, finds out he's "human and " becomes the strongest dude on the planet, and loses all his hard earned power all in one day.

Fast forward 18 months, his friends most likely still have no idea exactly what happened to him, he misses his power, and suddenly psycho-dude is messing with his life. Not to mention the Tatsuki scene..... /Murder.

Personally I can see why he's on a rampage :D
(Anonymous) on July 6th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I understood your post until you decided to bring up Tatsuki out of nowhere.

She had no singular involvment in Ichigo's current mental state, and it was the fact of everything that happened to everyone that sent Ichigo over the deep end emotionally.

I really don't like it when people seem to give emphasis on one particular person's reaction when it is the group as a whole that has the effect.

So tell me, what was it that you perceived in that scene that holds any stand-alone significance?
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산토끼 × san-toki: 『g』 → ginpachi sensei is unamusedsan_toki on July 6th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
Somethings just too off about the whole thing. Even if Shuu messed up Orihime and Sado's memory, they would never guard someone from Ichigo. I think they would try to separate them or restrain Ichigo...I mean, I just find it odd they would power up to defend Tsuki even if they were brainwashed.

1) When Ichigo was rushing towards Tsuki, I kinda thought they were going to give each other a Friendly-Friend Rainbow Monkey Goodbye Hug only Ginjo ruined it. Like always.

2) I feel bad for the guests at Ichigo's birthday party. Why did you run away from your party? Are birthdays too mainstream for you Ichigo?

3) I think Ishida is in a corner sulking and being emo because he wasn't invited. Quincy kids are always picked last for dodgeball, it goes without saying.
qwirky on July 6th, 2011 06:25 pm (UTC)
To be fair, Shuu-chan's missing an arm. They might think they have to protect him. Ichigo looks pretty crazy, and he's not acting like how he normally would. Ichigo + his unpredictable new powers = wary defensiveness seems like a legitimate response. Part of the issue is we don't know exactly how Tsukishima's power works yet.

Hipster Ichigo shuns birthday parties :(
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