A Perfect End
Bleach will official end in the next chapter (686) and apparently it’s will be accompanied by an announcement. Hopefully, the announcement will be good, because the end of this series was a MAJOR disappointment. The fight between Yhwach and Ichigo was just poorly executed. The use of an convenient arrow to “stop” the unstoppable Yhwach was clearly a way to defeat a character that Kubo made too powerful to begin with.
Ichigo’s “new” Bankai was completely useless, Aizen didn’t get to even use his. It is painfully obvious to me that Kubo was just phoning in his finally chapters. It felt rushed and there was a lot of loose ends that should have been answered. Overall, this chapter and the ending arc was disappointing. Although, I’m glad that Rukia became captain, guess that’s something.
Izuku explains his Full Cowl technique to Mei. He said that the technique was conceived “from Gran Torino and Kacchan.” He says it uses “fine nimble movements,” that allows for better movement. His costume will add spikes to support his arms and iron armor soles. Izuku elaborates further and explains that it’s “more of a stop gap,” than a special move. All Might disagrees and suggests that it’s more effective than a stop gap.”
Eijirou, Denki’s, Shouto, Kyouka, and Kouda upgrade their hero costumes as well. Class B arrives and one of the students Neito Monoma suggests that no one from Class A will pass the “provisional license exam.” Blood King states that “the Provisional Hero Provisional Exam is conducted every year in June and September at three different locations across the country.”
Neito is disappointed that “he won’t be able to bring down Class 1-A himself,” causing Eijirou and Denki to wonder if something is wrong with him. The female students gather together and discuss their special moves. Tsuyu and Momo have ‘special moves in mind and need a bit more training to pull it off.” We fast forward to the day of the exams. Class A is introduced to some more students as they prepare to enter.
I think Izuku’s Full Cowl has a lot of potential. I don’t know if he’ll even have any use for his arms. All Might having to accept that he is now in need of protection was humbling. I interested in seeing what this exam is like and what abilities the other students have developed. Overall, another good chapter.
The Nation of Souls
We start in Chocolate Town were the citizens of Totto Land are asked a question, Leave or Life? When they choose life they, a strange black creature removes a round piece from their bodies. In the Seducing Woods, Luffy is confused by all the Nami, Choppers, Carrots, Sanji, and Purins clones. The real Nami appears and tells Luffy about their encounter with Charlotte Brulee.
Brulee uses the devil fruit ability, Mira Mira no Mi. The Devil fruit gives Brulee, that “gives her the ability to reflect back anything she wants.” Carrot attacks and is “reflected,” then she attacks again and is absorbed. Brulee tells her “not to worry, as she doesn’t plan on killing them, and asks if they realize the situation they are in.” She tells them that “Big Mom is well aware of their presence in her territory.”
In fact, “Big Mom ordered them to follow them.” They were ordered to keep them away from meeting with Sanji, and to “make them aware of what happens when they defy Big Mom.” Chopper tells Nami to find Luffy, he uses his abilities much to Brulee pleasure. Luffy calls it “absolutely crazy and asks where Chopper and Carrot are.” Nami says “it all happened right where they were standing, but there is no trace of them now.” She accuses the giant of being a henchmen for Big Mom.
The giant offers to explain why they don’t attack. The giant explains “that every six months, each citizen is required to give a month’s worth of their lifespan, in the form of their soul, to the country in exchange for protection.” He explains “that Big Mom ate the Soru Soru no Mi, giving her the ability to control souls.” She takes the pieces of soul are then spread throughout the islands. They then inhabit nearby objects, giving them some sentience. These objects are called “homies”.
The giant explains that he was the former husband of Big Mom. After giving her two daughters, she dumped him. Charlotte Cracker, the 10th son in the family, the giant begs to see his daughter again and “congratulate her on her marriage.” He mentions that “Lola ran away,” surprising Nami. This chapter was great. The cruelty of Big Mom becomes more and more apparent. Her abilities are very interesting. I think the “homies” are actually creepy. I effect the friendship between, Nami and Lola will have during this arc. Things don’t look good for the Strawhat’s or the giant.