Fairy Tail 100 Chapter 8 Review: The God Dragon’s Melancholy

In this chapter Team Natsu finally encounters Mercuphobia. Kyria prepares to attack him but is teleported by someone called Skarion. Their bodies disappeared in ash. The team figures that it was likely some sort of Ash magic that is used to “move from one place to the other.” Regardless, Mercuphobia asks Natsu if he “came to slay him.” Natsu surprisingly doesn’t appear to be eager for a fight. He responds, “not exactly.” Natsu admits that they are here to seal him but isn’t sure that they’re going to if he’s a “good guy.”

Team Natsu feels a sense of relief. They are under the impression that they won’rt have to “seal,” him now. However, Mercuphobia tells them that they “must seal him.” He decides that team Natsu are now his guest. He brings them to his palace, where he shows them his “underwater farm,” “medical facility,” and “watch tower.” Everyone feels that the water god is “good.” He tells them that he actually has “killed many humans in the past.” He had a change of heart over the years. 

Mercuphobia informs them that he can “no longer control his powers.” He believes he must be killed to prevent his powers from effecting other cities. Before he dies he must do something. It’s not elaborated on before we see Kyria and her group. We are introduced to Mage Guild Diabolos Corpse Dragon Skarion Raider who suggests that Mercuphobia is a “false” water god. The water god’s interaction with team Natsu was surprising. Now that he’s change it became more difficult to see him evil. 

The I was evil until this special person changed me has been done many time before. I don’t particular hate the trope but it’s a common one. That said he wouldn’t be as complicated without this change. If Mercuphobia isn’t evil anymore then some else must become the conflict. That remains to be seen as we find out what the water god must do. However, all this change seems to be fake or according to Skarion, the water god is. That appears to be a waste of a character but we shall see what he meant. 

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Fairy Tail 100 Years Quest Chapter 004: Amazing Elmina Review

Team Natsu arrives at a hotel in Elmina, they’re greeted by a fish that’s wearing a top of a tux. Natsu and Happy plan on eating it, only for it to transform into a human. The fish turn man greets them, when questioned whether he’s a fish or human, he confirms that he’s a fish. However, he quickly remembers that he has a date, and runs off to meet with someone named Sameko. He warns team Natsu that they must “drink the complimentary beverage left in your rooms.”

According to him, “humans will not be able to live here.” Gray awakens the following morning to find that he’s underwater, but he can breathe and talk. The entire town becomes submerged in the ocean. The receptionist finally introduces himself as, Kashima, the manager of hotel journey. When Gray asks about the water God, Kashima and the other fish turn on them and attack. Meanwhile, Touka reveals that she uses “water-type magic,” She also reveals that she has a tail.

There wasn’t much in this chapter regarding the dragons, but the world building was great. Fairy Tail’s biggest drawback was never it’s world-building, but it bad use of power scaling that is typical for shonen manga series. This chapter only briefly switches to the other members of Fairy Tail, hopefully they will continue to matter in this new series.

Fairy Tail 100 years quest: Chapter 3: My Last Hope

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I’m really enjoying the chapter’s so far. Without having to introduce characters, the series can just start. Fairy Tail 100 years quest feels familiar but fresh. Team Natsu arrives at Southern Giltena in the Valeria Region. They encounter weird “walking jellyfish,” Natsu’s first instinct is to eat them, the jellyfish attempt to jump into Lucy’s and Natsu’s mouth. Wendy blows the rest away, but Natsu eats his. Lucy says that her mouth is “numbed.”

Regardless, Giltena is presented as a completely new continent. This certainly allows for Atsuo Ueda to tell a relatively new story with an established series and known characters. I think that this should happen more than it does, Boruto is another series that has a new illustrated and writer, while the original creator maintain influence. The quest is similar, seal all five of the dragons. For some reason I assumed they would fight them all at the same time.

That was obviously a dumb assumption. Anyway, they will face one at a time. The first dragon is the water God dragon, Mercfovia. Once worshiped as a God in Elmina, team Natsu will head there to find clue of it’s location. In a flashback it is revealed that the reward for finishing the quest is “anything they desire.” It’s unlikely that he really mean “anything,” but it will be interesting to see what they as for. Meanwhile, Gajeel and Juvia begin to investigate (with Gajeel in a detective outfit) Touka. Finally, as team Natsu arrive in Elmina they are watched by two people.

Fairy Tail 100 years quest: Chapter 2 review

Chapter 2, Pedigree of Dragon Slayers, begins with Ezra questioning Elefseria “who he is.” Considering that Magia Dragon is suppose to be a guild, the fact that there’s no wizards surprises her. Elefseria explains that all the wizards had died. With new wizards joining the newer guilds, the old guild were left without members. Natsu and Wendy “smell” something weird, Natsu asks him if he’s human. He reveals that he is human.

Elefseria has survived this long due to his turning into a dragon after overusing his dragon-slaying magic. In typical manga fashion, Elefseria begins to perv out on Lucy, transforming himself into a tiny version of himself and ends up in Lucy’s cleavage. Anyway, he reveals that he taught himself dragon-slaying magic. The only wizard to survive the quest is Gildarts.

They all sign oaths saying “they won’t talk about the 100 year quest, and that he or the Magic Council won’t be responsible if they die.” Lucy intimidated, questions whether she should go but she remembers that Virgo told her that ” she would have a fateful reunion on Giltena.” The quest is to “seal away the five dragons of Giltena known as “The Five God Dragons“. Each dragon is stated to rival the power of Acnologia. Dragons in Fairy Tail never really seem all that powerful or threatening compared to other wizards. It also seems that most wizards have dragon-slaying magic undermining how special the magic is.

Fairy Tail 100 years quest: chapter 1 review, the first guild and best guild

As I’ve written before I’m rather lukewarm on the Fairy Tail series. It was confirm a while ago that a sequel to Fairy Tail will be illustrated by Atsuo Ueda with storyboards by Hiro Mashima. The sequel takes place directly after the events of the original. After defeating, Acnologia and Zeref the Fairy Tail guild is better than ever. The chapter begins in the year X633, an elderly man stand among corpses of a village as he states that “magic is not evil and that wizards must come together as one.” This day marked the day that first wizarding guild was established.

In the present, Max introduces 3 new members to Fairy Tail. Only one manages to remain as Laxus scares two of them off. The remaining member is Touka, she claims that she wants to “be in the same guild as Natsu.” She claims that he’s her “darling sweetheart,” stunning everyone. Natsu apparently rescued her from bandit’s a year prior. Makarov explains that Natsu wasn’t presence because he was attempting to fulfill the “Hundred Year Quest.”

The Fairy Tail universe is expanded as we see Team Natsu on the continent of Giltena. They arrive at the “world oldest guild,” Magia Dragon. While in the building Natsu and Wendy start to feel the presence of a dragon. This dragon introduces himself as “the Law Dragon Elefseria,” he asks them to fulfill there wishes. Fairy Tail has always been a rather ordinary manga, likable and well drawn the series didn’t really move the shonen genre forward. Fairy Tail doesn’t need to do this to be good, however, being so predictable can be disappointing.

The art-style of Atsuo Ueda is pretty good. It is very similar to that of Hiro Mashima, although the characters do feel more mature, detailed and taller. I don’t know what to expect from this series considering that Ueda is different from Mashima. Like Eden Zero, I don’t expect Fairy Tail 100 Year’s Quest to be much different. Furthermore, Fairy Tail has seen multiple spin-off’s that varied in length, I wonder how long this manga series will be. A series centered around one quest no matter how difficult probably won’t be 500 chapters long.

Sting to the rescue and Natsu’s childhood

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Fairy Tail Chapter 510

Fairy Tail

Chapter 510 – Natsu Heart

Porlyusica tells the others that Juvia and Gray will be fine due to Brandish and Wendy’s aid. The mass inside Natsu’s body cannot be alter with Brandish’s magic. Porlyusica admits that even her abilities a insufficient to help Natsu. They assume that the mass is E.N.D, meanwhile, Natsu’s body begins to emit smoke. Lucy feels a cold breeze coming from Natsu. We see Natsu’s, inside of his heart according to Zeref.

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The Dragon attack

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What’s in Natsu’s heart

Zeref tells Natsu that he will die soon. He says that he came into the heart of Natsu to fill in the gaps in his memories. Natsu is shown his parents from years ago, and the village was attacked by a dragon, Natsu, his mother and father were killed. Zeref claims that he resurrected Natsu as his final demon E.N.D. He said that he was entrusted to Igneel, where he meet the other dragon slayers like Gajeel. Zeref disappears and is replaced with Sting, who offers to show what is living inside of Natsu.

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The White Dragon Slayer, Sting arrives to save his friends

Sting verses Larcade

While, Sting searches for Rogue and Lector, he smells the others and heads in their direction. He arrives to save the his friends from Larcade. He’s quickly dismissive of Sting’s abilities. Larcade uses his tentacle attack on Sting, who proceeds to consume it, claiming that “nothing white” can hurt him. He says that he doesn’t see them getting along and Larcade smells like Natsu. This chapter was a slow one, but a good change in pace. The being in Natsu’s “heart,” was confusing. I found it sad that Natsu actually was killed during the dragon attack. I don’t have a great deal of faith that Sting will defeat Larcade, mostly because he’s already injured.

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Rahkeid Dragneel dominates Kagura on the battlefield

Chapter 509

Jellal defeated by August

Jellal lies beaten on the ground of battlefield. He finds it difficult to comprehend that he was defeated along with the rest of Crime Sorciere, by August. After stepping on Jellal, August asks why he would put himself in opposition to Zeref. Jellal states that he did learn his lesson and saw the light, meaning Ezra. August informs Jellal that Zeref has a child, a son name Rahkeid. As August leaves, Jellal attempts to stand so he can protect Erza.

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Kagura defends herself from attack

Rahkeid Dragneel faces off against Kagura

Meanwhile, Rahkeid Dragneel introduces himself to Kagura. He’s the child of Zeref and Mavis, and nephew of Natsu. Rahkeid attacks Kagura with Blades of light, she easily deflects them, demanding that he get of the hilltop and face her. Kagura single handily cuts the hill in half, Rahkeid responds by using his magic to create tentacles made of light.
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He believes that Kagura will succumb to the pleasure the tentacles induce. Kagura bites her own tongue, countering the effects of Rahkeid spell. Kagura quickly steps in to attack Rahkeid. However, Rahkeid blocks her attack with his bare hands. He tells Kagura that he, along with August, Eileen are exceptional. Rahkeid strikes her with his fingers. She collapses, leaving the rest of Fairy Tail shocked. August implies that only Rahkeid’s mother Mavis can defeat him.

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Kagura shows off her power

Rahkeid, Zeref, Natsu and Mavis

I was impressed with Kagura’s fighting in this chapter. However, I think it would have been better if they had a more convincing battle. The family relation in Fairy Tail is starting to get convoluted. Regardless, I have a hard time to imaging Zeref and Mavis together. It’s likely that Mavis and Rahkeid will face off against each other. It think that this will be an interesting battle, however, I would imagine that Mavis will be apprehensive about fighting her son.

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Rahkeid defeats Kagura

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My Hero Academia

Chapter 110 – Rescue Maneuvers Continued

Yoarashi Inasa, aka Gale, uses his wind powers to move rubble with surgical precision. However, he is penalized for being too reckless. He response favorably and ends his technique. The students continue to discuss what they should or shouldn’t do in regard to the situation. The exam is clearly designed to teach the students to work together and hone their quirks. If he students learn the scope and limitation of their quirks, so that they can be more effective heroes.

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However, according to one civilian the students “waste too much resources” and aren’t likely to pass as a result. Katsuki runs into two civilians with arm injuries, he rudely tells them to keep moving. He concludes that “refuses to help them since they can still move their legs.” He is actually not penalized for not helping them, but for his rude language. Izuku brings another injured child to the healing shelter, meanwhile, Gang Orca arrives, adding another problem onto the current situation. The testing has gotten more interesting and it seems that the students aren’t doing too well.

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It’s important that the students learn to work together, and even some of the student’s have decided to work with other classes. With, Gang Orca now an additional problem has increased the difficultly. I wonder how the students can balance the injured civilians with Gang Orca. I can assume that some of the more fight oriented students like, Katsuki will fight and students like Izuku will save the civilians. It will be interesting to see which behavior is ranked higher.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 505 – Trump Card

Eileen, the scarlet despair, uses her “enchant,” spell to change the soldiers into “berserker’s.” The soldiers abilities are enhanced, but they lose their ability to reason. Ezra attacks the berserker, to no avail as they are impervious to injury. With the large number of soldiers the Fairy Tail guild, is in trouble. Makarov accessing the situation aims to end the fight with the use of Fairy Law. The members of Fairy Tail are excited at the use of this spell and they feel that the battle will be won as a result.

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Mavis arrives and informs Makarov that she has a plan that can save everyone. Makarov tells her that he will sacrifice himself for his “family.” He enacts his final spell, “Fairy Law.” His sacrifice has all the fairy tail members in tears. I think that Makarov’s sacrifice was hasty, as Mavis may have had a plan. He also seemed to think that Mavis didn’t love or care for the members of Fairy Tail. Anyway, his death will likely turn the tide of battle in their favor.

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One Piece

Chapter 842 – the Power of Fullness

Luffy continues his consumption of the biscuit soldiers as Cracker creates more. Nami comes to Luffy’s aid by using rain to soften the soldiers. Luffy seems full and Nami tells Cracker that Luffy has “unlimited hunger.” Luffy continues to eat the soldiers, meanwhile, at Sweet City, the civilians are shocked when they see Chopper and Carrot running through the mirrors. In Germa Kingdom, the preparations for the wedding is ready and Sanji is healed by his sister.

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Sanji and his family begin their trip to Whole Cake Chateau. We return to the Seducing Woods, where we see that Luffy has reached his limit. Cracker believes that this is his opportunity to attack Luffy. Luffy uses his current size to reveal a new form of Gear Fourth, Tankman. Cracker is unimpressed and attacks Luffy with Pretzel. His attacks are absorbed by Luffy, a long with Crackers entire body. Luffy shoots out Cracker like a cannon ball.

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The story feels like it’s reaching toward a climax. Sanji is finally coming to Whole Cake Chateau, while Chopper and Carrot seem to be heading there as well. I think Cracker has finally been defeated and with Nami’s new found power over the homies, they would be heading there as well. I like that Nami got to be more effective in this fight. I wonder how far the homies will follow her.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 479

Who you should show the

greatest respect to is.

 

I criticized the previous chapter for neglecting Lucy and not allowing her to fight on her own. However, she does shine in this chapter. Natsu and Lucy take on Jacob and he dominates them in hand to hand. Jacob decides to destroy the guild with his ability. Lucy tells Jacob that his comrade’s, “Brandish and Lackey”.

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He release them and Lucy quickly took advantage and used Gemini spirit. She clones Lackey, receiving some criticism from the other because Lackey isn’t strong. However, she has a different plan in mind. She uses “Marin’s “Rules of the Area” to cancels out Jacob’s “Transport.” This results in the entire guild returning. Natsu defeats Jacob with Blaze Dragon King’s Demolition Fist. I really like this chapter it was a quick fight, but I like the cleverness of Lucy.

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One Piece

Chapter 821

Understood

It seem completely logical to me that Zunisha, could “speak.” I mean this is One Piece after all. Jack’s plan of attack made sense, but his assumption that a giant elephant didn’t. Luffy’s connection to previous great warrior’s in One Piece (Gol D. Roger, Kozuki Oden) wasn’t too surprising. However, Momonosuke’s connection was, although he is the son of Oden.

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Regardless, Zunisha’s story was interesting, but we didn’t get details. Momonosuke finally gives Zunisha’s the order to attack. Zunisha uses it’s massive trunk to demolish, Captain Jack and his crew. After everything calms down, Luffy announces that the Strawhats will be departing. Finally, we see Scratchmen Apoo as he informs Kaido that they lost contact with Jack.

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Another solid One Piece chapter. The climax of this arc ended surprisingly quickly. However, I doubt Captain Jack is dead. While, I enjoyed this arc I’m glad we are moving on. I’m excited to see what happens with Luffy, the Strawhat’s and the Yonko Big Mom and Kiado. Luffy intent’s to avoid them, but I doubt he will especially if you consider his personality.

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Bleach

Chapter 668

Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Personally, I find Gerard’s power silly. Many of the abilities of the Sternritter’s where like his (in term’s of plausibility). According to him, Gerard’s power The Miracle “gives form to the desires and emotions of the masses, which is what increased his size and made Hoffnung unbreakable.” Hitsugaya wastes his time trying to “help,” but does take notice of Kenpachi’s removal of his eye patch.

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The “plan,” Byakuya and Hitsugaya formed was obviously doomed from the start. Nobody is going to get in Kenpachi’s way. Gerard, finally gets the upper hand an knocks Kenpachi to the ground. Yachiru Kusajishi appears, she tells Kenpachi that “that the fun has only just started,” and “that Kenpachi would be able to cut down anyone if he used her properly.” Kenpachi finally uses his Bankai.

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Some might criticize Kubo for ignoring the standards the he created for obtaining a Bankai. Considering the fact that:

To achieve Bankai, one must be able to materialize and subjugate their Zanpakuto spirit. Materialization means the opposite of getting dragged into the Zanpakutō’s inner world: the wielder needs to summon the Zanpakutō’s spirit into the physical world. It usually takes 10 years or more to achieve, plus the experience needed to master it. Despite the Zanpakutō spirit being subjugated for their Shinigami to learn Bankai, the Zanpakutō also becomes stronger and learns Bankai at precisely the moment their Shinigami learns it. Even though Bankai is the final stage of a Zanpakutō, it does not mean the Shinigami’s growth ends there. A Bankai, especially one recently obtained, can evolve even further as its Shinigami gets stronger.

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However, two characters have been able to achieve Bankai in an alternate manner.

Ichigo Kurosaki and Kisuke Urahara are the only known individuals who have attained Bankai through a far shorter, yet much more dangerous method. Using a special device created by Urahara, which forcibly materializes a Zanpakutō spirit (thus bypassing a large portion of the training), they attained their Bankai within three days instead of the normal hundreds of years. After successfully testing the device and achieving Bankai, Urahara stated training by using this method for more than three consecutive days could prove to be fatal, which is why Ichigo was forced to achieve his own Bankai within three days.

Considering, that both Urahara and Ichigo are war potentials like Kenpachi, it makes sense that he could achieve bankai differently. He has already been established as a Shinigami of extraordinary ability, often defying logic. It will be interesting to see how his Bankai and relationship to Yachiru are explained. Most importantly I can’t wait to see Kenpachi’s Bankai.

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Fairy Tail

Chapter 477

Transport

Natsu, Happy and Lucy step in to save Mavis

We are introduced to another of the “twelve spriggan members,Jacob Lessio. Mavis notes that she is concerned that there isn’t any movement among in he east. Jacob quickly confirms Mavis’s initial thoughts. He touts his ability as an assassin, claiming that he has “never” failed.

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He explains the best practice of assassins. He uses his ability to “move” the Fairy Tail guild into another dimension. Mavis is shocked when Jacob can see her. He quickly starts to attack her. He asks for the location of her body. He offers an exchange. The Fairy Heart for the return of the Fairy Tail members.

“How about instead, I turn your sorry ass into ash…”

Mavis questions his sincerity, when Lucy  interrupts Jacob but kicking him in the back off the head. Jacob is surprised to see that Lucy and Happy avoided his “space magic.” Lucy explains that, Horologium save both her, Natsu and Happy. Jacob decides that he going to “slice” Lucy into pieces. He throws a dagger at her head and Natsu blocks it.

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I’m glad to see the original team of Natsu, Lucy and Happy back together. Nothing really profound occurred in this chapter as it was primarily just set up of the upcoming battle. Part of me thought Lucy would defeat Jacob by herself. However, the history of Fairy Tail, Lucy almost never defeats anyone. Anyway, love to see what Natsu brings to this fight.

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One Piece

Chapter 820

Dog and Cat Have a History

Neko and Inu share their history

Inuarashi and Nekomamushi recount their past. They reveal that they were the “vassals” for Lord Oden. The were aboard the ships of both Roger and Whitebeard. The Strawhat’s are understandably shocked by these revelations. The samurai also have meet with Whitebeard.

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Nami interrupts them, asking about “the connection between the path set by the Log Pose and the four Road Poneglyphs,” but is interrupted when she mentions Crocus. Inuarashi says that “the journey she currently has made the destination redundant.” He confirms that “one already needs to know the language of the poneglyphs before they reach the end.” 

“Well, Neko and I both, for a time, rode aboard Roger’s ship”

The Straw Hat’s celebrate Nami’s ability as a navigator. Neko say’s that he was gathering samurai for their war against Kaidou. He says that they need to fine the former first commander of the Whitebeard pirates, Marco the Phoenix. Luffy remembers that Marco protected him during the war.

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Neko reveals that Whitebeard’s crew have basically disappeared. Blackbeard’s crew clashed with Whitebeard’s former, leaving the Whitebeard crew demolished. This encounter gave the rise to Blackbeard becoming a Yonko. They decided to split up, but meet in the Wano country. The minks, reunite with Raizou as Luffy and the others prepare to go get Sanji. Zou start shacking (crying) as Luffy hears a voice.

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One Piece continues to expand it story history. The demise of the Whitebeard pirates was heartbreaking. We were told that the Blackbeard pirates have terrorized the pirate community. Stealing the devil fruit powers from various pirates. Blackbeard being brought back up reminded me that when we last saw his crew, they were going to be in conflict with the Revolutionary Army. One Piece has so much going on right now, I’m really excited.

 


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Bleach

Chapter 666

Empty Hall of the Puppet Temple

Kenpachi returns

You would think that after have one’s heart ripped out Askin would be dead right. Well you would be wrong. Kisuke explains what we already know, that he think far ahead to prepare for most predictable outcomes. According, to him “1000 what-if scenarios.” Grimmjow, unceremoniously attacks Askin again, stabbing him with his claws.

Unsurprisingly, this fails to kill Askin. He announces that he has basically a “dead man’s trigger,” upon his death “the power of his Gift Ball Deluxe,” increases. He mocking claims that he is sure Kisuke will figure a way out of it. A sign that Kubo listens to his fans, Askin says he won’t bother to explain his powers again.

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Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck appears outside the Gift Ball. She seem to have suggested that Kisuke assumed that this situation was always a possibility. She also implies that she is prepared to save Kisuke and the other. Meanwhile, we head to the battle between Hitsugaya and Gerard.

“I just threw up a little in my mouth”

Hitsugaya is completely ineffective against Gerard. However, Byakuya interfere’s using his Shikai. Hitsugaya makes a height joke with Byakuya. It didn’t really land, but was interesting attempt on Kubo’s part. Anyway, Byakuya isn’t known for his sense of humor. As Gerard attack’s, his hand is severed by Kenpachi.

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This chapter was epic for one reason only, Kenpachi. It seems to make perfect sense that he would be the one to handle Gerard. Many characters in Bleach have had a my powers are “unstoppable.” Gerard is similar to Gremmy Thoumeaux or Nnoitra Gilga in this way. I would doubt that Kenpachi would need help from several Captain level Shinigami’s (he certainly with refuse them anyway).

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However, due to this I think that there may actually too many Shinigami  and Arrancar for the small number of Quincy. If my count is correct there is only three Quincy left (Gerard, Haschwalth, and Yhwach). If we assume the Askin is dead, of course. Now we have Kenpachi verses Gerard, Uryu verses Haschwalth and Ichigo verses Yhwach what will the others do, who would they fight? According to Yhwach, Uryu is powerful enough to surpass him at some-point. So he might not need help against Haschwalth, once Ichigo awakens Yhwach. I going to assume that they work together against either Yhwach or Gerard. We’ll see.