QUOTE (franzoir @ Dec 18 2012, 06:34 AM) Oh geez, why did Kubo have to bring up the Kenpachi thing again. The title of the strongest shinigami? Would'nt that be Yamamato... oh wait he is dead.. but still when he was alive Kubo is saying Unohana is stronger than him? But yet she did not leave her quarters when SS was burning to the ground. Surely, as the strongest shinigami she could help?
I already accepted a long time ago Bleach has no power structure. It would be enough just to say Unohana was the first Kenpachi but the strongest shinigami? Oh please.
As for the art of killing. Hmm.... While I did laugh at how Zaraki vs Nnoita went down, any more refinement that pulls Zaraki away from how he fought against Ichigo (which I believe is one of the series best fight to date) I am probably against.
And here is a problem I have, it seems SS have all these contingencies plan as if they knew that at one point or another the quincies would retreat. What if the quincies just decided to march on to the Soul King palace without respite. Where would SS be then? When you look back at the series, the amount of asinine decisions SS had made, it is laughable. It is amazing they have stayed in control for this long.
At one point, I thought Kyoraku was going to disband Central 46. And that would have been the first sensible decision SS would have made.
Kenpachi is strongest in terms of combat potential, physically.
And by stats, Yamamoto only had around a half of Unohana's physical strength and Unohana's OVERALL stats make her third strongest captain after Aizen and Yamaji. She outranks Yamaji in quite few stats, in terms of overall offensive power(having complete mastery over Kido for example, which was hinted in the anime filler arcs where she was casting level100 kido's without any real trouble)
And art of killing actually makes nnoitora fight make sense - Kenpachi fights without style. He is literally untrained(or more like have forgotten the training since all we know about his past is that he, due to some huge fight, has lost his memories and woke up in Rukongai with no idea who he is, thus having chosen Zaraki as name for the district he stayed and Kenpachi for its meaning and possibly for the woman he named Yachiru after)
And yeah, let's disband central and go for dictatorship - that works out well. Central 46 IS a logical structure - it just need better membership(which is now possible due to the whole SS overall having taken more liberal turn lately thanks to Ichigo). Going for a dictatorship would be the worst possible decision ever and would bring them back to the old Divisions times - something Yamamoto worked hard to go away from.
QUOTE (franzoir @ Dec 30 2012, 06:37 PM)The primary problem with the 0's is that the character designs dont look like they belong to the Bleach universe. Other people have noted they look like they are ripped straight out of the OP universe and I would agree. Even the spirit king looks somewhat like condom Aizen so I dont know what the eff happened to the 0's.
Secondly, it is not that the 0's are particularly outrageous, it is just the manga has gone back to its comical roots. Remember Rukia and Ichigo comical fights or the bwahahahaha guy. It is just for the past 6-7 years Bleach has more or less been devoid of humour. For the manga to abruptly shift back to this style coming off the back of SS destruction, Yamamato being dismantled like a common foot soldier and overall weird designs of the 0's makes for a very jarring reading experience.
Rergardless, im hoping the current zanpaktou training will lead to the reappearance of zangetsu.
now this is a pure undiluted bullshit.
I guess Love and Rose and most of Vaizards also don't belong there? Or Kanonji? Or Kon? Or most of Kubo's Zombie Powder characters? Or Zangetsu? Or Nel's friends? or SS Research Squad? The whole Bleach manga is full of strange un-bishie designs and its not surprising that for someone who is obsessed with cultural homages, Kubo would base the top-dogs of SS upon the five arguably most influential stereotypes of japanese society.
Royal Guard are self-centered eccentric bunch of egoistic authoritarian weirdos who do not care about anyone else and they look the part perfectly.
And Bleach devoid of humor? I am sorry, what? Aizen epilogue for SS was devoid of humor, every arc after that was full of it and would occasionally shift between "stuff got REALLY serious" and "oh lol this is funny" stuff. Even Deicide arc had a fair share of humor. So no. Bleach was not "devoid" of humor. We just spent a year or so on Fullbring - which was one of the more intense and serious bleach arcs so far(and even that had Riruka's tsun tsun dere dere-ness, Rukia derping over plushies and so on)
QUOTE (TNT @ Dec 31 2012, 05:36 AM)
It's even a downgrade in drawing quality.
I have to completely disagree with this.
If anything, Bleach has consistently evolved in terms of art style and currently Bleach has the best art style of the big-three and possibly frankly better than 99% of other shounen manga.