Bleach Manga 358 <spoiler><pics><raw><translation>
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-Breakdown and discussion for Bleach Manga 357 is below-
Renee (aka Elfarren) back again this week with the Bleach breakdown, because apparently you boys just can’t get enough of me. ^_^ Actually, it’s more along the lines of this being a recovery week for everyone else who writes for the blog, so the man behind the curtain asked me to step in for Ero again and I have happily obliged. Shall we get started, then?
Barragan obviously never got the memo about cleanliness being next to godliness, because the guy’s got feet so killer even the gound tries to avoid his approach. We see here the effect his released zanpakuto form has, and it looks to me like anything that gets within a foot-wide radius of the man turns to dust in the wind faster than Kansas can can come up with another hit song. (For those of you who didn’t get that, you’re missing out on some great classic rock.) I started a mini debate in the comments last week about this, because it appears to me that Barragan doesn’t necessarily have to direct his zanpakuto to affect people with it, but that in essence he is his own zanpakuto and his ability raditates from him like an aura. There were some among you who disagreed with me, so it sounds like poll time, to me ^_^
In the meantime, Soifon’s situation isn’t looking any better this week. Barragan releases his morning breath “Death Breath” in her general direction and barely manages to hit her arm with it, which then proceeds to disintigrate while Soifon stares unbelievingly. What she does next makes up for her inital response, though, and reminded me why I like her character so much ^_^
No hesitation, just cut the damn thing off and let’s get on with the battle already ^_^ Soifon is hardcore right here, and I abso-freaking-lutely loved seeing Omaeda’s reaction when she ordered him to cut her arm off. If there’s ever a zombie invasion of Soul Society, you can bet your @$$ I’ll be teaming up with Soifon, because the woman knows what it takes to survive at all costs.
This dilemma presents us with an interesting situation, however, and one that I also brought up in the comments last week: how can Soifon “kill” Barragan if everything that touches him rots away and he can project his aura-like ability away from his body like this? Even if she managed to hit him with Suzumebachi once, her zanpakuto would rot away before she’d have a chance to hit him the second time, and that’s if she could avoid Barragan projecting his deadly aura to attack her. There’s also no telling if her zanpakuto could come back from nothingness like that. As far as I’ve seen, zanpakuto can reform if they’re shattered, but I’m talking destroyed to the point of there being nothing to reform. What do you think, does she have a chance?
Meanwhile, Toushirou is being as annoying as ever. After his potential comeback last week, when we all collectively groaned that the little bastard will never die, Halibel gives him the finger and tells him to go back to Little League the only way you can make an annoying little bastard like Toushirou understand …
Who else among you cheered with me when you saw this? ^_^ Toushirou is waaaayyyyy out of his league here, and Halibel has no reservations about letting him know just how beneath her level he really is. As hopeful as I am that this fight will put him out of commission, though, do you really believe this is it for Toushirou?
So that’s it for me this week. I tried to make it a bit longer in light of how ridiculously short last week’s breakdown was, so I hope you enjoyed it ^_^ Bubble contest winner below … I’m not gonna do a top ten, partly because I’m lazy and partly because I’m new at this, but last week’s winner was Mudshovel, who made me laugh pretty hard when I read this ^o^ No contest this week – there just weren’t any good panels that I saw, sorry *shrugs*