After over 10 years ongoing, Tite Kubo’s insanely popular series Bleach is finally closing in towards it’s last moments. What should have ended a year ago has milked on to have 2 more arcs, one of which is the current and final one.
You see, when it comes to anime and manga, storytelling usually leads to one big bad boss who masterminds the important events throughout a majority of the series. At some point the hero will have his final confrontation with his arch nemesis, win, and everyone lives happily ever after. Well it happened. A year ago. And somehow Kubo was able to tack on more lame characters and lackluster story well after the most important battle was already said and done. Our hero, Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki has his last (not so)epic battle against Sosuke Aizen. After years of building up to this one decisive duel, it was finished in 5 issues which would seem like a good length for a battle. But, considering there have been battles between other heroes fighting henchmen that have gone on for 10 or more issues, and each issue is a 3 minute read at most, is very short. Ichigo fought Ulquiorra for about 20 issues, more if you count the 2 other times they’ve fought. Ulquiorra was an underling, ranked 4th (technically 5th since it’s revealed the Espada are ranked 0-9 and not 1-10. A pretty stupid and unnecessary plot detail.) And all those battles were all to prepare Ichigo for the big battle.
In what should have been the end, Ichigo loses his soul reaper powers after defeating Aizen. Which should have meant he lived out the rest of his days as a normal person. If the series ended at that point there would be no complaints. He beat the bad guys, it’s over. Instead, Kubo decided to introduce a new cast of characters to a series that was already overloaded with characters which most weren’t that interesting to begin with. The new characters are even lamer. Ichigo takes on a part time job, meets more supernatural weirdos, and gets new powers. Then gets his old reaper powers back again, making losing them in the first place utterly pointless.
The idea behind the last story arc is closure. Pretty much finding out what happened to all the good guys and bad guys after the important “final” battle. Apparently some villains who should have died are suppose to come back, most likely to die again so we know it’s permanent and not up for debate. The goal of the new villains are to end everything and kill everybody, no matter what faction they are in. I used to be in love with the series but now I just want to see it finally end. I’m glad it’s happening. At least I hope so, these things never seem to stick.