bleach 592

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Well damn.

We got a whole lot of Hitsugaya ass-kicking in this chapter, which would be nice, if it weren’t for the fact that HE IS A GODDAMN ZOMBIE!!!!1

CAPTAIN KUROTSUCHI BETTER BE ABLE TO REVERSE THIS OR SO HELP ME GOD

Also, did he just straight up kill Ikkaku and Yumichika?

BLEACH CHAPTER 592 IN A NUTSHELL (◕ω◕).

MAYURI’S CURES ARE ALWAYS A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH :P.

GISELLE, YOU KNOW YOUR ZOMBIES ARE GONNA END UP KILLING YOU ONE OF THESE DAYS RIGHT? ;)

Guys...

Yumichika was ready to die in FKT to protect the secret ability of his zanpakuto. He would have let Charlotte kill him if it weren’t for that black dome.

In 592, he was ready to release Ruri'iro Kujaku without hesitation to protect Ikkaku.

Yumichika would happily throw away his own life for something as superficial as keeping his kido-based zanpakuto a secret but when Ikkaku is in trouble it no longer matters. He values Ikkaku more than he values his own life.

I need a moment to curl up in a corner and cry.

So about Ikkaku and Yumichika...

When you think about it, their relationship has been about sacrifice from the very beginning. Mostly from Yumichika’s part, honestly, but still.

Whenever he stepped aside to give Ikkaku the better fight, when he stood there and watched, knowing he could lose his friend, but did nothing, because he knew Ikkaku’s honor was more important to him than anything, he was sacrificing his own happiness. He spend many years doing that, devoting himself to Ikkaku 100% as if his satisfaction meant more to Yumichika than his own. Yes he went crazy and tried to help him at the Fake Karakura Town pillar, but there were many other times he simply had to stand there while Ikkaku practically begged for death, because he understood that was what he wanted.

Somewhere along the lines… during this 17 month break in the Bleach universe, I guess (a lot of things changed in that time, lol - everyone got both an apperance AND a personality makeover), that’s all been turned around.

Now, they’ve come to an even bigger understanding. It’s not about sacrificing their happiness to the other can die in battle with honor. It’s about sacrificing their own LIVES to protect each other. Ikkaku broke the number one fucking rule, pushing Yumichika out of the way to save him. In doing so, it cost him his own life. Yumichika then stood between Captain Hitsugaya and an injured/dying Ikkaku to protect him, a big no-no in their beloved division. Why do they no longer give two fucks about the samurai code and Squad 11’s rules?

My theory is simple: THEY LOVE EACH OTHER MORE THAN ANYTHING IN THE WORLD

I really hope they revamp the Bleach anime and put this arc on the screen because so much crazy character development and intense shit is happening! Yes, lots of my favorites are being axed off, but at least these two got some major development first AND kicked (a little) ass first.

Bleach 592

So ONE HUGE THING happened in this chapter that I feel isn’t being talked about enough in the tumblrsphere that I think was the most important scene in the chapter.

Now I want to keep this short because I’m exhausted and want to leave my computer, but hear this.

After Toshiro stabbed Ikkaku, he moved for Yumichika. Clearly panicked, Yumichika had to defend himself after he realized his best buddy got a sword to the spine. Furious, he reacted. He proceeded to call out his zanpakutou, but he wasn’t calling out the false name that he uses in front of others.

He was summoning his true zanpakutou.

This is important for two reasons:

  • As we know, Yumichika is embarrassed to wield a kido type sword while belonging to tough guy, macho, brute force only squad 11. As a consequence, he hides it by calling out a fake name which released his sword only half way, keeping up the appearance that his zanpakutou is a melee type weapon like Ikkaku’s or anyone else’s in the squad. In fact, he has only called out his sword’s true name once to defeat Charlette when he knew no one would see it. Yumichika was willing to die rather than use his full power to easily win because he believed that revealing his true sword would disgrace him in front of the comrades he loved and felt he only belonged with on the merits that he fought using only melee abilities. So we know that it means a lot to Yumichika to keep his true abilities a secret. However, he was willing reveal it out in the open to anyone watching in today’s chapter. He was willing to give his own life to keep it a secret, so why would he release it so thoughtlessly? To save his life? We know he’s stared death in the face and still refused to release his sword in full, so he didn’t do it for his sake. He did it for Ikkaku’s. He was willing to throw his reputation and honor away in Squad 11 to save his best friend’s life. His secret may have meant more than his own life, but it didn’t mean more than Ikkaku’s.
  • Not only was Yumichika planning on releasing his sword, but he was going to aim it Toshiro Hitsugaya, Captain of Squad 10 and his superior officer. Even Mayuri recognized how much of a problem this was going to be, but Yumichika was prepared to murder Toshiro to protect Ikkaku. It didn’t matter who it was or what the consequences would have been. To Yumichika, if you put up this kid of a fight against us, you’re dead. This scene has enormous implications on the insights of what Yumichika is willing to sacrifice to protect Ikkaku. Here, duty means nothing to him. His honor in the Gotei 13 or his commitment to the oaths he swore as a soul reaper are instinctively disregarded so he can save Ikkaku’s life. This is huge for Yumichika, since as I said before, his place in the Gotei 13 and with his comrades in Squad 11 meant so much to him that he would give his life if it meant keeping all that just to keep his sword a secret, but all of that is so easily thrown away when he believes Ikkaku’s life is threatened.

And that is how best friends work.

Check mate, Kubo.

Master writing in this chapter.

Absolutely flawless character writing.