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DVD Review: Bleach Series 8 Part 2

Includes episodes 160 – 167

As Part 1 introduced us to the various enemies Ichigo, Chad, Rukia, Uryu and Renji had to defeat, Part 2 sheds light on whom the Espada are and why they are fighting for Lord Aizen. Each Espada is a formidable enemy who tests the heroes to the maximum. This provides lots of entertainment as it is easy to get into their minds and how they work.

The first few episodes concentrate on Rukia as she has met Aaroniero, an Espada who has a history originally as a Hollow altered by Aizen. In an earlier season of Bleach, he was the Hollow who attacked Kaien Shiba’s wife, and then he had been altered so he could, once he touched it, render a Soul Reaper’s weapon useless. He then got inside his body and took over his mind as well.

Rukia recalls her memories of being with Kaien, serving under him, and even acting as his friend. She had a great respect for him and an unlikely bond with a superior officer and she appreciated that he treat her like he would any other officer as everyone else treat her as though she was above them due to her being taken in as a part of the Kuchiki family, a noble house. There is also a lot of regret in her heart about his death. Rukia has to settle her old doubts before she can fight her enemy.

The episodes concentrate on at least two main characters and their conflict with each Espada. Uryu and Renji have to deal with Szayel Apporo Grantz while Ichigo is set to kill Ulquiorra Schiffer for forcing Orihime to come to Hueco Mundo, resulting in her being considered a traitor by the Soul Society.

So far we know that the Arrancar and Hollows are the bad influences of the story, but there are a few Arrancars who have a comedic side; Pesche, Dondochakka and Bwabbawabba are Neliel Tu Oderschvank’s playmates, but are revealed to have a more in depth role later on. Neliel, or Nel as she is referred to by Ichigo, is an Arrancar baby with half a cracked skull on her face. Even though she is very young, she is surprisingly strong, and as Ichigo finds out, her saliva can heal an injured person.

To add more interest to this arc, there is more to know about how Arrancars came about. Hollows eat human souls, and sometimes each other. This makes them Gillians, then Gillians eat each other and become Adhuchas, and the next step up from that is Vasto Lordes. This shows the evolution of D.Roy and Grimmjow Jeagerjaques.

Grimmjow has his own story of how he came to be an Espada, and it is a sad one of loneliness and savagery. For him, his whole life has been a case of kill or be killed, and the survival of the fittest. It is very apt that he is represented as a panther as he thinks he is the king of the jungle. Each Espada has his or her own personal identities and flaws. Grimmjow is angry and violent, while Szayel is overconfident and insane, but also unusual; he thinks he is superior to his enemies in battle and that can be his undoing. One thing that can be said of this series is the battles, they are of epic proportions and carry on for a long while, at times from episode to episode, and there is always the feeling that one can’t wait to see who will win.

With a story that is funny and serious, romantic and sad, it has a lot to offer those who like to take in a different kind of anime.


Label: Manga Entertainment 

Release date: 14th May 2012

Certificate: 12

Running time: 200 mins

Genre: Anime/Action

Director: Noriyuki Abe

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Sandie has a keen interest in Anime, Manga and all things Japanese. Her interests other than reviewing are Japanese Language, dress and culture, liking Harajuku Girls, Gothic Lolita, folding some neat Origami, drawing her own Manga characters, writing her own Manga stories and everything in between.

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