Ichigo and friends saved the day, leaving us with no Soul Reaper casualties!
Unfortunately, it seems that Kubo still hasn’t gotten over his issue with killing off characters. At the end of the last chapter, it seemed that one of the two characters had died, but this chapter showed that was not the case. With a quick appearance from Ichigo and others, the hollows were eliminated swiftly, allowing both characters to be saved and healed at Ichigo’s home.
Most of the chapter took place over at Ichigo’s home, however, Kubo was swift to jumpstart the plot of the arc. I would have preferred the chapter to have solely consisted of getting to know the characters, whom most people probably didn’t have time with them enough to entomb the names. However, with the final arc, it seems Kubo may have wanted to deliver on making this the best arc yet, worthy of being the final one, to being something that excited all readers. To do that, he probably had to streamline the plot and action and waste no time fleshing things out, such as character relations.
Regardless, the tearing, the name of the chapter, seemed to refer to something that Hiyori saw in one part of Karakura. Meanwhile, in Soul Society, Ikkaku and Yumichka were rushing to deliver some news relating to people in Rukongai vanishing. Finally, in Ichigo’s house, a possible arrancar arrived and introduced himself. With these three events going on, as well as a mystery man in the previous chapters observing the hollows and entities in Soul Society taking out hollows swiftly, there is much that this arc has to keep our attention.
I hope most of the points are elaborated upon and not glazed over for speed. Also, I wonder if it’s just one entity involved in all of these incidents, or if it’s multiple ones. It would be interesting if we have a group of entities and then all are tied together under one super powerful antagonist. Ultimately, this setup has left us with a decent chapter that is great for the second one this arc.
GO Rating: 3.5/5