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  1. On the "Aizen psychically knowing the outcome of Ichigo's duel with Ulquiorra" issue: [LIST] [*]As has been mentioned, the fact that Ichigo is in FKT at all is a dead giveaway that he beat Ulquiorra. [*]Ichigo's mask has changed fairly conspicuously, and given his knowledge of all things Hollow, Aizen's probably aware that the altered pattern represents a power upgrade. [*]There's probably a noticeable change in Ichigo's reiatsu, as well. [/LIST] The panel showing Ichigo's DeathKnight form is an aide memoir for us, not a memory of Aizen's. Aizen isn't claiming to know the sp
  2. After the Hinamori-stabbing incident, there was a lot of debate over exactly when Aizen released his shikai. I may be way behind on the speculation here, but I just remembered this: [url]http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/376/03/[/url] [url]http://www.onemanga.com/Bleach/376/04/[/url] So Kyouka Suigetsu's effect has been active [B]at least[/B] since Aizen got bored and took out Harribel.
  3. Been lurking for a long while. Random thoughts on recent chapters: - Whoop! Tousen confirms that Vizards can access a Resurreccion form. Given that our eight ex-Soul Society Vizards have lived with their powers for a century or more, it shouldn't be too much of a stretch to assume that one or more of them will have gained this extra level of release. And, of course, this makes it very likely that Resurreccion will be Ichigo's next upgrade. My bet is that to control it, he'll need to learn the name of his inner Hollow (probably by beating it out of him in sideways-skyscraper-land). -
  4. [quote name='Gavin'][SIZE=1]Nice to see Kubo has swapped realms again without bothering to resolve the cliffhangers he creates like a better story-teller would.[/SIZE][/QUOTE] Are you sure you know what the term 'cliffhanger' means? If the cliffhangers were resolved before he switched realms, they wouldn't be cliffhangers.
  5. I agree, Gavin - Lisa's is the worst of the new batch, while Rose's and Hachi's are the coolest (though Hiyori's is still the coolest overall). Not with you on Love's at the moment - seems kind of meh - though it might grow on me once I've seen more of it.
  6. Just when we'd all forgotten about Wanderweiss, he's back. And long after we'd all forgotten about the scary one-eyed thing Hisagi saw in the Garganta waaaaaay back in chapter 178, when Aizen was escaping at the end of the Soul Society arc, that's back too, and looks like it might be even bigger than released Yammy (unless it IS released Yammy, but he definitely had two eyes). If Ukitake and Kyouraku end up going bankai to defeat Starrk, maybe whatever this thing is will force Yamamoto to go bankai too...?
  7. 'Deus ex machina' actually means 'God out of the machine', just fyi. Other than that, spot on.
  8. Hah. No way is Harribel going down that easily. I'm hoping once she gets out, she takes notice of Hitsugaya's slip-of-the-tongue about his countdown timer, and just dodges around until it reaches zero and he turns into a snowman or whatever. Also, I'd forgotten how exciting it is when a Captain says "bankai" for the first time.
  9. I suppose you could say everyone's happy with this outcome: Hitsu fangirls get to stop crying now it's been revealed he's alive and has common sense (!!!), while the rest of us will always have this panel. [center][img]http://img260.imageshack.us/img260/5603/355.png[/img][/center]
  10. Aww man, Halibel lost her scary mask jaw bit. That was my favourite bit of her character design and we got to see it for what, two chapters? Of course, she's made up for it by bisecting Li'l Frosty :animesmil It's unlikely he'll die - remember that old explanation about beheading being the only way to kill a Reaper for certain? - but last time we saw Kira he was struggling just to patch up Matsumoto's missing midriff, so he'll probably need help if he's going to reattach Hitsugaya's arm/leg/side at the same time. I'm VERY optimistic about a Vizard intervention. We haven't seen the Hue
  11. What's it about, you say? Ichigo's personal arc is all about how far you're willing to go to obtain the power you need to protect the people you love, and how much you're willing to let that power change you. That theme's really at the fore in the most recent events. If Ichigo hadn't changed, Inoue and Ishida would be dead - does that make it okay that he's turned into something so divorced from his normal self that he can't speak, only howl, and sends Inoue, the one he gained this power to protect, flying just to show off the power of his swing? We now return you to your regularly sched
  12. It'll be a spontaneous powerup [I]a la[/I] Wichigo beating up Byakuya - the powerup happens without the need to train, it's uber-powerful, but it's uncontrollable and has some deleterious effect on Ichigo (probably that his Hollow is in control of his body and, as usual, wants to eat his human soul). Once the spontaneous but dangerous powerup has boosted him to the point where he can end the fight victorious, he'll need a training arc to learn to control it, rather than rely on it to pop up spontaneously when he's in a bind, and to suppress whatever its side-effects turn out to be. I'm e
  13. Perhaps if Ichigo can learn the name of his Hollow, he can learn a controlled Resurreccion-style released state like Chad's? Everything's pointing to his needing a new addition to his arsenal, and the Arrancars are the only ones whose powers he hasn't already harnessed in some way. Maybe an Intensive Training Arc under Neriel is called for?
  14. I know what you mean. (For a start I was expecting released Ulquiorra to look horrifyingly bad-*** and he kind of doesn't.) At least next week's chapter will make up for it by being called (if I've been ticking off the sins right) 'The Lust'. Ichi x Ulqui?
  15. The human-form-equals-Vasto-Lorde thing goes like this: Vasto Lorde [B]Menos Hollows[/B] have a 100% chance of looking completely humanoid when they become Vasto Lorde [B]Arrancars[/B]. It's possible, perhaps even likely, for Adjuchas and Gillian Menos to look completely humanoid when they become Arrancars as well. They just don't have a 100% chance. Released form is irrelevant. Also, every one of the Espada bar Aaroniero looks humanoid now they're Arrancars. Grimmjow looked like a panther when he was a Menos, and now he looks human - but it's confirmed he was an Adjuchas. Basic
  16. Of course Yammy's not completely gone. He'll be back to release and pester Ishida and Inoue - perhaps we'll see Ishida, Chad and Inoue (i.e. Ishida and Chad) versus released Yammy? I quite enjoyed those two tag-teaming right at the beginning of the Hueco Mundo arc. Tenth Espada should be well within their abilities (except for the fact the KT hates Chad, so he'll get squashed flat within a chapter...) ... but I'm going off on a tangent now. Shutting up.
  17. The mine will probably goad him into releasing so Ishida can own him and make up for his shameful display of ineptitude against Espada #8. Though I'm as confused as everyone else about when he planted it, considering Ulquiorra's been standing in that tower since Aizen and company left for the living world, and Aizen and company were there in person before that. From the spoilers I thought he'd pulled off a high-speed Sprenger. I wonder if Ishida turning up will give us some idea of what Kurotsuchi found in Szayel's cupboard? Also, whut? Kurotsuchi's turned arms-dealer to a guy he does
  18. Naruto and Fukasaku guessed Konoha was under attack when they found out their messenger frog was being served up in a French restaurant. (To answer a question posed on the previous page.)
  19. As if we needed any more proof that Inoue should not be placed in a battlefield situation ... she can't even take on the Lolicars. I enjoyed the new Getsuga Tenshou variation, though. Now, I wonder why Ichigo hasn't pulled out his mask straight away in an effort to defeat Ulquiorra as quickly as possible, like the last time they fought?
  20. The Rasenshuriken had the potential to take out all of Pain's bodies at once. If you've got a potential one-hit battle win like that up your sleeve, you'd be an idiot not to use it. Quit your hatin', everyone. The Rasenshuriken is cool and you know it.
  21. Can we have a subforum on OB called the Metrosexual Corner, please? Personally I'd give Naruto the benefit of the doubt and call the Rasen-Shuriken a new jutsu (and a pretty awesome one if he really has learned to throw it). Though I concede that Kakashi and Jiraiya taught him all the underlying theory and all he had to do was put it together, it's still a unique jutsu only Naruto can perform (because it requires Sage mode to prevent it from molecularly deconstructing the wielder's throwing arm, and surplus Nine-tails chakra to sustain all the Shadow clones he'll need to perform it. Rea
  22. Though KT does have a history of not showing us crucial moments - the point where Ichigo defeats Zangetsu and gains Bankai being the main one. I expect next time he DOES need an intensive training mini-arc we'll get some explanation of some things, like the precise reason he can now hold his mask on indefinitely. (I'm fairly sure it's something to do with enjoying the fight for fighting's sake, 'humouring' his inner Hollow, if you like, rather than trying to be all holier-than-thou about fighting to protect all the time ... but it'd be nice to have it confirmed.)
  23. Ichigo deflected a Cero in the very first arc of Bleach, before he'd even learned to release his sword. More recently we've seen him deflect a Gran Rey Cero - masked, sure, but with very little apparent effort. The only time he's really been damaged by a Cero, he was a) already exhausted from Vizard mode (this being pre-Grimmjow fight, back when he could only hold it for 11 seconds) and b) protecting Nel. This time he's fresh from an Orihime healing session and giving Ulquiorra his undivided attention. Deflecting a Cero is not that big a deal at his current strength. This is how shoun
  24. Does anyone else get the feeling that KT is issuing challenges to the studio that make the anime? They've been doing some [URL="http://randomc.animeblogger.net:8000/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20198%20-%20Large%2016.jpg"][U]pretty weird censorship[/U][/URL] recently, and Halibel's costume has already been toned down in her few appearances so far (I think she's wearing some kind of skintight thingie under her zippy jacket). Now KT gives us buckets and buckets of blood as Allon tears bits off Matsumoto and Yamamoto tears bits off him, and now Halibel's flashing even more skin; it feels to me l
  25. Boo. I was gunning for Primera Espada Halibel as well. But then, I'm just glad that Old Man "Everyone Call Me Emperor Because My Head Looks A Bit Like A Crown" Barragan isn't number one. Plus, even if Halibel isn't Primera, at least she looks BAD *** with her top off! I doubt there'll be any more viewpoint flipping until Ichigo whoops Ulquiorra. I can't believe how much there still is to look forward to - Ichigo's fight should be a nice New Year treat, followed up by top Espada fighting Captains whose bankai we've yet to see, hopefully with some Vizard action, and THEN we have to see
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