So, I just decided to write a little about some things that are going through my mind after reading Bleach 611.
I loved the whole Ichibei x YH fight, it was beautiful, the art was incredible, and it had many surprises, specially because everybody knew how it was going to end.
Now, Bleach 611 starts with YH talking about where Ichibei died. I loved this because Ichibei's feet seem to be where Ichibei said the fight was going to end, but his head was 3 steps away, where YH predicted. Of course you can't measure 3 steps there, but it seems like it. We all know that YH can see the future now, but how about Ichibei? Could he feel something, or was it pure trash talk??
Then we had basically 4 pages (2 + a double page) showing the same thing, the SK's palace, and that's what drives me crazy, why Kubo, why?!?!?! Your chapters are already short and you do that to us ¬¬
Well, another problem was the title, it might not be a big deal if the SK isn't really dead, but it'd be so much better to save it for us to see him being stabbed than to tell right in the title that he's going to die. It ruined the climax of the chapter, or the only 5/5 part of it. Anyway, most people didn't like what happened to Ichibei. I personally did. I liked the way he died, loved the way his parts were just laying there, and although I'd prefer him to stay dead, I think the way he came back tells more than we can understand right now, specially because he used Ichigo's powers to do so.
Kubo likes to use religious approaches and analogies in Bleach. There are lots of fight analysis that show us that, I remember one about Uryu, Renji and Szael and Mayuri, it was great. So, what I think is that now the monk is clearly related to buddhism, and as they believe in mantras, so he believes that words possess powers, although for some people that's "loads of shit" as it is for Ichigo, the monk still is able to use it. It's cool that until now only YH and Ichibei called him by his name.
I think in the end, Kubo is trying to connect several religions he may know about. Bleach would be like the conflicts inside his head about everything he believes and he studied to create his own ideas and beliefs. In that scenario, the monk and his words are the buddhism, while, of course, YH is related to christ. Now the thing is, I always thought YH was related to GOD itself, that what his name means. But the thing is, he could also be related to Jesus, and his name could be something Kubo did to trick us. Why is that? Because that's not his name, that's how people called him or named him. That itself explain two possible things:
1 - Kubo doesn't believe the first name used for GOD in the bible was GOD's name, it's Kubo way of saying that people wrote the bible and created the name, or;
2 - Kubo wanted to show us how much people need to create or believe in a God, so they named the miracle kid after him.
If YH is an analogy for Jesus, then this chapter would show us how Kubo sees this whole GOD/Jesus scenario. If you think that there was a God, he could be real or made up, and there was a book, the old testament, and people would live according to that god's rules (something like the soul king). Now, there his son, Jesus, and try not to think about Jesus as God, but as different things. Jesus could have powers or not, it doesn't matter, what matters is that this MAN was so incredible he made everyone believe he's god, or that the GOD known as ONE is now also three. Nowadays, Jesus and God are almost the same to people, but this "new" God is so different from the old GOD when you compare the old and new testaments. So, God is not human, but Jesus, son of God as every other human being, with powers or not, convinced almost everyone to follow him, therefore, Jesus "killed" the old God, creating this new concept of a benevolent all forgiving god, or in other words, the new testament nullifies the old one. That is what YH killing the soul king means, the son killing the god (father). The miracle son, or the son whose powers come from people; What made Jesus into a "god" is the fact that people believed in him as one. * I'm not saying this as a personal opinion, and just trying to come up with a way of seeing things that is possible for japaneses about christian culture and stuff, and maybe for Kubo ( I personally think Kubo does not believe in any God, but I might be completely wrong)
There's a book by Bart D. Ehrman called How Jesus Became God, I haven't read it yet but I think the title speaks for itself. Anyway, what do you think about all of this??
If YH is indeed the SK's son, doesn't that make all Quincies more special, even Ichigo would be closer to the SK, what would that mean to him? a blood connection to YH and the SK!!?!?!
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Do you think Bleach will end in 2015, this last chapter makes me believe so, that would mean we would have only approximately 40~50 chapters left. Do you think that's enough to explain everything there's to be explained, all the bankais yet to see. I mean, Ichigo is very close to YH, if Kubo start showing other fights and leave that to the final it'll be in the end of 2015. But what about all the characters that we still didn't see fighting? I can't believe Bleach will end so fast, I don't want to believe, I need at least another turn back the pendulum. Robert Accutrone's speech shows that he knows YH long enough to have survived one "selection", maybe in the first war 1000 years ago. We have to see that, and Shinji's, Urahara's, Shunsui's, Aizen's and Ukitake's bankai. I just hope WS Jump is not pressing Kubo to end things earlier.
Sorry for this long text guys, you're a fighter if you've reached the end!!