Bleach 553 Review – “Frozen Cross”
Again with the crazy resilience!
As Cang Du advances towards Hitsugaya, one of the wings given to him by Hyorinmaru fall off due to Urahara’s pill. At the same time, Hitsugaya stands up, with one of Hyorinmaru’s wings. As Cang Du watches, he realises that his medallion has returned to normal, and asks what Hitsugaya did to steal back his Bankai. He replies that maybe Hyorinmaru just wanted to come back, and prepares to confront Cang Du.
|Seriously, how can you still stand?|
Meanwhile, BG9 is currently about to dissect Sui-Féng when he notices Marechiyo on a roof opposite him. For whatever reason, BG9 allows Marechiyo to get close enough to give the pill to Sui-Féng, and it’s absorbed into her hand. He gives a fumbled explanation of what it does, and BG9 immediately realises that his connection to Sui-Féng’s Bankai isn’t working properly. She wakes up and explains what’s happening to him, and activates her Bankai.
|Thank you, Kubo, for that lovely dose of nightmare fuel.|
Asking Marechiyo to brace her against the impact, she fires her Bankai at BG9, who by this point has retreated to a faraway rooftop. He appears to take a direct hit, and the Bankai explodes in mid-air, presumably taking BG9 with it.
Back with Cang Du, it transpires that the Bankai isn’t returned to its original owner instantaneously, as he and Hitsugaya are having a battle whilst both using Hyorinmaru. As he sends a lance of ice towards Hitsugaya, it bends away at the last second, and smashes harmlessly into the ground. It would seem that the Bankai won’t attack itself, and so Cang Du has to resort to using physical attacks, which Hitsugaya blocks easily with Hyorinmaru.
Cang Du begins to get annoyed with the fact that Hitsugaya keeps referring to the Bankai as if it has a soul, and states that he doesn’t believe in pantheism. When Hitsugaya asks if that’s really the case, he gets a reply from Hyorinmaru, who manifests himself as a huge dragon made of ice. At this point, Cang Du’s wings have completely vanished, and he realises that Hitsugaya is once again in complete control over the Bankai.
Before Cang Du can prepare an attack, Hitsugaya launches one of his own, enveloping his opponent in ice. When the attack is over, Cang Du has been trapped in a huge cross-shaped pillar of ice, and Hitsugaya makes a one-liner that wouldn’t seem out of place in a Bond film.
To be honest, this chapter disappointed me somewhat. After the interesting developments of last week’s chapter, this one seemed to just lose some excitement. Cang Du was defeated without revealing what his ability was, and BG9 was beaten without much effort either. Of course, it’s still possible that they’re alive, and that they’ll come back in a manner similar to how Harribel and Baraggan did during the Fake Karakura Town arc.
I was also a bit annoyed at how, despite being beaten nearly to death, the Captains were still able to activate their Bankais with ease. When Isshin was fighting the Proto-Arrancar in the most recent flashback arc, one wound from Aizen was enough to prevent him from activating his Bankai, and yet Hitsugaya and Sui-Féng can do it despite having been impaled, burned and blown up. It just doesn’t really make any sense to me.
Changing the subject somewhat, I’ve noticed that there’s been a bit of debate over the information revealed in last week’s chapter – namely, the fact that Hollows are extremely poisonous to Quincies, but for some reason Arrancars aren’t. I imagine that the reason Arrancars aren’t as deadly to Quincies is to do with the fact that they’ve become more like a Soul Reaper than they were as Hollows, and that mitigates the effects of the ‘poison’. However, just in case this explanation made no sense (or is just plain wrong), then I’ve made a chart below that may explain things better (and yes, it is a modified Pokémon type chart). A black box means that the attacking species is completely ineffective against the defending species, a red box means that the attacking species is not very effective against the defending species, a yellow box means that both species are on par with each other, and a green box means that the attacking species is super effective against the defending species. Hope this helps!
|Yeah, humans get shafted a lot.|
…By the way, isn’t Marechiyo’s sister still bleeding out?
Good Things: The Captains have a fully-reliable way of regaining their Bankais.
Hitsugaya’s Bond one-liner.
Bad Things: Fights were over too easily.
The Captains can activate their Bankais despite being 90% dead.
Manga Rating: 2.5/5
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