Just a few notes.

I'm up to the point where Ichigo defeats Byakuya, Rukia gets rescued, and a massive info-dump begins.

This is going to sound like a litany of complaints, which is unfair because obviously I didn't read this far because I wasn't enjoying it, and there is a great deal to like, BUT

Arrrrgh! Rukia has done nothing for something like ten volumes but sit around passively waiting to die, and now she just got rescued and passively carried away. Arrrrgh!

Chad, Orihime, and Ishida have not only been virtually absent for volumes on end, but even though they got to do a little fighting at the beginning and early-middle of the arc, nothing they did was decisive or did anything to further the general goal of the mission. That is not what I want to have happen when a team of heroes I am emotionally invested in goes on a mission. Ishida supposedly lost his Quincy powers-- did he really? Where's his angst? What does Chad think about all this? Is Orihime relieved or regretful that she doesn't have to do any more fighting? What happened to my Scooby gang?!

Ichigo has been absent for, if not volumes, chapters on end while characters whom I am not invested in and, in some cases, am not even sure who they are, fight for reasons I am unclear about. At one point Hinamori and Hitsugaya were fighting each other, and I could not for the life of me recall who either of them were. Note to Tite Kubo, not that he cares: If your name is not Ichigo, Rukia, Ishida, Chad, Orihime, Yoruichi, or oh all right, Soi Fong or Renji, I don't care.

That being said, I did very much like the Yoruichi/Soi Fong plotlet, and that Zangetsu's bankai form looks exactly like... an ordinary katana.

Despite all this bitching, more YSI chapters would be greatly appreciated. Now that I've come this far, I at least want to know how it all turns out.

From: [identity profile] tharain.livejournal.com

At a glance I thought it said "Massive Spoilers For Everything Through 1968" and I thought, "If they didn't read their history, tough. Spoil it."

From: [identity profile] thomasyan.livejournal.com

Aside: I was trying to remember why the number 168 seemed familiar/special. I guess it's because it's the number of hours in a week: 24*7 = 168.

So it shouldn't surprise you that I'm the kid in AP calculus or maybe math club who, when the teacher asked if anyone saw any significance to 864, said, "Oh, hey, neat! That's half of 1728, which is 123!"

Or that I remember how many pages in Russell and Whitehead's Principia Mathematica it took them until they were able to prove/derive that 1+1 = 2. It is page 362 = 1 + 192.

From: (Anonymous)

As a completely Non Math Person, I just blinked at this, and then boggled at the concept that there are brains that work this way. I think it's very cool that there are, I just can't imagine it. I can barely remember my PIN numbers and phone numbers.

From: [identity profile] thomasyan.livejournal.com

Zangetsu's bankai form looks exactly like... an ordinary katana.

Which pisses Byakuya off, since he thinks the bankai should be BIG. Dude, it's not the size the counts, it's how you use it! *snicker*

I did very much like the Yoruichi/Soi Fong plotlet

I have lots of trouble determining gender in this manga. I realized the weird boy with Urahara was male, but I thought the pretty-boy that took on Ganju was a woman, and I initially thought Tousen was part of the lesbian ninja pair that [livejournal.com profile] coffeeandink mentioned, and was underwhelmed. Then I realized it was Yoruichi/Soi Fong, speaking of which, the scanlation of the chapter where Yoruichi shows up, refers to her as "her", giving away her gender. Which I noticed, but then ignored because it didn't seem to mean much, but which confused me when the cat had a deep male voice in the anime.

I have more thoughts, but they'll have to wait until you've seen the end of the Soul Society arc.

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