My current line-up:
-Key the Metal Idol
-Ghost in the Shell
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I recognize that game and saw your review of blue exorcist. Love that game btw. I can't really get the new one if it only comes out for ps3.
I'm finally responding to your post!!! I am really, really enjoying the fullbringer arc, but at the same time dreading when they might start another filler. It's a bit different when you have to wait every week for the next episode rather than marathoning the entire show. But, it does give me something to look forward to every week. When it goes into filler, I'm going to be upset!!! Having to wait every week for a new episode and then having to wait months through filler has given me a new understanding of why everyone says Bleach sucks. But, I love the show so I'll just have to deal with it, right? Thank you for responding and I spologize for not getting back to you sooner. I just wanted to watch some of the show before I told you what I think of the Fullbringer arc. :)
Sorry about my comment if it offended you. I had just started on this sight and had seen so many anti-Bleach reviews that I got a little upset. I mean, the only official review on this sight is literally a joke. I did comment on that, but I was told that they cannot release a real official review until the show is over. Funny that One Piece has a real official review and it's not finished yet. Anyway, I was new to Bleach and had marathoned the show till the finish within the last five months and had finished right before I made my comment. It is a LONG show. So, I've been kind of paranoid that they would end it basically when I had just found it, because so many people have commented on SOOO many sights that it has gone on way too long. But, most people are correct about the problems with the show. It is repetative. The animation value does vary wildly from scene to scene. Some of the fights are interminable, etc. But, I love the show so much that I think of it's flaws as funny, not a deal breaker. Anyway, my paranoia over the show ending was what made me write that comment and, for some odd reason, not pay attention to the good rating you gave the SS arc. Oh well, sorry. Anyway, as far as the fullbringer arc in the manga, I have only read a few chapters. I like to see the action and surprises in the anime, because you know the action in the manga is mostly squiggly lines that tell me nothing about whats going on. I have read a lot of the older chapters to either clarify the old stuff or get clues for the new stuff though. I have heard a lot of the reviews of the fullbringer arc are negative, saying Bleach has gone down hill and that it's too slow and plodding. My thoughts on the negative response is that Tite is having to start over on a brand new Aizenless arc. It's going to start out slow, because he has to lay down the framework for a brand new bad guy. I expected it and therefore I'm not that disappointed. I'm glad you are enjoying it. I really did enjoy your review and your points about the symbolism in the show. Again, I'm sorry about my negative response. :)
Fortunately for both of us, i am a fanatical reader and love writing so i don't mind lengthy posts, all the more to contemplate. Never is a long post a bother to me :)
What type of symbolism are you referring to specifically? I did notice a few references to mythology but i don't know if you are talking about the same thing. When i say "symbolism" i mostly mean something religious or occult or mythological.
What i meant by "unused potential" was that, firstly, yes i do agree with you that drawn out training/healing periods would have not been favored by majority of the viewers (what with all the other fillers), but instead of something like that, they could have included "tactics" into the battle. Instead of focusing on how Ichigo can become more powerful, they could have shown him to use some trick to defeat his opponents. That would justify the pace at which he progressed through the place. I don't really know how to explain this well but take for example the fights in Code Geass (since you have already watched that series). It was not always power that helped Lelouch defeat his enemies...know what i mean? The producers could have also shown the characters moving more stealthily through the place, using cover, buildings and tricks to get by enemy patrols. I just hoped it would seem more "realistic" and i guess that kind of gave me a bias on the overall quality of the arc (what can i say? Too much Metal Gear Solid :P)
The SS arc doesn't exactly lack any logic whatsoever, it just looks like it has been hastily put together. One thing i did like about it was Isens "murder". That part of the arc did captivate me.
Haha the Arrancar arc...I got to the point where i just accept everything that is going on. True the story is utter garbage but i personally like the characters Gin, Renji, Byakuya, Kenpachi and Mel. They keep me going through the arc. I am currently at the part where the arrancars are fighting the Court Gaurd soul reapers and it feels like the story is improving from when Ichigo and his goons were in the hollow territory just running, and running, and running.
Finally, Bleach does indeed have more to it than what meets the eye. It is not some mere child's cartoon. Like i said, Isens "murder" was a great side story of sorts. So was the whole thing between the Quincys and that weird Soul Reaper scientist guy (the one with the face paint and hot assistant :P ). Those small things really improve the show. I also found the history between the Soul society and Shinji's lot quite to my liking.
Finishing homework...yeah i was doing that. I should probably get back to it :P Looking forward to your reply
By "SS" are you referring to the Soul Society arc where Rukia is up for execution? Well i just found that arc too absurd. For nearly 100 episodes we see a group of 6 noobs cause a military base of elite soul reapers to fall into complete chaos. Not to mention Ichigo defeating every single enemy in his path, just BARELY defeating the last one before pounding the next. He fought Renji and almost died, but after a few hours later he fought Kenpachi (who is insanly more powerful than Renji) and almost died too, but then came back again...see what i mean?
The Bount arc had some interesting characters and a good plot, The emotions where stronger too.
I'm not saying i didn't enjoy the Rukia execution arc, i just found it a bit too...out of this world. I did not fail to notice the symbolism but the way the story was executed left a lot of potential unused, or so i felt