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BLEACH 310 Review: S.O.U.L (sorry on unacceptable lateness)

Lemursrule February 25, 2011 User blog:Lemursrule

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Sorry I am so late with my review. I had to take care of actual important things in my life (Bleach is a hobby, not a lifestyle choice, people tend to forget that) and I had a day of utter rage on Tuesday and it wasn't about the episode, I will get to that in a bit. Plus the manga chapter was good, it looks like things are really starting to heat up. Before I begin please remember to vote for March's Featured Article, Featured Picture and Featured Quote

Act 1: Rage

OK, ugh first things first to unleash some downgraded rage. If people don't already know, a bunch of IchiRuki fans decided to make Ichigo and Rukia a trend on twitter, and they succeeded. While I am supporter of Ichiruki (but not in a romantic way, no rules saying romance must be included in pairings) and Ichihime(same reason, both relationships are important to Ichigo, therefore both parings are canon in a strange way) I had to admire for a second the dedication of fans of the IchiRuki pairing. But only for a second...because of this.
Really... Ichigo and Rukia trending more than Libya

Does anyone see something wrong about this?

I mean beating Justin Bieber fans is one thing (wow both Bieber and Bleach are two things I thought I would never mention at the same time...DAMN IT! I DID IT AGAIN!), but don't you find it disturbing that two fictional characters were getting more coverage than a situation where actual human lives were lost for a period of almost 6 hours! Yea human rights and freedom nobody cares about that crap, it's all about Ichigo and Rukia! It's because of things like this, that for the most part I HATE PAIRINGS! I mean on the one hand, it could potentially bring new fans to the series, but this was yet another attempt to get Kubo's attention and stick it to Ichihime fans. Look the man said quote on quote "Even if Barack Obama or Madonna said they liked a certain Bleach character, I would not feature them more than I would normally." In other words the guy is not going to cave in to crazy fanboys and fangirls desires, and it's his series he can do whatever he wants. The guy even apparently has a spam filter on twitter for pairing nonsense! You can scream at the top of Mount Olympus, the guy is still going to do whatever he wants. I mean I can understand doing it for harmless fun, but it is now catty and mean spirited, which is really sad, and it makes me very angry. If Orihime and Rukia were actual living people, I think they would really be disappointed in many of their fans. Bleach lately has been divided lately into either A: Kubo troll, pacing, no bg, blah blah blah(if it really upsets you that much, please spare me and quit) or B: Ichigo (insert character here) shipping fights. Is your life really that empty, that you need to spend all that time b*&ching and complaining, and being complete a-holes to each other on the internet, if that's the case I feel really sorry for you. People have really forgotten the true meaning of Bleach...friendship. So, please let's stop being huge jerks to each other. So instead of making trends on twitter and complaining, they should convert all that negative energy into something positive. I am thinking of starting something called "Project BLEACH," which would be a volunteer movement with projects inspired by Bleach characters. For example Orihime likes to cook, so work at a local soup kitchen or have a food drive. Rukia likes to climb high places and likes bunnies, plant tress or work at a local animal shelter. We could all be doing so much more meaningful with our time instead of fighting over a fictional series.

Act 2: review

As for the changed ending, the complete overreaction was absolutely horrendous, I mean I don't totally approve over the slightly modified ending, but I am not going to rant about it just because some shippers got "screwed over." I consider the anime and manga to be two completely separate entities, and whenever I watch the anime, I come into it as if I never read the manga. The anime is an adaptation, not a pencil point by pencil point recreation. I consider the anime the same way I consider the Harry Potter films, some things are cut and modified, but stay very true to the original source. They only slightly changed the ending, so instead of Ichigo being in a coma for a month and when he wakes up his powers finally fade away, we are going to see for our own eyes Ichigo's loss of power. Plus in my personal opinion, there was not enough build up for the farewell scene, it was just Ichigo wakes up, bye Rukia, and it would have felt very rushed. This way Rukia has the opportunity really to say goodbye to all of her friends, and when the farewell scene happens, I think it could be much more dramatic for the anime. Despite being an arc wrap-up episode, a lot of stuff happened, and I am surprised how much the added for a twenty minute episode.

The moment that really stood out for me in the episode was the somewhat closure of Gin and Rangiku's relationship. PLUS KAYA'S ACTING IMPROVED TEN-FOLD THANK YOU!!! This was honestly Kaya's best acting performance in the series thus far. Although I don't think she will ever redeem herself over the Gin death fiasco, she is now officially off my s^&t list. Plus it basically clarified that Gin and Rangiku's relationship was beyond being platonic friends, and the feeling was mutual. The scene really made me cry, and I thought the scene, especially the bit about Rangiku never being able to reach Gin, was executed really well.

I also thought the scene with Hanatarō finally being respected was very sweet, and made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

The omake wasn't very good, it was actually quite confusing. Ichigo should not have Zangetsu or his Shihakusho. It was very misleading and frankly it was not remotely funny at all.

Plus give some love to Puppycar (A.K.A Taco)! They should seriously make plushies of him, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

Other than that I really don't have an opinion on the episode.

Final Rundown

  • Story 7/10
  • Art/Animation 7/10
  • Sound Effects 7/10
  • Music 8/10
  • Acting 9/10
  • Omake 0/10

I give Bleach episode 310 a 6.3 out of 10. Remember to join me this Saturday late night when I review Bleach episode 193 dubbed, and join me next week when I review Bleach 311. Plus Happy Anniversary! Tomorrow (2/25) is the one year anniversary of the Nick Simmons Plagiarism Fiasco! Until Next Time --Lemursrule (talk) 04:44, February 25, 2011 (UTC)

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