Alas, is that a plot-line I sense!? It's that time of the week again, time to review a new episode of Bleach. I will get to the filler's arc possible rediscovery of a coherent plot-line in a second, but I just need to mention a few thing first. First to those in the Northern Hemisphere, Happy Summer Solstice, so those in the Southern Hemisphere, it kinda sucks for you now (kidding). The last thing is I want to thank everyone here who has an account on DA for supporting my work and my creative insanity (try it sometime), especially for my Bleach Tron Legacy Parody Poster. I saw some comments on it on LJ and some Russian blog, and I was laughing so hard I cried. So my word of advice for everyone is don't troll for lolz, let the internet do it for you, and sit back and relax, and drink a piña colada. With that said let's begin this review!
I cannot begin to say how much this episode was an improvement over last week's logically challenged disaster of an episode. Although it was not in Gillespie territory in terms of logic (or lack of take your pick), it still made my brain cells feel sad. We Finally see the full face of our mystery Green-Haired man, I really hope that leads to something good. We also have Pride VS Pride, Yama gets his epic music cue, and...no...NO THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE! Komamura didn't get his fluffy butt handed to him, and not only that, he possibly won!? I was so happy that Komamura finally got screen-time that didn't involve buckets of blood (I think it is curse, he doesn't have screen-time in the manga that doesn't evolve him either heavily bleeding or others around him severely bleeding or having explosive amounts of blood. It really is a disturbing trend).
I also loved the animation in the entire episode, especially in the fight between Sajin and Regai Suì-Fēng. I loved how Pierrot made homage to those old Samurai movies with the battle in the Bamboo, with that long pan shot. It has been parodied in many cartoons, most notably in Avatar: The Last Airbender (which involves a delusional day dream of the main character Aang), so it was nice to see that homage used in a more serious way. I love the way Komamura was drawn. In the past, he looked as ferocious as a Furby (although those Furbies can be pretty CRAZY ), but now he looks like a powerful wolf, well wolf-man. I also liked the fight in general, because it was logical. The thing I kinda hate with most Bleach filler fights is that everyone seems to automatically pull-out a Bankai or whatever deus ex machina move they have from the get-go. I like the fact that the two used Shikai throughout most of the fight, and used Bankai as a last resort. The anime made the Bankai's less special due to past uses as fan-service fuel, and you forget that Bankai's are such a rare and significant events in the manga. This fight basically restated the fact that Bankai is used as a last resort.
Week after week I say how satisfied I am with the increase of Hell Chapter Tracks, the same goes for this week. The music cues were really right on the money this week.
The only thing I did not like about the episode was the whole "Ichigo is dead, it is all my fault, blah, blah, blah" speech. It was a pointless scene, because even if you don't follow the manga, you know they will not kill off the main character. The scene didn't really do anything for me, it was just unnecessary drama and did not add anything to the episode or the plot.
There is no omake again due to it being promotion for the new Bleach Rock Musical (Well it can't be as big of a train wreck as Spiderman. If Julie Taymor, the same woman who turned a Disney movie into Broadway's seventh longest-running show in history can't do it, no one can). I expect the omakes to return to Crunchyroll hopefully next week or the week after.
Overall I thought this was a wonderful episode, and I hope for the same level of quality next week.
- Story 9/10
- Art/Animation 10/10
- Sound Effects 10/10
- Music 10/10
- Acting 9/10
I give Bleach episode 327 a 9.6 out of 10. Remember to join me next Tuesday when I review Bleach episode 328, and join me on this Saturday when I review Bleach 210 dubbed. Until Next Time! --Lemursrule (talk) 02:19, June 22, 2011 (UTC)