Title: God is Dead
Series: BLEACH #48
Manga-ka: Tite Kubo
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels, Teen Ages 13+
Publisher: Viz Media, Shonen Jump Manga, Shueisha Inc.
Format: Paperback, 209 Pages
Release Date: October 2, 2012
Source: Borrowed from Wentworth Library
Purchase Here: Paperback
Tagline(s): People are all imitations of monkeys
Gods are all imitations of humans
Summary: As Aizen
strolls through Karakura Town, Ichigo undergoes furious training in
order to master the one technique that could bring an end to the
conflict. But when the battle is finally over, how will Ichigo's world
This volumes brings the Arrancar Arc to an end. With Aizen's
metamorphosis complete and his advance on Ichigo's friends and home,
Ichigo will need to come back with the Final Getsuga Tensho if he hopes
to defeat Aizen. There are sacrifices that are life-changing, changes in
loyalty, and tearful goodbyes in this conclusion to the Arrancar Arc.
I was really surprised by Gin Ichimaru. Who would have thought he'd turn
his sword against Aizen? "I'm a snake. My skin is cold. I have no
heart. I slither looking for prey with the tip of my tongue. I swallow
the people I care about whole. That's the kind of creature I am." In
some ways Gin is like a snake, but the reason why Gin sided with Aizen
revealed a very noble motive. Rangiku was at the heart of Gin's
motivation to side with Aizen to eventually kill him. He became a Soul
Reaper to change things so that Rangiku wouldn't have to cry anymore. I
never thought that I would like Gin, but in the moment that Rangiku
finds him dying and is crying over him, I couldn't help but like him.
This is tearful goodbye number one.
The battle between Ichigo and Aizen was pretty awesome, though Aizen was
really annoying with all his holier-than-thou talk. Ichigo's just
standing there like he just wants Aizen to shut it and start fighting.
Ichigo's new power is really amazing and the Final Getsuga Tensho is
just... I can't even say how cool it is. He literally becomes Getsuga.
Tearful goodbye number two comes during a flashback of his battle with
Zangetsu. "Do you remember what I said when this fight began? That what
you wanted to protect wasn't what I wanted to protect? What I wanted to
protect was you, Ichigo." If Ichigo uses the Final Getsuga Tensho, he
loses his Soul Reaper powers. Seeing Zangetsu cry was a powerful moment.
This is totally unrelated to Ichigo's battle with Aizen or his farewell
with Zangetsu, but am I the only one who thinks the longer hairstyle
really works for Ichigo? I don't know, it seems more warrior-like.
The whole ordeal with Aizen has made a lot of the Soul Reapers realize
their weaknesses. Some are training, while others try to move on.
Ichigo was asleep for about a month after the battle with Aizen and
losing his powers. The third goodbye isn't tearful, but it's definitely
more final. This one is between Ichigo and Rukia. "Goodbye, Rukia. Thank
you." They have had to say goodbye to each other before, but like I
mentioned, with Ichigo having lost his powers, he won't be able to see
her anymore, and that makes this goodbye harder than the first.
Now that Ichigo's more or less normal now that he doesn't have his
powers, we find out in the next volume, the beginning of The Lost Agent
Arc, what he's willing to do to get them back when one of his friends is
attacked and seriously wounded.
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