Title: Back from Blind
Series: BLEACH #46
Manga-ka: Tite Kubo
Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Graphic Novels, Teen Ages 13+
Publisher: Viz Media, Shonen Jump Manga, Shueisha Inc.
Format: Paperback, 191 Pages
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Source: Borrowed from Wentworth Library
Purchase Here: Paperback
Tagline(s): It is not frightening
To know misfortune
What is frightening
Is to know lost happiness
Will never come back again.
Summary: With Captain General Yamamoto giving him an opening,
Ichigo goes in for the finishing strike against Aizen! But Ichigo will
need the help of some new reinforcements if he hopes to defeat both
Aizen and Ichimaru Gin!
Yamamoto uses a forbidden technique that can only be used by sacrificing
the users body, but unfortunately Aizen only gets singed a little. But
Yamamoto's sacrifice left an opening for Ichigo to launch another
surprise attack. Finally Aizen receives a wound! The only problem is
that the Hogyoku healed him.
This arc seems like it's going to go on forever. Would someone just kill
Aizen already so the story can progress? All of this ATTACK-MISS,
ATTACK-HEAL, ATTACK-OOPS, IT'S JUST AN ILLUSION stuff is starting to
"Ichigo Kurosaki...All of your battles took place in the palm of my hand."
Apparently, Aizen was behind everything that happened to Ichigo since he
met Rukia and became a Soul Reaper. Aizen was sure that Ichigo would be
the best subject for his research. There is one little mistake in the
dialogue when Aizen says that Ichigo had never seen a Hollow until the
night he met Rukia. That isn't true. Ichigo saw the Hollow that killed
his mother when he was younger.
"I've known you from the moment you were born. You were born special. Because you are human and..."
And then Ichigo's dad appears in all his Soul Reaper glory. Ichigo is
half-human and half-Soul Reaper. We already knew that, but this is
Ichigo's first time hearing (and seeing) about it. He's surprised at
first, but he takes the news pretty maturely and tells his dad that he
won't ask questions and he'll wait until his dad is ready to tell him
Ichigo finally has his battle with Gin Ichimaru, while his dad attacks
Aizen. Gin is one of those characters that always has his eyes closed,
but you know that when they open, he's completely serious about what
he's saying or doing. As they fight, Gin comes to the realization that
Ichigo is going to become even stronger than he is now.
"The Hogyoku's true power is the ability to read the hearts of those around it and realize their deepest desires."
The Hogyoku is pretty much the reason for Rukia losing her powers, and
Chad and Orihime gaining their special powers. The Hollowfying of Shinji
Hirako and the others was an experiment to verify the powers of the
Hogyoku. With his suspicions confirmed, Aizen sent Rukia to Ichigo. It's
kind of scary how much power to Hogyoku has, and something that
powerful in Aizen's hands really isn't good--especially since he's fused
Urahara makes his entrance using a bunch of fancy Bakudo, Kido, and
Hado, but they don't really seem to have done much of anything to Aizen.
He didn't come alone, though. As Urahara and Isshin (Ichigo's dad)
restrain Aizen--in his new creepy form--Yoruichi attacks from above.
It's getting really old seeing all these different people attacking
Aizen and barely leaving a scratch.
As Ichigo watches Urahara, Isshin, and Yoruichi fight Aizen, he begins
to lose hope. With lost hope comes lost strength. If Ichigo wants to
protect his friends, his family, and his town from Aizen, he'll need to
regain the hope that they'll defeat Aizen and make it out alive.
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