Anime: Informal Commentary/Review, Bleach: Season One Episode Nine.

Here we go again!

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I’m ready!
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Nice moves orange hair!
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Ohhh, things are starting to make sense! Jeez so it kind of was a Hollow?
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Ichigo, Ichigo, I need to remember this name XD Probably would have by now if I hadn’t had such a long break…oops, my fault.
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Oh interesting, so she isn’t a spirit but part of the hollow, well thats different! Didn’t see that coming
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Now thats a…creepy but creative way to kill someone but bet Ichigo is going to snap very soon, hey look I remembered his name, just kidding I just read it of what I wrote earlier.
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I’m feeling sorry for Ichigo right now! So badly! Don’t think that sentence quite makes sense but oh well!
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Nooo, I did not need to see that! But totally looking forward to him snapping and wrecking this hollow! Including the other soul reaper.
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I want him to take the hollow by himself but have a feeling his going to need the help of the other soul reaper.
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Wow this other soul eater is an idiot, why were you just standing there-and-not doing-anything!? What are you doing down there, having a picnic!
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I knew you would eventually but Jesus Christ you took your time!
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The new guys going to step in isn’t he?
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Ouch! No! I seriously didn’t like how dumb/slow he is but I thought he was going to be there new buddy, I thought I saw him in the intro?? Maybe I was wrong? Or maybe…its not as bad as it seems?
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And… I take that back…
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Uh…who is that? Maybe its somehow not the end for this guy after all?
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Well yeah, duh, thats why I was wondering why you were taking so long in fighting that hollow earlier and to do something in the earlier episode.
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Mmmm, is that someone he lost he saw, or was that women Spiky? Weird name if so…
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Haha! You were in the intro!
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Really? No kidding…
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I understand why but I still think you should listen to her.
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This monster has a point
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Okay so he either has some kind of plan or he wins because main character stubbiness/stupidity/determination equals strength I guess? I’m hoping for the latter to be true. Or someone else steps in to help.
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Oof! I feel that!
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Did I miss something, what is this? So this must be backstory but it can’t be after she gave her power to Ichigo so I wonder who they are talking about and who she wants to help? I also disagree with this, honour is not more important than your life, unless possibly if theres no way out and your going to die anyway, if you can make it an honourable death then great but otherwise, no.
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Yes battle to protect your honour when your life isn’t in danger!
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Yes you can, ignore him and help him. Tell him to stop being an idiot and knock him in the face for thinking his pride/honour is more important than his life, because it isn’t. It feels like how Gon wanting to win the right way in the hunter exam only to be getting knocked out by Hanzo, which is I believe the correct response. Someone knock Ichigo out and kill that thing with help. Ugh, I suppose its leading to main character stubbiness/stupidity/determination equals strength equals win I guess?
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So maybe you’ll ignore Ichigo’s honour shxt and help him?
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So he either got properly stabbed or that new guy put himself in front of him…
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Ouch, never mind, he did get stabbed.
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Well I’m confused.
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Oh wow, so he did get help…from his mum to get revenge…for his mum, thats interesting and different. I’m not sure what to think.
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Protecting you I bet.
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Aw, that was sweet, now his got closure will he let them help him! Unless this has somehow given him strength to kill the hollow.
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Alright… I don’t like this episode. Ichigo, if that was really true, you would have killed this monster already and not gotten stabbed.
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Have to say I’m not entirely sure what she’s talking about? Some metaphor I’m not getting I assume, understanding Ichigo is somehow related water to connecting to rain? I don’t know.
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Ah good, he didn’t actually kill it but still… I think this may be the first episode of bleach that I haven’t liked. Just because of the general message of this episode and what the main characters doing.
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Or a dead idiot, one or the two. Okay, so overall I do find myself liking Ichigo but this episode did knock some points of his character for me. I’ll explain why I’m irritated a bit more at the end.
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Lol. Yeah I can see them together I guess but as long as its a slow burn.
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Because you were a kid and didn’t know any better and they don’y know about the hollow also. Also if after life exists in bleach I don’t believe she’d want you to be upset over her for the rest of your life and just remember the good times and smile in her memory.
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Wow, is this the same person? I think thats the most sensible thing I’ve heard him do and say.
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Or do you mean you want to kill that particlier hollow that killed your Mum? I don’t think you can get over her death that quickly unfortunately.
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Or maybe he has… mmm I’ll wait some more of this one.
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Okay so end of episode: So the reason why I didn’t like this episode was because of the message behind it, that honour can be more important than your life and the narrative even seemed to praise him for trying to go for that monster… alone. My view on it is a quite different, I believe that you should ALWAYS be able to ask for help, always, no matter whats going on and Ichigo not asking for help here was almost seen as a noble good thing, which I definitely disagree with. Asking for help and getting over your pride, your “honour” can be even nobler and braver than trying to go it alone. I have a horrible feeling that fighting on your own with your life at risk for honour will come up again but I hope it doesn’t.

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