DVD Review: Bleach – Season 9 Part 2 (Episodes 179-189)
Back to Las Noches! The Battle Against The Arrancar Continues…
Bleach: Seaon 9 Part 2 features a host of new characters created for the anime series as part of the filler arc. For those who don’t know about filler arcs they are a phenomenon that popular anime series suffer from when they catch up to the story in the manga series they are taken from.
The new characters in this arc are Rurichiyo Kasumioji, a young girl and the heir to the Kasumioji clan; her attendants, two shinigami Kenryu and Enryu; And Kumoi, one of the clans’ leaders. These characters are supplemented by two other characters that seem at first unrelated: The new captain of squad 3, Shusuke Amagai and Makoto Kibune his appointed third seat.
Ichigo and gang have been looking after Rurichiyo in the real world protecting her from the assassination attempts of Kumoi who is attempting to steal the power of the Kasumioji clan for himself. He intends to do this through an arranged marriage to Shu Kannogi and young boy who he thinks he can easily control. Meanwhile in Soul Society Shusuke has been working of gaining the trust of Squad 3 and learning about his second seat Izuru Kira. As well as this he is helping to build better inter-squad relations. During this time Ichigo fights against a new type of weapon, the Bakkoto. The Bakkoto users are very strong as their swords feed of the users’ reiatsu (spiritual energy). This provides huge power boosts but at a terrible cost.
The two plot lines begin to converge when it emerges that Kibune is working with the Kasumioji clan. At the same time Rurichiyo returns to Soul Society against the wishes of her protectors, in order to confront Kumoi and prevent those she cares about from being hurt further.
Ichigo returns to Soul Society to rescue Rurichiyo, only to find himself being chased by the Gotei 13 for trying to interfere with a noble family by gatecrashing her wedding. Meanwhile Kira confronts Kibune in a dramatic showdown that helps to develop Kira’s character and helps him get over his confidence issues. Since the betrayal of his former captain Ichimaru Gin he has felt lost and often overthinks situations without acting or speaking out. Amagai finds and teams up with Ichigo in order to find the true nature of the conspiracy and Kibune’s involvement.
There are some very interesting twists and turns before the final battle ensues. The truth about the Bakkoto, and the real leader behind the whole conspiracy result in an explosive fight that Bleach style that fans have come to expect, and they won’t be disappointed.
Overall this conclusion to the Amagai arc is well done. The story is developed well and provides plenty of action as well as intrigue as the full nature of the conspiracy is revealed. Like most Bleach episodes the sometimes serious scenes can get randomly broken up with prefect comic timing while keeping you fully engaged and wanting more.
Label: Manga Entertainment
Release date: 6th August 2012
Running time: TBC
Director: Noriyuki Abe
Tim Grimes has been an avid follower of Japanese culture for over 12 years. He finds most genres of anime and manga appealing everything from giant mecha to the ultra kawaii. He is also a keen gamer. Tim currently works as a freelance film producer after teaching film making for 3 years.