ANIME & MANGA - Review
15:00 - 27th February 2016, by NEO Staff

Bleach Complete Series 15

If you thought that Ichigo Kurosaki’s troubles were over after the seemingly-impossible defeat of Aizen and the Espada, then you’ll be proven dead wrong once you watch this newest collection of episodes from perennial shonen favourite, Bleach. Though his erstwhile nemesis is finally dealt with, there’s always a new threat to the well-being of souls everywhere, and this time it takes the form of a cadre of evil shinigami doppelgangers, controlled from behind the scenes by a fiendish ne’er-do-well with an equally fiendish haircut. Even though Ichigo might well be the only one who can foil this new enemy and rescue the characters that we all know and love, it won’t be easy now that his formerly formidable soul-reaping powers are slowly leaving him after the battle against Aizen.

Although the last season was, to many, the pinnacle of Bleach’s storyline – ending in a climactic fight against an enemy that had been a part of the series for hundreds of episodes – this series definitely doesn’t pull any punches either. While it might take the pacing down a few notches – lacking some of the highly-anticipated events that have characterised previous seasons – bringing the storyline back to a single self-contained adventure makes this set of episodes feel less fragmented than the last few releases. If you’ve been waiting for the complete series box sets, then this will likely be your penultimate outing with the series – but while it’s not technically canon, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

While it was always unlikely to measure up to the events of the last couple of seasons, this is still one of Bleach’s better filler arcs.
SCORE: 3.5/5
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