So.... Naruto. First.
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I've been enjoying this battle. Naruto, Killer B, Kakashi, Gai, Tobito and Uchiha Madara. Way to stick the fan favourites in the same place!!! It's been good, a mix between cool moves and plain fighting.... I outright applauded though when Kakashi used Kamui to punch Tobito in the gut in the Kamui dimension. I've been loving the Tobito - Kakashi interactions...
As for Tobito's motives and backstory.... and where Zetsu comes from. I loved it too! It was awesome. Obito looked awesome with long hair and being all Sith apprenticy. It was awesome.
Now; what isn't awesome?
Hinata.... there. I said it. She's like a loose spanner in a beautifully working deus ex machina. For the sake of Hinata having screen time, she tries to sacrifice her life for Naruto every time he's in any amount of danger (okay, only twice. But twice is too often). No wonder her father finds her a giant dissapointment if the only ninja technique she knows is the 'human shield no jutsu'. The moment she decided to save Naruto I felt like I was reading some incoherrant notes scribbled on the back of a hankerchief, that for some reason had been nicely drawn and distributed- you know, like I was reading filler. But unlike actual filler, I'm suposed to take it seriously, and it's hard to ignore her lack of ninja skills or cool moves, or the fact that Neji had to come and save her recurringly suicidal posterior. And that Neji got killed by some random evil ninja twigs for the sake of Hinata's screen time.
Now you could argue that
...what you doing Naruto? Going to keep her nearby to use as a shield? Huhuhuhuhuhahahaha.
Now I... don't hate Hinata, but I don't like filleresque moments. I wish Hinata could spin in with a giant chakra canon she'd fashioned herself and smite the badies, or ride in on the back of a dragon made from pure chakra and swoop Naruto to safety in its talons, but I guess if she has sufficient body mass to stop incoming projectiles, that's awesome too.
Speaking of awesome.... Tobito's awesome. Actually I think he's slightly too awesome, and has strayed into the realm of 'Strawman has a point', and that's why everytime someone tries to argue with his opinions they're looking goofy.
'The ninja world sucks!'
'No it doesn't!'
'Then why does everyone keep dying? See?'
'SHUDDUP YOU'RE EVIL, I CAN TELL BECAUSE YOU'RE HORRIFICALLY MUTILATED!'
'I WONDER HOW THAT HAPPENED?'
The problem Tobito's plan isn't actually that evil. He's not going to terrorise, he's not trying to rule people for the sake of his own ego or pride, he's fighting to change the world for the better. Okay, hypnosis is an evil technique used by bad guys, but that alone is not enough to make his arguments invalid. So, actually I'm kind of rooting for him. Wouldn't it be interesting to see the world he'd create?
(I should help clarify, because I know this stuff, but yes, Naruto and Hinata holding hands was entirely pairing symbolism. Holding hands is a very brave, forward behaviour for couples in Japan. Yes this implies NaruHina pairing. No this does not imply that they'll both live happily ever after... And no, I'm not saying that all hand contact is romantic. Think of this moment like you would the kiss of life. Sometimes in fiction, it's used to save a life. Sometimes it's just an excuse to show lip action and make terrible jokes about how the hero took the heroine's breath away.)
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Bleach... what to say. Nothing specifically 'cool' has happened...
A lot of plot has been implied. Which is awesome, but... well I can't say 'well, duh' or anythin. I really wasn't concerned about Unohana's identity. I am completely suspicious over Kyouraku now. I don't know what it is but it almost seems like a conspiracy. But that means I have a conspiracy theory and we all know those are wrong- so never mind!
So, Ichigo's gradually traverssing through the levels of... the ... I can't remember the name of the place. Mario Clouds. With Renji, and Kon, who has been horridly experimented on. As they go, the realities of soul society's history and physics are revealed, which would be boring... if it weren't Ichigo, Renji and Kon, and their hosts weren't psychos. Kubo Tite's golden comedy combination. I'm loving it.
So zanpaktou can be people and Kenpachi is stronger than he looks and... conspiracy, I say. I have no solid idea of what's going on yet, but all the little details get the mind racing!