April 30th, 2010


Bleach Ep 268

Since ep 267 put up much the expectation in the preview, I expected nonetheless that it would process the same flow in manga canon. I WAS WRONG. I never expect anything right, but this time is a BIG DAMN WRONG among all of my expectations of wrong. I will continue to give out my feeling toward what anime had done in compare with the manga.

I was wrong by assuming animation quality would become better ep by ep.
I'm sorry that I didn't say the animation quality in ep 267 was not the best. It was good actually because I found none of bad snapshot in that ep (even the hilarious missing horn scene is good in quality too) But the animation quality of this ep, 268, isn't going any better. Or worse, it dropped... and dropped very low too. I almost think that only Ulquiorra and Ishida were drawn and animated by pro-artists while the rest of characters were drawn and animated by amateurs who can't draw shit about facial expression and body disposition. Most of time, there are moments that I wonder by myself "WHO THE HECK ARE YOU???" while looking at the screen. Because of the title was all about Orihime, I though it would concentrate more on Orihime instead of Ulquiorra. Even so the animation quality of Orihime in this week is indeed horrible than the previous (which had been already somehow weird last week) I guess all of the animation budget had gone to Ulquiorra and his horn (to make up the missing horn last week maybe) because other characters' faces like Ichigo, Orihime, Loly, Yammy, Renji, Chad had all messed up.

I was wrong by assuming that manga CANON is anime CANON that the anime wouldn't mess with the character's character like what they did in the filler.
I don't really hate nor mind if they wanna add something sideline spice to the canon storyline AS LONG AS they don't mess up the current storyline that Kubo had set in his manga and his characters. I really enjoyed the last ep where the filler scene between Chad and Renji fought together as a team. However, I couldn't stomach this kind of filler in this ep... because it was all sort of wrong, totally different from what I have read in manga. And moreover, the fact they cut off panel of Ulquiorra's reaction toward Orihime being abused by the Lolies which Kubo inserted RIGHT there in his manga while changing his story into some soap OCC-ness between Orihime and the Lolies in anime made me want to facepalm. Unlike the previous ep in which fillers usually released the tension when the battle is high, this ep filler totally destroyed all of the surprise that was in the anime, namely Yammy's arrival and Ishida's arrival.

I watched the sub version from Dattebayo. Like the previous ep, the mistranslation is still presented, but this time, I took it more like a joke from them. Because there are some hilarious lines that made me LOL instead taking it seriously. There are probably other fansubs which are better in translation. But I went for DB because it's fastest and easiest to get the most.

Overall, that's the complaint about what bad in this ep. I know that everybody had their own biased and preference of how Bleach works in anime. It's not like they had to be the same. But I can't say what drawn poorly is pretty well done. So are what in the manga are not presented in the anime for-god-damn-know-reason and what not presented in manga are conveniently added and changed in the manga, just to spice up the drama and soap while screwing up the ORIGINAL material, that's definitely not intelligent.

But so far, there are some good moments in this ep that I could enjoy wholeheartedly, for example, the confrontation between Ulquiorrra and Orihime where Ulqui totally forgot that he was fighting to death with Ichigo who was behind him and nonchalantly chat and walked toward Orihime XD I also like the scene where he insulted Ichigo with his sarcasm XD Also the scene where he rescued Orihime from Ichigo's Getsuga. While Orihime's animation quality during that time is horrid, but Ulqui put up a good one to make up for, especially the climax is where Ulqui threw a Cero to the side to stop Ichigo who thought that he would get off Ulqui's track. It was wonderfully well done, thought it's a filler scene, and I understood where all of the budget had gone in this ep. The way they animated Ishida's arrival with his smexy smile and sexy bow is also good too.

Screencap this time will be very selective and biased because I found none of any good quality snapshots of other characters beside Ulqui and Ishida.... especially snapshot of Ichigo and Orihime... Out of 10, there are 9 of them having such weird facial expression that I would never think they would have while the only one seemed at least look like the normal Ichigo and Orihime in filler arc.

This ep covers the Lolies part in chapter 341 and chapter 342 to 343 up to where Ishida's arrival in the manga. The canon of this ep is pretty much screw up by the Lolies and Orihime filler scene together with the omission of Ulquiorra's eye crinkle panel.

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