By Chris Zimmerman
Aug 12, 2010 - 12:53
With a full volume dedicated to the fight between the two, the action is fast and explosive. In a departure from past battles, Tite Kubo chooses to switch it up a bit, infusing Grimmjow with a unique fighting style that allows the fight to stand out from previous battles. While we also get the usual tension hinting between a romance between Ichigo and Orihime, story progression is relatively zero.
Therein lies the problem with this volume and the arc in general. So far it’s been a retread of the Soul Society arc minus the emotional drama that made the series suspenseful and interesting to read. Rather than attempt to move the plot forward, Kubo has leapt from one fight after another with no end in sight as Ichigo still looks to be far from Aizen’s level and more than half the Espadas remain.
Also included is a bonus chapter that takes readers back to the early days of fan favorite character Hitsugaya, showing what influenced him to become a soul reaper. Though not really memorable, it should satisfy fans of the character who has been absent recently from the series.
All in all, Bleach volume 32 isn’t the strongest entry in the series but in regards to this current arc, it so far stands head and shoulders above everything else.
Rating: 7.5 /10