I should stop watching Bleach. I’m not really into it anymore, but I keep watching, hoping that it’ll get better. It doesn’t and I still watch. *sigh*
It’s kind of like this: there’s this guy you’re going out with, right? You’ve been dating him for a while and you started off with lots of things in common, but that’s all gone now. Whatever you initially saw in him no longer exists (if it was ever there to begin with) and he’s boring you and the sex is mediocre at best and you should just dump him. But you put [insert number of months/years] into the relationship and turning your back on him now seems like…a waste. A waste of time, of affection, of everything. So you hold on, constantly wondering if something good is just around the bend, something that will get the two of you back on track to relationship awesomeness. OK…so it’s not exactly like that, but you get my point.
I think I feel this way because Ichigo’s “train harder/get stronger/fight tougher/last longer” schtick is wearing me down. I get that his dad’s a shinigami and that cleared up a little of the mystery of his powers but I still feel that his prowess is unjustified. The lengths to which the anime goes to hammer home the idea that believing in one’s self is the only true source of power is very Disney-esque (it’s the same thing that annoys me about Naruto…at least that series has good fan fiction, which in many respects, is essentially its saving grace).
The one bright spot for me as of late is Aizen’s revelation of his puppet master-like manipulations of Ichigo’s fights. Even if it was a lie, I enjoyed the look on Ichigo’s face. (It said, “Is it possible that I’m not awesome all on my own?”) Aizen’s cruelty balances Ichigo’s schtick and I hope that when he dies, he at least goes out in a blaze of glory befitting a villain of his caliber.
Plot aside, at least I’m still getting some decent songs out of this series: