The thing about Byakuya is that he actually worked pretty damn well as an unlikable villain in SS, but then 2 things happened. 1: Kubo thought having Aizen mastermind everything would be a grat idea, leaving the shinigami cough "blameless" cough, and 2: Byakuya was very popular. So Kubo needed to redeem him, and backepalled so hard that it lost all believability. Rewritten Byakuya loved his sister so much that he screwed with the rules to keep her from getting a seated position, and this same guy we are supposed to believe would go on to execute her on the thinnest of all grounds because "RULES!"? It did a blog post on it way back when:It (if it's true) was quite an anticlimactic death for Bleach, since the fighters hasn't showcased even half of their abilities... after all, Kido was one of Byakuya's specialties, he used it in like 3/4 of his fights...
They can bitch, they can flame, but they are still going to read it anyway.
I wasn't THAT moved by his death, actually he died like that so it wasn't anything especially worth reminiscing (if he is indeed dead).
It didn't help that his douchy attitude of humans-at least Ichigo being worthless never really changed. And that his entire excistence is basically carefully engineered cliched fanservice.
And actually, thats the only thing keeping this chapter from being fairly decent: Not being able to give two fucks about Byakya. If it had been and other character, and right after SS, I think I could've cared. Yes yes, I know that
- we're wasting time on the first few pages
- As Nodts speech was a little too long
- How the hell does he know how Byakuyas bankai works anyway
But I like Nodts design, the power wasn't too bad, and the bugs and Hanataros melting face were better visuals than Kubo has done in ages. Plus, the panel wastage wasn't too bad, and overall the pacing felt better than usual.
Plus, nothing as exasparatingly cliche as "Surprise backup of unseen figure from behind!?" or stupid as "Send out soldiers with communications swords so that they can get killed, rather than use the extremely handy communications kido shown only a few weeks ago!" happened.
Naruto continues being worse. C'mon Kubo, you're losing your touch! You just did the fullbring arc, I know you're the champion of badness!