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12:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 589

Y'know, when Urahara said that getting transport ready to take Ichigo and crew to the Royal Palace would take "a minute or sixty", he wasn't kidding. Or maybe he was kidding, since I took him about two weeks worth of chapters...

Josh Tolentino




Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588
by Josh Tolentino

I was reading through a bunch of my old recaps for Bleach - reading your old writing is a great way to make sure you don't get too full of yourself - and realized that I spend a lot of time talking about Bleach in generalities, rather than tackling the specifics of a given chapter or episode.

Let's do that again for a bit, shall we?

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587
by Josh Tolentino

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a challenge to recap in words, especially for a series that gets by on striking visuals and badass poses. 

Similarly, there's little here that happens in terms of plot movement, but Bleach does do something quite memorable, which is to remind us that it has a sense of humor.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 586 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 586
by Josh Tolentino

This latest chapter of Bleach should really be a celebration of Tite Kubo's mastery of "badass" moments, and in some ways it is.

The Soul Reapers have rallied, and in unintentional homage to the tokusatsu tropes that shows like Akibaranger readily skewer, enemies that trounced the best of them mere moments before are suddenly forced to pull out their trump cards against people whose power levels really haven't changed that much since last they had a panel.

But hey, that's where we are in the story, and the time for that kind of posturing is nigh.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585
by Josh Tolentino

I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression.

That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of badasses we're more familiar with, yes?

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12:00 PM on 06.12.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

It's been a while, but I sure am excited to you on another trip down memory lane. This week we head back a good decade to the year 2004. It seems weird to think of 2004 as a decade ago, but time sure does have a way to get a...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 582-583 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 582-583
by Josh Tolentino

The Mack is back, and by "Mack" we mean, "The Strawberry", because Bleach is once again graced by the presence of its lead character.

It makes for quite the entrance, as Kenpachi, the one guy in this series nobody expected to see getting his ass kicked by anyone other than Ichigo, went and got his ass kicked. And by a quartet of chicks that would usually be wiped out in one hit at any other time, no less.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 579-581 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 579-581
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to the next evolution of our Shonen Showdown fight show recap! In case you haven't noticed, we at Japanator have sunsetted the Annotated Anime Roundup, and honored every show we cover with its own, solo post. Our recaps were guilty of "showism" and discriminated based on profile. No more! 

The same goes for our favorite battle programs, and even their source manga! We open our brave new world with a look at Bleach's latest chapters. Because there's nothing like starting a new chapter in the glory of battle by recapping badass show!

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5:00 PM on 05.02.2014

Here are the 20 most popular manga

Last week on a post about the Attack on Titan manga reaching 30 million volumes sold, I wondered what the numbers were for other popular series. Several days later, Mangazenken posts which are the top 20 manga series based on...

Pedro Cortes



Shonen Showdown: April 26, 2014 photo
Shonen Showdown: April 26, 2014
by Josh Tolentino

Welcome to Shonen Showdown, the battlin' anime and manga recap that's graduated from Ninja Academy, and is now cleared to use proper dates in its titles! Check out that fully spelled-out glory!

In honor of our new authority, we've got a full house in, with the latest recaps from Hunter x Hunter, Bleach, One Piece, and Naruto to supplement all the badass anime you've been watching through the Spring!

Head on below to get the most out of your adrenaline boost! It's fightin' time!

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Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-7-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Happy Monday, folks! It's time to get focused on fighting off the banality of the week with Shonen Showdown, the weekly recap that's using the title bar to conveniently censor the werewolf above! Don't look! It's a....compromising position.

Where we don't compromise, however, is on the hottest new chapters of Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter, with a side order of PreCure to boot! Get on below to get all that into your system!

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Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone!

Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now. 

It's an extra full house this week, with recaps of the best in fighting anime and manga, including Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece, and a double-header of Naruto Shippuden in addition to the Naruto manga!

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