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TYBW EPISODE 20: I Am the Edge

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Will comment later after work.

I just wanna say MY BOY GREMMY IS BACK!!! (And sadly gone… 💔)
 
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Already when I read the manga I could see that this is another one of the short lived Quincy adversaries. There is a kind of basic rule I observed: If you become too powerful you either die, disappear or lose those powers.

You don't stay around. Kenpachi is an extreme too but one of the so-called good guys. Fighting imaginations is interesting in a short story but Kenpachi did this task. Time to move on. Time for the next more or less disposable enemy.

Unfortunately this is the pattern with the Wandenreich Quincies so far and I regret this very much. I hoped that the anime will break this pattern but it seems, no, it is not going to happen.

On the other hand, it gave Kenpachi another great, powerful story and I enjoyed the part Yachiru had. Gremmy's creation Gwenael Lee was fighting well. It was amazing that Gremmy had the ability to create a sentient, feeling living being who wants to live.

I would have loved it to learn more about Yachiru's interesting sword and its abilities. Her Shikai is reflecting her playful personality so well! I enjoyed the introduction in the manga. It felt to me that this introduction in the anime happened too fast. I barely had time to appreciate these two guys.

Gremmy has no regard for other people's lives and is only interested in amusing himself. Sounds familiar, it seems that is a very common pattern among Stern Ritters. Gremmy killed Isane's two patients with a thought. It was not a natural death and therefore it was right that Isane did continue to fight for the two captains. I respected her bravery and dedication to protect them.

Yachiru showed that people should not underestimate her. She fought very well against an extremely dangerous opponent. But it was time for Kenpachi to face Gremmy alone on a stage.

It was a remarkable battle. Kenpachi's Shikai is breathtaking. The big meat cleaver cut a meteor in half! That Gremmy admired him is very understandable. He wants to be like him and defeat him. Both, Kenpachi and Gremmy love this battle. But they learn that there are certain laws of physics even Gremmy can't break.

Gremmy had an imaginary body but was not able to adjust it to fight Kenpachi. All right, I accept that although I am not understanding that logic. Kenpachi had to win. He did and it was an amazing battle. It is probably best not to look deeper than that.

Not only did Gremmy's created body die, his brain died as well. What a way to keep someone alive! Aes Noedt was already bad, this is worse especially if this was indeed the brain of a young boy.
 
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The episode wasn't as bad as I was expecting it to be. I enjoyed the second half. The lighting and colouring were so good. This is the shading work that should have been done on other episodes to give it truly Sin City vibes. I remember in the manga, Haschwalth was shouting to protect Yhwach, but it was trimmed because of time. That would have made the scene more suspenseful. Overall, an enjoyable episode. I didn't expect to have two episodes to bring this theme into conclusion based on previous trimming of battles. The ending song visuals should have been eradicated to accommodate more space for more dramatic stuff like Haschwalth scene.

I wish some of the fight scenes, especially in the void, could have been expanded if there was time or by discarding ending song visuals. I would say it's a tie between the Mask episode and this for me personally. Mask's episode had constant action, but this episode has more shading and compositional value. The music choices were ok, I was expecting some new themes to be added, but at least they didn't remove the choir this time.

The meteoroid scene was good, but my personal favourite is still Madara's dual one because of the added suspense and dramatic value it brought. Visually, BLEACH's meteoroid scene is far better, but suspense-wise, Madara's one beats it and it's just my personal take on it. Bleach had a great chance to beat that suspense-wise, but the trimming and fast cuts lessened the suspense for me. Still, it was quite good. It felt like the meteoroid wasn't even coming close due to red background and felt like Zaraki cut the static sun.

Gremmy's schrift should have been S: The Second Amendment for the guns.
 
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I loved watching Kenpachi having a blast with a powerful enemy. And seeing his fully released Shikai made it even better.
 
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They are obsessed with cutting of stuff from the manga.

I’m so pissed rn. They had ONE job.
 

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this is the first episode where I felt that the soundtrack was missing in some parts. and yes I thnk the meteor part was handled better in the manga than here. it was too fast. but still better than last episode
 
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They messed it up... This battle needed to be expanded!

So you tell me a freaking meteorite is falling down to destroy the whole Seiretei, pieces are crushing entire buildings and nobody gives a shit about it? Not a single reaction to what's happening...?

I'm starting to dislike this new anime, instead of expanding they are doing the exact opposite, cutting stuff out!!
Gremmy deserved another episode, everything felt so... rushed? It felt like Gremmy was there for 5 minutes and disappeared.

I don't like what they are doing with the anime, I was waiting for this fight for almost 10 years to get this.

I'm fuming rn.
 
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Episode 20 I am the Blade

Pro:
Gremmy- His power is that anything he imagine becomes real. So many analogies can be mentioned about his battle with Zaraki, such Imagination vs Reality or Modern weapons vs the ancient sword.

Con:
Gremmy dies- I agree with what B. Haddrell mentioned earlier. The Stern Ritter were introduced as terrifying adversary that the Shinigami could not win against. Now they have become a villain of the week and are defeat every episode. Like everyone here I wish some of these fights were extended a little bit.

Gremmy allowed Zaraki words about the Strongest fighting the Strongest get to him. If Gremmy used his brain(bad pun) or had a better strategy, he could have beaten Zaraki if he imagined him to be weak as fly. Instead he tries to imagine himself to be stronger than Zaraki but he could not accurately how strong Zaraki is. His imaginary body burned out.

A better match up would have been Gremmy against Mayuri. Imagination against Science.

Side Note:
In the past on other threads I had mentioned that Yachiru was Zaraki zanpaktou's spirit but my theory was rebuked many times because Yachiru has a zanpaktou of her own. From Zaraki's flashback he ask baby Yachiru where she comes from. She places her hand on his bloody zanpaktou.
She was telling him where she cam from.[\SPOILER]
A fantasy battle-
Gremmy(Quincy) vs Yukio(Fullbringer).
 
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They messed it up... This battle needed to be expanded!

So you tell me a freaking meteorite is falling down to destroy the whole Seiretei, pieces are crushing entire buildings and nobody gives a shit about it? Not a single reaction to what's happening...?

I'm starting to dislike this new anime, instead of expanding they are doing the exact opposite, cutting stuff out!!
Gremmy deserved another episode, everything felt so... rushed? It felt like Gremmy was there for 5 minutes and disappeared.

I don't like what they are doing with the anime, I was waiting for this fight for almost 10 years to get this.

I'm fuming rn.
I had these feelings the first time they trimmed Ichigo vs Quilge battle. They totally cut Cyan's Muda ability and the final parts of the battle were barely one minute. That was the moment I realized this anime would never top the original in terms of battle expansion and suspense. Taguchi can put all the great make-up over characters to glow them up, but he has a distasteful vision for battle expansion. The surprising thing is this is Kubo-approved as a supervisor. I guess he can't do anything because they all have been given a total of 52 episodes. That's why I feel this project should have been a five cour adaptation.

They only gave fodder shinigami (there was MakiMaki lol) reactions of meteoroid falling. The obsession of putting everything to fit in one episode theme ruins the suspense. If it's 3 chapters to fit in one theme per episode, or if it's 8 chapters to fit in one episode theme, they would acheive that by cutting stuff left and right and speeding up the battle parts to make them appear short. I am fine with redundant and comedic dialogues being cut, but Haschwalth and Yhwach seeing the meteoroid, and other important characters' reactions were integral part of the suspense and Gremmy's characterization. Plus, this fight deserved an extended battle especially the post-shikai battle scenes deserved expansion. The space fight segment was bad. Just one Kenpachi static panel special effects on loop, and no animation. And that segment was supposed to be the pinnacle of the battle.
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I dedicate this imagination-game song to Gremmy's imagination:
 
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