Bleach DVD Set 23 includes episodes 317-329 of the series on two DVDs. Audio options include the original Japanese audio with English subtitles and the English dub.
Bleach DVD Set 23
English Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: December 16, 2014
Set 23 begins a new filler arc for Bleach, which is known as the “Gotei 13 Invading Army” arc. This arc runs for 26 episodes, and the first 13 of them are included on this set.
This filler arc begins with the Soul Reapers discovering that the time in the Precipice World is out of sync with the Soul Society. Over the course of the episodes in this set, it’s discovered that Inaba Kageroza, one of the scientists who works under Mayuri Kurotsuchi, is a traitor who’s behind the distortion of time and the reigai (clones of the captains and lieutenants who have been fighting with the Soul Reapers). Inaba is a character who was created specifically for this arc, and by the end of this set, it’s obvious that he’s way overpowered. Of course, if the writers hadn’t overpowered him like they did, this story arc wouldn’t have lasted for 26 episodes. Unfortunately, the more powerful we see that this character is, the more ridiculous the story seems.
This arc also introduces another new character named Nozomi Kujo. Kon investigates a spiritual disturbance and finds a girl covered in rags who is lying asleep in a parking lot. Kon, who is in Ichigo’s body at the time, takes her back to the Kurosaki house. After it’s revealed that Inaba is after Nozomi, Ichigo and the others decide that they need to protect her. But Nozomi stays very aloof for the most part and doesn’t seem grateful for their protection. I suspect that the writers were trying to create some kind of cool and distant character, but with the way she acts and with the things that she says, she comes across as being bitchy and annoying. I can honestly say that I haven’t liked this character up to this point, and it’s going to take something major happening by the end of the arc for me to care about her.
This arc also sees Ichigo trying to do the things that has normally done as a Soul Reaper, even though his powers are fading after his battle with Aizen. Of course, this issue isn’t helped any when he finds himself being framed for the distortion of time in the Precipice World. At this point, Ichigo’s “dealing with his fading powers” is the fact that others keep mentioning it to him or they reference it in action scenes he’s involved in; we don’t actually see him consciously thinking about this himself. There would have been the potential for some good character moments if we saw Ichigo consciously thinking about his fading powers as he tries to help out with the situation. There are still 13 more episodes of this arc to go, so perhaps we might see some of this near the end of it.
For the most part, what I’ve seen to the “Gotei 13 Invading Army” arc hasn’t done much for me. The new characters who are introduced are rather annoying, and there hasn’t been much to the story to truly keep me interested in what’s going on. There are a couple of amusing moments with Kenpachi and Yachiru during this set, but those moments are probably the most memorable parts of the story included in this set. At this point, I’m only going to finish it off this story arc when I watch the next set so I can get back to canon material. Also, I want to be able to say that I’ve seen all of the Bleach anime.
When it comes to the DVD set itself, the omake continue to be cut off from the end of the episodes and collected together in the “Omake” feature included in the bonus features on each disc. The quality of the omake on this set pretty much matched the quality of the episodes; overall, they were uninteresting and rather forgettable.
There’s a clean opening and clean ending included on both discs, and it’s the same opening and closing due to the fact that neither song changed over the course of these 13 episodes. They both have options for English subtitles and Romaji subtitles.
“More From VIZ Media” includes the exact same trailers that appear at the beginning of each disc when it first starts up. Not only that, but the trailers used for Bleach DVD Set 23 are the exact same trailers that were used for Set 22. This really made me feel as if whoever put this set together put even less effort into the “More From VIZ Media” feature that usual.
If you’re a Bleach fan, I would only truly recommend picking up Bleach DVD Set 23 if you want to have a complete collection of all of the episodes of the series or you want to be able to say that you’ve seen every episode of the series. Casual viewers can skip the episodes included on this set and not miss anything.
The reviewer checked out a copy of this item through the King County Library System