Of the few things left in Bleach that had still kept me a fan, the most immediate one was the arrival of Nel on the motion screen. My first reaction when I saw her adult form in the manga was, “Damn, Nel’s hawt!” My second, “I can’t wait to see this animated.”
In the meanwhile, the filler arcs in Bleach had tried my patience—I barely survived through the 40+ episodes Bounto arc and those nauseating muppet stooges. Then, when Bleach started yet another filler arc with some hacked-off Captain, I said to myself that I needed a break from the mind-numbing fillers. Still, I kept an eye at RC for news of its return to the main story.
The reason: Nel.
After twelve glorious episodes of Strike Witches of melons and pantsu, I was fully aroused to see loli Nel finally bursting into the sexy cavewoman with those luscious breasts and tone athletic legs, kicking some serious badass.
Then, episode 192 finally arrives, and, boy, have I ever been more disappointed?!
Don’t the animators know how much fans have been waiting for this moment? This episode should have been the perfect place to try to gain back some brownie points with fans who have gotten disinterested with the series. Divert some money from the lesser episodes in the future, spend them here in this one, make the fans feel excited again—those, they should have done, but didn’t.
What compounds the problem for Bleach is that in the same week another show happens to feature a character in a similar form: To Aru Majutsu no Index‘s Kaori Kanzaki. Both are badass katana wielding women baring midriff, holstering a pair of plump melons, and kicking those long stretched legs. However, the contrast between the two animations could not highlight more just how out of date and second-rated Bleach animation has become.
The two colors on Nel’s shirt, in contrast to the lighting and folds on Kaori’s shirt, deflate one of Nel’s best feature into complete flatness.
Kaori’s six-pack puts Nel’s to shame.
Kaori’s hair looks more detail than Nel’s blob of cyan.
Somehow, showing less is more.
Kaori’s expression looks more emo. Of course, Nel’s would win the facial distortion contest here.
What ever happened to a thing called rich background?
Then, there’s the high pitch voice. *Shakes head in disbelief* What is up with that? Reading the manga, I have always imagined a much deeper voice for the grown Nel, like the voice on Kaori. It just totally kills the mood with the way she squeaks. We are already pleasantly shocked with her new grown body bearing little resemblance to her kid-size one; so, we can handle the shock of hearing a different voice too.
What a bad timing for the Bleach animators to slack off.