I’m sorry I missed the Daily Blog yesterday, I decided to start looking for online Japanese lessons (will cover that tomorrow I think) and found some positive results. I decided to make this Daily Blog on Bleach (yes, my favorite anime again). I just finished with one of the longest story lines in the entire series, the battle with Aizen, and one of the characters that blew me away was Ichimaru Gin.
From the very beginning of the series, I hated Gin. He was a creepy looking captain that never opened his eyes, always have the evil grin, and was a complete jerk to everyone. He talked strangely, often saying “ya’ know” “betcha” and other brief words, using a lot of slang and just not acting like a captain. Gin even admitted that he was a snake and was someone not to trust. Then we he turned on Soul Society and left with Aizen (after stabbing Momo), I hated him even more as an enemy. Yet, after the entire Aizen battle, there was a huge surprise regarding his character (if you don’t know the series, then its not really a spoiler).
As the Aizen arc was ending, Gin turned on Aizen and nearly killed him with his sword technique. It turns out Gin had been playing Aizen ever since they had met when Gin was a kid. Gin wanted revenge on Aizen for injuring his friend, Rangiku, a long time ago. Gin kept on the act for an entire lifetime to get close to Aizen, learn his abilities, and finally get close enough to turn on him and strike the blow that should have killed him (for those who don’t follow the series, Aizen had gained god-like status at this point in the series, so while the blow hurt him, Aizen did not die). As Gin died (Aizen slashed him open) he opened his eyes and saw Ichigo racing in to attack Aizen and Gin remarked he was glad to see Ichigo battling and ending this mess.
How about that. One of the most evil villains in the entire series was actually a good guy that was only waiting for a chance to strike. Kubo, the writer for the Bleach series, is a master story teller and this was a huge turn of events that I was no expecting the entire series. Now, as I finish that part of the series, I like Gin and now understand his ploy to get revenge the entire time. Once again, its amazing the turns a story line can take.