Bleach 16 by Tite Kubo: B

From the back cover:
The scheduled execution of former Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki has been moved up and is now just hours away. Meanwhile, the Soul Society is in chaos, with Soul Reapers drawing swords against one another. Something is rotting at the core of the Soul Society, but who, or what, could be behind it?

Some important things happened in this volume, namely learning the reason someone wants Rukia to be executed and what they hope to gain by it. The backstory of Rukia and Kaien (Ganju’s brother and the mystery guy from her past who reminds her of Ichigo) was also revealed. I was a little disappointed in the latter, frankly. I guess I expected it to have more of an impact than it did. Maybe if we’d seen more of Kaien before his death.

But also a lot of exposition happened. Some chapters would come to the end and I’d go, “Wait, so what exactly just happened there?” It seemed that the Soul Reapers are poised to square off against each other over Rukia’s execution. While I am enjoying the internal politics story, it’s beginning to feel like it’s taking the lion’s share of the story at the moment.

The main cast didn’t do an awful lot, really, though at least they all got some face time. Ichigo’s boring training continued. Random comment: I have decided that Uryuu, who is by turns a nebbish and a badass, is totally the Wesley Wyndam-Pryce of the group.

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