Bleach Box Set 14 (2012)
Customer Reviews of Bleach Box Set 14
Once again these episodes leave the main arc in Hueco Mundo but this is not the same as other filler. In this set we get to see the story of the Vizards and how they became what they are in the present. The set takes place about a hundred years in the past and really delves into Kisuke Urahara's back story. There are a lot of appearances by various Soul Reapers, including Hisagi, Byakuya, Gin, and Aizen. Its an interesting story of intrigue, betrayal, and how the Soul Society is run. After episode 213 we get a couple episodes about Kon...great. They are just run of the mill comic relief fillers and they are entertaining to a degree. I don't really like Kon so the two episodes really weren't for me. At 215 sort of return to the main arc. The Arrancar start their attack on the world of the living and are met by Soul Reapers. The lieutenants start fighting lower level Arrancars and Ichigo continues his fight in Hueco Mundo. They are really great episodes but this set doesn't get very far into them before it stops.
I know alot of people are complaining about the prices of the bleach dvd sets, but what alot of you don't remember is when they used to to release the series in single dvds seperately with only 3 to 4 episodes on a dvd for about $20-$25. This was even true for other animes in the past, it wasn't until later that a series was released in a whole box set with a cheaper price. I know only 12 episodes a box set for around $30-$35 doesn't seem like a good deal especially when they first started to release the box sets of bleach which were around 20 episodes or more for the same price, but they also stopped releasing them in the single dvd and started to just sell them in box sets, so I think this is a happy medium for Viz. My only complaint with Viz is how they are releasing the format of the bleach anime. Episodes 1-168 were done in the 4:3 or standard defintion. Episodes 169 and then on were done in the 16:9 or widescreen format. But it seems Viz wants to keep the english dub version in its 4:3 standard even after episode 169. This leads to the episodes getting cropped off and sacrificing quality and not getting the whole picture. This becomes espcially apparent at the beginning of the anime when they are showing the episode's number and at the end of it with the words "to be continued" be cropped or cut off. I hope they correct this flaw in the future.