Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Fri Oct 06, 2017 1:49 pm

Number 26 Mashiro Kuna

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Our first Visored has arrived at long last. Mashiro Kuna was the lieutenant of Squad 9 100 years before the main events of Bleach. That all changed thanks to all around bad dude Sosuke Aizen who hollowfied her and the other future Visored members.

Mashiro's biggest plus is her often childish personality. She is an instant source of comedy as soon as anyone on the straight man scale interacts with her. The biggest example being pretty much every interaction she has with fellow Visored member Kensei Muguruma. I also really like her fighting style. Where as everyone else in Bleach either swings a large weapon around or shoots off an energy blast with each attack, Mashiro uses a lot of flying kicks or punches. She even goes so far to strike a victory pose from time to time like she's some sort of super hero. All in all she's just a fun character.

Now when it comes to negatives for me Mashiro has two. The first is her outfit. Where as all the other Visoreds have their own unique but normal looking style Mashiro has a white leotard with bright orange boots and gloves that just does not fit with the team. By all means stand out but still try to fit the overall theme. The second negative is this thing she does with her mouth. When she isn't talking her front teeth will still be visible because of how she's got her lips pursed. It's so freaking distracting. Here's an example:
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These aren't huge cons but they're big enough where I can't justify putting her any higher on the list.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:15 pm

Number 25 Cyan Sung-Sun

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The Arrancars make a return to our power rankings with Cyan Sung-Sun, the 56th Arrancar and one of Tier Harribel's Fraccion. She first appears during Ichigo's battle with Grimmjow but doesn't do much until Aizen makes his assault on the fake Karakura Town.

Cyan acts very composed almost all the time. She often chides her two partners, Franceska Mila Rose and Emilou Apacci, to stop arguing because it makes them look weak. She also dresses much more feminine than her two partners and has a habit of covering her mouth with a sleeve when she speaks. All of these facets give her the appearance of a sort of noblewoman, with all of the apparent class and dignity that would befit this station. That said she also has a mischievous playful side. She takes a lot of pleasure from riling up Emilou and Franceska with little snide comments or pretending to ignore them. Normally I'd sympathize with the Franceska and Emilou in a situation like this but they just make themselves such easy targets it's hard not to guiltily side with Cyan. Another thing I like about Cyan is the loyalty she has for Harribel and her fellow Fraccion. They may bicker all the time but you can tell that at the end of the day they have each other's backs.

As I've mentioned before, when it comes to Arrancars a bad Ressureccion can really put a damper on how cool they are. Cyan's is bad and frankly boring. She just turns into a snake girl. No real outfit change, no cool weapon, just substituting a long tail for her legs. It's just so meh. As result Cyan lands at spot number 25.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Mon Oct 09, 2017 12:33 pm

Number 24 Nemu Kurotsuchi

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At last we finally have our first Soul Reaper making an appearance. Nemu Kurotsuchi is the lieutenant of Squad 12, serving under her "father" Captian Mayuri Kurotsuchi.

Nemu is a very quiet and introverted person. This is due to the constant abuse and mistreatment she has suffered at the hands of Mayuri. This is one of the first things we see when we first encounter her and as a result immediately feel sympathy for her. Due to her withdrawn personality it's rare to see her smile but when she does it melts your heart. Even in battle she rarely shows emotion. When she, Mayuri, Renji, and Uryu are fighting Szayelaporro Granz Nemu is taken hostage. Nemu calmly states that taking her captive won't make her a hostage, or a useful one at any rate. This is likely just an acceptance of how little Mayuri seems to value her, but it can also be seen as a complete trust in his abilities to not only win but save her as well. Nemu also has one of the more provocative outfits out of the female Soul Reapers. Her skirt is fairly low cut, the sleeves are tighter and she has a choker around her neck. Adding in her passion for research Nemu is the gold standard of the sexy scientist.

On the downside, it's kind of disturbing to see a female character remain so loyal to a man like Mayuri when faced with how he treats her. It definitely gets toned way down after the Soul Society arc and Mayuri does seem to care for her a little bit in his own way, but a best girl can't be a doormat when it comes to things like that. Another con for Nemu is her weapon. Nemu doesn't have a Zanpakuto. Instead she has augmented physical abilities and can spin her arm really fast like some sort of drill. Half the fun of Bleach is seeing all the crazy and unique Zanpakuto designs and Nemu doesn't have anything going for her in that column. As a result she lands at number 24.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:46 am

Number 23 Franceska Mila Rose

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We're back with an Arrancar today. Franceska Mila Rose is the 55th Arrancar and one of Tier Harribel's Fraccion with our number 25 girl Cyan Sung-Sun.

Franceska is the midpoint between her partners Cyan and Emilou Apacci personality wise. She is more rational than Emilou but still quicker to anger than Cyan. She often ends up trying, and usually failing, to keep the other two focused on the task at hand instead of bickering amongst themselves. Eventually though she will understandably give into her frustration and start arguing with them herself. She definitely seems like the older sister of the three. Design wise Franceska probably has the most revealing outfit of any Arrancar. She rocks the stereotypical Amazon warrior outfit to a T and only takes it further with her Resurreccion. She takes pride in her appearance and takes exception when other people insult her looks such as when Rangiku calls her a gorilla.

As for the negatives there isn't a whole lot. The case could definitely be made that her Resurreccion takes the revealing outfit a bit too far. It's basically just bulky looking lingerie. Other than that it's simply the 22 girls ahead of her shone brighter on the show. As a result Franceska lands at number 23.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:35 pm

Number 22 Lisa Yadomaru

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Today's girl is Lisa Yadomaru. She was the former lieutenant of Squad 8 before being hollowfied by Aizen and joining the Visoreds.

Lisa is the typical serious neko kicker. She is very calm and before becoming a Visored was praised by her Captain Shunsui Kyoraku for her fighting prowess. In contrast to the calm and serious demeanor she has Lisa has the unexpected hobby of reading erotic manga. That's usually a trait for more exuberant characters in anime. She also wears the stereotypical Japanese schoolgirl sailor suit outfit. Usually this would detract from how intimidating a character is but with Lisa it just seems normal. That's likely do to Lisa's quite playful nature. Throughout Bleach Lisa showed that despite her rather deadpan delivery she actually jokes around quite a bit. Examples include when she would blow off Shunsui scolding her for eavesdropping on a Captain's meeting or teasing Toshiro Hitsugaya about being attracted to Hiyori Sarugaki in the middle of a battle. Lisa has also shown she has a motherly side to her as well. Before being hollowfied she would read to a young Nanao Ise. She also has a pretty cool and unique Hollow mask. Whereas most Hollow masks basically just look like variations of the same monster face, Lisa has a diamond shaped mask with a cross shaped visor. She's cool and can still bring a smile to your face in the most unlikely of times.

As for negatives there isn't much to dislike about Lisa. The only thing holding her back on this list is that most of the characters above her had more screen time to showcase themselves. Lisa lands at number 22.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:41 pm

Number 21 Kiyone Kotetsu

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The Soul Reapers are back at number 21 with Kiyone Kotetsu. She is the co-3rd seat of Squad 13 with Sentaro Kotsubaki and the sister of Squad 4 lieutenant Isane Kotetsu.

Unlike a few of our more recent best girls Kiyone is pretty one note. But that one note is awesome so it's all good. Kiyone and her co-3rd seat Sentaro are pure comic relief characters who absolutely feed off of each other. When the two of them aren't screaming at each other to determine who will do something for their captain, Jushiro Ukitake, they're falling over themselves to help him together. This has led to such situations as making Jushiro seem to be dead in a coffin as they attempt to help him recover from heat stroke at the beach. Kiyone also does a good job of being a super excitable character without annoying the viewer which is a fine line to walk but she does it well.

As for cons like I previously said Kiyone is a one note character. She plays that note superbly well but in the face of more nuanced characters it isn't enough. We also never see her in combat which is kind of a problem in an anime like Bleach. Kiyone is a delight but that isn't enough for her to crack the top 20.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:20 pm

Number 20 Rurichiyo Kasumioji

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The top 20 gets started off with Rurichiyo Kasumioji. She is the head of the Kasumioji clan, a prominent noble family in the Soul Society. She appears in The New Captain Shusuke Amagai arc.

When I first started making this list I was sure Rurichiyo would at the highest be number 25. But as it went on she just climbing higher and higher. Like most of the filler arcs in Bleach, The New Captain Shusuke Amagai arc pops up at a very annoying time. As previous members of this list have shown that enough can be all it takes to drag a girl down to the bottom. Not so with Rurichiyo. Throughout her stay on Bleach she showed herself to be a sweet and kind person. That said she does come off fairly entitled when we first meet her and is very stubborn. At first it seemed like due to the sheltered life she had led Rurichiyo was completely ignorant of the danger she was in. This couldn't be further from the case. Rurichiyo was well aware of the threats against her and simply pretended not to so that her guardians Kenryu and Enryu would be worried about one less thing. The composure she has at such a young age is nothing sort of admirable. The consideration she shows for her retainers and servants is Rurichiyo's finest quality. After the threat on her life had been ended Rurichiyo's first priority was to put on a Kemari tournament to bring some happiness back into the lives of her subjects. This came at the expense of improving political relations with other families but Rurichiyo remained steadfast in her decision, the happiness of her subjects first and foremost in her mind.

When it comes to negatives for Rurichiyo there aren't any major drawbacks. she isn't annoying. doesn't act like she can fix everything on her own, doesn't jump to conclusions or act rudely to other characters for no reason. The only con for Rurichiyo has is just something that comes with being such a young character. She doesn't have the sex appeal of the older characters on this list and unfortunately sex appeal is kind of important for a best girl. Her mature and caring personality in the face of so much adversity land Rurichiyo at number 20.
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Re: Bleach Best Girl Power Rankings

Postby Whiskeyjack19 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:02 pm

Number 19 Nanao Ise

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Today's girl is Nano Ise. She is the lieutenant of Squad 8 and Vice-President of the Shinigami Women's Association.

Nanao takes after Lisa Yadomaru in several ways. They are both very serious and pragmatic, they both served as the lieutenant of Squad 8, and they even look quite similar. The two most crucial ways they differ are combat ability and how they interact with Captain Shunsui Kyoraku. Whereas Lisa specializes in combat, we never see Nanao in a serious fight. In keeping with her librarian-esque style she fills more of an administrative role. In regards to Shunsui, Lisa would often tease Shunsui as much as he teased her. Nanao on the other hand just resorts to scolding or hitting Shunsui with something. They have the relationship of a male guardian and his grown up daughter and it adds a lot of charm to both of them. There are three things you can count on in life: death, taxes, and Nanao not putting up with Shunsui's nonsense.

Now for the negatives. As I pointed out above we never see Nanao in a fight. Fights are a key part of developing/showing off a character in an anime like Bleach and it's always a bummer when you someone doesn't get their chance to shine in that kind of moment. As a result she ends up at number 19.
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