The problems started earlier than people think
People say that the height of Bleach was the rescue arc and that it's all been downhill from there, and they're right. But if you examine the rescue arc, you start to see signs of what would become the fall of Bleach kicking in.
First there is the issue of Aizen. The reveal is considered to be one of the best moments in the series, but it makes no sense. With Aizen's complete hypnosis ability, as it is explained, there is no reason for him to do any of the things he did that entire arc, including faking his death. There is no hint that Hitsugaya would start an investigation without hearing his planned conversation with Gin, and after all the trouble he went through it seems it was just to kill Hinamori. He wanted to get out of Central Forty Six before Hitsugaya got back, so why exactly did he do all the things he did? A mysterious bad guy, like Gin was, is great. A bad guy who is supposed to be the great mastermind but never acts logically is not. I feel that people were so impressed with Gin as a villain that they imposed his greatness in that role on the man he was revealed to be working for.
Another overlooked failure of logic is the role of Unohana. She supposedly figured out that Aizen was up to something days earlier, and did absolutely nothing about it. She told no one, did nothing to stop the execution, and only decided to go to central forty-six AFTER the s*** hit the fan and all of the captains were fighting. Why did she wait so long to do something? It makes no sense and ultimately serves only to take away from the Hitsugaya plot of the arc. It seems to me that it was a last minute move by Kubo because he realized that every other captain had been involved in an incident or fight of some importance, even Kommamura while fighting Kenpachi, by then except for Unohana and he needed to find something important for her to do. Whatever the reason it was an act of lazy writing, and I would go so far as to call it a deus ex machina.
This lack of logic and ridiculous use of characters, while primarily only recognizable in hindsight, would eventually come to be to prevalent in Bleach to ignore. And Aizen in particular would never grow beyond this portrayal.
14th Jun 12
14th Jun 12
and then ordered her lieutenant to go after Renji to get Rukia back.
Soi-fon was the one who ordered all lieutenants to go after them, and Isane even looks at Unohana upon this, as hinting that she knew her captain wasn't really confortable with this, but perhaps to avoid more unneeded conflict between the same group, told her to go along.
There was no sign that Hitsugaya would have suspected anything if not for his overhearing his staged conversation with Gin
Who says that wasn't planned, just like almost everything else, after all the plan only works if he suspects Gin specifically, and planting that suspicion would had been the best start up
With his illusions Aizen could have easily fooled everyone into thinking he was just doing his job as he conducted his research and never given anyone a hint that there was a conspiracy and that the execution might be dangerous.
His plan included made as many people as possible distrust each other, even people with close relations were on opposing sides (Kyoraky/Ukitake and Yamamoto, Renji and Byakura, Momo and Hitsugaia, etc.) his death made it "almost" absolute that no one would suspect him (since pretty much anyone could be seen as a suspect) on anything or at least of what was happening after his apparent death, after all it's later revealed that he is the only person left related in some way to the only other incident of betrayal 100 years ago.
Then, instead of seeming to want to kill Toshiro, which would have made the whole game he played with him make some sense
What gain could he had by killing Toshiro? to me he was just part of plan to, in Aizen's words "spread out the enemies". He just deduced that he was going to central 46, he killed Momo because even Hitsugaia was impressed of what she had done so she was a lose thread.
If Aizen's powers were less broken this could be explained away, like if he could only fool one person at a time and was using it to make Unohana believe the faux body had no flaws and that when he attacked Hitsugaya with it his hold over her faded and she noticed that it was just a fake body.
Aizen's power are very broken but even so to an extent. He wasn't expecting Toshiro to come back so soon, so he saw them, if he was he could had just made another illusion and escape without being noticed (not that it mattered by that point). Also your reasoning would only make sense if Unohana inspected the body again, since her senses were deceived, it wasn't that false information was planted in her head like Tsukishima's ability.
But yeah, I get your point. That was a big Idiot Ball
on Unohana's part. Though I never understood the tittle. No one said that Bleach was perfect back then, I thought you were going to talk about current complains that were present all the way back in the SS arc.
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