It definitely has its good aspects, from well-executed Character Development
and unique takes on archetypes, to well-choreographed fight scenes and interesting abilities. It's bad parts? Often times, the characters' development as
characters are shafted or delayed, to the point where it comes off as Character Derailment
As an example, Zommari Rureaux first appeared as a calm, silent assassin of sorts, who had something of a pride issue, but none to different from his opponent. Once he went One Winged Angel
, he devolved into a loud-mouthed Large Ham
that panicked at the first sign of losing momentum. Sosuke Aizen, the Big Bad
, went from a calculating, resourceful tactician, into a Smug Snake
that gave all of his smarts up for raw power, and went into a similarly whiny Villainous Breakdown
. Yasutora Sado went from a calm, quiet Gentle Giant
into a Satellite Character
whose utterly dependent on, and obsessed with pleasing, the main character. Orihime Inoue has a crush on the main character, but she's almost always shafted as a fighter, and her priorities often switch from "do this myself" to "must please love interest". A large majority of tertiary characters have personalities, but nothing really solid in the depth or development issue (most of the Fraccion and the Lieutenants).
It dragged on a lot back in the day, but it seems to have picked up the pace in the latest manga arc. For example, three simultaneous
story arcs (Hueco Mundo, Fake Karakura and Deicide), collectively taking up less than five years real-time and comprised of over 300 chapters, were all set a single day
. The current arc went through six days in-universe, 40 chapters real-time. Certain characters have even went through some change in personalities, like Hitsugaya becoming more mature and collected, or Byakuya showing an honorable side as a fighter.
Another major critique is the bad placement of music themes in the anime; it's so bad that it can kill the atmosphere of a scene because of it. For example, Episode 349 is one of the few times where the music fits perfectly
, in each scene
, but the following episode is... far less worthy of such praise.