Bleach, WTF?

Uhm. Right. I think that that is my general opinion as I'm catching up with the Bleach Manga as part of my preparation for Twin Souls. It does my heart some good to see a few things that we've done/planned for Winter War are backed up with what happens in canon, but... still... WTF?

I think I'm realizing that part of why I love One Piece so much is that Eiichiro Oda stays true to the characters and to the themes he sets from the very beginning. Every single HUGE REVEAL he's ever done fits into what has happened, characters don't do a 180 without some really solid visceral need/want/wish that stems from exactly what they've been all along. It's integral, it makes sense, and he sets the groundwork (or uses the stuff he DID to make up the new stuff in such a way that it *seems* like he set it all up to start) so early on that I can re-watch every episode AGAIN and go "Oh, wow, he knew THAT from this point HERE!!!"

All of which plays well with Robert McKee's idea of why the big reveal, that closing of the gap between what has happened and what caused it to happen, can be so darned satisfying and is kind of the gold at the end of the rainbow for storytellers. And why the unanchored/unconnected SURPRISE! can be so off-putting.
It's true that certain parts of the tone of the Gotei 13's origins aren't quite as we planned them. Though... I suppose it depends how far back one goes.

Have you seen the bit with Little Shunsui (aw so cute etc) talking with Yamamoto? If the events referenced were "back in the past" even when Shunsui was just a tiny little nipper, then they are really far back.

(Though it is harder to reconcile Unohana, I admit.)
Precisely. *laughs* You have the sticking point.

I haven't seen that yet, and now I truly want to.