Bleach 449 – A Sadistic Side
I guess Kubo doesn’t want to let us know what’s up with Urahara and Isshin just yet, since all we got in that aspect was more mystery. For now the focus is on Ichigo though, and he is getting destroyed by Ginjou. I knew that Ginjou was strong, but the one-sidedness of the battle was still surprising. I don’t know whether it’s just that he has had far more experience with full-bring, or that Ichigo has been relying on his now non-existent spiritual power too much previously. Luckily, it seems like going all out against each other is fine since they are inside a game, but then I don’t quite understand why Inoue was brought in if Yukio could just add more health points if needed. Unless the system works Matrix-style (i.e. “your mind makes it real”), it’s his world and he should be able the manipulate things like that easily without relying on a third party healer.
Regardless, this is a good opportunity for Inoue to shine, and she indeed shows off her new power Shiten Koushun, using four of her fairies as a combination shield and attack. It suits her support personality too, but actually gives an additional way to counterattack aside from the unimpressive Koten Zanshun that falters due to her weak will. However, Inoue is becoming more assertive too, sticking up against Ginjou when he attacks Ichigo while she’s still healing him. Chad starts training in another section of the game as well, though he had also been stabbed surreptitiously by Tsukishima. I don’t know how they’ll deal with it, but if past experience has said anything, it’s that Ichigo’s friends won’t be particularly relevant in the grand scheme of things, aside from being used as means to an end by the bad guys and providing the catalyst for Ichigo to regain his will to fight.