Bleach 473 – No Remorse
This battle seems to be winding down earlier than I thought as Yukio wimps out and dissolves all the alternate dimensions, aside from Ginjou’s. I’m not sure if I should be surprised that he gave in that easily, but most of the shinigami had won their fights anyway, including Byakuya. Tsukishima lost pretty badly and should be dead soon, and most of the rest of the Xcution are also out of commission. Riruka has disappeared, but she’s definitely done something to Rukia (possibly possessing her) and so it’s only a matter of time before we’ll see her again. I’m surprised Byakuya felt such strong loyalty to Ichigo since he’s never shown such sentiments before, but in hindset that should really go without saying given all that Ichigo has done for Soul Society.
By far the most interesting part of this chapter was Ginjou’s little speech to Ichigo asking him what he’s fighting for now. I don’t see any reason for him to lie; what he says rings true as well — unless Ichigo just fighting to avenge Ishida, there’s really no purpose to their battle. As Ichigo stands speechless, we are left with a cliffhanger about who the “true enemy” supposedly is, and will perhaps also find out what the fullbringer’s true motives were. There’s plenty of possibilities, so feel free to make your guesses. These fights did end more abruptly than expected, so it makes sense that there is some “bigger” enemy out behind all this.