Bleach 490 – Star-crossed Enemies
What really piqued my curiosity in this chapter was the mention of five “special weapons”, one of which is Ichigo. Knowing nothing else, Inoue or Urahara might have made good candidates for “special weapons”, but there’s no mention of them, even though they are there in Hueco Mundo with Ichigo. Regardless of who the other four are though, distracting Ichigo temporarily is apparently a good enough opportunity for the Vandenreich to begin the invasion of Soul Society.
As for the Captain Opie that Ichigo is fighting, the Quincy’s initial attacks are no more effective than Ishida’s (although Ichigo claims that Ishida’s arrows were even weaker). The setup for the fight is mostly pretty standard as the two exchange words/preliminary blows, and Kirgie boldly claims that he will kill Ichigo immediately. While it is obvious that will not happen, his “complete form”, a ridiculous, circus-like pair of wings and shoes, may actually give Ichigo some trouble. Ichigo actually hasn’t released his bankai yet, but if he has learned anything about his earlier fight with Ivan, it is that his vizard powers will probably be a better bet. The most interesting part of this battle so far though is what Kirgie refused to talk about, e.g. that Ishida could not be weaker than he was. Of course this again brings back the question of the role Ishida and his father will play in this war, and also raises the possibility that Ishida may actually possess hidden power that surpasses the level he usually displays.
For now though, the biggest concern is the imminent attack on Soul Society, and I get the feeling that the shinigami will not fare well.