Bleach 498 – Don’t Despair
Urahara has always been one of my favorite characters to watch in Bleach, and his carefree attitude even while in the middle of a major war never fails to be amusing. Akon and the 12th squad attempt to contact him in order to get a hold of Ichigo, who is still in a heated battle with Kirge.
After seeing Urahara’s comments as he is spectating Ichigo’s fight, it would no doubt be interesting to have him do a play-by-play commentary of battles. He always gives off a confident demeanor, though little is revealed about what he is actually thinking. For now, things are going pretty well on their side, as Ichigo starts gaining the upper hand against Kirge, especially since it is now confirmed that the Vandenreich are unable to seal Ichigo’s bankai with their medallions. The hunting captain ends up backed into a corner, unable to effectively attack Ichigo because he can’t divert any of his power from his “blut” armor without being shredded by Ichigo’s blade.
However because of the emergency in Soul Society, Urahara steps in and takes action, finishing off Kirge in one blast (not the first time Urahara has cleaned out Ichigo’s opponent) and telling Ichigo to head to Soul Society immediately. I guess my previous predictions were wrong – Ichigo will be able to assist the Gotei 13 much sooner than I had thought. As always, Ichigo’s special combination of abilities make him uniquely suited to defend Soul Society from extraordinary threats, but even if the Quincies are unable to take away Ichigo’s bankai, they aren’t clueless about him and almost certainly have other contingency plans to deal with the boy wonder. Either way, I’m hoping that we will get to see some of the other captains in action before he gets there.