Bleach 528 – Nothing But The Rain
Ichigo’s identity has always been a significant focus in Bleach, and it has been brought back to the forefront again when Ichigo displayed abilities similar to Blut Vene, prompting Juha Bach to make cryptic references about his mother. Now that Ichigo has found himself without his powers yet again, his old man decides that it is finally time to spill the truth about everything. When he first sees Isshin though, he flees out of shame, and pays a visit to his employer and friend Unagiya Ikumi. To be honest, I’m not sure what role she is playing in all this besides emotional support, since she doesn’t seem to possess any spiritual ability. It’s possible she actually knows more than she reveals, but at this point Ikumi probably won’t be doing anything major.
Instead, the bulk of the content in this chapter was covered as Isshin sits Ichigo down and begins telling him the story of how he met Kurosaki Masaki. I found it odd that she had the name Kurosaki when they first met, which would mean that either their family decided to use her surname, or that they coincidentally had the surname (a bit more unusual). It probably comes as no surprise to the readers that she was Quincy, since that fact has been hinted at already. Knowing the history between the two groups, I’m guessing that their relationship ends up being a forbidden love type of thing, though we’ll just have to wait for the flashback to continue. If Isshin holds true to his word, we’ll hopefully also find out why he left the Gotei 13, what the exact nature of Ichigo and his sisters is, and how a Quincy who could defeat a captain-level enemy could be killed by a mere hollow.