Bleach 581 – Grand Skyfall
Ichigo has been flying towards Sereitei for the past few chapters, but it seems almost anti-climatic to have him show up now, as Kenpachi is on the verge of defeat. He rockets into the ground heroically, then shunpo’s at least a couple thousand meters behind the four Sternritter before they can even react. As far as bad-ass entrances go, this one is as flashy as any. Never in a thousand years would I have imagined Ichigo coming to the rescue of Kenpachi – a fact that Ichigo himself seems amused by. After months of hype, the main character finally shows up, and I fully expect him to casually make short work of the girls. Especially given that there are four of them, it isn’t likely that they will get a good chance to show off their powers, at least not to the extent some of the previous Sternritter did. This will be Ichigo’s first fight in this battle, and he’s going to need cannon fodder to display his new skills. Even if they are able to make some fancy plays at the beginning with zombie powers or big gulps, I can already see Ichigo emerging unscathed, then shredding them nonchalantly with a few swings of his sword and a couple witty one-liners.
Other than his grand entrance though this chapter was relatively short on material. A couple other characters do make an appearance, including Shinji, who’s been patched up by Momo after his previous defeat. He attempts to go to the aid of Kenpachi but is intercepted by Bazz-B. Rukia also wants to fly to Kenpachi, though now that Ichigo is there they probably won’t. All in all though, only the last two pages in this chapter are of any significance (unsurprisingly). I feel like the epic reveal of his abilities will take at least few chapters as per Kubo’s customs, so it might be worth waiting a several weeks before reading everything.