I was asked to comment on the latest manga chapter of Bleach, so here goes:
It’s about freaking time.
There’s been a year’s worth of chapters since we last saw Shinji and company, and it figures that they don’t appear until things look the bleakest for the Shinigami side (of course Harribel and Barragan are still alive). I’m glad that they did decide to show up though because it obviously makes things more interesting, especially now that Aizen’s free too. Assuming they side with the Shinigami – and I concede that there’s a small possibility that they side with Aizen – the Visored will likely turn the tide of the battle yet again, but I suspect that Aizen’s side will ultimately triumph after taking some losses, and it’ll all be left up to Ichigo to save everyone.
What I’d like to see out of these next chapters are some good match-ups and new abilities, like Kyouraku’s bankai. Actually, I was really hoping that Kyouraku and Ukitake would have been able to continue tag-teaming Starrk, however with Ukitake now appearing to be out thanks to Wonderweiss, that seems unlikely to happen. I’m not convinced Kyouraku is out though, and Ukitake being knocked out might just cause Kyouraku to use his bankai. I’d also love to see Yamamoto and Aizen fight each other, but I bet if Aizen fights at all, it’ll be against Shinji and will be over very quickly. Regardless of what happens though, the next chapters should be fun to read.