With the title, I’m referring again to what’s happening right now in the anime with Byakuya vs. Zaraki. It’s not exactly the same (obviously different circumstances and no Yammy between them in the anime), but the general banter and rivalry/conflict is there. I’m curious to see how the animation team hey will treat this part of the manga when they finally get around to animating it, i.e. will they refer back to the anime original battles or just ignore it as if it didn’t exist in the same timeline. Anyway, it’s good to see that at least Yammy is getting shown to be the weak loudmouth that he always seemed to be. As for the other part of the chapter, I guess Ichigo’s explanation clears up why he’s only got a scrap of his normal bankai clothing on, but I really hope this isn’t the reason he was unable to summon his mask earlier (basically, if you throw in that kind of an obstacle, don’t resolve it so easily). If it is though, then Unohana bringing him back up to full strength plus Ichigo’s relatively poor showing against Yammy should mean that Ichigo is due to have a cool scene once he arrives in Karakura Town. Hopefully the break next week means that we’ll get some quality chapters in the coming weeks.