It was nice to see Aizen’s shocked face so many times in one chapter and to see Shinji actually be able to land a hit, but it became pretty clear pretty quickly that Aizen is still in control of the battle. Shinji’s Zanpakutou’s inversion ability is a nice confusion trick, but I didn’t expect it to fool someone like Aizen for long, and indeed it didn’t. Of course, even if it was for the benefit of the readers, it didn’t help much that Shinji explained it all to Aizen, making it that much easier to overcome. As for the rest of the chapter, I didn’t think Tousen deserved that little bit of redemption that he got, but at least he appears to really be dead now – though it’s not entirely clear if he spontaneously exploded or if Aizen had something to do with it. I can only wonder what will happen if and when Ichimaru gets defeated. In any case, Ichigo is here to save the day now! I say that semi-sarcastically because I have my doubts about Ichigo being able to win at this point, even if he were teamed up with Shinji. I am hoping, however, that his arrival signifies that the story is about to move forward in a more significant way.