I probably should have used this title last week when Aizen was giving everyone vibes that he was going to use the classic Star Wars phrase on Ichigo, but it’s even more appropriate this week now that Isshin has finally shown up. That cliffhanger was of course the best part of this chapter since the rest of it was just Aizen continuing to mindfuck Ichigo (Kubo appears to be using this chance to try to tie everything in the plot together), and it got me really curious about what direction the story is going in because there’s so many possibilities. Actually, it could still be possible that Aizen declares himself to be Ichigo’s real father since he’s claiming to have known about Ichigo since Ichigo was born – in that case, I guess Isshin would be the adoptive father? It’s either that or Aizen has past dealings or a connection with Isshin that we don’t know about. Whatever the case may be, it looks like we’ll be finding out more about Isshin’s past soon, and it would be exciting to see him fight as well.
Unfortunately, as you may have heard, I am retiring from blogging at the end of this season, so this will be my last Bleach manga post. Despite that, please limit your comments on this post to those that are Bleach related.