Not much advanced involving Matsumoto-san since she pretty much ignored (or did not hear) Kira’s calls. On Gin’s side though, we see Ichigo is not doing well, with his mask shattered. Ichigo’s hollow mask hasn’t been doing too much for him lately it seems; against more powerful enemies, it is often broken before he can do anything with it. With the caliber of opponents he’s up against now, I think his super hollow form (fluke or not) would be necessary again. On the other hand, maybe Ichigo just sucks now (like Gin pointed out), perhaps due to his power fluctuations.
Most of this chapter deals with Aizen and the trio fighting him. He’s pretty observant here to notice that Urahara is not too fazed and probably has more tricks up his sleeve. Isshin, Yourichi and Urahara do yet another combined attack (they definitely planned it out beforehand; either that, or they work together very well). They hit Aizen with a combo of strikes which included some new attacks we haven’t seen before; as usual though, Aizen takes everything confidently. His “you can’t hurt me” attitude is really getting a bit old. Luckily, to spice things up, Isshin shoots off a Getsuga Tenshou at the end as a cliffhanger. Like Ichigo, it seems he also doesn’t have to release his sword to use his abilities, perhaps also with his zanpakato permanently in shikai. Of course, if we’ve learned anything from recent fights, I doubt a normal Getsuga could do much against an opponent like Aizen. Isshin seems much stronger than Ichigo though, and has probably been around a lot longer as well. It would be nice if Aizen takes some damage or at least has part of his armor destroyed, but it’s more likely this is a setup for some answers that I would want to see soon. ~Bleach pacing sure is slow.
Next Week: Ichigo– But Dad, that’s MY ability.