After Ichigo went Super Saiyan 3 back when he was fighting Ulquiorra, he now borrows yet another plot device from Dragon Ball Z. I’m unimpressed by the fact that Kubo has to pull deux ex machina or reuse elements from one series so often. Bleach lacks creativity — fights are completely comprised of gaining new powers. There’s a limit of how far this can go, as evidenced by “Final Getsuga Tenshou”. In a series that has been running as long as Bleach, it’s an inherent problem to think up of new abilities, but there had better not be something like Ultra Super Bankai showing up. At this point unfortunately, it’s probably impossible for Isshin and Ichigo to stop Aizen and Gin with their current powers, but Aizen conveniently destroys the Koutotsu in the Precipice World, allowing Ichigo to stay in there indefinitely to train.
Anyways, if there is a training arc or flashback at this point, perhaps we will finally see some explanations for all the questions that have been hanging around. I can’t see Urahara and Yourichi out of the game just yet (they weren’t even hit on screen). It’s good to see Isshin slap some sense into Ichigo; after all, his power level goes way up when he has something to protect. As for Gin, it would not be surprising to see a betrayal, as I’m sure many people are predicting. I find his suspicious character interesting, and am eager to see what he will do in the future.