Apparently the reason (or one of the reasons) Ichigo has been weak recently is because he fears his own super hollow form. The solution of course, is to defeat Shirosaki– master a power by overcoming it first, which is how Ichigo gained some of his previous abilities. However, this time the difficulty is increased by a level with Tensa Zangetsu and SSJ3 Shirosaki merging together into a bad-ass but also rather androgynous form that could pass for an older version of Lilynette. I’m not sure if Ichigo is trying to destroy his hollow form here. Hopefully this is not the case, as if he masters his complete hollow form and works together with it, he would no doubt have a incredible power-up at his disposal. Personally, I’m eager to see that form again in battle to see how well it fares the second time around. Technically, Ichigo, Shirosaki and Zangetsu are all part of each other, bringing to mind the “three-in-one” idea of the Trinity.
As for the mystery character of last week’s cliffhanger, five or six people guessed Don “Spirits Are Always With You” Kanonji correctly. Epic trolling or not, it was great seeing Gin and Tatsuki’s wtf faces. On the serious side, Matsumoto also showed up, who some people also predicted last week. This ties in with a scene a few weeks ago showing Matsumoto recovered sufficiently to leave the aftermath of battle in Fake Karakura Town. Even with some of her wounds healed though, I doubt she could do too much more than Kanonji to hurt Sosuke Aizen, but it’s likely she’ll have a sorely needed talk with Gin at least.