As hinted in last week’s chapter, Gin finally turned against Aizen after killing Matsumoto. Aizen, as the Great Foreseer, had of course already known Gin would turn, which isn’t surprising given his snake/fox-like personality. He is way too curious really, first wanting to see how strong Ichigo can get, and now wanting to see how Ichimaru would try to kill him. Naturally Gin knows the Hougyoku pretty much heals injuries almost instantly so he follows up by dissolving Aizen’s cells from the inside, then blowing a hole through his chest. That immediately raised him by several rankings in my list of favorite characters, but I still have a hard believing time Aizen is actually dead, especially considering we haven’t even seen his bankai yet and Ichigo also hasn’t shown up. Even though he looks extremely shocked right now, for hundreds of chapters he has lived through everything, so I can’t help but see another card up his sleeve. The Hougyoku can pretty much repair anything; poison and holes don’t seem out of scope (doesn’t look like the blast destroyed the stone). If I’m right, then Gin is going to be dead very soon, unless he had planned it out further and has another move to make- he is a genius after all. Matsumoto might not be dead, but Gin at face value seems to be on his own team only. However, seeing him having a change of heart at some point (a bit like Ulquiorra perhaps) would be nice; some character development is always interesting. I’ve always found him a fascinating character, hopefully he won’t just die like Tousen did. Perhaps at least, he’ll let Ichigo know the secret of avoiding total hypnosis.
One thing I know though- if Kubo smashes all my predictions and actually kills off Aizen, Bleach would be so awesome.