This chapter was largely a conclusion of Gin vs. Aizen from last time. His fate was pretty much already sealed, but we did get to find out that Gin’s betrayal fell under Aizen’s plans and only helped him become even godlier (joy). On the other hand, a little bit is revealed about his relationship with Rangiku (who’s alive and fine), and although he has been a static character throughout the series, we finally see a more sympathetic side of him. Unfortunately this was right as he died and like I mentioned before I am rather disappointed at his death. Regardless, it’s time to move on with Ichigo finally arriving, looking bad-ass, carrying what looks like his exhausted father over his shoulder. He looked bloody awesome there, and I’m excited again about the upcoming fight.
The hougyoku is still pretty messed up, and I’m no longer trying to fit all the pieces together to make sense of it’s abilities. The flashbacks regarding Gin were also a little vague: he speaks about wanting to “change thing” without making Rangiku cry, but I don’t really catch what he was trying to do. It’s too bad he tried to kill Aizen far too late in his evolution, and Ichigo also arrived just after he dies. I won’t bother with small complaints here though, since the best thing now is to look forward to the hopefully epic battle with Ichigo’s new form. Yes, multi-stage power-ups are fairly cliched, but my hopes are still high. While no doubt Aizen already knows of the training and power-up, eventually it’s gotta be Ichigo who kills him (if the genre tells us anything). There’s also still several unknowns about Aizen’s relationship with him and also with Isshin, the Royal Guard and the King of Soul Society, so let’s hope the story goes straight up from here