This chapter had me excited enough that I’m disregarding the previous poor plot and character development. Aizen was giving his usual super-arrogant speech, and Ichigo just smashes his face in to make him move to another location to fight. Ichigo has clearly gone to another level, as even Aizen thought that his complete lack of reiastu meant he had failed. Gin (who isn’t quite dead yet) saw the strength in his eyes; also judging from the few words Ichigo had to say, he’s ready to kick ass. The less a character says as he fights, the cooler and more confident he is. His change in physical appearance should also mean something (longer hair means stronger in this genre lol). The training arc was probably ommited to make the revelations of Ichigo’s powers more exciting. However, after he face-palmed Aizen, Ichigo should have just followed up with his strongest attack. I highly doubt he will be able to “end this in a single instant” now he’s lost the element of surprise. Though Aizen was caught off-guard at that moment after misjudging Ichigo, there is no way he’s going down without Kubo showing us lots more abilities and transformations on both sides- hollow powers, Ichigo’s new powers, Aizen’s bankai, etc. all come to mind. Aizen’s hougyoku should keep him alive for a while as well; this fight is not ending soon. Although very little happened in this chapter, what did happen was good, and what happens next hopefully will also be good.