Kenpachi continues to fight Yammy, while Isane heals Chad and Renji. Ichigo and Unohana prepare to enter the Garganta opened by Mayuri and Nemu. After they enter, Byakuyaasks Mayuri why he remained, and points out that he implied Ichigo would be victorious. Kenpachi brings down Yammy, but Byakuya refuses to finish him off for him. Yammy revives and fires a cero at the two.
As Ichigo and Unohana travel to the world of the living, Unohana explains the power of Aizen’s zanpakuto, Kyoyasuigetsu. Seeing the shikai release is required to put the target under complete hypnosis, and as a result she states that Ichigo (who has never seen the release) is the only one who can fight Aizen. Ichigo’s spiritual pressure however is a mess at the moment; he explains that his clothes are part of his bankai, and they reflect the reiatsu he has. Since Inoue had only healed his body, Unohaha then decides to heal Ichigo’s spiritual pressure.
We are back to the Hueco Mundo fights, where Kenpachi and Yammy are still trash talking each other. Calling him “the fat worm” was exactly what I wanted to say. I got a pretty strong sense of satisfaction watching Kenpachi do what he loves to do most and kick Yammy’s ass, slicing off his fingers and arms and legs. Mayuri and Byakuya seem to be enjoying the brawl as well, as they spectate from the sidelines. Of course Mayuri doesn’t really care who wins, as long as he gets his corpse to dissect (the more the better). It was great watching Ichigo tease Mayuri about being “Urahara’s apprentice”; the guy’s attitude has it coming for him and even Byakuya was messing with him.
The biggest “revelation” here in this episode was that only Ichigo could fight Aizen as he was the only captain-level being who had not fallen under Aizen’s illusion abilities. It feels kind of iffy though, as he has to avoid seeing the shikai at all costs, which could actually be a big disadvantage in the heat of battle. It was already obvious early in the story that Ichigo will be the one to ultimately defeat Aizen, but this perhaps solidifies the fact that in this kind of genre, only the main character defeats the main villain. Unfortunately though Ichigo’s reiatsu is really low at the moment, which he uses as an excuse for his messy path as opposed to Unohana’s nice and straight one. With Ichigo’s terrible spiritual control however, I’d doubt he could make a decent path even at full power. Regardless, it explains why he did poorly against Yammy. It is implied that at his full power he could rival the spiritual power of Aizen (both with around twice a regular captain’s reiatsu), again backing up the indispensability of Ichigo. For now though, we’ll just have to watch Aizen wipe out everyone else. As for Byakuya and Kenpachi, they didn’t even flinch at Yammy’s cero, and it’s just going to be more fun watching them bicker with each other and pound him at the same time.