Ichigo’s Final Getsugo Tenshou wasn’t quite enough to finish off Aizen because of the Hougyoku’s regenerative powers. To be honest it was a disappointing attack; all that was shown was a huge black streak. It seemed a bit anticlimatic and was just a bigger version of the regular Getsugo Tenshou. Given the cost of executing the attack, FGT should have been better. However, it did critically damage Aizen as much of his transformation was destroyed. To the very end of course, he doesn’t stop his crap talk, boasting (partly in desperation) about how he is rising above Ichigo. I think Aizen still might have had a chance as Ichigo lost his shinigami powers after using the attack, which would have been trouble him. It’s probable he was still able to use hollow powers, but that aspect wasn’t brought up. Luckily Urahara suddenly shows up, and reveals that he had placed a seal inside Aizen. After Aizen was weakened by Ichigo’s attack the seal is able to pierce through Aizen and the Hougyoku “betrays” Aizen. It determines he is not worthy to wield the stone and actually starts to disintegrate his sword. As he has lost his power now, Urahara’s kidou spell is activated and starts to seal him away. As usual, it was awesome watching Aizen writhe and scream as his ego is completely pulverized; the long rivalry between Urahara and the former lieutenant looks like it finally has came to an end, and Urahara has the last laugh. The fact that Aizen is only sealed though, brings up the possibility he will be back, something I would seriously rather not see. For now, I’m guessing it will be on to more information about the Spirit King and his dimension. Urahara seems to have some relationship to the Spirit King, and he reveals more of his own motives for working for the good guys. He really an extremely central character in the plot, something that wasn’t shown previously. Perhaps the reason the whole thing was so anti-climatic was because Urahara, who wasn’t really featured heavily in events up to this point, is suddenly the crux of everything. The whole twist doesn’t really lock together all the elements and so the story comes off as rather dissatisfying. The lead-up is very poor, and on the whole everything that happens just isn’t very smart. The only brain working is Urahara’s, and he shows up only at random points.
As for what happens next: if Aizen is down, there will probably be some flashback for him, then a new villain, and Ichigo will have to do something about his lost powers. There are also plenty of questions to answer, such as Aizen’s past, his relationship with Ichigo, Isshin , the status of many of the other characters (especially Byakuya, Kenpachi and Yammy). And of course, there are still too many other elements such as bankais and Squad Zero to reveal, so we’ll see where the story goes from here.
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