This was definitely the fastest wrap-up ever in Bleach history. There’s a huge amount of content and information packed into the usual amount of pages, and as a result it moves a lot quicker than normal. The contrast between the usual slow-paced fights and the abrupt conclusion and transition is out of place; while a fast-moving story is certainly more interesting to read, I have mixed feelings about this chapter. It seems to be confirmed that Aizen is defeated (for now anyways), but he doesn’t get a flashback that is usually seen with the death of a character which is a bit suspicious. We didn’t get to see much of his King’s Key plan either, and the seal containing him has been transported back to Soul Society to be disposed of by the Central 46 (which I’m guessing was replaced since their massacre). Ichigo himself is getting a bit of victor’s remorse (as he did with Ulquiorra), and wonders whether Aizen just wanted to be a “normal” shinigami and was just searching for someone who was on the same level he was. I don’t really follow his point at the moment, but that is certainly something that could be addressed if Aizen gets his flashback sometime in the future. Of course, there’s still the nagging feeling that Aizen isn’t truly gone yet.
As for the other characters, most of the good guys seem to be fine, unsurprisingly. The vizard are all alive thanks to Unohana patching up their injuries, and even Hiyori who was sliced in half is stabilized for now. I think it’s a flaw of the genre in that the good guys seem to be invincible— they always survive no matter how critically wounded they are. Kenpachi and Byakuya have also defeated Yammy, though they were cut up quite a bit in the process. I was hoping to see more than just the conclusion of the fight, but regardless the result was expected.
The next big thing now of course is the cliffhanger; Ichigo suddenly collapses like he’s having a stroke, sending the story straight into the next arc. There are a myriad of possibilities right now, so I’ll leave the guessing up to you.