This chapter was all over the place in terms of information covered and mostly just continued to show Ichigo’s daily life and his interactions with his friends. All the questions about his father Isshin are left unanswered and their relationship is the same as at the start of the series. Also, there was almost a slice-of-life feel with a lot of focus on what’s going on in his family and at his school. For one, Ichigo is now a mercenary for the various clubs on campus to save up some money for after graduation, which is a pretty great use of his physical skills. As for the girls, I think Tatsuki looked better with her shorter hair, perhaps because her new hairstyle looks too much like Aizen’s hairdo. Orihime is also back, maintaining her status as the school idol, and reverted to her original klutzy, imaginative self that I’m sure people enjoy better than her whiny side. Another point of interest is Ichigo’s part-time job; it was unclear who his “employer” on the phone was, but my first guess was Urahara. Thinking about it now though, it seems unlikely he would need to rely on Ichigo so desperately for anything, so that question remains open.
There was a lot of random tangents throughout the chapter with bits of humor sprinkled around, and the only clear plot development came at the end with the arrival of the gang of the mugger Ichigo knocked out last time. The whole group was such a stereotypical bunch of idiotic punks that it was obvious they were just cronies working for some other character. Ishida kicked their ass easily, and I’m sure even without using his Quincy powers he’s not really in any sort of danger. The arrival of the mystery figure in the last panel is where things might get interesting. It’s probably the slick-haired dude from the end of the last chapter so hopefully this chapter is the last of the arc introduction and there will be more substantial development next time.