Just as Ichigo is pressing ramen guy (who reveals himself to be Ginjou Kugo) for more answers, Ikumi interrupts and tells him to leave right before he says too much. Her sudden action is rather suspicious, and either she is wary of Kugo or she’s trying to withhold information from Ichigo and she will have a bigger role than just Ichigo’s “employer”. Kugo himself could be swinging either way at this point as well: he is trying to seed doubt in the mind of Ichigo to poison him against against Urahara. While Urahara has been a good guy for the duration of the series, it’s not impossible for him to show his true colors and become the new super villain either, which would be interesting as hell. Kugo has a Substitute shinigami badge as well, which could mean he had the same status as Ichigo (human who gained shinigami powers). Either way though, Urahara and he are probably at odds with each other.
After Ginjou exits the shop he meets two new characters, Riruka and Kutsuzawa (who looks a bit like King Bradley, with his eyepatch and all) dressed in butler/maid clothing. They are obviously intrigued by Ichigo as well, as evidenced by their disappointment at not meeting him. Back in the Urahara shop, Karin gets a bunch of crap from Urahara, supposedly to be used to protect her brother, though it doesn’t seem she has any real powers yet. Kugo however hints to Ichigo that Urahara will be a threat against his family, and as usual Ichigo is the only clueless one around here. And ironically, this chapter is titled “The Known”.
With the release of another Bleach movie in early December, there were nice several color spreads and also a special Hell arc chapter, which I’m guessing it’s some sort of prequel or preview for the film. The two “bad” arrancar Szayel and Aaroniero have ended up in hell where they are as idiotic as ever. The movie-only character Shuren seems to want to use them and Super Hollow Ichigo to break open to gates of hell. Him and his underlings look pretty strong as well, able to take on two arrancar. Shuren looks like a pretty generic Bleach villain however, and has a similar feel to previous movie villains and even villains in the Bount arc and Aizen.
As with the previous movies, this one will come out in theaters only, and outside Japan, fans will probably have to wait until the dvd is released.