Kuugo is looking less and less like an antagonist after he supplies information and a credit card to him (perhaps something that will give him some power). Of course its still far from certain whether he has any ill intent, but my guess is that he isn’t so evil. Ichigo’s family however definitely knows a lot more and are hiding things from. Underneath her bro-complex, Yuzu also shows a slight unease for Ichigo, likely to be related to Isshin and Karin as well. Both Ishida and Inoue are seriously worried as well, with both of them heading for Ichigo’s house to investigate the mysterious presence surrounding him as of late. Inoue uses a very roundabout way of trying to figure Ichigo out however, again leaving the latter in the dark and finding out no information herself. The excitement was also stepped up slightly in this chapter, as Ishida faces off against a new character who looks like a tall thin version of Zangetsu. Unfortunately Ishida gets his arm messed up again, this time completely cut off; the poor guy is out of action already.
There is little else to be said with this much mystery and cliffhanger still in the plot. The phrase “welcome to our xcution” is left unexplained, and Isshin has been missing for most of the day. On the whole it just raised a bunch more questions and wasn’t all that interesting. As I say so often, hopefully it gets better next time with more development. The drawings also did seem a bit worse in this chapter, but there was some more cool hell arc hollow Ichigo art at the beginning for some eye candy.