This chapter continues to drag the plot on at a ridiculously slow pacing. A lot of space was spent on uninteresting panels of Inoue swooning maniacally over Ichigo, and there’s little information shown we don’t know already. Karin, Yuzu, Ichigo, and Isshin still seem to be in mutual lack of information. The deficiency in communication is seriously causing problems among the good guys, including Ishida in this chapter who suddenly clams up and snaps at his friends after he gets injured. Without letting each other know information, the situation is looking worse and worse. Ishida’s father is quite harsh to him, but I can’t say his behavior isn’t justified given how it seems Ishida seems to be angry at having his ego burst. As for poor Ichigo he still doesn’t have a clue about what’s going on.
The last few pages do make it clear there’s a new external organization (“Xcution”) involved, but their motives and goals, aside from an intense interest in Ichigo, is still unclear. There’s also the person who attacked Ishida; from Ryuken’s analysis, they are probably some type of being related to Ichigo, and probably Kuugo the same since he had the shinigami badge. I’m guessing that they are going to be involved with giving Ichigo new powers or getting his old ones back, much like the vizards helped him control his hollow powers. The mystery is starting to build-up, but hopefully it’s not going to be a letdown.
Sorry about the delayed Bleach posts, I’m trying to find time to catch up.