It seems both Karin and Yuzu have some sort of brother complex, and Yuzu especially tries to play it off and vehemently denies it, but in the end it’s pretty clear that they are both very worried about Ichigo who has been gone for days. Their simultaneous agreement to Ichigo telling them to go to bed was really cheesy, but it gets the point across. He still hasn’t told his sisters what is going on, and it could be a problem when they get more deeply involved into the mess that is no doubt going to happen soon.
The chapter then cuts to Ichigo starting his training to get his shinigami powers back. He gets his usual method training– a.k.a. getting thrown into a fight and forcing out his abilities. This time, he is miniaturized and placed into Riruka’s dollhouse to duke it out with a giant stuffed pig gladiator style. The monster pig was definitely the highlight of the chapter for me and is a refreshing change from the usual enemies Ichigo gets. Its doom look was really funny and reminded me of the giant gingerbread man from Shrek. The monster’s purpose apparently is to force out Ichigo’s Fullbringer powers, and I’m sure nobody is surprised he has them, because as far as we know he had a human and a shinigami parent.
There was also some more development with the other new characters this week, giving hints of their personality. Rukio especially looks like an interesting guy and I especially want to see what his powers are like. At this rate however, I think this arc is just going to settle into the normal pattern again, with strings of battles involving the various characters then culminating in Ichigo’s climax boss fight. I am definitely not happy with the direction this is heading.