Things start to get dangerous for Ichigo as he’s stuck in the box but even with the action, this chapter felt rather dull. Giriko’s power seems a bit too convenient, as if they were created for this purpose of forcing Ichigo to stay in the box, and I am not impressed with the idea of the “flames of time.” The full-bringer powers are very unique and seem incredibly powerful, but unless they are developed a lot more in the story they will continue to feel odd and out of place. Giriko’s ability especially has a lot potential, if we are reminded of a certain other arrancar with time-related powers or even movies.
In the end though, Ichigo is finally able to activate what looks to be his full-bringer powers. I thought it was interesting that many of his powers seem to take the form of a swastika but I don’t know if there’s really a reason for that. Bleach powers do seem to heavily rely on emotions though, as Ichigo’s powers really seemed to depend more on his determination and brute force rather than skill. This one ability is no different, relying on Ichigo’s “pride” in relation to his shinigami badge. An additional set of powers in his arsenal will no doubt be handy and if he is able to combine them with his other abilities once (or if) he gets them back, things should get exciting. For now though the story crawls as usual and there doesn’t seem to be any clear direction to this arc aside from Ichigo training.