I’m a little confused as to what a flange is, and the dictionary didn’t really help aside from telling me it’s some sort of frame. Regardless it has the same swastika shape as his old zapakuto’s hilt guard (as the title points out), although much like a sword hilt, it doesn’t have much of an attack aside from pushing back the opponent. It’s a little difficult to discern exactly what it does, but it does seem to be more of a defensive tool than a four bladed scythe. I don’t think he has gotten back his reiatsu though, as the power seems to be bound to the shinigami badge, which apparently has storied all of Ichigo’s experience and memories. In the end he seems to fire off some black circular reiatsu which “feels like Getsuga Tenshou” and finally brings down the five-eyed Mr. Pork. As a full bring power, I assume his shinigami badge would also be able to pull out other forms and abilities, so that is something to look forward to.
For our weekly cliffhanger, some punk Shigawara shows up with intentions of killing Inoue, just as expected. The timing is right around when Ichigo gets his new powers, but I hope it doesn’t fall into the regular pattern with Inoue as the damsel in distress needing Ichigo to be the white knight. Good alternatives include
1) Inoue kill Shigawara
2) Tatsuki pulls out secret abilities and kills Shigawara
3) Shigawara kills Inoue