Kubo did a fake-out yet again getting me excited when Tsukishima stabbed Inoue through her chest. The lack of blood should have tipped me off, and unfortunately not that much really happened. The two just disappeared, leaving Inoue confused and largely unharmed. It’s ironic since two of my three hopes for Inoue (either she kills or gets killed) were almost fulfilled then dashed to pieces. I don’t really hate Inoue, but it be nice for something big to occur. So far all I see is things about to happen, then nothing happening. Bleach has become so cookie-cutter that any very unexpected event would make quite an interesting WTF moment. At this point though Inoue probably is going to end up being in trouble and causing trouble for Ichigo. Actually it may have happened already as Tsukishima seems to have messed with Inoue’s mind with his powers (another possible point of similarity with Aizen), causing her to think of him as a friend and deny that anything was wrong. I’m guessing that he’s trying to maneuver his way to Ichigo or some of the other good guys for whatever his grand plan is. Chad and Inoue however are trying to keep Ichigo away from these kinds of trouble as his powers aren’t ready yet. I agree with the decision, but Ichigo as the perceptive guy he is goes straight to Ginjou to ask what’s up. Since he reveals that they were once ex-allies, I think it’s safe to assume that Ginjou and his crew are on the good guy side, and hopefully there will be some cool fights soon.
Updated list of good things to happen:
1) Inoue kills the bad guys
2) Tatsuki pulls out secret abilities and saves the day
3) Inoue gets killed
4) Inoue turns into the new super villain