Inoue was pretty cute in this chapter, and her interactions with Riruka made me laugh out loud several times. Her brashness and Inoue’s dopeyness make some amusing situations, for example their different attitudes in asking for a chair from Yukio. What takes the cake though (or in this case, the doughnut), was the interaction Inoue and Riruka’s box of “beauty snacks.” I’m not sure why girls’ get so mesmerized by sweets, but Inoue’s reaction had the complete package with huge sparkling eyes and copious amounts of drool, all the while bawling her face off in happiness. Not even Riruka, prickly tsundere exterior can withstand the moe. She’s cleary pretty soft deep down inside and can’t stand Inoue’s sob story, even if Inoue herself has long since gotten over her brother’s death. However, storming off was still a pretty poor reaction on Riruka’s part though, and luckily for her Inoue is nice to pretty much everyone no matter what.
Nearby, Ichigo’s fight with Ginjou continues, though it isn’t particularly exciting. The main implication was that Ichigo is suddenly questioning his trust in Ginjou, because he couldn’t feel anything through their blades as he usually can. Ginjou seems to have sensed his thoughts somewhat, since he accuses Ichigo of thinking too much, and steps up his aggression. Normally, that’s not a problem, but because of the distrust just mentioned, it suddenly seems very suspicious. I may be thinking too much about hidden motives, but his goals almost certainly conflict at least to a degree with Urahara and Isshin’s aims. The full-bringers’ status as good guys is slowly being chipped away.