Bleach suddenly has a whirlwind of new developments, and compounded with me reading two chapters in one sitting it was actually fairly exciting. I wasn’t expecting Ginjou to be so brutal cutting out Ichigo’s eyes and running him through with a sword, showing a completely different attitude towards him and even threatening Inoue and Chad. I don’t know how serious he was about killing them, but in the end it looks like it was another form of the trial by fire training that Ichigo tends to get from his trainers. Harsh methods, death threats, and strong emotions does seem to be the way to go to force out his powers in a short time, and plus there is always some plot trick pulled out to fast forward Ichigo’s power-ups. He’s so special he can do in three days what everyone else does in decades. Regardless, Ginjou’s move allowed Ichigo to see using reiatsu and regain some of his shinigami powers which apparently were never really completely gone. So much for that.
Ichigo does get a cool new set of armor that seems to be centered around his shinigami badge. Again it’s pretty much a complete makeover, making him look like a TV superhero, and even his sword has been radically changed into some sort of short blade. His completed full-bring form also seems to have hollow and shinigami elements fused in, like some kind of arrancar, and I get the feeling Ichigo is going to receive every type of power/being that’s shown in this series.
I’m a little disappointed that the HP aspect wasn’t really delved into, only that Yukio has pretty much complete control over what goes on in his game. Ichigo’s wounds are all magically gone too, so either Inoue healed him or Yukio just filled up his health points off screen. With the training pretty much completed in an hour, he gets a new form that “transcends the shinigami” (which I’m pretty sure Ichigo and Aizen had already done in the previous arc). Still though it will be cool to see his new powers in action.
For a final twist, Tsukishima has arrived at Ichigo’s house, with his sisters referring to him as a cousin, “Shuu-chan”. Obviously Ichigo only remembers him as a villain, but Inoue also accidentally referred to him as a friend after her encounter, so Ichigo’s sisters may have been attacked. Putting everything together so far, Tsukishima is either a long lost childhood friend that everyone had forgotten about, or more likely that his powers have to do with manipulating memories. Of course, it’s also possible that he really is related to Ichigo and maybe some of Isshin’s past will be revealed.