As things are clearly not going according to plan, Ginjou tries to turn tail and run for it, only to be intercepted by Getsuga Tenshou. Seeing Ichigo rockin’ his new powers is great and I can’t wait to see the bankai and hollow forms, but right now what’s needed are some explanations to all the questions that this arc has brought up. Luckily, this chapter delivers some of that, and it culminates in Hitsugaya’s revelation that Ginjou was a substitute shinigami before Ichigo, a fact which is in-line with the substitute shinigami badge that he was seen holding early on in the arc. Kubo is likely to reveal his motives soon, if not in the next chapter, as well as why exactly he gave up his position. However, there’s also quite a few unknowns surrounding the other full-bringers of course, and Tsushima, Chad, Ichigo’s friends and the rest of Ginjou’s gang remain off-panel and without so much as a mention in the past few chapters.
As for the Gotei 13 who have finally shown up, a quick flashback shows that all the captains gave reiatsu to Urahara’s special sword, and as a result they all transferred some power to Ichigo (I’m assuming that is why his shinigami form and zanpakutou changed). Finally after so many wars and other incidents, Soul Society is now willing to bend some rules when the situation calls for it – a change that Hitsugaya credits to Ichigo. I’m certainly glad the captain commander is finally becoming more adaptive, and his decision here really should have been a no-brainer given all the things that Ichigo has done for Soul Society. It’s about time they gave him a hand when he needed it, and it’s really a wonder why they waited so long before intervening, especially since a former substitute shinigami was involved.