Ginjou and Tsukishima took pretty much everything from him — his powers, his friends, his accomplishments. That’s brutal. The extent of his power is highlighted further as well, and we finally get a few pages shown from Inoue and Chad’s point of view. It’s nothing shocking since a lot was explained already, but their confusion over Ichigo’s actions is fleshed out through their thoughts. Tsukishima has ingrained himself into their pasts far more deeply than I had thought, and apparently he had done everything from replace Inoue’s brother to Chad’s grandfather with himself. He shows his truly evil side, stating that he will kill Sushi-kun afterwards too, and there’s no doubt left that they are indeed the bad guys.
Looks like the full-bring Ginjou took from Ichigo weren’t a waste either as he is now using them for himself, transforming into some bizarre armor then sharing the power with his allies. I take back what I said last time as well; the Xcution crew should stand a bigger chance against the shinigami now they are drugged up with Ichigo’s powers. Ultimately though, I don’t know if “chance” is the right word, since there’s no doubt they’ll be defeated in the end. The captains clearly still outclass them too and even Urahara is there, so I don’t know how far hacks will last them.
If it wasn’t for Yukio’s upgraded video game abilitu, they still would all be fucked in an instant, as he himself would have been killed twice over. His power allows him to control the battlefield, and Yukio chooses to split everyone up into different “chat rooms”. And as a result, Bleach yet again goes into the usual simultaneous one v. one’s. I don’t know if I’m complaining yet though, because I highly enjoyed seeing Kenpachi slice Giriko completely in half as he was still bragging about his strength. It’s doubtful that he’d be defeated that quickly, but Kenpachi’s ultra violent behavior always spices things up somewhat. As for the rest of this arc, the majority of the fights will probably be dragged out for a while at least as all of the full-bring powers are revealed and Yukio cheats a few more times, and I’m honestly not expecting too much out of this battle (though hopefully Ichigo’s new bankai will be epic). The biggest unknown variable right now is Riruka, and it wouldn’t be too surprising actually if she ended up switching sides, as subtle hints have been dropped here and there in the past few months.
I apologize for not being around during the past 2 weeks; luckily my schedule is clear for now and I’ll be able to catch up soon.