Poor Ikkaku isn’t aware of Sushi-kun’s overpowered ability to manipulate luck with his fist, but fortunately he’s also badass enough (like Kenpachi) to take some really extreme hits and still be ok. I thought his fight was pretty funny too, especially when he popped his shoulder back into place with just his muscles, and like Rukia’s fight, I’m not sure how it’ll turn out because of the possible heel turn of their opponents. Tsukishima clearly stated that he was planning to kill Shishigawara, and Shishigawara doesn’t seem like a bad person either, so like Riruka there’s a possibility he will switch sides.
As for the other members of the Xcution, they seem to have turned into a bunch of assholes, and their “upgraded” fullbring forms are pretty damn ugly too. I mean, Jackie’s complete form attaches an exhaust pipe to her shoulder and covers her in what looks like motor oil. Even with all their showiness and arrogance though, so far the shinigami have shown that they are truly on a different level, with a lot more class as well (aside from the 11th squad who’s the same as usual). It has only been a year, but the general impression the shinigami are giving off is that they have matured and become stronger. The extent of Yukio’s abilities haven’t been shown yet though, and I can’t imagine all the fights ending as fast as Kenpachi’s, so the hacks will probably will kick in before the end. Regardless, all the shinigami have become cooler in a short amount of time; however, my biggest question is over Renji’s comment that he has been training to fight Aizen for the past 17 months. Given that Aizen was defeated slightly over a year ago, that could mean they are preparing for his return, or that he had escaped from prison already. It’s also possible he was just simply training to be as strong as Aizen, which really isn’t a realistic goal unfortunately. Unless you’re Yamamoto, overconfidence usually doesn’t turn out too well, but I am curious as to what his statement was about exactly.