It’s too bad Ichigo and Ginjou don’t fight much in this chapter, since I’m sure that’s what we all really wanted to see. All signs are pointing to a pretty cool battle though, especially now that Ginjou reveals he has some hollow powers as well (mask against mask would be awesome). His release does seem a lot more hollow/Aizen and much less shinigami already though, and he’s also got the inverted eyes like Ichigo’s hollow. It takes a while, but they finally wrap up their pre-battle showdown and clash together in an epic ball of energy.
Other than that though, the majority of the stuff here was explanation, from the Gotei 13’s point of view. It’s all very ideological, but I guess this does explain most of Soul Society’s actions. Initially, they did intend to kill off Ichigo, but after Rukia came into contact with him and Ichigo became intimately involved with the affairs of Soul Society, SS itself “changed”. Now, they decide to share power with him, let him figure out the truth, and decide for himself. I don’t really see how “all of Soul Society’s unwavering rigidity” were completely turned around, given that the Central 46 is still around and still completely full of themselves, but at least the captains are acknowledging all the things that Ichigo has done for them. Still though, it feels that Soul Society has a tendency to kill off liabilities without much thought rather than protect people.
Ginjou on the other hand didn’t seem to have the same goodwill shown towards him, as he is pretty mad at Soul Society and out to get revenge. I think he wants to have Ichigo as an ally since they were somewhat in the same boat, but certainly attacking his friends and stealing his powers wasn’t the way to do it, and what he did just didn’t make sense. His defeat is pretty much guaranteed already, so the only thing left is to hope that he goes down spectacularly.
Note: I realize I’m way behind on the anime again (due to finals), but hopefully I can get the posts out soon now that I’m free.