My suspicion that Ichigo and the shinigimi will form an unlikely alliance with the arrancar continues to grow, and the developments in this chapter also support that possibility. Ichigo and some of his friends (including Urahara, which is a pleasant surprise) enter Hueco Mundo to rescue Dondochakka, but he purposely goes out of his way to help a nearby group of captive arrancar. As Urahara points out, they were not long ago his enemies, and this goes to show that Ichigo is willing to help anyone as long as they aren’t trying to hurt him or his friends.
There are a bunch of glib-looking guards with their captain in the usual white military garb preparing to execute the arrancar, who turn out to include some of the fraccion who had served under Aizen. It becomes quickly evident that they stand no chance against the Vandenreich however, and leads me to wonder whether they really are that strong, or if they simply have some special power that they discovered recently. Even the most experienced captains were not able to take on the Espada and arrancar with such ease, so it seems unlikely that a new group this powerful could arise so suddenly. Explanations about their background and their connections to previous events have not been given yet however, so I continue to await answers. Harribel’s fraccion have also arrived on the scene, but it’s unlikely that they will be too successful. If Ichigo and his crew decide to engage the camp as well though, as they probably will, we might be able to get a more accurate gauge of how strong these people really are.