With casualties mounting in the thousands, inexplicably overpowered opponents, no bankai, and almost no information on the enemy, the shinigami seem to be making it very clear how much they are relying on Ichigo. Urahara on the other hand is able to quickly analyze the fallen Quincy and give Ichigo some info on their abilities, including how they can power up their defense or attack directly through their blood. I definitely did not think Kirge would just die, but Urahara is surprised when what he thought was a corpse suddenly gets up and traps Ichigo in a cage all the way from Hueco Mundo. And yes, Inoue and Chad are neutralized almost instantly, again.

Perhaps Kirge should have tried that move earlier given its supposed effectiveness, but Urahara should be able to do something about that cage, and even if he can’t I find it hard to believe that a mere barrier could hold Ichigo back, especially when recalling how he destroyed an entire dimension with sheer force of spiritual power back in the Full-bringer arc. However, I do feel like Gotei 13 has other options to try (e.g. the top tier captains or Squad Zero) even if Ichigo is unable to arrive in a timely manner, and it doesn’t make a lot of sense for these new enemies to overpower them so easily. All the developments are emphasizing how critical Ichigo is to the defense of Soul Society and how lost it is without him – a notion that can get a bit ridiculous at times… a mighty organization with thousands of members and thousands of years of history and experience, saved from annihilation so many times within a short period of time by one very special teenager. Should Ichigo fail to escape soon, Soul Society may very well fall to the invaders, and we’ll get an even more protracted arc.

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  1. yup, saw this comming. We will see Soul Society figure something out and beat the underlings while Ichigo trains. But Ichigo is trapped, how is he going to train? He is trapped in the precipace world, where he learned the Final Getsuga Tenshou. He is going to meditate and train with Tensa Zangetsu and he is going to find a level above Bankai and break out of the trap.

    ZeroHour17
      1. I find it depressing that he’s dispatched the quickest every time, no matter how much training he goes through. The guy just can’t catch a break. This is made even worse by the fact that he has been beaten outright by every major enemy (i.e. Noitoira, Shunsui) that he’s faced.

        On the bright side, he does get +1 power ups when pitted against minor characters. He’s like the Joey Wheeler of Bleach.

        Click
      2. Poor Chad. He trains so hard and fights for Ichigo yet Kubo always brushes him off.

        On the other hand, despite Orihime being useless as him, he always glorifies her and every single way possible.

        Kubo really needs to learn how to treat his male characters properly.

        Drift
      3. “Kubo really needs to learn how to treat his male characters properly.”

        Uhh, seeing as there are like two main female characters, with virtually every other powerful/well-developed character being male, I’m not sure what you’re getting at. It’s not about being male at all, Chad is just fodder.

        d
  2. I think it’s interesting that Kubo grabs back to really old and almost forgotten techniques like Ransoutengai. Spices up the story a little and makes everything feel a lot more connected.

    virox
  3. connected? really, if you just throw miscellaneous old stuff into the plot doesnt make it more connected, if anything more convoluted, and that is not good because what I want to see is more answers, no even more questions, they just remind me of all the other characters and techniques that kudo has forgotten about after theirs respectves arcs ended.

    euler271
  4. Im a cross road here. At this point and time its hard to decide which one is better. Bleach or Naruto Shippuden. (Sorry for getting off topic).
    Bleach seems like its just using plot over and over again but just with different characters involved. Naruto on the other hand has that feeling that its about to end and its reeving up the story(a bit confusing story but that’s to be expected for something that’s been running for years).

    Naruto is resolving all of its loose ends so far and even the teen angst romance is resolved while Bleach manages to through another arc out there that seems almost emotionless and cliche in its usual ichigo will save us all theme. In short naruto is throwing all it has at the viewers and making it really heartfelt at that and is full of emotion while Bleach’s finale seems no different from the many other story arcs its put out so far.
    (Again im sorry for going off topic but just wanted to state my opinion.)

    Agron
  5. I said it before and I’ll say it again. The Zero Squad will appear and kick the Quincies straight back out of Soul Society when this gets too far out of hand. Marking the beginning of the final story arc revolving around them and the Spirit King.

    Ryudo
  6. I honestly didn’t expect to see Ichigo get trapped like that. Kubo’s really trying to emphasize how insane this attack on Soul Society is. Anyway I can see 2 outcomes to this fight against Kirge.
    1. Uryuu appears and takes him out, mentioning that he was worried about Ichigo and the others and arrives just in time.
    2. Grimmjow appears and kicks the shit out of Kirge (Kubo said in an interview that Grimmjow would return).

    LaughingMan
    1. Oh man, I’d take any of those options (but judging with Bleach-logic, if you’re one of Ichigo’s best pals -Uryuu-, you’re bound to be worthless).

      If Kubo goes for the usual Ichigo-saves-the-day, I would love to see Ichigo kick reason to the curb and break all these barriers and 1-hit-KO Kirge. Much like Prooof said, Ichigo has broken through countless barriers time and time again. It’d be nice if he’d break this one now that it’s worth the trouble.

      Keep up with the good writing Prooof! I think I found some small mistakes; if you’d like to correct them:

      -(line 2)…clear how much they are relying Ichigo.
      -(line 6) Perhaps Kirge he should have…
      -(line 6)…but Urahara should be able be able to do.

      a notion that can get a bit ridiculous at times… a mighty organization with thousands of members and thousands of years of history and experience, saved from annihilation so many times within a short period of time by one very special teenager.

      Truer words were never spoken…

  7. I think that barrier is only there to serve as a way to stall Ichigo so that when he gets to Soul Society he would only see the carnage left behind by the enemy’s attack. As for Kirge…can that guy get any more annoying? And for Ichigo’s friends, it’s like they’re cannon fodder man seriously…the last time they were able to actually put up a fight against something and win was all the way back to the beginning of Hueco Mundo arc for Chad and near the beginning of story for Orihime when she successfully fought and destroyed a hollow without help. When making a group a friends the difference of strength mustn’t be so much that the others would only end up being objects with which the background is filled with…

    gawrshness
  8. If my hopes are correct, then Ichigo may break out via using his hollow mask. Or he may go to his inner world to see Zangetsu, since he also may have gone into a new wardrobe change, the same goes for the inner world.

    I am a little shocked. With Ichigo coming in and then leaving. I have not seen a single sight of Grimmejaw, much less any other arrancar like that Afro primera Espada one.

    Then there is Nel, I wanted to see her adult form again, which is every mans’ dream, so she can fight against the big ugly quincy.

    L002

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