Wow, this chapter was, how should I describe it? – A let down, maybe? I don’t think the chapter itself was disappointing; it’s just that I was looking forward to Zaraki’s battle, so this definitely failed to satisfy me. I’m not sad because Zaraki lost or anything; I didn’t have any special expectations concerning the battle’s result, but I’m very sad that we weren’t given a chance to see Zaraki fight. I don’t think he ended up like this simply from the single attack we saw a few chapters ago. He must’ve struggled, and I would’ve loved to read more about that.
Aside from the disappointment, it was nice to see the captain commander encouraging everyone (not the villains) on the battlefield with his presence and participation on the field. It’s fascinating how something simple as one’s presence can be so significant. With some of the morale restored in Soul Society, I expect to see some Vandenreich members having some disadvantages during their fights. Also, I’m assuming that this new “strength” will give Unohana’s squad some time to heal the fallen members – true to the Bleach style!
Now that the captain commander is up against the Vandenreich leader, Juha Bach (I’m not sure if this name is correct), I hope we’ll get an impressive battle in the upcoming chapter(s). Both men are strong leaders who are on par so hopefully, it won’t be as one-sided as the previous battles have been. I’m just wondering how Ichigo will make his entry in this… Also, Ishida should be involved in this arc; we’ve had too many chapters without him, so I think it’s time for him to show his face! Anyway, next week we’re probably up for a death match – looking forward to that!