A total of two things happened in this chapter: first, Byakuya finally expires, and second, Ichigo shows off one of his new tricks. Last week was ridiculous, but this one manages to surpass even that in terms of snail’s pacing. Unsurprisingly, Getsuga Tenshou is completely useless now, and Juha took a direct hit like it was nothing more than a breeze of wind. Literally only a few seconds of the fight are shown as Ichigo is pinned down almost immediately, and the cliffhanger is revealed right after that as he manages to land a surprise attack on Juha. I’m pretty sure that either Ishida or Ryuuken was involved in this, probably by transferring or teaching him Quincy powers. Since Ichigo was able to use one of the “new” abilities (Blut), I assume that they have not been idle after all, and have been making preparations of their own all this time while they’ve been off screen. If this is not just a temporary effect, then it would mean that our wunderkind has evolved even further to become the ultimate spiritual being in the universe – a hybrid human, shinigami, hollow, fullbring and quincy. If past experience is any clue though, just these powers will not be enough to win.
There’s not much in regards to the other parts of the chapter (which probably spanned all of half a minute), but I did think Juha’s comment about resurrecting Ichigo was interesting. Perhaps it’s related to the zombie-like abilities we saw in 12th squad barracks a few weeks ago, but it will definitely not be fun if Juha decides to pull a page from Tsukishima’s book and turn Ichigo’s own friends against him.