I am covering Bleach for Prooof this week because he is currently away. He should be back next week!
The Zero Division sure is a lively bunch. Their manners and attitudes are certainly not very appropriate considering the situation in Soul Society. Some of them really irked me, especially when they mocked the Gotei 13 for being disgraceful. While it is true that the squads weren’t able to do their job properly, they should hardly be made fun of for that. The Zero Division must be extremely strong to be able to utter such words at the captains during such a tragic moment. But what is the point in being strong if you don’t use that strength for good? Sure, the Gotei 13 will be rebuilt but the damage has been done. It still makes no sense to me that the king allowed Soul Society to take that much damage, and it makes even less sense for the Zero Division to mock the captains for it. The Zero Division could’ve stepped in to help a lot earlier to prevent this disaster. That is, if “rebuilding the Gotei 13” is considered to be any help. To be honest, the currently active captains should be able to do that themselves. The Zero Division is hardly needed now. Talk about wasted potential…
While the rebuilding might be worth questioning, the Zero Division appears to be handy elsewhere. Healing the severely injured people, something Unohana’s team can’t, will truly be helpful. It surprises me that Unohana herself seemed to be quite against having the sick being transferred away from her division. Why would she deny help when it is so necessary? Isn’t it more favourable to Soul Society if a captain and two lieutenants were healed and fully functional? At least her wishes weren’t heard and the injured people were taken away anyway. Hopefully they will receive proper treatment so they can return to their daily lives.
As for Ichigo – with him being the centre of everything, it didn’t come as a surprise when he was invited to the Soul Palace, but the question is – what for? Whatever the reason may be, hopefully it will be something useful for Soul Society. For now, those reasons will remain a mystery, and so will the identity of the mysterious character who appeared at the end of the chapter. Any ideas who that might be?