Urahara finally contacts Ichigo by using an unwittingly-modified Kon, but we get absolutely no new information on what’s actually going on. Even the unknown person who confronted Urahara a while back remains unrevealed. Judging from Ichigo’s reaction, Ryuuken or Ishida would be a good guess, but the katana we saw in the cliffhanger seems to imply someone else. Whoever it is has a pretty foul mouth as well and seems to know Ichigo as well, which brings Grimmjow to mind. He fits the description pretty well, and we know he didn’t die so it seems like an appropriate time for him to show up again.

Grimmjow wouldn’t be the only former villain returning to help the good guys; Kubo seems to be bringing back a lot of characters for this final arc. Kuugo, Tsukishima and Giriko are back. I’m assuming they were sent to Soul Society after they died, and they are training for battle again with the Shiba family. Though it’s not clear whether or not the three of them lost their Full-bring powers, unless they come up with something radical, they are not likely to be able to do anything significant in the upcoming battles.

As for Ichigo, I can’t help but think that there are a lot of things that people are withholding from him. He really knows very little about a lot the circumstances around him. Ichigo’s mind is purely focused on protecting his friends, which makes him too trusting of people who seem to offer help in that regard. It also causes him to miss the big picture sometimes, making him little more than a pawn (albeit a very strong pawn) that is good for showing up and winning battles, but little else. I see more double-crosses and shocking revelations on his plate in the near future.


  1. The Fullbringers and Grimmjow might actually be useful since they don’t rely on bankais like the captains do. Also, it’s crazy how Ichigo’s roots are tied to Quincies, Hollows, Soul Reapers, and now the Shiba Clan too. That chick seemed to be referring to Isshin as “uncle”, though it probably wasn’t meant to be taken literally.

    1. I’ve come to the conclusion that ichigo’s mother was a whore, and his father was her pimp. She was hired to be part of some giant orgy between all the various races and species of soul society, and after much pounding, ichigo came into existence.

      Of coarse this was all a set-up by Aizen, who, behind the scenes had used his hypnosis to forced Isshin to license her out to this party in the first place.

      In fact, this whole situation is all Aizen, he was never defeated, in fact, he never attacked! You know why? Soul society never existed! It was all Aizen! The quincy’s you say? Aizen. Hollow’s? Aizen says hello!

      Let it be known that Aizen rules the Aizen.

      trololol kubo, trololol.

  2. I really respect you for being able to cover and blog this manga week after week. Because latelly its only causes me frustration. Bringing up the fullbringers was totally pointless. Except if they get some ridicoulus and nonsensial power-up (actually its very Kubo-like) they wont be able to hold even a candle.

  3. Okay, Tsukishima and Giriko’s souls being preserved KIND OF makes sense, but Ginjo was already a Soul Reaper wasn’t he? How does that work?

    Also, why even bring them back? None of them were even close to a Captain’s level when they were alive, AND they were all incredibly irresponsible with their abilities, so I don’t know how they got clearance to come back when they should clearly be in hell. We still don’t even know why Ginjo was evil in the first place or what he was trying to accomplish by bringing the Fullbringers together. I so wish we could’ve just brushed that whole arc under the rug…

    And just to be a contrarian, I’m gonna say that guy Ichigo talked to is Nnoitora.

    1. Actually, it’s (really, really hidden under tons of subtext) implied that Ginjo’s Soul Reaper half lost the fight against his inner Hollow, leaving him as a human who, if his soul was knocked out of his body, would be a Hollow, not a Soul Reaper.

      1. Er, not to put too fine a point on it, but I kinda did answer one, at least. Ginjo, as a Hollow, only wanted more power in the guise of finding someone who could kill him, giving him (and the other Fullbringers) back their lost hearts.

        As for the return of the three Fullbringers, all I can say is that this is the final arc. It’s a universal thing for the final arc to make references to all previous arcs, including characters from those arcs returning. Just be glad that we get those three and not have Jackie, Yukio, or Riruka return as Quincies fighting for the Vandenreich (irrelevant of the gravitas they’d bring when the Quincies inevitably revolt against Juha Bach in an anticlimactic disarmament on the part of both sides).

      2. Okay, for one, that reason sounds way too convoluted. Also, why would he need 6 other Fullbringers (who were weak as shit) to achieve this goal? Couldn’t he have just Hollowfied (if he even could, because there’s no clear sign he even has an Inner Hollow) and provoked the Soul Society to kill him earlier in the story if he was so desperate to die?

        And yeah, it’s the final arc, but bringing people back at least requires CONTEXT, not just cameos for the lulz. The Fullbringers are so weak and irrelevant that even bringing them to A SINGLE BATTLE with these quinces is like bringing giant pool noodle to a warzone. It doesn’t fit, it has no use, and it only distracts from the important stuff.

    2. My question is that I thought when you die and go to the Soul Society, you lose all of the memories you had when you were alive? Ginjo may be a special case, but I’m pretty sure that Giriko and Tsukishima were human, meaning they shouldn’t remember anything about Ichigo.

  4. I love the way that Kubo’s trump cards in this arc seem to be Grimmjow (I believe mystery man is Grimjow, nobody else really fits all of the details), Tsukishima, and Ginjo family….ALL of which have already lost to the people who have been annihilated by the quincies already (Ichigo, Byakuya and Kenpachi). Somehow their appearance now doesn’t seem like it will change much at all.

    P.S. I read somewhere a list of what Kubo wanted to achieve with this arc, one thing was bringing Grimjow back, another was tie in the relationship between Isshin and Ryuken, and another was that he wanted to show Kyoraku/ Unohana’s Bankai (or at least have her fight).

  5. It’s obvious that it was Grimmjow, just by the rolled up sleeve and the torso which reveals his white Arrancar uniform, and of course, by the foul mouth he had.

    And this finally confirms that Tsukishima died as well. It was pretty obvious from the manga (“lol ‘beautiful scenery’ with white background xDxDxD hurr”), but in the anime, it seemed that he lived. Guess they didn’t take the hint either.

  6. Actually, Tsukishima was shown holding his Book of the End, indicating that they still had their Fullbrings. Which kinda fits in when you realize that Mayuri’s worked on Quincy souls in the thousands, despite their having been wiped out almost a hundred years before his was released from the Maggots Nest (irrelevant that he had to have been free some time beforehand), inferring that humans with special powers keep those powers after becoming souls.

    In fact, this might just explain where Vandenreich got all their non-arrancar soldiers, since I refuse to believe there exist so, so many spiritually aware people in the world. I might be wrong on that point, but I shall stand by it until outright proven wrong.

      1. No, he said that when a quincy dies, he keeps his power in the afterlife. He assumes that Juha Bach reqruited those because it’s unlikely that there are that many Quincy still alive.
        Also, Bach is more than a thousand years old. How does that even work for a race that is supposedly human?

  7. How Ginjou and Giriko still exist? Giriko was cut in half, CUT IN HALF, from the head to the bottom, when a soul dies and go to the soul society they are BORN again, like a baby, like Rukia and Renji were, doesnt make anysense for them to keep their age, shape or powers, specially when you had 3 other fullbringers who did stayed alive, and now they are on the good side?, Giriko was downright mad and he murdered his wife! Kukaku doesnt have the means or the power to keep their souls intanct, DOES NOT MAKE SENSE.

    1. Uh…. no. They aren’t born again. People who die in the physical world move on to Soul Society and retain their ages. Rukia was a baby when she died, and was a baby of the same age when she moved on to Soul Society. Do you remember when Chad ripped a pole from the ground to fight a hollow and was swinging wildly because he still couldn’t see them entirely? The dead child he was helping then moved on to Soul Society, and even helped Chad out when they went to save Rukia.

  8. Hahaha. Grimmjow is back. Awesome :D.

    One thing I’m really puzzling over is the fact that if it’s so easy to get to the Soul King realm via Kuukaku’s cannon, WHY didn’t Aizen just hijack and use the cannon? o_O Would have been much easier than a century of planning, waiting and going through the whole winter war just to make the King’s Key :P.

    1. I think you wont get that far anyway if you use the cannon to get to the palace without the “key”, as i guess you need it to enter the palace itself. But there isnt that much explained about the key anyway, and i am sure we will get to that very soon.

  9. “…no new information on what’s actually going on.”

    Uh, dont you contradict yourself? In the next paragraph you state what is going on! Let me recap:

    Grimmjow saved ichigo from the cage (and helps urahara)
    The dead fullbringers teamed up with Ganjou.

    Do you know how big this is? It confirms old theories, many wondered why kaien shiba (think that was his name) looked so much like ichigo. And then ishida who also looks a lot like ichigo. And now ichigo has latent quincy powers. And ishiin and ryukken just so happens to be old “friends”.
    I believe you can connect the last few dots yourself.

    1. lol “Related to the Shiba Clan”? I think you might be getting ahead yourself there. I didn’t see anything there to imply that. At least I hope not, because that would be a very weak twist.

      Also, since when does Ishida look a lot like Ichigo?

      1. I still get the feeling Ishida’s dad and Ichigo’s mom are brother and sister making Ichigo and Ishida cousins. It explains why the 2 older men are very friendly to each other.

    2. I meant that Urahara told Ichigo nothing besides the fact that they were fine. This is why I put the “but” after “Urahara finally contacts Ichigo”.
      Urahara usually knows more than he’s letting off.

  10. ‘sigh’ I wish next week come soon, since I won’t be working on the rest of December afterword.

    Soooo… you guys wouldn’t accept a logical explaination of Ichigo’s powers, even if it was explained in a consistent fashion,(even though I doubt it ever would be), or you will see it as an complete random asspull of Kubo on his part?

  11. Kuugo, Tsukishima, and Giriko could come back as they were human when they died. But unfortunately no GIN. I guess we are going to see Espada & Xcution fighting alongside Soul Society in a long drawn out epic battle. What would really be a surprise, is that after dealing with the Quincy. Each faction decides to go at each other. But we all know that won’t happen. So what I will look forward too is finally seeing what the Soul King looks like http://southparkstudios.mtvnimages.com/shared/characters/non-human/god.jpg

  12. I didn’t notice how a lot of the characters were being reintroduced. Now that I think about it, I’m kind of psyched to see a lot of the characters come together for the final arc.


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