Things are turning scary very quickly for the protagonists as a hollow hole suddenly appears in Masaki’s chest. The attack from the hollow-shinigami hybrid has indeed corrupted Masaki’s soul, just as Aizen had hoped to see, and she collapses in pain even as Ryuuken’s mom and Katagiri are in the middle of lecturing about her helping Isshin. The irony is definitely here: Ryuuken’s actions to protect Masaki may have delayed any potential treatment, and as he rushes out blindly in panic he almost gets both of them killed by another hollow. After Isshin saves them, he immediately starts blaming and even threatening him for what happened to Masaki. Though it’s somewhat understandable given the circumstances, Ryuuken is still acting very irrationally – very unlike his personality and also a big contrast to Isshin’s reactions.

Luckily before the circumstances get any worse Urahara shows up (he always seems to arrive precisely when he wants to). As we already know, he possesses the ability to prevent the hollowfication process from killing the soul, which he was able to do for the vizards almost a century ago. Urahara launches into a lengthy discussion that I had to read twice to understand, but essentially his ethically dubious concoction of human souls and light arrows maintains the balance of the two souls. However since that only prevents the death of the soul, they need to take a step further to allow Masaki to live as a human, which is where Isshin comes in. I found the explanation rather convoluted, and I don’t think Isshin completely understood it either, but it involves a large restriction on his shinigami powers. Basically he enters some sort of gigai and becomes a human-shinigami hybrid, the opposite of Masaki, a quincy-hollow hybrid. Although Isshin in his eagerness cuts off Urahara before he finishes talking, Urahara does mention something about when he will be able to leave the human shell. I’m assuming he is just referring to when Masaki dies, which would be why Isshin was unable to save her from the hollow.

It’s just speculation at this point though, and it’s possible she becomes some sort of super quincy with the addition of hollow powers. Of course, it does explain the yet-to-be-born Ichigo, who will become the world’s only human-shinigami-quincy-hollow hybrid. Sadly for Ryuuken, their romance is pretty much charging full speed ahead at this point, and only till death do they part.


Sorry about the delayed post. I’ve had a hectic week.

57 Comments

    1. Let me guess, you must be worried about Tier Harribel. At the moment, I am also worried about her and if Ichigo is able to gain a new power in order to save her; as Yhwach mentioned, Ichigo’s quincy powers awakened sooner than expected. You would imagine Ichigo would be able to turn his broken bankai into a “bow and arrow.”

      Anyway, these flashbacks aren’t that bad. When you think about it, we get to see how in heaven’s name did Isshin got a Docter’s degree of all things; I seen the school system in Japan, it is really not nice.

      I am also concerned about Ryuken’s mother. If we noticed the injury on her knee, it may be implied she was attacked by a hollow. Seeing how STRICT the Quincy’s traditions are, if I had to guess the reason why Sōken Ishida is always so absent from home is because it may “soil” the blood of the pure Quincies if he stays with his wife for too long. Which is probably why Ryuken’s mother seems so cranky.

      To be honest, the more I see Ryuken’s teenage years, the more I can see WHY he hates his Quincy lineage, unlike Uryu, due to personal reasons aside from money, which makes these flashbacks interesting.

      L002
  1. If Ted Mosby = Isshin
    Then Barney Stinson = ???

    sorry just couldn’t help that because of the title, but yeah I liked the chapter as Isshin’s careless and almost I don’t give a damn attitude is quite entertaining to see.

    rasone0104
    1. Rule #1 of all inter-dimensional planes in manga/anime. The discrepancy is not Masaki appearing naked. It’s Isshin appearing with clothes.

      At least it wasn’t the other way around.

      junglepenguin
  2. Yeah you’re right man that explanation was soooo convoluted I think even Kubo had a hard time understand what he was saying there. Personally I just gave up and skipped ahead to see how Isshin reacts.

    gawrshness
    1. Its a little late in the game to start complaining about Bleach’s plot being nonsensical. Deus ex machina, plot convenience powers and retcons are the norm. Just hand wave it and call it a day.

      sortedevaras
    2. Although the explanation is complex, it does make sense. Since Misaki is a human and a quincy, you can treat her soul as those two attributes; now based on the chapter, since shingami and quincy are opposites as hollows and humans are, while the hollow corruption is “pulling” at Misaki’s humanity, Isshin’s shinigami powers are pulling at Misaki’s quincy powers, an opposite force against the hollow corruption.

      The chapter does take some backtracking in order to make a connection with the situation, but I’m glad Kubo made this chapter since it provides explanations to certain events (like how Ichigo’s mother died without Isshin’s intervention or how Isshin did not use his shinigami powers until around Aizen’s plan to exploit Kurakura town).

      Dualash
  3. I like the title for this post. Good reference. 😀
    I just hope the story flows towards the romance part after the responsibility Isshin takes on; I mean I want him to do this out of love and not because it’s his duty to repay Masaki for her help.

    random viewer
    1. Nope. Not Shounen Jump enough. They need an explanation that leads up to the main character having the power level of all the rest of the cast combined and then multiplied by a few dozens.

      I mean, these are the same publishers that brought Dragon Ball Z to light, and now there’s a God-Tier Super Saiyan transformation. I bet they’ll throw galaxies at each other in that fight.

      EH2
    2. I got the impression that Kubo ran out of ways to continue raising power levels after Hueco Mundo arc- which is why he lowered them instead and gave us the Fullbring arc. The whole “mom is a quincy” thing was jury-rigged into the story at the last minute to raise power levels to their highest point yet for the final arc- of course, we can’t preclude the possibility that he really did “plan it all along” (quoting Aizen)- but it seems more like a “convenient revision to the original plans” due to to the current state of the story- ironically, also just like Aizen revising his plans in the last 2-3 chapters in accordance with unexpected occurences…

      Zen
      1. “Technically” Shinigami and Hollow falls under Human too. one just gets an Asauchi and a job, and the other os is just sick.

        Quincies are Fullbringers have energy textures that are disctict from Humans, just like Shinigami and Hollows.

        Kandur
  4. And then something unintended happens and the hollow-shinigami-quincy powers bond to the egg within Masaki and voila! Ichigo! Of course, Isshin does the honorable thing after the unintentional knock up and marries Masaki.

    EliteF22
  5. This manga is boring now and there is only one way to kill this boredom. BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN, BRING BACK AIZEN,.

    PS Bring ULQUIORa too.

    K C M
  6. All of your points down voted! Hatred for Bleach is strong in me, i.e how do they stand on air? They all decided to fly one day… Ichigo becomes super saiyan (yes bleach out of the other two follows the formula to a fault) – best destroy his powers completely, o look, conveniently understanding his past leads him to skipping previous training arcs to gain power from square one, or wait… he never lost them in the first place. It’s just his mental retardation that stopped him from looking inside and finding it, well that kind of poopoos on everyones’ gesture to give him shinigami power again. Plot holes within Plot holes, this grave is very deep, deeper than that hollowfication hole, and bout to be filled with more poo poo.

    NegativeZero
    1. @CTT
      Have you already forgotten? Her soul was devoured years ago when Ichigo was a kid. Go back and watch the manga from the beginning.

      @Prooof
      You couldn’t resist the “How I met Your Mother” pun jokes on these chapters, do you?
      Also, your nickname, on who/what did you inspired from?

      GP000
  7. Thinks Isshin Shiba just in time to save Misaki from hollow being implanted by Aizan while Urahara wasn’t that surprise Aizen did it in secret and Ishida’s dad was like fine do whatever you need to save her life.

    Lim Lynn

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