Things are proceeding very quickly now that Ichigo is finally aware of who he really is. It only takes four panels from him saying goodbye to his dad, to getting back into Nimaiya’s place, and picking his new zanpakutou spirit. The Asauchi don’t even attack him this time, and apparently deem him worthy enough to kneel before him. I don’t know what exactly caused them to respect him this time within a span of a day or two of beating the crap out of him, but it does make him look like a badass, despite not making complete sense. Interestingly, the Asauchi he chooses materializes into something like his hollow form. We’ll have to see what his new zanpakutou will look like and what will happen with Zangetsu, if anything. Although his old sword was broken, it seems very unlikely that it’s completely gone from Ichigo, but I have no idea what this new spirit will mean for his original shinigami and hollow powers.
In Soul Society, the other shinigami are also trying to recover. Kensei calls Hisagi over for training, and as usual it involves the “get stronger or die trying” tactic. He has flawless logic: the quincy can steal bankai’s, so he better get his ready too! Kensei also insults Tousen too, someone who Hisagi still respects a lot (somewhat irrationally), but maybe the provocation is just what he needs. Hitsgugaya has a better approach by honing his skills other than his bankai, and simply doing the best he can do, but unfortunately I don’t think it will be enough. Elsewhere, Captain Komamura is also going back to his roots, and he visits a strange cave where a giant dog is residing. By big dog, I mean at least 50 times bigger than Komamura himself. He doesn’t seem to too happy to see him, though no doubt he’ll eventually agree to help. We might be able to learn a little about Komamura’s origins and backstory, and hopefully he will be able to make himself more useful in next battle.