This week’s chapter was more hype than action, as both sides are revving up their superpowers. For the quincies, the Vollstandig of several of the Sternritter has been released. I mentioned this last week, but Bambietta’s three cohorts confirm my guess about her power level; her strength is indeed a few steps above the rest, and combined with her psychotic personality, she’s definitely expected to wreck some serious havoc. Shinji and Komamura will certainly have to pull out everything they have immediately, and even then they probably won’t be able to hold her off for too long. As for the three more laid-back Sternritter, their strength should not be underestimated either, but they may end up as cannon fodder for the next hero to arrive.
Speaking of heroes for Soul Society, the Gotei 13’s superweapon and savior, Kurosaki Ichigo, has finally completed his training in the Soul King’s Palace and is making the long journey back. He’s armed with new swords and a new outfit, and feels to have matured considerably as well. I believe that he has a lot of additional powers and skills that hasn’t been shown yet, and Kubo is probably waiting to reveal them once he begins fighting. While everything is building up for Ichigo to start kicking some quincy butt, there’s no doubt that it won’t be so easy for him to win the war. The Sternritter already have a plan to deal with him, and the fact that a younger version of Yhwach was essentially living inside his spirit world implies that they probably know Ichigo better than he knows himself. Even though the fake Getsuga Tenshou was allied with Ichigo and not the Sternritter, there’s still the possibility he will be playing right into the hand of Yhwach.