Ichigo’s fight kicks off without any surprises, and he is able to outmaneuver and block all of the Sternritter’s attacks without even drawing his weapons. Catnipp loses her temper quickly and draws a miniature bow that fires off several arrows of lightning at Ichigo, to no effect. She actually has quite an unusual weapon for a quincy, but as it turns out all four of the girls have heart-shaped bows stored in heart-shaped cases on their waists and butts. With allusions to a Cupid theme, I wonder if they will survive the battle and be added to Ichigo’s harem. Eventually Ichigo does reveal his double zanpakutou and fancy armor and the real fight starts. He’s at the top of his game mentally right now and is definitely really overpowered; he does his usual bad-ass entrance routine with the flashy moves, heroic poses and confident grin. Although he didn’t one-shot all of them with his bare hands, the Sternritter clearly still respect his strength a lot and realize that this won’t be an easy fight. They all remain fairly composed (besides Candice who got hair and clothes roughed up), and refer to him as number one among the “Special War Powers”, a list which includes Aizen, Kenpachi and two other unknowns.
The Sternritter have done their research in the years leading up to this war, and Yhwach seems quite prepared for Ichigo’s arrival. He prepares to make his move with Haschwalth and Uryuu as they stand on the top of a massive white tower. Whatever the next stage of his plans are though, there may be a small twist as we see Askin Nakk Le Vaar, Sternritter “D”, contemplating a big decision at the end of the chapter. He’s been a pretty laid back dude so far (a bit like Starrk) and has only been observing the other battles. Earlier Askin stopped a fight within their own ranks, and he also paid a visit to the 12th division but didn’t initiate any aggression. Now that he will finally make a move, it’s implied that he may be planning something against Yhwach. However if he is planning to betray Yhwach, I’m not sure what he can do that will be more significant than what Gin managed to do against Aizen — which was not very much in the grand scheme of things.