One more person is added to Ichigo’s squad when Ganju Shiba insists on joining the mission (along with his pig Bonnie), claiming that he has the map to Soul Society. From what we’ve seen before though, his power level is probably somewhere around that of cannon fodder, so I’m not sure what he’s expecting to happen here. While he does have the map, it looks like Urahara would have managed to find the way even without him. My guess is that he has some tricks up his sleeve that will come in handy for a particular obstacle in the upcoming battle. In direct combat though, he’s looks extremely weak, and will probably be less useful than even Chad will be, power-ups or not.
Meanwhile back at the palace, Senjumaru is still dealing with the loose-tongued menace, who I find to be very irritating as he taunts the Zero Squad about their inability to hit him. Luckily, she’s far too powerful to be taken down by the likes of him, and as he is distracted with idle chit-chat and a diversionary attack by the masked soldiers, the “Great Weaver” goes to work at blinding speeds. It turns out that she’s not just good at making armor and uniforms for Shinigami, but can also use clothing offensively. Her name means “a thousand arms”, and true to her name, she has long, skeletal arms attached to her that encase Nianzol in a straitjacket before he’s even aware anything happened. The jacket then impales him from inside out, and the chapter ends before we find out if he survives. It’s an incredibly brutal attack and would be nice if he got one-hit-KO’ed like Wonderweiss did, but I’d be somewhat surprised if he died just like that without a chance to one-up the Shinigami again; I can already see him emerging unscathed and revealing it all to be another trick. Hopefully Senjumaru will have another beatdown ready for him, as she’s shaping up to be one of my favorite Royal Guards. Her icy cool demeanor, interesting abilities, sharp wit, and even sharper skills make her a much better character than some of the trash we’ve seen recently.