Starting to Move:
The past three chapters have seen a lot of set-up, reintroduction and regrouping of characters. I thought after last week with Kenpachi’s arrival and the explanation of the orbs we would be moving on now, but of course there was still the Vizards to arrive (the Fullbringers and the remaining Arrancar are still a no-show). Urahara explains that instead of being shot up to the Soul King’s Palace, they’re basically making a one-way door to take them there. Hopefully that means if anyone wants to join the fight later that hasn’t arrived yet, then they can. I know that if Grimmjow ever showed his face again then lots of fans would certainly freak out. Oh, and Aizen.
On the other side of the battle, Ichigo also makes his final move. Now, Ichigo isn’t the smartest protagonist in the world, but I don’t think pulling a sword out of that wound was a good idea, especially after Bach tells him that it will literally destroy Soul Society. And then what happens? It destroys Soul Society. Obviously Ichigo wouldn’t do that on purpose, but as his Blut Vene activates it does seem like he’s being controlled by either touching the sword or by being part-quincy and being around the Soul King. Still, no one could have predicted that Ichigo would be the one to destroy Soul Society as well as the balance of the world, did they? Oh, boy. He’s royally screwed now.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Well… I’m not too sure. I thought Urahara’s gatherings were over last week but turns out they weren’t, so we might cut back to them again. But I do have a feeling we’ll be focusing more on the mayhem caused by killing the Soul King. Other than that, I don’t know how this is going to play out, but I’m intrigued.
PS: According to the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, Bleach is getting 3 popularity polls (Character, Battle, Zanpakutou) in order to celebrate its 13th anniversary. That’s something to look forward to.