Reactions to Devastation:
I wouldn’t argue with someone if they said that not much happened in the past few chapters, but I think it can be said that this week we got a lot of content to chew on and a nice one-panel twist right at the end. First off are the reactions to what just went on, from the Human World to the Soul Society. We got our first look at Karin and Yuzu in a long time, showing us that there are ongoing earthquakes going on in the living world, and Soul Society is also feeling the quake of Ichigo’s Almighty controlled swing. Kubo’s art is really effective in the massive landscape scenes as well as the close up reaction shots, effectively setting a tense mood that really does feel like everything is going wrong and no one is able to do anything about it. Almost like… the end of the world.
Urahara’s face may just have been the most shocking panel (if not for the last one). I don’t know if we’ve ever seen Urahara with an expression of sheer terror. He clearly didn’t plan for this, and it almost seems to throw a wrench in his plans. But I sure hope we get to see everyone make it up to the Royal Palace, otherwise the set-up for the past three chapters would have been quite pointless, unless it’s just to gather them together for something different. Who knows, but as of right now Ukitake is the most mysterious one there. He’s been a mixture of kind and suspicious throughout the series (I’m getting flashbacks to when Ginjou blamed him for monitoring the Substitute Shinigami badges). Recently there’s been Kamikake as well, which I’m certain has something to do with what’s going down. Is he gonna replace the Soul King? Who knows, but I’m excited to find out.
Overview – What’s Next?:
I’m half expecting to cut to Shunsui next chapter as his and Ukitake’s plans unfold at the same time. If that means the return of Aizen, then count me onboard. Maybe we’ll see Grimmjow appear as well just to please his complaining fans. Overall, this was a really impressive chapter, not only for the reactions to the chaos going on right now, but also to see some Yoruichi and Orihime combo action, even if it failed. Who even can beat Juha Bach at this point? Obviously, the answer is Ichigo, but things aren’t looking to swell for even him right now. Maybe Chad will save the day.