After two chapters packed with a shocking character backstory, plot twists, turns, and the return of a fan favourite character, instead of increasing the pace and keeping the momentum going, we instead get a chapter with lots of dialogue with not much going on. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t hate this chapter, but I didn’t love it either. I know there are people out there who will be satisfied with half a chapter of Aizen being Aizen, but whilst I’m excited for his return and anticipating what it could mean for the series, that isn’t enough to carry a chapter. His conversation with Shunsui didn’t reveal much, expect that Aizen is still grossly overpowered and anyone with lower reiatsu than him will essentially disappear, whether it be their fingers or their entire being – my mind goes back to the humans that died just from being around Aizen during the Deicide arc. But he’s got a throne to himself now, so that’s something. Will he just be sitting around for the rest of the war though? I highly doubt that.

Back up at the Soul Palace Ichigo and Juha Bach have their own conversation. It’s one that we’ve heard before already; what it comes down to is Ichigo will do what he wants to do because he can. Yoruichi also manages to sneak in and help protect the Soul King as he gets repaired, so we might have him back together by next week.

Overview – What’s Next?:

Either way, not much happened in this chapter, but there is still a great amount of hype surrounding Bleach right now, and I think that’s only fair. It’s hard to predict just how things are going to go down, but I look forward to seeing how it unfolds. Obviously Ichigo is going to win at the end of the day, but I don’t know what Kubo has planned in order to get there.


  1. You know, after all this time, I wouldn’t be surprised if Aizen was the unknown (ha!) Spirit King’s son and that he’s just been pissed off with his father and that Bleach is his entire gambit to get rid of Soul Society as we know it. He’ll replace it with something he thought is better.

    Which is why he isn’t a hero, yet why his plans go exceedingly well. It is a plan built on dad issues. Those usually work very well for the person doing them when they are competent.

      1. Its been “confirmed” by various sources that it will be ending this year, which is why all of the Sternritters were trashed and Squad Zero was thrown out of the way so quickly: Kubo is running on a tight deadline. If Aizen is going to do something, it won’t be long before he goes about doing it.

  2. Aizen’s back and he’s already trolling the fuck out of everyone again.

    Oh Aizen, it’s so good to have you back. I’ve missed you, you glorious son of a bitch!

    BTW, did anyone else notice that Ichigo used a Black Getsuga Tenshou in his Shikai mode? Looks like his powers are evolving further!

    Also, here’s the latest recap of this arc courtesy of /a/:

    1. You took the words right out of my mouth about the Black Getsuga in Shikai. I reread the chapter a few minutes ago with better translation and I was just about to write about it. Seems like Ichigo can use it at anytime now after accepting his Hollow’s presence.

  3. Yhwach: You truly are under the impression that there is none but you who is capable of doing this!

    Aizen: Since when were you under the impression that only Ichigo can save the worlds?

    Ugh, normally I’m excited whenever I see Yhwach appear in a chapter, but with Aizen being here it makes the stuff going on in the Royal Palace seem boring in-comparison. That just emphasizes how good Bleach has been lately.

  4. chap was good!…..the FIRST half at least….yawabachi= MOST BORING VILLAIN EVER??…well thats up for debate, but there can be no denying that he is wack.. and ichigo, always the boring main character…
    always liked bleach for the whole soul society thing, and ichigos interesting friends i guess

    BROOKLYN otaku
    1. Well, Ichigo somehow has his fingers inside it, if it comes to his Friends and Reijatsu Powers, since he got the “Power Up” from Rukia as Human

      In Season 1, this Water Valve was a good explanation of Ichigo’s Power. he began to influence his friends around him, that had already latent powers

  5. I would love to see Yhwach and Aizen staring at each other.
    Aizen: Just as I have planned…
    Yhwach: No… Just as I have foreseen…
    Aizen: I planned that you would foresee it…
    Yhwach: No, I have foreseen that you would have planned it…


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