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.