Ishida is really trying to prove that he’s on the Quincy’s side, but I still don’t buy it for a second. His actions are overboard, but he must be waiting for the perfect opportunity to do whatever it is he’s got planned up his sleeve. Even if that means killing the Soul King… and shooting Yoruichi in the shoulder. We see him here threatening Ichigo & Co, but his arrows are deflected, and in the end he sends them tumbling from the sky as opposed to ending their life right there. It’s more than likely that he’s doing all this just to get them away from the Soul Palace, and keep them safe. I just hope we get an explanation for all of this eventually.
Juha Bach’s Plan:
With their enemies out the way, Juha Bach is taking another step towards his still unknown goal. I always just assumed he wanted to become the next Soul King and rule the realms in his own manner. Whether that’s what he’s doing at the end of this chapter is to be seen, but it seems very likely. I’ve noticed others have interpreted this as Juha going on a journey to find the remaining limbs of the Soul King. That could be cool, but a weird choice this late into the game. I think him claiming everything that the Soul King owns isn’t so literally, but rather that he wants to attain that power that his father has had all this time.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Ichigo, Orihime, Ganju, and Chad have been sent flying along with Yoruichi, and I have no idea how this is going to happen now. I expected Urahara and the others to turn up by this point, but maybe this will be the moment where everyone regroups and the fights are sorted out. It’s difficult to predict just what Kubo has planned here, but it was still a very enjoyable chapter all the same. But I’m sure many would have been happier if Aizen showed up again.