It’s a good thing that Aizen got knocked down a peg or two in this chapter. He is a broken character with ridiculous powers that throw off the whole balance of the series, so now that we know how that chair is keeping him restrained, I’m satisfied. And what an epic chair it is! It’s a good time to be a fan of Mayuri – this second invasion has given him moment after moment where he has showed how smart, productive, and powerful he truly is. Nearly every other character has made silly mistakes or even lost their respective battles, but whenever Mayuri has popped up or had anything to say, it’s been for a good reason, and resulted in a handfull of memorable moments. As a fan, I was very happy to see Mayuri prove how he has the control over Aizen right now. Who knows if he’ll ever get out of that chair at this rate (he probably will at some point).
The Sternritters Return:
I was hoping to see the surviving Sternritters make their return, and I’m glad it came now. We finally found out that Nanana was ‘The Underbelly’ which still doesn’t really make much sense. From what we’ve seen of him, he seems to be able to gather information on people just by looking at them. As neat as that power could have been, it’s put to bed when Bazz-B, Giselle, and Liltotto decide to join the shinigami in order to take down Juha Bach. It’s not all that surprising, but it was a good moment all the same. Now we just need to wait on the Fullbringers and Grimmjow & co to join the party.
Overview – What’s Next?:
I liked this chapter a lot more than the recent batch we’ve been getting. They’re restarting the gate to the Spiring Palace again… so maybe now we’ll finally get somewhere this this dragging subplot. Ichigo and the others must still be falling through the sky right now. Who knows what’s going to happen from here, and in what order, but I’m still looking forward to seeing all the characters in action again – the remaining Sternritter included.