It’s been teased since chapter 500, but Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez has finally made his grand return to the series. It’s a moment that I think we’ve all been waiting for for a long, long time. Personally, I’m not a massive fan of the character – I think he’s enjoyable enough and his involvement in the Hueco Mundo arc was always fun to watch/read, but he’s never struck me as one of the best characters of the whole series, like many do. But I am glad that he’s returned, because Kubo teased it for so long and finally delivered, and now people can stop complaining about the fact that he’s been MIA. We’ve got Aizen, now Grimmjow, so all that’s left are the fullbringers. After that we have the promise of new bankais, if Kubo decides to deliver. It will be interesting to see how Grimmjow interacts with the group next chapter, since Orihime, Chad, and Yoruichi were with him earlier on in the arc. Will Grimmjow try and fight Ichigo again, or will he hold off till they’ve dealt with Juha Bach?
Ichigo & Co Regathering:
I appreciate that we went back to Ichigo and the others after several chapters down on the ground. Last we saw, they were all falling from the sky, but as expected, they managed to be rescued and land on the Royal Palace grounds. Orihime getting to use her powers (in both catching Ichigo and then healing Yoruichi) was nice to see; I just hope she gets something bigger to do before the fighting is done. I think she deserves that. Kon also makes his belated entrance, so the gangs all here. Now those on the ground just have to make it up, hopefully sooner than later.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Overall, a great chapter. A fan favourite returned, as did Kon. We got an explanation for where Ichigo and the others are right now, Yoruichi got healed up, we got some nice gags here and there, and hopefully next chapter we’ll know what they’re next step is going to be. Now that Grimmjow is back, I think people’s interest will skyrocket, so let’s hope Kubo can keep this up.