Heading for the Palace:
Now that some familiar faces have returned, it shouldn’t be too long before they reach their final destination. We got some more details about their pinpointed location, which is good, but there wasn’t much else to take from this transitional scene. Riruka and Orihime still have their back-and-forth, and Riruka is still a Tsundere-lite. And Chad actually said something this week (he got some dialogue last week as well), so maybe he’ll be relevant again? I kind of doubt that. Regardless, this was a fairly simple first half to the chapter; hopefully the next time we see them they will have already made it to their location.
The New Soul King:
I’m glad Juha’s absorption of the Soul King wasn’t dragged out too long. I said last week that I expected to see a new badass design, and we certainly got something… different. I don’t know how to react to the seven-eyed black goo monster that Juha has become. I’m with Askin on this one – he’s just plain creepy, but clearly the power is overflowing from him. We see Soul Society/Vandenreich start to crumble far below. We don’t know how exactly, but if Juha is the new Soul King, his already overpowered arsenal of abilities has just reached god-like heights. How the hell is this guy going to be defeated? He can see the future, has Yamamoto’s immense bankai, was able to defeat the strongest Shinigami in a 1v1 battle with some simple quincy abilities, and he’s only getting more power as time passes. He has to lose in the end, but I just don’t see how that will come about. There must be some major flaw to all this – I just hope it doesn’t feel contrived when its revealed.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Not as good as the past two chapters, that’s for certain. Juha’s reveal was memorable, even if his new form is questionable. It’s creepy, but not exactly what I was expecting out of the final villain. Maybe he’ll change over the course of several chapters like Aizen did. If it meant a better look than this one, I wouldn’t complain. There were some nice character moments this week (the Sternritter’s reactions, Orihime and Riruka, and Ichigo and Grimmjow), but it wasn’t enough for this chapter to stand out on its own, especially compared to what we’ve been getting as of late.