This week’s chapter was less about any of the characters as it was about the location all the characters have found themselves in. We get to see both sides of the counter force appear at opposite ends of the new Soul King’s Palace, and I quite like the new look. For a final battlefield I think this chapter did a good job at setting up how it could be used for future fights. Obviously, the quincies have the advantage right now, and a palace that is beneficial to them is just one more thing to add to that overpowered list. If the Royal Guard have to fight for Juha Bach as well (which is my prediction) then I’m going to be seriously interested how this is even going to be a fair fight. Other than introduce the Wahrwelt and setting up what could come in the following weeks, this was yet another slow chapter with little overall progress. The past few weeks (or months, more like it) feel like we’ve been slowly building up to this final conflict. I’m still excited for what’s to come, but I just hope it starts soon.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Yoruichi’s brother’s death flag is even more massive now. He’s a sweet kid, but I can just see his death pushing Yoruichi over the edge (hopefully she has a rematch with Pernida). Shunsui’s mention of Ukitake didn’t feel like a true reflection of his feelings, especially if Ukitake has lost his life at this point. There were a few noteworthy character moments this week, but it wasn’t enough to make this chapter anything noteworthy in the grande scheme of things. The battlefield is set, everyone who is due a fight is on the scene – let’s get the match-ups started so we can finally see all those unreleased shikais, bankais, ressurections, and other powerups. If Kubo delivers some impressive battles worthy of the very last conflict of the series, then I’ll be happy. But the sooner, the better.