I’ve been enjoying this flashback a fair bit, but if this is the end of it then I’ll be fairly disappointed. I’ve appreciated this look into Bazz-B and Jugo’s past, but I’m much more interested in the war that follows and the formation of the Sternritters, and possibly seeing some of the original Gotei 13 captains in action. We might still get that, but this chapter seemed to finish off the story of Bazz-B and Jugo with a seamless transition back to the present. I would never have guessed these two had been so close to one another, or that they were even alive over 1000 years ago, so we’ve definitely learned a lot in these past three chapters. But still… I was to see more.
The Jugo Revelation:
This week’s chapter was mainly just a three-way conversation between Juha, Jugo, and Bazz-B. It also makes sense now why Jugo is the ‘other half’ of Juha Bach. The myth of the talentless quincy every century or so is indeed true, and Jugo is the last quincy born of that kind since Juha himself. We saw in Juha’s own flashback chapter mid-way through the second invasion that he was a gifted child since his birth, being able to grant powers and possess all sorts of non-traditional abilities. In a similar way, Jugo has been unknowingly boosting Bazz-B’s power and potential just by being near him. He’s essentially a very powerful support, and now his Balance power makes sense. Non-traditional quincies have to stick together, I suppose, and Juha’s decision on the matter was final.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Bazz-B’s story might be over now, but I’d be interested to see how he exactly got the letter ‘H’ despite Jugo betraying him at the end of the chapter. I just hope there’s more to come, because this could head into some seriously exciting stuff. Kubo would be a fool to miss out on this opportunity, so I’ll have my fingers crossed for next week. Also, I don’t think Bazz-B is dead quite yet. Stomach cuts are never a finishing blow in Bleach, so I suspect he’ll get back up and deliver an emotionally charge speech to Jugo next chapter.