Chapter 498: The Black Rescuer
The Science boys are looking for Ichigo finding his badge in the real world but Kurosaki isn’t. They find him in Hueco Mundo. Via the tracking of spirit particles they figured out Kisuke helped him out and decide it is alot easier to grab hold of him instead.
I love this next bit of Kisuke talking to Akon here. Kisuke being his usual self pissing off Akon like mad. Ofcourse Kisuke is fully aware of the trouble in SS but he doesn’t know how bad yet. He informs AKon that Ichigo is in combat with the Quincy.
Akon and co-workers are shocked. Wondering how Ichigo would know about Hueco Mundo… well Ichigo know Nell-tu… nuff said! Akon asks how the battle is going and Urahara gives us some good news. Ichigo had the upper hand in this battle.
The chapter switches to the awesome battle. Opie tries to use the medallion to steal his bankai but it fails. With a comment on last weeks summary I reckon the fullbring pitch is more likely than the hollow one but I reckon this will be made clear in due time.
Kisuke hasn’t seen them in action, so he notes quite calmly the Opie failed to seal his bankai. This obviously sends a big WTF to everyone in the Research Department. I love Kisuke just sitting totally chilled out why Pesche and Don Don are freaking out! That frame just cracked me up. We know Kisuke is a shady figure indeed. He will, no doubt, play a bigger role in things to come.
Opie on the other hand is not relaxed at all. hell, I think a bit of despiration is kicking in as he tries to anylize the situation. For a man who feels superior to Hollow and Shinigami this is quite a kicker for him.
I thought Opie was quite informed about Ichigo but that doesn’t seem to be the case at all. All he knows what he shouldnt let Ichigo use bankai(mission failed) and that his bankai couldnt not be ‘Medalized’ as he calls it. No more. He can’t grasp why, even absorbing the power of the Aion, Ichigo is keeping up with him.
Opie seems only able to dodge barely able to dodge Ichigo’s attack. His own attack’s failing to damage his target. Opie tries to rethink his strategy but Ichigo’s pure speed in Bankai is the Quincy’s Achilles heel. Ichigo asks the magic question.
Are they afraid of Bankai? Opie doesn’t seem able to mix certain abilities at the same time. Having to put most of his power into speed trying to keep up with Ichigo leaving him to little to properly attack him.
Opie’s pride is overpowering counter attacking the question screaming the indoctrinated lingo as dictated by the King, no doubt. Kisuke butts in, blasting through Opie’s gut. He wastes no time throwing his phone to Ichigo. He already prepared a Senkai gate for Ichigo to use. Knowing how dire the situation is he switched instantly knowing what has to be done.
The chapter end with Ichigo about the be overloaded with information.