Chapter 514: Born in the Dark
A straight continue from last weeks battle. Juha’s clothes take most of the damage. Ichigo isn’t ready to fight this guy at all. His eyes tell me he wants to try out Ichigo’s new armor which the latter doesn’t even seem to be aware off. Nor does Ichigo hint at someone teaching him that technique as I thought in the last chapter.
Juha strikes his again Ichigo barely able to block him at all. Juha already stopped taking the kid seriously as a threat to him as his objective was to damage Ichigo’s clothing the markings on Ichigo’s arm confirming his suspicions in the last chapter.
In true Tite style my predictions turned to be completely wrong as Juha stars his speech confirmed something I theorized on back in the day BleachedIchigo was still used. But that comes later.
His explanation is a confusing read but to sum it. Ichigo kept out blasting reiatsu trying to break the jail what little that remained (must have) sucked in some of Kirge’s reiatsu reaching the very depths of Ichigo’s soul awaking the memories woven in the roots of his soul.
“Kirge’s jail was made to seal enemies, but it cannot contain a Quincy.”
So, Ichigo awakened the Quincy inside him. So something what I thought to be a possibility turns out be true. Remember, Ichigo still knows nothing about his father’s history, even after finding out that he is a shinigami. It was something he made peace with, his father not talking about that time. I think this is probably why…
His mother was a Quincy. By the Juha talks I think he knew Ichigo’s mother quite well. And probably met his father as well at some point.
But his mother being a Quincy… I currently feel kinda mixed about it. It add’s another ability pool when the Hollow part of him still hasn’t been worked out to its full potential. It almost feels a bit like a forced reveal by Tite in order to make this arch. Ichigo now has tasted everything… Shinigami, Hollow, Fullbring and now Quincy aswell. He’s almost a God in the making.
Ichigo on the other hand. His mind is about to snap again. He doesn’t get much time to let the news sink in as Juha strikes him hard. Ichigo only just able to parry the strike creating an opening for Juha however. The King grabbing ichigo by his hair. Moving to thrust his blade straight through his body.
Time’s up. The shadow drops from his blade. Their operating time outside the ‘Schatten Bereich’ (Google:Shadow Region) forcing them to return to their base. Juha though there was still time but Aizen already worked his magic playing with the King’s mind fooling his sense of time enough to pull him off.
The King seems to respect Haschwald a lot more than the other subordinates. Anyhow, Juha realize there isn’t time for him to beat up Ichigo enough to drag him with him and orders the retreat(again).
Ichigo is still enraged unable to see his is powerless against them right now, only able to fight stupid. The king ignores him completely when he jumps forwards. Haschwald reacts in his stead easily cutting Zangetsu in half before taking his leave following Juha.
Before he leaves Juha says one more thing to Ichigo. He will be back for him to take him into the darkness.
Even though Ichigo is clearly lacking his strength his unique blood-line makes him an important pawn to obtain regardless.