Chapter 545: Blue Stripes
This chapter really all about the quiet before the storm. The rest of the Kurosaki family seems to be doing well. Yuzu misses her big brother.
Rukia and Renji are having fun… I think. In staring contest. Just the mere spiritual pressure in this place makes even a seemingly simple exercise an exhausting task. They take a much-needed rest and soon after Rukia gets a call. Byakuya has regained consciousness at the hands of the healing specialist.
He seems to be doing well enough considering the damage done to his. Renji is also happy to see his captain is allright. However their mood is dampered when they realize that once he is ok, he has to go… there.
By ‘there’ they mean the quarters of Zero Captain Shutura Senjumaru and her clothing department. Even Rukia feels for the torture and embarrassment he went through. He tries to block the memories.
Now she seemed quite intent of him taking of more than he was planning too. And knowing all the little skeletons hands she got. I kinda feel for Renji too now.
The monk Ichibei Hyousube interrupts them. Applauding them for dealing with the dense reiatsu in this place and decided they advanced enough to move on to the next part of their training.
Shinji and Hiyori are one the phone acting like they usually are. An old familiar is in the back, Hinamori Momo, she appeared earlier in the arch, but she totally went past me since her hairstyle is very different. But it’s good to see she is doing well again.
Anyway. Hiyori is clearly all right after having been cut in half during the Aizen arch. It seems she just accepted the task anyway, even with all the bickering, and team ‘Repair the distortion between the human world and Soul Society’ is born… of sorts.
The part of last weeks chapter ends with Ichigo’s friends. Wondering what he is doing. Their questions will be answered soon when Kyouraku suddenly shows up, in uniform.
With a message for them about Ichigo.
Chapter 546: The Last 9 Days
Keigo first stares at Kyouraku is disbelieve then goes angry lashing back at Kyouraku for saying that Ichigo might have to part ways.
Kyouraku realizes the weight of his words, and their anger. He explains to them where Ichigo is, that he will return safely from that place. Kyouraku then goes on to explain that his is worried. Not knowing with what kind of power Ichigo will be returning.
If Ichigo’s strength is too great that it would affect the human world, they cannot allow him to return to earth. I am not sure how this would be a problem when Ichigo steps into his human body, but ok.
Keigo goes mad, whilst Mizuiro stays calm having carefully listened to Kyouraku’s words. The odds of that happening are low. But as Kyouraku puts it. Even if the odds are against it happening, keeping Ichigo’s closest friends in the dark about the possibility would be doing him a disservice.
Meanwhile, Inoue and Chad are resting. The scene is short but Inoue is happy that everybody is helping eachother. Wishing they would go on forever. Each helping the other to protect their world, with no war breaking out.
However that is not the case.
The calm is over and the Gotei 13 seems far from ready for the invasion of the VanDerReich. But they are here taking the whole damn city and transporting in into their world. This way the Quincy are not hampered by a limit that stopped their earlier attack on Soul Society.
This way they have all the time they need to decimate Soul Society. however, they transportation did not include all those in the spiritual palace, because that place is much higher up. Also I doubt Kyouraku has probably not returned to SS yet.
Which is good and bad. The VanderReich will have the upper hand early on, but the Gotei have their forces spread out. I am sure Urahara will open the way for the other forces to gain entry into the Quincy Dimension, giving them a solid oppertunity to strike back.
I mean, most of the Vaizard are on earth. Kyouraku is on Earth. Ishinn and Ishida Ryuuken are on Earth. Inoue, Chad, Urahara and an Arrancar(most likely Grimmjow) are in Hueco Mundo. Also, never discount Yourichi, we never seen her wield a Zanpaktou before.
Then ofcourse there is everybody in the spirit palace. The five Zero Squad members, Ichigo, Byakuya and Rukia and Renji.
And back in SS there is a certain Kenpachi who might finally be able to unleash his Shikai.
I have no doubt that Juha Bach is well prepared, with many capable fighters below him, but he will have a set of surprises waiting for him.
The next nine days will be intense.
Unfortuanly we have to wait five weeks before the fighting actually starts. bummer