The chapter was released a day earlier than usual! Woohoo! Though, was it really a chapter to get excited over? Click the read more and see the summary and some thoughts (as usual).
As Askin collapses, he expresses his shock that Grimmjow can still move despite being poisoned, and Grimmjow is surprised that Askin is still alive. Kisuke reveals that he healed the Arrancar on his way here due to knowing that their Reiatsu becomes Hollow Reiatsu when they use Resurrección, and he thought that it would be useful during battle. Askin is incredulous that Kisuke had planned that much, but the Shinigami simply replies that he always has a large amount of possible scenarios in his head so he can be ready for them. Askin comments that that is extreme, but Kisuke says that this is a fight for survival. Askin starts to understand Kisuke’s will, but he is cut off when Grimmjow impales him again, sick of hearing the Quincy talk.
Grimmjow tells Kisuke that their agreement is complete due to Askin being dead, but the air thickens as the Espada collapses to the ground. Still clinging to life, Askin reveals that when he dies the power of his Gift Ball Deluxe magnifies. He apologizes to Kisuke for putting him in this situation, but wonders if the Shinigami will find a way out. Askin collapses as his Gift Bereich constricts, and Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck watches from the outside. Nelliel remarks that this would be difficult to rescue four souls and get through the tiny entrance, but leaps toward it regardless as Kisuke apologizes for leaving everything in Ichigo and Rukia’s hands. He and his Bankai marionette then collapse.
Meanwhile, Gerard breaks out of the ice encasing his arm and roars. Hitsugaya thinks of a backup plan as Gerard reaches toward him, but his arm is suddenly blocked by Senbonzakura. Byakuya states that Hitsugaya will need help to defeat Gerard as the Quincy attacks Hitsugaya once again. Suddenly, his arm is severed as Kenpachi arrives and criticizes the two Shinigami for their banter.
Not really sure how I feel about this chapter yet. It started off fine, even though I think Kubo seems to have forgotten that Quincies are humans and humans tend to need their hearts in order to stay alive to talk. I did find it kind of funny that Grimmjow got annoyed that the guy was still alive so he ripped him up some more. However, I’m not happy that Urahara and friends were chumped at the end. It kind of makes Urahara’s bankai seem rather weak and yet continues the tradition where an uuber powerful character is taken down by one of these Quincies.
Then the dreaded scene change and the Kenpachi reveal which.. ugh. Really? Do we really need more of him? I know he’s a huge Internet fan favorite but he gets rather boring to me. He’s such a one-dimensional character (HURR HURR ME SMASH AND KILL THINGS! ME LOVE FIGHTING ) . Plus we’ve already seen him and Byakuya team up to take down a giant enemy before anyway.. so… yeah, spare me.