New Bleach chapter is out super-early thanks, I think, in part to a Korean leak. (I only say that because I was seeing art with Korean dialogue early this morning on Tumblr. Also, maybe whoever leaked it is an IchiHime shipper…?) But, I don’t care how it got here, MangaStream has it, and I read it. You should too: http://readms.com/r/bleach/672/3382/1
Let’s see, when we first met Thor/”Miracle,” Renji trashed him and then, for good measure, Byakuya double-whammed him with Senbonzakura.
Now why Byakuya thought that doing it AGAIN was going to do anything new, I’m not sure. I mean, I suppose he hoped that Toshiro’s power-up was more than fan service and had, in fact, “frozen” Thor’s ability to use his miracle power. But, as I pointed out to fellow fans, the man is LITERALLY called “Miracle.” Do we really expect miracles to follow the laws of nature [or even Kubo Science ™]?
And, so, he’s back.
As I said on Tumblr earlier: IF ONLY THERE WERE A REIATSU-SUCKING SHIKAI SOMEWHERE NEARBY! IF ONLY.
The other part of the chapter was IchiHime heaven and that particular corner of Tumblr is having a reaction shot fiesta over all of this. To be fair, I’m equally excited at the prospect of Orihime actually getting to do SOMETHING. I will be fairly frustrated if a character that Kubo-sensei intentionally named after the Daughter of the Sky King does nothing of value in the fight for the Soul Realm. I mean, come ON.
So, you know, I’m kind of squeeing, too, just for different reasons. Especially since my friend 7emptymirrors, pointed out that in the dream version of the Ichigo/Yhwach confrontation, Yhwach doesn’t seem to know that Orihime is there. I mean, it would be neat if he has a blind spot to her. There are, at least, we know, limits to this All-Seeing power Yhwach has, because Hashwaldt could be surprised, too (and they transfer power back and forth.)
So, I don’t know. That’s a development I’m watching carefully.
Also, owl-in-daylight pointed out that in Yhwach’s first dream version of the confrontation, Ichigo is in his original costume, EVEN THOUGH Yhwach has since seen Ichigo since (most notably when he forced Ichigo to slay the Soul King… he should have been very aware of Ichigo’s new powers then, too, since he activated Ichigo’s blut or whatever Quincy thingie).
There are questions flying around now about why that would be. I mean, was it just Kubo being poetic because we’re so close to the end, or is it indicative of some other “blind spot” of Yhwach’s? I don’t know, and it’s another thing I’ll be watching closely.
I’m really, really hoping we’re going to get to some real story about the Quincy finally. I want to know SO MUCH. And, Kubo has given us so little. I mean, outside of revenge for (not very successful) genocide, we don’t really know what the heck the Quincy really want out of this war. Askin kind of implied that Yhwach really just wants to tear it all down and he was cool with that, even if it meant his own destruction, because… because all the Quincy seem a little insane.
Insanity is a terrifying villain, but I kind of still hope we’re going to get more story than that.
Fingers crossed this next chapter is going to give us some of that. Barring that? I hope Orihime gets to kick some ass (and not have to die for it, like a lot of the women “helpers” so far.)