Let’s see, Nel is back, Hueco Mundo has been invaded, and the poor arrancars have been enslaved, sounds like an average day on the job for Kubo. Bloodshed has already been spilled in this war. Chojiro has been killed, sadly before we could see him in action. How will Soul Society respond?
It’s time for Chojiro’s funeral, and of course no mention of the other shinigami who died defending Soul Society during this invasion. Of course after his death we learn more about Chojiro, like that he had a bankai, and that he could have become a captain, but didn’t because he promised the commander that he would be his lieutenant for life, how sweet. I’m not sure how good of a captain he would be if a) he couldn’t stop Ichigo with the help of two other people back in the day b) the first time he used his bankai he dies (yes it was stolen from him, but still!) c) We all know the “real” captains will put up a bigger fight once these groups go at it for real. Face it Chojiro, you weren’t destined for good things in this manga, hell you died in the afterlife for god sakes, so perhaps you deserve this fancy funeral.
So I guess you can count the Fullbringer shenanigans as a training arc, because we are right about to enter a rescue arc; Kubo has surprised us all with his originality once again. Yes, the crew is going right back down to Hueco Mundo again, but this time to save Dondochakka, and most likely Harribel as well.
Really, seriously? Kubo is this really another rescue arc? Why can’t this be a “war is coming everyone freak out and fight” arc? Why do they have to go back down to Heco Mundo again? Is Dondochakka really worth it? Is it because he is your friend Ichigo? Chojiro was your friend, why don’t you go save him from hell 2 or where ever dead shinigami skip off to?
Also the art in this chapter seemed to dip a little; or maybe my vision is clouded with rage that this is just another rescue arc!
THE VERDICT 2/5
To end with a positive note I like that the Vandenreich have to go out with their hunting parties and gather up the arrancar. I’m guessing they might find Grimmjow and he might be sent to go pester Ichigo for his bankai. You are ruining this manga Dondochakka!