The Vandenreich are causing nothing but trouble for both the hollows and the shinigami. The sly Opie have removed the three beastly women from the battlefield, without much struggle at all. Now he stands toe to toe against Ichigo. Will this be a one sided battle as well?
This chapter was all about informing the reader more about this war, and the people who are fighting in it. It looks like Kira has been doing some investigating, wondering about why people are disappearing from the poorer lands of Soul Society. After much speculation, he makes a very good assumption, that the disappearance is due to the shinigami--Mayuri to be more specific. When questioned by the Commander, Mayuri agrees to this crime, telling him that he indeed kill off these people in order to balance out the death of the hollows. Is this real murder if they are already dead to begin with? Is it ok to kill these people if it means that the afterlife balance is kept intact?
I don’t have an answer to these questions, but we do know who is to blame for this mess. The Commander, because he in fact did not listen to Mayuri’s warnings about the Quincy, and did not kill the emperor Quincy guy when he had a chance 1000 years ago. So while Ichigo and Opie fight, the Leader decides that this is the right time to invade Soul Society, cause we all know that without Ichigo, Soul Society has nothing! So the good news is that this arc will not stay in Hueco Mundo!
I hope Mayuri does not become a villain again this time. Yes he might commit war crimes in his free time, but I like it better when he is fighting for the good guys!
THE VERDICT 3/5
No need to wait for the ten days until the war, we can now get it early! Kubo is definitely pushing this arc forward at a faster speed than normal, and I am happy he is doing so. I was sad to see Ichigo’s fight be passed off until next chapter, but at the same time we got some interesting information so I can’t be too angry.