Last chapter seemed like the end of this Fullbring arc. Tsukishima dies, Yukio and the rest of the survivors head for the hills, only to return in a few years, and Riruka is laying with the good guys; things are returning back to normal. What now awaits Ichigo?
Ok, so I lied. This chapter is truly the end of the Fullbring arc. The real surprise of this chapter was that Ichigo had actually returned back to Soul Society, just out of the blue like he was running to the local grocery store for milk. The second surprise is that we find out who actually replaced the captains that jumped ship way back when Aizen left Soul Society. The Visoreds! Well it isn’t so much as a surprise, but what was expected seeing that these guys were captains before. Rojuro, Kensei, and Shinji are the three new captains to join the party; and I’m glad it was those three because they were my favorite. Hopefully the other Visoreds are hanging out there as well.
Of course Ichigo isn’t hanging out there to chat it up, but to ask a favor. He would like Soul Society to return Ginjo’s corpse so that he could bury it in the material world. I understand what he is doing, after all Ginjo hated Soul Society, so to bury him there would be an insult, but at the same time what’s done is done. Perhaps the reason why he is doing this is to please those Fullbringers who are still alive, to show them that there is no hatred between them and Soul Society. While he was there, I was sorta hoping they would have made him into a real Shinigami, but perhaps that will happen at a later time.
While there he appears to have told them that he will be keeping the badge, even though he knows the truth about it. My guess would be that Ichigo got the body back, seeing as he probably would not have left until he got it. The chapter ends with Riruka leaving, thanking everyone under the sun for being her friend; how heart warming.
I would like to have seen the outcome of Ichigo’s visit to Soul Society this chapter, and perhaps learn what the future holds for Ichigo in relation to Soul Society.
THE VERDICT 3/5
This is the end of this arc, it has to be. Bleach will now be taking a three week break to figure out where the manga goes from here. Who knows what we will have in store when this manga returns, but hopefully it will evolve more of the new Soul Society.