Masaki Kurosaki continues the role of BLEACH of having kick-ass women who play such a minor role when compared to the men who seem to struggle in every bout. She runs into the battle solo, watches for a bit, and comes up with a plan on the fly to deal with White's incredibly speed. To top it all off, she pulls this scene off with the bravado of an action-hero. She drops her bow, takes the hit, then pops the creature in the head with a miniature bow.
Now, here's where this bothers me. If Masaki is powerful enough to take out a Hollow that's powerful enough to slaughter several soul reapers and hold back a captain. Why is it that she's later taken out by someone such as Grand Fisher so easily? Maybe we'll get an answer to that, but I don't expect any answer to be incredibly satisfying.
Since when can't a soul reaper use bankai when they're seriously wounded? I seem to remember seeing a lot of the captains pulling out their bankai when on the verge of death. Isn't the purpose of bankai suppose to be your trump card when nothing else works? Is it just that Isshin can't use 'his' bankai in this condition? They don't make that incredibly clear.
This chapter makes me wonder, how many things has Aizen actually created himself that wasn't ripped off from Urahara's research? He plays himself off as the evil grand master of all, but he keeps standing on Urahara's shoulders. He just pirates the IP of others then stands there with the arrogance as if it was his own idea. He truly is evil.
Masaki plays such a small role in this chapter, but what she pulls off is so bad-ass that it makes up for any of my annoyance with Aizen. She's the source of my 3 out of 5 enjoyment. If White is really taken out. I have to image that there will be some side effect to Masaki being bitten. The similarities between White and Ichigo's hollowfication form can't be completely coincidental. Right?