I do have to admit that Masaki was rather brave to so boldly announce to a Soul Reaper she never met about being a Quincy. Though, there is a fine line between being brave or being reckless. It would seemIchigo inherited his mother's dedication to protecting people. I've always enjoyed the dynamic that Kubohas created with Ichigo and his family. I just wish he had used it more often. Especially with how Karinhas been in on Ichigo's secret for a long time. Much like with Tatsuki, that's a development that's never gone anywhere.
Lets just skip over the whole uncomfortable issue of how Isshin is probably hundreds of years older than Masaki, who is a high school girl at this stage. You're walking a strange line when characters look younger than they are. Then there was the bizarre issue of "purity" of the Quincy blood. I had no idea just how far that idea of inbreeding went until this chapter. Masaki was expected to marry her cousin --Ryuken? If Kubo is trying to make readers feel uncomfortable about that whole arrangement.... Job well done, sir. I sometimes wonder why the concept of the sibling-complex is so prevalent in manga. Is this intended to be awkward, or is it reflecting the standards of society?
This certainly wasn't a bad chapter of BLEACH, but nothing really came out of it until the very end. That just seems to follow the regular pattern of Kubo's series. I will say that I'm still enjoying this flashback far more than I did with NARUTO's recently concluded flashback. That one seemed to go back and forth, and here we have forward progression. Something I did take out of this chapter. If Masaki and Ryuken are cousins, doesn't that make Ichigo and Uryu cousins. The family tree of BLEACH is getting complicated.