The truth of Ichigo's mother may be deeper than he ever expected, but there is still more to the story.
Okay, what happened to the real Tite Kubo, and who is this person Shueisha put in his place? This chapter was eventful but tightly structured. It had some laughs and still worked in some honestly romantic drama. Kubo could have easily made Isshin's fight with Masaki's Hollow into a two to three chapter event, but he summed that whole issue up within a page. He even abbreviated Isshin and Masaki's courtship. By not drawing every little bit out of this flashback made for a stronger story. To top it all off, I never expected this to lead into some facts about Masaki's death that were unknown.
Nothing was really bad about the chapter. I would have liked to of known more about Ryuken and Katagiri, but I feel the focus is going to move on to the events of Masaki's death that we didn't know before.
This chapter was probably one of the better written chapters of BLEACH that I've read in a long time. One of the more prevalent criticisms about the series is that it reads better as a collection than by the chapter. However, this chapter stands strong on its own. Kubo has been dragging out nearly everything about this final arc, but he chose to keep this tight. I'm unsure what inspired him to do so, but I'm happy he did.