Okay, it seems I was a touch premature in burying Old Man Zangetsu in last week's review. Hey, he was the one that faded away. Seems he'll be sticking around for a while longer as a part of Ichigo's newly forged Zangetsu blades. You heard that right. Plural. More than one zanpakutō. I knew Zangetsu was going to take on some new appearance, but I never imaged there would be two.
This chapter has had one of the latest title cards I've ever seen in a manga. You don't even learn what the title is until the final few pages of the chapter. I certainly don't want to see this kind of thing become a trend with Kubo, but it was appropriate for this setting.
The only thing really bad about this chapter is that I'm concerned that this scene may never get animated, and it surely deserves it. I would also be disappointed if we have to wait till some guide book to learn the name of Oh-Etsu's assistance. Other than that, there isn't much to complain about.
Even though Ichigo now has his new weapon, there are still two more members of the Royal Guard that Ichigo has yet to meet. One has to imagine he's going to have some face time with them all in some way. The first healed Ichigo, the second re-energized him, and the third rearmed him. I wonder what he's going to take away from the following two? It just astounds me that there are BLEACH fans missing out on all of this.