Ichigo's rush to aid his friends may have had a serious, unintended consequence that could shift the balance of this war, and he stands little chance of reaching Yhwach to stop him as Ichigo's surrounded on all sides by the Vandenreich elite. At least,...not without some help.
The previous few weeks may have been a touch lackluster, when compared to how well things have been going. However, events have really stepped up in this week's chapter. The consequence of Ichigo's speedy arrival is that he's left a gaping hole in the defenses of theReiokyu. Uh, whoops.
That part I think is kind of foolish, but everything that follows is pure awesomeness. Ichigo forces his way through an intense gauntlet of Stern Ritter attacks as he tries to get to Yhwach. It's pretty cool to watch Ichigo brushing off some brutal attacks from one bad guy after the next. It all ends in an appropriately spectacular finale, as Ichigo gets some backup.
For as cool as some events were in this chapter, I'm sort of shaking my head at the premise that Ichigo arriving has left the Reiokyu vulnerable, due to his "clothes". Firstly, it's kind of ridiculous that it would be possible to leave the door wide open to one of the most secure locations in the universe due to the type of clothes Ichigo is wearing. Not to mention that the Zero Squad would fail to mention this consequence to him, so that he could be prepared for it.
This is just way too convenient for the bad guys. The Zero Squad may as well of dropped the keys to the palace along with Ichigo. Although, perhaps that's the point. It is way too easy, and there's another bit of protection of which Yhwach isn't yet aware. That's still plausible. We'll just have to wait and see. There's a grand total of 6,000 seconds (roughly 1 2/3 hours) in story time till the barriers are restored. If everyone remembers the "5 minutes" it took Namek to blow up, this could take a long bloody time.
A little good and bad is taken with this week's issue of BLEACH. This still feels like a great set up for the battles to come. Even with some of the negatives I took away, I had a lot of fun. It's nice getting back into some action after two weeks of Ichigo just sort of standing around. Looking through the 13 Court Guard and Stern Ritter line up, It's a bit hard to decides who I want to see fight who. Will Rukia be pulling out her bankai once more, and what sort of new tricks does Byakuya now have? I can't wait for next week.
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