How interesting, so Yhwach has taken dominion of all the Reishi within the Soul King’s realm removing the ability of the Shinigami to freely control it. With Yhwach containing such a powerful grasp over the reishi within the Soul King realm, I am curious to find out how exactly he will be overwhelmed. Will Kisuke and/or Aizen have a hand in weakening Yhwach opening up the opportunity for Ichigo to land a decisive blow against him? And as for the next Soul King, I still wonder who exactly will fill that role (Aizen!).
Looks like Juhabach really does plan to create a world of his shaping once he has done destroying it. I was curious to see what exactly Juhabach’s end goal was and it turns out it was more than just killing the Soul King. Juhabach didn’t just want to destroy the Gotei 13 for what they had done to Quincy a thousand years ago, but he is seeking to completely consume the very world they have created. Juhabach seeks to attain his revenge by replacing the world of the Shinigami by a world of his creation. The Gotei 13 currently represent the “Gods” of the world, but Juhabach plans on creating a world in which the Quincy represent the “Gods”.
With Juhabach absorbing the Soul King, it seems he has inherited the purpose the Soul King’s existence embodied, which is serving as the being holding the universes in balance. With his newly attained power, Juhabach seeks to remake the world to his vision and desires, a world devoid of the reality the current one operates by. The obvious effect of Juhabach inheriting the Soul King’s power is the consequence that will result when he is defeated, that being the collapse of the balance of the universes once a being tying them all together is removed. It seems likely that with the defeat of Juhabach, a new character will become the Soul King (Ichigo).
Did I just hear Jugram right that the enemy of the Soul King are the Shinigami? I was under the impression that it was the Quincy who hated the Soul King and reactionary acted to dispose of his existence – the “Quincy” blood in Ichigo. I can understand why the Soul King would hate the Shinigami if they were the ones who sealed him in order to act as the existence to balance the world’s, but why exactly would the Soul King not hate the Quincy for wanting to kill him? Did the Quincy originate from the “Soul King” or what? And if so, why would they in the first place want to kill him instead of free him? So much confusion…
Oh Uryuu, how thoughtful of you to act as the villain and create an exit for Ichigo and Co. to survive their encounter with Juhabach, all in order so they can regroup and come up with a place to actually take down Juhabach and his “All-Mighty”/”All-Seeing”/”All-Trolling” power. Uryuu understands the terror Juhabach represents and he has come up with an elaborate ruse to fool the Sternritter and keep Ichigo and Co. alive. Badass.
Finally, finally, FINALLY! Ichigo is standing up to Juhabach and not getting himself trolled (or so it appears). It is terribly awful when Ichigo falls prey to the main antagonist plans time and time again, but when he picks himself up and begins to REALLY challenge the overwhelming nature of the antagonist, he is insanely badass. Hopefully in this case with his battle against Juhabach beginning, it is the latter.
He is finally back and about damn time! The man who single-handedly took on the Gotei 13 (pretty much), makes his grand re-entrance in his usual cryptic style. Looks like without Kyouraku realising it, he got caught in Aizen’s Kyouka Suigetsu. I can’t believe I had been looking forward to this moment for so long and with such excitement, it is almost absurd how much I have come to love Aizen’s character since being out of focus. I guess sometimes you only realise how great a character is once they disappear from the focus of the story. Hopefully with Aizen free, Kubo-sensei has something really special planned for him.
Oh Juhabach, he is going to be so surprised when things don’t work out the way he expects and foresees because something will inevitable happen that flips the whole situation around on him. Be it Ichigo doing something or Aizen appearing and messing with Juhabach’s senses ultimately distorting the “future” he foresees, in the end something IS going to happen to prevent the worlds from crumbling. I must admit though, I find myself quite distressed at seeing Ichigo once again trolled by an opponent and not even realise that him panicking is only making the situation more dire. Ichigo may be strong, but he seriously needs to think before reacting.
How does Ichigo do it? Whenever you feel he has the ability to avoid falling into enemy traps, he reminds you once again just what a master he is at being trolled. Aizen and Ginjou must have felt a slight shiver run down their spine when Ichigo fell prey to the future Juhabach had seen. For Ichigo to end up in such a situation, unintentionally attacking the Soul King and bringing about the beginning of Soul Society’s destruction, what a hilarious development and one which pretty much cast Ichigo’s mind into a spiral of negativity and anguish. Will Ichigo pick himself up from this and finally try to take on Juhabach and stop whatever he believes Juhabach is attempting to do?
I have no idea what Ichibei is even hinting at or what sort of intention he has sending Ichigo to meet Juhabach. I was hoping in this chapter we would get to learn what Ichibei meant when he said humans could not defeat Juhabach with their abilities, but unfortunately we will have to wait a bit longer to find out the truth about what Juhabach is after and the intentions of the Shinigami. Kisuke appears to have almost completed his preparations, so hopefully in the next chapter we see him finally send everyone to the Soul King Palace.