At any rate, none of this seems to have delayed this week's scans, so. >.>
"The true ability of the Hougyoku is to capture and materialise the hearts of everything that exists around it". So from the rest of Aizen's prolonged diatribe, it's basically a semi-sentient wish-granting device (as long as the recipient has the underlying potential to fulfill his or her wishes). o.o omg.
Ahaha, Gin is so hilarious ("did I interrupt your speech of evil, o my captain?") -- it's also interesting that Gin still calls him "captain". And Ichigo and Isshin are so adorable. ("IF YOU WANNA KNOW SO BADLY JUST ASK AIZEN YOU DUMBASS" AHAHAHA) :3 :3
Aizen also claims that the Hougyoku's very creator didn't even understand what it did, and I guess we will find out if that is true, because:
FUCK YEAH URAHARA! :D