I like Ikumi more and more every time she appears. ♥
Make that love instead of like. ♥♥♥
OMG SOBBING, ICHIGO
THIS IS EVEN WORSE THAN THAT TIME RUKIA CAME BACK AND HE MADE THE MOST MISERABLE FACE AND RUKIA TOLD HIM OFF FOR IT.
SERIOUSLY I JUST WANT TO HUG HIM AND TELL HIM IT WILL ALL BE ALL RIGHT SOMEHOW, AND I AM SO NOT THE TYPE TO DO THAT. I GUESS THAT MAKES ME AN ADULT, HUH >_>
Hmm, I wonder if Tsukishima actually believed in the cause or if he was trying to eliminate specific powers so that they wouldn't hinder him in the future.
I also wonder how close Tsukishima's change of heart happened to Aizen's decision to become the big bad....
(OMG LOL IF TSUKISHIMA AND AIZEN MEET UP AND TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD TOGETHER I MIGHT JUST DIE. OF LOL. AND JOY. AND TROLLFACE.)
Um, is it just me or does that silhouette look suspiciously like Isshin's? I mean, I know that Isshin had the torn captain's haori, and this person apparently doesn't, but still. Also, another Shinigami representative?
I went back to chapter 182 to look at the origins of the badge, and Ukitake had explained that Soul Society had rules for recognising acting Shinigami: they hand out these badges to anyone they consider beneficial to Soul Society.
...so maybe Ichigo is suspected of killing this other substitute Shinigami? Maybe they've been looking at the evidence and think something stupid like Ichigo got territorial, and that's why Rukia was heard defending him through the badge?
Or maybe the badge Ginjou has is a fake copied from Ichigo's and Ginjou is lying.
Why is he allowed to hang on to the badge? Doesn't the Research division have procedures in place for "substitute Shinigami has just kicked the bucket; we'd better retrieve his badge before it's misused". Then again, it is Soul Society, where everyone follows the Central 46 so blindly that they (including Byakuya) nearly allowed Rukia killed for something that normally wouldn't carry the death penalty.
I suspect this is true, though I am still not sure who, if anyone, is acting in Ichigo's best interests here...
Also, why so pretty, Ginjou?
WAH ICHIGO T_T NOOOO DON'T MAKE THAT EPIC FROWNYFACE
Also jfc what's with the blatant UST? Maybe bearers of substitute Shinigami badges are extra compatible? :D
Silly Urahara; because sex in such a public place might be frowned upon, of course.
I-- um-- PLEASE DON'T LET URAHARA BE A BAD GUY ;_;
Now I really want Ginjou to be lying because omg Urahara can't be a bad guy. >.>
I mean, he'd make an amazing bad guy, don't get me wrong.
I love the dynamic between these two so much! ♥
And actually I am beginning to prefer Ichigo/Riruka to the other het Ichigo pairings I ship! It's similar to Ichigo/Tatsuki and Ichigo/Rukia but it has more push-back from Ichigo -- as much as I enjoy them both kicking the shit out of Ichigo whenever he does or says something they disapprove of. :D Plus, Riruka so far is the only girl who has not been shy about actually expressing her attraction directly to Ichigo, even if it was more of an "OMGWTF HE IS HOT" rather than "OMGWTF YOU ARE SO HOT LET'S MAKE OUT" :D I doubt Kubo will ever write a female character behaving that way, though, since good/worthy girls don't make the first move, hurr hurr.
The Western-sounding name amid a bunch of Japanese names in their group is a little strange. Usually, there were pretty clear lines -- everyone in Hueco Mundo had Western-sounding names, and a few of them were good eggs (Pesche, Nell, etc); everyone [?] in Soul Society has Japanese names (and only one of them turned out to be a real bad egg, with Tousen and Gin redeeming themselves before the end [and Aizen is still alive, so...]. I wonder if there is any significance to it or I am just assuming a pattern where there isn't one.
YAY. Anything but that miserable look, please :(
I think I will find some time to re-read the Arrancar arc while we wait for the next chapter. :D