|Grand Fisher fucked in one swing! Jesus, that was unexpected.|
Yeah! I was expecting a protracted battle but, y'know, Isshin rules.
Don't forget the Quincy, of whom there are now two (that we know of). They're small but they have their own agenda and won't easily ally themselves with the Shinigami, although I'm willing to lay money that Ishida won't be daddy's bitchboy for long.
What are the odds on Ishida's dad being actually evil as opposed to just a dick? I'd say 40%. He's clearly been disingenuous with Ishida since the get-go, claiming that he hated the Quincy and wanted nothing to do with them when he is clearly a fully-trained, powerful Quincy. I'm afraid this might turn out positively Faustian for poor Ishida. That boy's had a bit of a raw deal, really.
Incidentally, could someone refresh me on the fundamental difference between how the Shinigami and Quincy fight Hollows? I know there is one, but I fear Google and Wikipedia because they teem with spoilers!
And don't forget the humans. Chad, Orihime and seemingly now also Tatsuki. I'll wager that these guys will side with Ichigo no matter what, but as we're still not sure what he's going to do in this situation then that's all up for grabs.
Correct, but they're kind of irrelevant, aren't they? Their spiritual powers seemed to top out at less than Lieutenant level, IIRC. Then again, I didn't watch the Bound arc, so who knows? Ichigo has been acting like kind of a dick recently, though, hasn't he? I wonder if the Hollow in him is starting to affect how he acts.
And Tatsuki is a mystery. How is it that she can see spiritual presences when she definitively did not before? Did someone tamper with her? If so, why? She's such a minor character. The character she's most associated with, Inoue, is also minor in the grand scheme of things (although she is a major character in the storyline proper). If she had dormant spiritual powers, why didn't hers awaken at the same time Chad and Inoue's did? Come to think of it, I can't actually remember how they got their powers and spiritual awareness. Did they appear at the same time? Inoue's power manifests itself through the hairpins her brother gave her, but the hairpins aren't the actual source, correct? Hmm.
Suspicious about the amount of screen time Keigo is getting, and about how many of his lines are constantly about feeling left out...
Yeah, he sort of came out of left field, right? I wonder if he will join Tatsuki in actually becoming relevant, if not developing spiritual powers.