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Song to listen to while reading this chapter: "Shipping Up To Boston" by Dropkick Murphys
Before we get into this, I'd just like to note that even though last chapter's Space Jam-ified review was completely in jest at the time, I found out last week that apparently this just...exists in Japan. I am both shocked and incredibly happy.
Anyway, onto the review!
So we start out with Aizen finally snapping out of his stoner phase to find that...everyone's gone. Not gonna lie, that first page made me think everyone had just left Aizen in the Seireitei and gone without him, which I found hilarious. Turns out, though, they're currently in the lab doing the door thing, so it's all good. More about Aizen being a monster, yadda yadda yadda. However, Aizen himself acknowledges the irony in those who prevented him from going to the palace being the ones going to the palace before he can and says Ichigo is very hard to forgive because of this, which was amusing.
Page 7, we're in an unknown location and someone with very fashionable shoes is doing something. Move along, nothing to see here, definitely not foreshadowing later developments in this chapter.
Next page, we get a highly gratuitous shot of Yoruichi's panties - seriously, Kubo, I get that you wanted to show her drawing her leg back, c'mon - before KICKING ICHIGO CONSCIOUS. Like a boss, as ever. Just look at the expressions of Ichigo's friends in the background, they're amazing. Turns out, though, that Ichigo is the only one who passed out to begin with, which is highly unusual. Time for a mid-chapter flashback sequence!
Apparently, Ichigo managed to catch and destroy the arrow Uryū fired at him, which is only logical because Uryū is so beta, and Orihime caught everyone with her shieldy powers. Of course, this wouldn't be Bleach without hilarious physical comedy involved, so Ichigo and Ganju crash head-first into the platform and each other. Graceful as swans, those two. Then, Yoruichi, who apparently ripped her useless arm off or something, fires two roped arrows through the shield and begins pulling them up. Nice thinking there, Yoruichi. What NO ONE expected, however, was Kon bursting out of Ichigo's pocket in his fabulous musclebody and causing Ichigo to faint. I was almost in tears laughing at that.
Back in the present, Yoruichi has apparently been mind-controlled by Sal and Sun because she thinks it's time for revenge against das Ishida. Ichigo suggests creating footholds with his Reiatsu to walk up on - which means he hasn't forgotten about being able to stand in the air quite yet - but Yoruichi's all "I got this bruh" and tells someone to come out. Cue a Garganta appearing nearby and opening to reveal...Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez.
SHINING BRIGHT FOR EVERYONE
LIVING OUT YOUR FANTASY
SHINING BRIGHT FOR ALL TO SEE
Sorry about that, I just felt the need to burst into victory song upon seeing that last page. Half-Life 3 confirmed.
In case you couldn't tell by that last bit, I loved this chapter. Aizen and Shunsui's dialogue in the beginning was amusing, and the flashback was hilarious, but those last two pages sealed the deal. Grimmjow's back, just as Kubo promised, and I can't wait to see what he's gonna do. Also can't wait to not have everyone wondering when he's gonna come back.
Oh, and I'm aware this is 3 weeks later than it should have been, but I finally figured out what we should have done for April Fool's Day. Behold: http://i1372.photobucket.com/albums/ag335/Xilinoc/April%20Fools%20for%20Bleach%20Wiki_zpsk1fgfndx.png