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Ch. 683 - The Dark Side of Two World Ends

Xilinoc July 21, 2016 User blog:Xilinoc

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SHAMELESS PLUG TIME

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THIS CONCLUDES SHAMELESS PLUG TIME

Song to listen to while reading this chapter: "Land of Confusion" by Disturbed

When you keikaku and the God-Emperor of the Quincy keeps falling for it

683Renji's arm is severed

BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD! ARMS FOR THE ARM THRONE!

So we start off with Ichigo predictably getting rekted by another energy blast that actually destroys part of Sōkyoku Hill. Guess there won't be anymore illogical and power-motivated executions for a while. Yhwach asks the burning question of why Ichigo didn't have Orihime patch him up before he followed him through the portal and chalks it up to a perceived lack of time on his part, though he already told Ichigo that he can't change anything. Suddenly, though, Renji apparently mans up and tries to get a hit on Yhwach with his Bankai, only for Yhwach to just up and blow off one of his arms - presumably to prevent him from unleashing his patented Shakkahō spam strategy. Yhwach decides to make an example of Renji by crushing him, but is stopped by none other than Aizen - who has his Zanpakutō in hand.

683Goryutenmetsu

BOI HE DID IT

Yhwach tries to rile Aizen up by pointing out how he's aiding the total lamers that he once decried, but Aizen just flips him the two-fingered bird and uses the long-awaited 99th Hadō spell, Goryūtenmetsu, the activation of which alone literally ruptures the area around them and creates a dragon. Unfortunately, this is cut short when Yhwach interrupts Aizen's assault by pointing out how Kyōka Suigetsu is cracked and subsequently making Aizen blast off like Team Rocket. Then Ichigo apparently shows up and loses his arm too, because we haven't met the severed limb quota for this month yet, and Yhwach effortlessly stops his next attack with his hand.

683Ichigo attacks

NOW YOU FEEL LIKE NUMBER ONE

Yhwach yet again details Ichigo's thought process by pointing out his decision to ally himself with Aizen, but since Kyōka Suigetsu apparently didn't do much, Ichigo is ultra-boned. After shattering Tensa Zangetsu like confetti, Yhwach blasts a hole in Ichigo's chest Ulquiorra-style and prepares to completely destroy Soul Society with the power of his special eyes...only for Aizen to dispel his illusions, revealing that he was impersonating Ichigo and is impaled on Yhwach's hand, as Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind and does what he does best: GETSUGA TENSHŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌŌ!
Not gonna lie, this chapter felt like 17 pages of self-aware meming on Kubo's part with the severed arms, the broken Bankai, and of course Aizen's "under the impression" move - but in literally the best way possible. The subtle details that Kubo included to make Aizen's trickery clear pages before it was revealed was really cool, and Aizen himself proved that he's still got it even without his Zanpakutō (which I presume was an illusion when it appeared in this chapter). Also, that Hadō #99. nearly made me weep, even though we didn't see it completed. Tune in next week for archery class with Uryū Ishida.

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