I have no idea why Ichigo's human friends are being brought into the story when they aren't really important. It just seems strange for the new Captain Commander to be running errands in the real world like this. Although I suppose it's somewhat refreshing since he seems to think Ichigo's friends have some worth unlike Yamamoto who seemed to not care about humans in general.
Probably for closure, since we're nearly the end of the series, and because there likely won't be any other place for them to appear after this.
A soul that cannot be saved drifts and disappears,
In the instant it vanishes, it shines faintly,
Now, it creates a night with a full moon.
After tomorrow's chapter Bleach will be on break until September 4th.
Why is Bleach going on an almost two month break? Is something wrong with Kubo? Some people on another site were saying that it's because he's planning out the "final battle" of the series, but I don't think I've ever heard of a manga going on a two month hiatus because of something like that. :x
This has me nervous though.. I'm really hoping Bleach isn't ending so soon I was expecting another 2-3 years.
edit: FKT-Deicide took two years to complete I'm kind of relaxed now
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I guess he really was exaggerating about that "Thousand-Year Blood War Arc will run for 10 years" thing?
Eh, it's Kubo, in the end I shouldn't have taken it seriously.
I'm still expecting at least three more years hopefully.. why is Bleach being rushed yet Fairy Tail is still going?
A reminder: the Arrancar arc was over the course of a few days. And let's not forget how long that took?
So Shunsui gave Ichigo's friends soul tickets so they could visit Ichigo if he never returned to the human world? How convenient that those exist. And how the heck did the Vandenreich swap the Seireitei with their own dimension like that? It seems there are nine days left of the war, but it'll likely last several years in real time just like the previous big arc.
How is this going to be the final battle? A majority of Captains are training and Ichigo isn't even in Soul Society.. he hasn't even had a proficient amount of training with his new Zanpakuto.
Was a little disappointed with Shunsui's revelation, but it was nice to see the other friends again. Short chapter.
In the instant it vanishes, it shines faintly,
Now, it creates a night with a full moon.
Wouldn't be the first time a manga-ka was forced to change (accelerate) their by editor decree or left because of a better job or issues with SJ editors (like the Zatch Bell manga-ka).
9 days huh...if this is anything like DBZ time, then there shouldn't be much worrying about how long the manga will last
3DS code:1048-8163-5480I already told you, I don't mind playing the bad guy every once in a while. ~ Sonic the Hedgehog
I honestly don't care if the manga is reaching its conclusion; I thought it should have ended years ago after Aizen was defeated, so the fact that it could be ending sooner than was previously expected doesn't really bother me. This hiatus will be terrible though. Anyway, I'm not sure what the Vandenreich want to accomplish given that they won the first part of the war and have almost no targets at the moment. I mean all they can really do is kill the lower rank shinigami since most of the Captains are away from the Seireitei right now.
Kubo's strongly suggesting that Ichigo will survive this and go back to normal life... again. I can't see it happening at this rate, since Ichigo's life is soul-sucking. Let's end with a tragedy.
Bleach "The Dagger" this is pretty much the Bleach "Reboot and Wrap up"
The strike back of clan that should be dead - Quincy.
The quincies that once swept away by shinigami launch a sudden strike soul society with the name of Wandereich.
This story begins back to a thousand years ago, when Yamamoto failed to eliminate the leader of Wandereich, Juhabach, and also shinigami's will to eliminate quincy by war.
After a long time, the final bloodline war between these two forces
-Page 2 Left Side-
The Attack of Wandereich after a long long time!
Wandereich expanded through the conquer of Hueco Muendo!
Before launching the attack on soul society, Wandereich invaded Hueco Muendo. They successfully capture Hallibell, which once Gotei 13 has problem fighting her, and imprisoned her at their base, [Ice Palace]
Sternritter arrived with order to eliminate!
Countless of green fire pillar suddenly appeared inside the barrier that surrounding Seiretei. Juhabach and the Sternritters arrived in from there, pushing Shinigami into the deep abyss of fear.
Shinigami attempt to release bankai in order to fight against the quincies, and due to lack of information and undersestimating the opponent, the Sternritters successfully stolen their bankai.
Reiatsu of 1245 team members, 56 seated officers and 1 vice captain vanished! And the numbers and increasing in matters of seconds.
Unable to even fight back, Kiba falls. Seiretei falls into a miserable status.
Even the dangerous Kenpachi, and also one of the strongest captain in Gotei 13, Byakuya, was also defeated by the Sternritters.
Juhabach stolen Yamamoto's bankai, and with just one slash, draws the ending of a thousand years.
Each Quincy has their own designation bestowed based on their abilities?!
The crusade of elite quincy that infiltrates soul society, eliminating Yamamoto and many more shinigami - Sternritters.
They possess same level of abilities and strength compared to the Gotei 13, below is all the sternritters with their known designation.
-At the bottom white and black box-
Even though all known sternritters has already been introduced, the real appearance, abilities, as well as ranking remains a mystery. When those information is being known, soul society will be enveloped with fear again..
The arc that reveals all the mystery [Thousand Year Bloodline War - Separation] will resume on issue 41! Next week will be doing a special issue of Gotei 13 and the Zero Squad!
-Page 2 Right Side-
Eliminated over 200 years ago, the clan that extinguish hollow completely - Quincy
A tragic background arised from eliminating hollows.
Possess very high reiatsu and the ability to eliminate hollows - Quincy. Quincy and Shinigami both has the same common objective, to eliminate hollow. However, Quincy's method of complete elimination of hollow conflicts with shinigami's objective to create and maintain the balance between the real world and soul society. Thus, at around 200 years ago, shinigami decided to eliminate the Quincy.
200 years of unremitting studies gave quincy an evolution beyond imagination!
Supposedly destroyed by the shinigami, there are still a few numbers of Quincy left, like Uryuu. However, those who survived successfully obtained new abilities that even the shinigami has not seen before after 200 years of study and training.
-Quincy Unseen Abilities-
Quincy Final Form (Letzt Stil)
Letzt Stil allows Quincy the ability to absorb reishi beyond their normal limit, with the limitation of losing all Quincy's power shortly after. Its an ability that is lost since 200 years ago.
Quincy Ultimate Form (Volstandig)
This form has different appearance and power level than Quincy Final Form. Their power difference is worlds apart.
Upon the usage of the round Medallion that has Quincy's insignia on, Quincy can stole shinigami's bankai.
Quincy can strengthen both their offence and defence tremendously through injecting reishi into their blood vessel. However, both offense and defence boost cannot be activated simultaneously. Blut Vene can even block swords attack. Upon activation, user's skin will have lines that is similar to electric circuit.
Increase the ability to gather reishi to the max. The round disc on the head will cluster up all the reishi and absorb it regardless the source is a matter or human.
So a quick recap of interesting things:
On page 3 it seems to be suggesting that the Schrift of each Sternritter is given based on their powers, which suggests the idea of it representing a hierarchy is wrong.
As has been pointed out, Quilge is confirmed to be a Sternritter.
It also says the Quincies who survived 200 years ago developed the technology Wandenreich uses - I don't think it says whether or not the Wandenreich are these "survivors".
The Wandenreich have Reiatsu comparable to the Gotei 13.
"Wandenreich" is the official spelling of Vandenreich.
So nothing awfully new, but it's good to have confirmation of a few things in this form.
The "Sacred Letters" of the Quincy are given to them based on their abilities.
侵略尸魂界 討伐元柳齋以及眾多死神的灭卻師精锐所组成的一团 - 星十字骑士団
The Soul Society invasion, the Quincy who crusaded against Yamamoto and numerous Shinigami were composed of an elite group; the Star Knights.
The Gotei Thirteen who have enough Captain Ranks...
匹敵之力的他们之中 "聖文字" 已知晓的骑士团员将在此介绍
They who are equal in power, the "Sacred Letters" of the Knights that we are already familiar with, will be included in this presentation.
Yhwach bestows the members of the Knights with "Sacred Characters". The markings are the ability of these Knights.
So is bleach going to end in September or so? I say it is really about time. Hopefully they can start making the chapters into anime again.