After 24 chapters of fillers that were the Lieutenants’ fights, Bleach (manga) is finally back to the main story.
The biggest revelation in the chapter is Stark = the Primera Espada. Honestly, I had thought he was third because of his laid-back attitude. But come to think of it, only a really strong fighter can afford to get away with fooling around like that but yet manage to stay alive.
On the contrary, the kid Captain Tōshirō is shitting his pant upon realizing that as strong as his current opponent is, she is only third strong. Tōshirō realizes he has no room to fool around at all, and so he pulls full force his bankai. Panic is written all over his face.
The chapter ends with a vaguely familiar face: Ichigo Kurosaki. This guy hasn’t had even a cameo for 36 chapters. I almost thought Bleach has changed main character.
With Old Man Yamamoto burning down the remaining of Barragan’s fraccións, Barragan himself needs to get his ass off now. All together, this makes all top four Espada actively engaging in battles in the upcoming chapters. Finally, something to look forward to!
A bit of prediction here: No doubt Ichigo, the guy who seems to grow in leaps and bounds after each battle while everyone else remains stagnant, will finally prevail over Ulquiorra—this makes 7–0 in favor of Shinigami over Arrancar. Although the recent Bleach movie has made Tōshirō somewhat awesome, I would still find it inconceivable that the weakest Shinigami captain can take out a top three Espada. Same goes with the two higher Espadas: both Soi Fon and Shunsui should go down hard. To take down the top three Espada, it’ll require a tag-team effort by the Shinigami and maybe even the Vizards. In any case, after all dust settle, it will be 10–0, an odd score given that 10 Espadas were rumored to be capable of destroying all of Soul Society.