Bleach Ch. 546: Nine Days

Kyoraku explains to Ichigo’s friends the consequences of his training. Back in Hueco Mundo, Inoue expresses her thoughts to Sado about the war. The chapter ends with the disappearance of the Seireitei and Bach reveals the time it will take him to execute his plan.

[Author’s note: Bleach manga will undergo a 5-week hiatus].

Well, what do you know? The captain actually did it out of the goodness of his heart. Frankly, I didn’t expect that would be the case, but he did mention that not warning his family and friends would be a disservice to Ichigo, which means, it was still done with ulterior motives in mind, no? Not doing so would not help Ichigo’s state of mind which could endanger his overall performance in battle. But Kyoraku did bring up a couple of interesting and logical points. This is when shounen series are at its best, in my opinion. When it takes the time to clear our assumptions with practical reasoning. Obviously, his exclusive training with the Royal Guard comes at a price. Economically speaking, there is no such thing as a free lunch. The time he spends training costs him the time he could have spent with his family instead, and in the long run, whatever he gains from his training could force him to sacrifice his time in the human world. But, at least he doesn’t have to sacrifice time with his friends and family, thanks to Kyoraku’s intervention.

The chapter ends in a panic with the disappearance of the Seireitei which was stolen by Bach and his men. I don’t know much about the Seireitei, but from my research, it is the center of Soul Society where all shinigami barracks are held as well as citizens and even imprisoned criminals, so you could say it’s a fundamental part of Soul Society. And judging from Bach’s conversation with Uryuu, they plan to execute their plan in nine days time, giving Ichigo plenty of time to rest back home, as Kyoraku promised. But whether Bach plans to take over Soul Society within nine days or not is something we can only confirm 5 weeks from now – after the brief hiatus. Til then!

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