I think we can safely say that Rukia will be on her way to unlocking Bankai soon.
The gravity -reishi training her and renji are doing is going to boost them.
Now I think when ichigo shows up there, he is just going to stroll in, unawares of how hard a time they had breathing in that atmosphere.
Oi, I assume that a lot of people already know this, but Jump is currently publishing a recap of the arc a la Repeat and Reboot while we wait. Might want to know more going here: http://bleachasylum.com/showthread.p...ach-The-Dagger
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As I said, if it was a fanservice issue they would have taken every captain who lost their bankai (so they could bring Hitsugaya). Also Byakuya, Rukia and Renji are the ones closest to Ichigo. They're perfect.
Kubo has already shown that he is more than capable of pulling off twists like these. Let's have faith.
Or... purpose of blackmail would be different. Kyoraku said something about Ichigo not being able to go back. Maybe Soul King will want to keep Ichigo in Royal Realm as Royal Guard? Royal Guard? Pff. As his right hand. He is so unique he can achieve powers completely unachievable (does such word exist?) for anyone else. Ichigo's limit is possibly higher than Soul King. If that thing has a power or limit at all...
I think there is a gray zone to fan service here..
What many of us fans really want to see happen, may in fact, be what Kubo had originally planned to begin with.
This is a very simplistic story, sometimes it surprises us all a lot, but most of the time it's actually more or less predictable, being a shounen manga with a simplistic story level.
What we want to see, might be easy to spot elements, that Kubo had planned all along.
Wanting to see Ichigo's friends getting stronger is something many of us fans have had almost as long as Bleach has been around, and this is one of such elements as mentioned above.
But then we have this picture, made by Kubo a heck of a long time ago, with Tatsuki in shinigami clothing and having a Zanpaktou.
Heck she even look similar to Ichigo's early artwork, although I can't find that exact picture, I'm sure you can see the similarities though.
It smells like this was drawn around the very beginning of Bleach, like really early.
It was probably originally intended that Ichigo's remaining friends would eventually also grow powers, although It's rather late in the story.
Perhaps the reason was that there was too many charecters, and Kubo did choose to focus on Ishida, Orihime and Chad, and draws in the last friends towards the end of the story.
I think it being long, long, long overdue is the fault of it being misinterpreted as fan service, which I seriously doubt it is, it smells like anything but fan service.
Unless fans made Kubo go back to his original idea, but then would it even be fan service if Kubo had originally planned it?
Tatsuki's picture, and even having Ikkaku become related to Ichigo's other friends as early as post SS arc, pre HM arc, just sounds strikingly much as if it was Kubo's own idea, and not the fans, heck they even watch Ichigo in his shinigami form enter HM, the last major arc.
It's especially suspicious when Tatsuki in the picture above seem to have been drawn insanely early Bleachs early developments.
Also on another matter, Ichigo seem to be building relations with the most recognized Noble, Byakuya, and the most distanced character to the Noble world, the barbarian Zaraki.
Both seem to be getting a serious powerup, am I the only one seeing this really interesting contrast?
Two really different characters, who even are rivals, with completely different backgrounds, supporting Ichigo in the coming struggles?
I mean, it's really interesting, at least I find it to be so.
It almost smells like that it was the whole reason that both Byakuya and Zaraki did fall in the last invasion, in fact, they were the only two aside for Yami-Jii, who did actually fall/loose.
If anything, this interesting contrast, makes me think that Byakuya is in the Royal Dimension for a very specific reason - to get stronger, like Zaraki is.
The whole thing that Byakuya is a Noble, and the only Noble Captain who did fall in the invasion, makes it all the more relevant for Byakuya to go to the Royal Dimension, imo.
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I think not- Ichigo rarely gives off that much reishi density, and when he does those two have not been around... ULQ- fight for example.
Ishda commented that it was thick, and during the grimjaww fight, some of the other arrancar commented on how it felt to have two powerful people fighting in the distance.
But ichigo has not given off massive bone crushing reishi that I can remember. Like when the CC - said he did not have time to teach children to breathe.
or the time ichigo felt kenpachi-
Ichigo seems to spike his reishi levels, but doesnt just emit mad amounts until the actual climax of the fight.
the closest he came was when he entered his inner world, and learned to breathe from tensa zangetsu, - that was his form of gravity training.
Renji and rukia were not there for that.
I think when ichigo shows up, he wont be affected by the density, he already can breathe in his inner world bankai mode, so this doesnt seem much different.
Neither renji or rukia have done that.
So yeah, like you said, there's got to be more to it. If it was just to make it a bit more interesting by having people there besides Ichigo, Renji and Kon alone would have sufficed. Blackmail would be a good one, so let's see, I suppose.
This image here with the fullbringers implies that they will be fighting in this battle that's about to start. It also implies that ichigo will arrive just in time to keep ss from falling. Though I think we all knew that... I wonder what the main reason was for bringing ichigo to the royal realm. They said it was for a different reason than healing and fixing his sword. It most definitely has to do with the king. In one of the chapters komamura(i think is his name) great grand Dog Father said that the only thing that would change is who's hands the world would be in. I'm guessing that could be alluding to the reason ichigo was brought to the kings realm. Maybe he will inaugurate him as a ruler over ss, hence why the new cc warned ichigos friends. I sincerely doubt it is entirely to how his powers are going to affect the real world because he was in the real world when reaching his Transcedental form. Well he was in kurakura town which was in ss, but I think that counts...
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Hyousube explained that the Ouken is in their "bones" and shows his arm when he said that. What if Kukaku used to be a member of Squad Zero but was thrown out when the Shiba Clan fell, and had to have her arm removed which contained the Ouken? Or maybe the Ouken that Aizen could not find in Soul Society IS her severed arm??!