Perhaps I'm wrong, but look at the following pages...
Now, it might just be me, but the soldiers who responded to the command to protect Yhwach in chapter 577 look an awful lot like the soldier reporting to the Soul King in chapter 519. If you look carefully at the one reporting to the Soul King, you can see the signature white hat complete with a black peak; I'm 99% sure this guy is wearing the Vandenreich uniform!
A cleaner scan shows the person talking to the Soul King has a mouth:
While most of the Soldat we've seen look like this:
I don't think there's enough to conclude anything, to be honest.
I don't think they look the same. The ones that responded to jugram seem to be soldat, nothing else while the one that responded to the soul king is just some guy. We can't really know what color clothes the guy with the soul king has... Even then, what would this mean? That the shinigami's god is besties with juhabach? It would make the war pointless.
Well yeah, those are the exact implications. If SK indeed turns out to be a bad guy, that means Gotei will be betrayed by him, and maybe Squad 0 too. Not sure how that can work, but some people want SK to be the final villain badly, so...
I noticed on the volume cover for Bleach #49, Ichigo is wearing a Wandenreich uniform underneath his coat. I don't know, if that has anything to do with his Quincy heritage or his future with the Gotei 13.
p.s., I almost forgot, Kubo slightly showed the Soul King.
People who want SK removed: Bach & Aizen, maybe Ryuken too.
Urahara wants the BEST ruler, right now SK might or might not be the best one.
But if RGs were enemies, it'd be much more balanced... Ichigo's next fight is Soul King, considering he probably wouldn't fight and noone would be a match other than super hax human/Shinigami/Fullbring/Hollow/Quincy hybrid, who can become the King of Souls, as he's everything you can think of. 43-5 vs 29+6, thus 38 vs 35, seems better. (subtracting 5 from SS forces as I don't think SK would have to fight if he wasn't the bad guy).
@Edit: Meh, I wrote Ishida would fight 3 guys, Ishida included. Ishidaception.
Maybe we'll get Uryu and Ichigo (both avenging their mothers) against Yhwach, just like we have Sasuke and Naruto vs Madara.
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It looks like his school uniform underneath. But the winter coat (in hindsight) looks like a huge hint to him being a Quincy.
I don't think the Soul King will be an enemy as such, but I suspect that something about him will make it hard for Ichigo to agree with him. Maybe his existence requires some kind of sacrifice, like maybe he sustains himself on souls for example, but keeping him around prevents Soul Society from crumbling so it's the way it has to be. It's like with SS in general, SS did and still has done a lot of things Ichigo wouldn't agree with, like massacring citizens of Rukongai to keep the balance of souls in check, but he still fights for them. When it comes to the SK, I can't see Ichigo deferring to the likes of Aizen and Yhwach as alternatives. He'll probably have to come around to Urahara's thinking unless some other means for completely changing the system presents itself. Because really what would be the point if things went completely back to normal at the end of this? That's essentially what happened when Ichigo lost his powers and he hated it.
But hell, who knows, if Kubo really wants to shake things up he might even have Ichigo tearfully executing the Soul King because it really is for the best (ala Jesse at the end of Breaking Bad season 3). I don't ever see him sitting on the throne himself though.
Well, there is a little juhabach within ichigo although if juhabach could really control ichigo he would already be doing it. Ichigo inherited a bit of juhabach from her mom although it does not seem like juhabach really exerts that much influence over ichigo. It makes sense, ichigo has not gotten a letter which would make for a stronger bond which would perhaps actually grant greater control over ichigo. I guess the big question in this regard will be whether juhabach actually has control or influence over the people with pieces of his soul.
Anyways, seeing how the manga has developed I doubt more and more that the king will eventually be seen as an enemy. Originally there was ambiguity in regards to the nature of the war. It actually started with a shinigami saying that shinigami and quincy were both fighting for justice hence why the thing was a war. In this regard the issue is not simply being right or wrong, the issue is that shinigami and quincy are incompatible and there is no room for coexistence between them. However the manga has IMO progressively backed away from this ambiguous area and has taken the time to portray the quincy as plain evil. We have hardly seen quincy who are not murderous assholes or otherwise insane. I mean, bambieta killed a guy she had sex with for no reason whatsoever other than perhaps getting off after getting off, bazzb seems to be insane and is indifferent to his comrades being defeated, gremy threw a meteor at the world.... And so on. Juhabach wants to bring in some sort of apocalypse.... The lot of them are outright insane and so far there is not a shred of humanity in a single one of them. In other words the manga went from ambiguous in regards to stuff to outright showcasing the quincy as unjustifiably evil. Its not like kubo went with a difference between their cultures or values, he went with the quincy being evil and left no grey area whatsoever. Now, there obviously are a few shinigami who are not precisely good however at least the mayority of shinigami are within their context carring beings capable of hurting for their comrades. So far the insane shinigami are limited to mayuri, kenpachi and unohana.... In turn the sanest guy in wandenreich is about as crazy as any of those 3. Juhabach then goes on to being indifferent to his subordinates and cannot be bothered to cared about their deaths and even profits from it. More so, juhabach needs the world to remain in perpetual war for him to survive. As things are once he wins he is going to take measures so that the world will be forever in a state of war so that he can live forever.
Lets assume the soul king is evil. So what? If the soul king is evil then it does not mean the quincy were right or anything of the sort. It simply means that the number of enemies increased. It simply means ichigo has to kill not only every quincy except for his friend but also the soul king. The king being evil won't justify juhabach's actions....