Ichigo continues to battle Tensa Zangetsu, while Tatsuki and Keigo bump into Aizen.
Ichigo: Right... didn't recognize you there for a moment. Love what you've done with the hair.
Ichigo continues to battle Zangetsu while demanding Zangetsu explain himself about what he wants to protect and what Ichigo wants to protect are not the same. Zangetsu tells Ichigo to look around. The big skyscrapers in the world had given way to a copy of Karakura Town, and now everything is underwater. Zangetsu states that it's all because Ichigo ceased to move forward. Zangetsu isn't going to let Ichigo remain his way, so he stabs his hand into Ichigo to rip out the source that's causing Ichigo despair. Much to Ichigo's shock, Zangetsu pulls out Hichigo (Ichigo's hollow half) who is wearing the horned hollow mask and has long hair.
In Karakura Town, Tatsuki and Keigo are chatting when they suddenly feel an immense pressure. Tatsuki and Keigo spot Aizen and Gin approaching, and Aizen is impressed that Tatsuki and Keigo are still alive even though they are so close to him. Aizen states that he'll kill some of Ichigo's friends to help Ichigo perfect his powers. Tatsuki tells Keigo to run and Keigo complies, but Aizen is not worried and lets Keigo go. Tatsuki is unable to move as Aizen point his sword at her, but suddenly someone appears behind her.
So now it's a party of three in Ichigo's inner world. Maybe the training session won't be so bad after all. I'm not surprised at all that Hichigo showed up, but this will be the first time that both Hichigo and Zangetsu are present at the same time. Obviously Hichigo wasn't content with being shut inside Ichigo forever and will make another bid for dominance, and as always Ichigo will have to beat Hichigo up to gain the power-up. We'll see what Tensa Zangetsu will choose to do though: directly assist Ichigo, assist by only giving advice, or maybe even just stand by and watch.
Moving to the other front, again it's no surprise that someone came to intervene against Aizen. My guess is that it's probably someone from Urahara's shop, since they did not accompany Urahara to fake Karakura Town. Could be one of the shinigamis too. Judging by Aizen's speech, it seems that he let Ichigo live on purpose so Ichigo can get his power-up. Aizen must have planned it all along as he always had. Ichigo is probably an important part of Aizen's plans, but it remains to be seen what kind of role Ichigo has (other than to be the person to finally kick Aizen's ass).
From the feed of A Product of Wasted Time
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