After the big battle...
Ichigo: I'm sorry for putting on such an anti-climatic final battle and shoving all of you guys into the background. I beg of you, please find it in your heart to forgive me.
In fake Karakura Town, Mayuri is getting ready to start the world transfer process. Nearby, Shinji thanks Unohana for patching up his group, but Unohana states that she doesn't require thanks for saving allies. Byakuya and Kenpachi, both somewhat disheveled and bloodied, and Yachiru emerge from a gate into the fake town, and Kenpachi describes his last battle as boring. Back in Hollow Land, giant Yammy is lying on the floor defeated while a little hollow dog barks at him.
In real Karakura Town, Ichigo chats with Urahara. Urahara informs Ichigo that his friends all went home because they were a bit scared to speak to him, but Ichigo states that he won't hide things anymore. The talks moves on to Aizen and Urahara has sent the seal structure back to the Seiretei and disposed once the council reaches a decision. Ichigo starts wondering if deep down inside Aizen wanted to find someone who could beat him and thus unconsciously made the Hougyoku reject him. Before Ichigo can go too deep with his thoughts, Orihime, Renji, Chad, Ishida and Rukia arrive. Ichigo gets up to greet his friends but he suddenly collapses and starts screaming in pain.
It seems that Aizen is really defeated... at least for the time being. I wouldn't be surprised though if Aizen got himself sealed on purpose so he can have a free ride back into Soul Society. Aizen has built up such a reputation for himself that you can never count on him to stay defeated until the very end of the manga, and it'd be a waste to spend 400+ chapter setting him up as the primary villain only to dump him aside completely before the end of the story. It's not that I miss the guy though; he is annoying as hell and I don't want to see his face for a while.
This chapter was the start of the aftermath of the continuous battles that started in fake Karakura Town. Ichigo's thoughts about Aizen were a little too self-humbling. It's sad that after training and fighting Aizen for so long, Ichigo's attitude was "Aizen let use win, we still suck" instead of "Damn, we finally won", but then again he didn't actually defeat Aizen on his own (Urahara landed the final blow). Kubo got lazy and didn't bother showing how Byakuya and Kenpachi beat up Yammy-zilla, but I suppose like all of the Espada (except Ulquiorra), Yammy is weaker than he looks. Aizen is sealed up, and all of Ichigo's fighting friends have made it back safely, but Ichigo can't join the party because he is suffering from something, probably as a result of using the final Getsuga Tenshou. It's hard to guess what's going to happen to Ichigo, but we probably won't be seeing any fights for a while in Bleach... unless Ichigo suddenly turns into a hollow lol. Now that would be interesting.
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