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Chapter 188: Crush the World Down

We open to Grand Fisher disintegrating, Ďcause thatís how hollows die. Kon is amazed, and then Urahara shows up. He apparently knows Isshin. Judging from dialogue here, it looks like itís possible that Isshin may have lost some of his power due to something Urahara did, and Isshin certainly hasnít acted as a shinigami in 20 years. Urahara asks how Isshinís feeling, and Isshin replies that he hadnít really cared about Grand Fisher, he just hated how he wasnít able to save his wife. Urahara brings up Ichigo, and that brings them to a Vizard, who Isshin tells us that they are ex-shinigami who used spells to gain hollow powers, but he doesnít seem to know anything else about them. he reasons that if theyíre contacting Ichigo, they must be getting ready to make a move. Also, Grand Fisher was apparently much more developed than Arrancar heís seen in the past, and attributes this to Aizen. Note that he makes a distinction between Arrancar Ďfoundí by Aizen and Arrancar Ďmadeí by Aizen. This creation was of course made possible by the Hogyoku, but Isshin speculates that Grand Fisher was just an incomplete Arrancar prototype sent out as a test of power, and that soon he will have complete Arrancar ready for use against the Menos, and from there heíll have the forces to fight pretty much everybody. Urahara says that the Vizard, themselves, and Soul Society are all preparing for that eventuality. then we see that a captainís meeting has been called back in SS.

Title: Aizenís plan involves crushing the world, so ĎCrush the World Downí. Now, a few plot details that will be spoilers to those not familiar with the rest of the series:

Aizen already has complete Arrancar under his control, many of which were made from Menos. So, not only has he been careful enough at hiding this fact that Isshin has no idea, but Grand Fisherís presence here was probably less Ďtesting powerí and more Ďgetting rid of incomplete failureí. Also, Isshin is apparently pretty ignorant of the Vizardís origins, and certainly doesnít know about Uraharaís connection to them. And, as we saw, Shinji doesnít know about Isshin either. Interesting that Urahara is not only keeping secrets, but is keeping the secrets from finding out about each other. Though, giving him the benefit of the doubt, itís entirely possible that he hasnít been in contact with the Vizard. END SPOILERS.

Iíll admit itís possible, however, that Kubo just hadnít thought all of that through at that point. Now what can I say about Isshin? Like Ryuuken, heís a doctor, but nowhere near as focused on work as Isshin is. Itís clear now that his earlier behaviour was all just an act, and itís now obvious why Ichigo and Karin were able to see ghosts, and why Ichigo had so much Reiatsu. Also note that, heís not just a shinigami, but a captain-level shinigami, and appears to have a captain haori draped over his shoulder. I donít really have any major character insights for him like I did for Ryuuken, but I would like to say that itís now that he wasnít just trying to cheer Ichigo up about heís mothers death in that one discussion, but also knew exactly how she died, why those buried issues had come back up, and was also consoling Ichigo for his failure to defeat Grand Fisher, though simultaneously congratulating him for getting that far. Though I may be reading a bit too much into it. Canít really think so any other significant character moments for him. Thereís just too much we donít know about him, really.