The spread is gorgeous.
The chapter is fun!
My IchiRuki friends no doubt feel cheated from "Save the Reunion for Later!" even though Ichigo's happy face with darts all over were worth at least a squee. My IchiOri friends no doubt feel cheated because there was NO IchiOri reunion, zip, nada, period.
But I'm in seventh heaven because
1) I got Orihime character development
2) I got Ulquiorra being damn weird and sexy
3) ISHIDA WAS THE ONLY ONE OF THE FRIENDS WHO DIDN'T SHOW UP TO FIGHT THE EXEQUIAS AT TOWER FIVE
Which just means that Kubo is saving his entrance for later....
ETA--okay, I've had a few hours to recover. As some of you know, my brain likes to rat-tat-tat over Kubo's poems. I thought a couple weeks ago that I got the meaning of Kubo's volume poem for Orihime and it's what made me predict a nakama gathering at tower five (OMG, I WAS RIGHT ABOUT SUMTIN!) Then Lucia made this observation about this week's chapter:
Originally Posted by Lucia
Spoiler! <input ... >
She said "Maybe it's impossible to feel exactly the same way as another person..." ....I don't know about you guys, but when I read this statement, it made me feel like she's finally understanding her one-sided feelings and that even though her feelings aren't return, it's still possible for her to be close to Ichigo as a friend.
After reading Lucia's comment, I wrote something halfway coherent in Jenni's journal:
I am so happy right now. I never thought the LACK of Ishida in a chapter would make me happy.
Everything's going as I predicted--the five friends converging on tower five (well, four so far) and Orihime evolution. The poem marked that evolution--first she was all Ichigo, Ichigo, and then it's as plain as METAPHOR 101 that she substitutes the romantic notion of what she doesn't have--"two hearts beating as one" for what she TRULY has, five friends. Five is where the heart lies.
Thank you Kubo-sensei.
fly to Jenni's journal for her always more-coherent thoughts