The scan is out
Continuing with his pattern of PEOPLE ARE NOT WHO THEY SEEM, Shunsui isn't the devil-may-care happy-go-lucky lazy goodfellow at all--he's in his own league. Kudos, Kubo-sensei. So this is what you meant when you said that Renji wasn't captain material because the captains were in their own class. Shunsui for president. He gets serious during wartime. Dead serious. Even though his zanpakutou plays children's games, the stakes are high and the consequences are meaningful. The sympathetic opponents (oh Lilynette!) fall and there's no time for style and petty territorialism and all the selfish stunts of junior fighters like Ikkaku and Yumichika who put their own vanity and personal needs before those of the ... well, not only the Gotei 13 but the whole damn universe.
Aizen, don't look so sexy when you kill people. I want to hate you.
I still believe that some of the Espada will return. I feel a need in the plot for them to take their revenge against Aizen.
Ah, also an ad for volume 41, thanks to Zangetsu101 for the scan. I love my cover boy here and the ironic (or not) title. Such a nice contrast to Ulqui's stoic portrait on volume 40: