The DA link: http://debbiechan.deviantart.com/art/Orihime-2011-216637184
And I wrote this in the Ichigo FC at BA this weekend. I'm pumped about the upcoming chapters.
I'm pretty excited about upcoming chapters. It seems the training arc part is over and the climax of story is here. Ichigo probably has a few more surprises ahead of him at the mansion and I'm sure that we'll see Chad and Orihime (because they've been bookmarked and we've been teased so long with what the effects of them could possibly be for so long) before we see Ishida. Then we'll see what Urahara and Isshin are up to--I hope by August and before Jump goes on its usual summer break. By then it will be time for Bleach's official 10th anniversary so it will be just the right time for something really big to go down.
That sword that Isshin is carrying looks like its got Ichigo's name on it and Isshin looks ready to stab Ichigo with it. Of course that's what Kubo wants us to think so it could be something completely different that he intends to do. The absence of Rukia has been so telling throughout the whole arc but since she spoke to Ichigo in the beginning of the arc in his dream, spoke through his badge in the middle of the arc, I'm quite sure that she'll turn up at the very end of the arc and I'm very curious as to what possible role she could play in this drama. Her words through the badge: "Ichigo would never...!" still intrigue me....
Ichigo would never what? Agree to the plan Isshin and Urahara are cooking up? Hang with guys like the Fullbringers? Murder a guy like Tsukishima in cold blood?
The funny thing is that all characters, given the right circumstances, can be driven to act out of character. I think that's what Kubo has done with Ichigo in this arc. Without his powers in the beginning he was not quite his "old self," the boy he was before he was a shinigami. He had already seen and done too much. His desire to regain his powers led him to trust too easily and as we saw when he wanted to fight Tsukishima when the guy first entered the hideout and Chad had to STOP Ichigo, Ichigo was willing to go on a suicidal mission because of pride--the pride to avenge his friends overrode the will to protect them, really. Later, his anger over what Tsukishima had done to his family drove him to thoughts of murder--killing Tsukishima without first trying to get to the bottom of what might reverse the memory implantation puts all of Ichigo's loved ones at risk.
Ichigo's not thinking; he's on a homicidal mission; this is GREAT STUFF. Can't wait to see what happens at the mansion--probably a nakama reunion and who knows what will go down between Tsukishima and Ginjou (my bet is that they're in on it together!)