If you’ve been following Bleach for a long time, this is likely an emotional period for you. The series is nearing its end at last, with a mere two chapters separating us from the grand finale. This chapter, 685 takes an interesting direction. Spoilers ahead, so turn back if you haven’t read it.
This chapter follows us on a seemingly long time skip of about 10 years after the defeat of Ywach. This is strange, since in the previous chapter, Ywach was seemingly in the lead. We get a glimpse at Soul Society 10 years later, and it seems as though Rukia is becoming a captain.
This all seems like a beautiful time, but if you read the last chapter, I think you can predict that this pleasant experience is about to shatter at the hands of Ywach himself. At the end of this chapter some of the characters were sensing a Reiatsu identical to his.
In the previous chapter Ywach said that he reached into the future where he died and stopped it from happening, so that’s likely what’s happening here.
More convoluted powers from Bleach and more derailed storylines. Hopefully things start to make more sense in two weeks when the final chapter comes out! In the mean time, let’s hope whatever Ywach brings, our heroes can manage.