422 The Silent Story
In SS's Karakura, Karakura's repairs and recovery are underway, while Mayuri's subordinates prepare to transition it back.
In the middle of town, Mayuri tells the shinigami taking stock of the situation for transfer that there won't be Senkaimon for transfer because it's dangerous, so they halt.
"The margin of error is only 10%!" says Mayuri, while his subordinates scream, "Hurry-! We're gonna die--!"
"Your naivete makes me puke", says Mayuri.
I'm finishing Hiyori's treatment, but for now she'll be alright, says Unohana, to Lisa who's been asking if she could help, "Well, the kidou's done all that it could, but afterwards it's up to whether she hasn't given up her will to live." Unohana continues, "But I think you know better than me how that goes."
Thank you... Unohana-san, says Hirako. "Why would you need to thank me? I'm merely saving the lives of our nakama, your words of gratitude are unnecessary", says Unohana.
"I wasn't planning on being called nakama, but that idiot Hiyori got that badly hurt..." Hirako sighs. "So I will thank you again.... Unohana san," says Hirako.
Kenpachi (and Yachiru) and Byakuya arrive at SS and meet their divisions. They call for the medical division for their wounds. "How was the fighting?", asks his division, "it wasn't boring," says Kenpachi.
Hueco Mundo. The puppy approaches the fallen Yammi. It barks loudly. A blank eye opens, and Yammi looks toward the barking. The puppy wags its tail happily.
"Why'd ya come here... Stupid dog..." sighs Yammi. Then his eyes go white. (he died?)
In SS's Karakura town, Ichigo's loitering around while Urahara's shouting at him. While everyone's asking Ichigo, Urahara greets him fo coming home.
"I know everyone wants to talk to Kurosaki-san, but, please it'll gonna be the same story anyway so...," Urahara continues, "No way, what're you gonna do to their memory?" says Ichigo.
"This time I won't change it", Urahara laughs, "Oh, that's good, I won't have to hide it anymore, and I don't want to have to explain again, " smiles Ichigo.
"Well, Aizen's seal and soul containment will all be dealt with by central 46," says Urahara.
"Oh yeah, that.." Ichigo says. "Why are you making that face?" asks Urahara.
"I don't really know myself," Ichigo smiles, "You don't need to make that face when you did the right thing," says Urahara.
Ichigo asks, "Are you sure that Aizen's truly been rejected by the Hougyoku now? Dad says that the Hougyoku has the ability to detect and confuse the hearts around it."
"It that's so, what if Aizen's desired power wasn't actually gone..." he wonders.
"While I was fighting on par with him, I was able to feel his sword," says Ichigo, "That sword was asking not to be left in solitude."
"From the time of its birth, it's always had its gaze focused on the same one that Aizen's did, as if it was searching for someone,
that's why, the moment Aizen gave up because he couldn't see it, I wonder where his desire to be a shinigami in his heart went to...." says Ichigo.
Someone asks, "IS that Kurosaki-kun?". The view pans around to Orihime, then Ishida, Chad, Rukai and Renji.
Ichigo wonders, "I wonder if it's alright to wake up now,", "What do you mean, you idiot..." says Rukia
Orihime says, "It's really Kurosaki-kun... I thought I couldn't be wrong but your hair's gotten long so.... Thank.... Thank goodness," while tears well up in her eyes.
"Of course it's me, my head's just messed up all over... " and Ichigo collapses.
"Ichigo!" everyone shouts, "Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa" Ichigo shouts, and it's off to next issue.