“I don’t want anyone in the 11th division to see its power. Especially not Ikkaku or my captain.”
The horrible and brutal slaughtering of these characters aside, these scenes are very significant in regards to character development and relationship. We have seen them breaking the “helping out” thing a few chapters ago, but THIS. THIS. THIS.
It has become very serious. Before, it felt like “yeah, we are fighting together and have fun”. But now? It’s more like “don’t fucking die!” They are not helping each other out, but rather protecting each other.
In my view, this is a major subject. They are 11th division members. Soldiers who take pride in fighting their own fights. And here they are, two of the most powerful and high ranked squad 11 officers - throwing away their lifes to protect someone else. Not dying from fighting, but rather from sacrificing themselves.
And Yumichika throws away his secret - for the sake of saving Ikkaku. If that’s not saying enough about his character development and their bond - I don’t know what to tell you~
Ikkaku taking one for Yumichika and Yumichika losing his shit over Ikkaku…
Yumichika and Ikkaku… Please don’t be dead…
Hitsugaya is more badass as a zombie. Not bad…
So… Hitsugaya isn’t dead. Kubo pretty much just confirmed that he isn’t dead and probably won’t die. That was the only reason for that entire exposition between Giselle and Mayuri. False alarm, everyone! Hitsugaya will be saved.
Yumichika’s reaction to seeing Ikkaku go down was heartbreaking. Yumichika is usually relatively composed until someone fucks with Ikkaku. He did the same thing when Ikkaku lost his fight in FKT. I wanna hug him now.
Yumichika was ready to die in FKT to protect the secret ability of his zanpakuto. He would have let Charlotte kill him if it weren’t for that black dome.
In 592, he was ready to release Ruri'iro Kujaku without hesitation to protect Ikkaku.
Yumichika would happily throw away his own life for something as superficial as keeping his kido-based zanpakuto a secret but when Ikkaku is in trouble it no longer matters. He values Ikkaku more than he values his own life.