Ichigo Kurosaki thought that Soul Reapers were the only ones hunting Hollows, but he was wrong. Enter Uryū Ishida, a Quincy, and possibly the last member of a powerful clan that died out over 200 years ago. Unlike Soul Reapers who strive to cleanse Hollows of their sins and send them to the Soul Society, Quincies adopt a more direct approach - they kill Hollows without hesitation. To demonstrate the supremacy of the Quincies' ways, Uryū challenges Ichigo to a contest - bait is spread around the city, attracting a large number of unstable Hollows. Whoever defeats the most wins, regardless of the danger.
Also, Orihime and Chad, confronted with a host of Hollows terrorizing their friends, awaken to their own psychic abilities.
Quote: “If I don't wield the sword,
I can't protect you. If I keep wielding the sword,
I can't embrace you."
So this volume is all about Uryū Ishida and learning about the Quincy clan. I love his character. He's a bit of a butthead in this one but he gets better. I love the Quincy clan and wish we could get more about them as they just seem so freaking awesome. Though in this volume we also get to see Chad and Orihime awaken into their powers. Which is cool, Chad is freaking awesome and I've accepted at this point that Orihime isn't going anywhere. No matter how much I wish a freaking Hollow would eat her and end her so I'd never have to see her face again. That might seem like too much but I've always disliked her.... since 2010 when I first found the anime.
We get to learn all of kinds of new info in this volume, we get to see there are more than just Soul Reapers and I thought that was so awesome. The world building is getting bigger and bigger and it's like Christmas, waiting to see what new thing the Tite Kubo will throw in next. This volume is full of action (duh, they all are. It's a fighting manga...) but Ichigo and Rukia aren't in it as much as you'd think. this volume really branches out to fill in the side characters wonderfully. This volume would be a huge 5 stars if it wasn't the volume that gave Orihime more of a reason to be in the storyline.