While the resolution of this arc was quite predictable – well, let’s be honest, something close to 100% predictable – it was still easily the most entertaining arc since the premiere double-episode.
Warming up to Narumi has warmed up Alice as a character too, which was much needed. Her tsuntsun bit lacked the charm of some of the better examples of it (fill in your own blanks here, the names are pretty obvious) but it’s nice to see her make a few decisions based on emotion and show some actual feeling for Narumi. It remains a problem that among the regular cast, only Narumi and Alice have gotten any real development and side characters like Renji and Min have actually been given much greater opportunity to shine.
As for the arc itself, again, there wasn’t much mystery after last week. Hison was indeed alive and living as a man, Fourth and Renji did more or less reconcile (a bit too easily, IMO, considering all the bad things Renji had done) once the truth was out, and Renji – as expected – fled town in an act of self-flagellation after the reunion. The lack of surprises didn’t totally sink the ship though, as the basic premise was a good one and there’s something to be said for an involving character-driven mystery ending the way it probably was fated to end. If the rest of the series continues at this quality level I’d be fine with that – I’m honestly not expecting genius at this point, so solidly entertaining would be just fine.