I did miss out all the filler stuff in the anime though, I figured I'd go back and read that once I had finished the real story. So I guess I'll do that now, though I'm far from enthusiastic judging by what I saw of the arc with the annoying princess before I decided to skip ahead. But I'm going to have to wait for each new episode and chapter now, so I might as well see if it improves. On the positive side, they just cut from the real story and went and said that they were taking a break, unlike in the Bount arc where they tried to fit it into the real story, resulting in those three irritating mod souls running around in the real story. I hope they don't come back into it when the anime catches up with what's just happened.
Talking of what's just happened, having read everything leading up to it doesn't make it any less painful to read. That bit after Ichigo wakes up and remembers what's happened is heartbreaking, but in a really good way. I just can't wait to see what happens now. And I'm really hoping it's not him instantly getting his powers back. I also hope we get a new bad guy for a while. I mean, obviously Aizen's going to escape from prison, but I hope it takes him a while.