"I would only need thirty seconds, sir." Koutarou replied from nearby.

"My apologies for not being present to the meeting earlier. I had been busy reviewing the active rosters of each division and helping with the defensive sortie following the Arrancar arrivals. And then there was the emergency with the Ryoka. You can expect my full report on that to arrive shortly."

He took a light bow.

"Congratulations on your promotion, Commander-General. I look forward to working with you."