Bleach – 277
Soifon fires her bankai at Barragan, resulting in a large explosion that sends both her and Omaeda flying backwards. Even with a steel sash anchoring her, Soifon is unable to withstand the blast, and Omaeda barely manages to save her from crashing into a building. Nearby, Starrk releases his Resurrecion, Los Lobos, and reveals that he and Lilynette are part of each other. Lilynette transforms into dual pistols which Starrk uses to shoot Ceros from. Shunsui releases his shikai and attacks them, but misjudges their abilities. Starrk then uses Cero Metralleta to fire a large barrage of ceros, and Ukitake steps in using his shikai, seemingly shooting a cero back at Starrk. Back inside the prison of fire, Gin expresses a desire to watch the battles outside, and Tousen tells him that soon it will be time.
Soifon’s bankai is clearly very difficult to control, partly perhaps due to her lack of practice. It is understandable that she dislikes it, but it would still do her good to train with her abilities to a decent level of proficiency so she doesn’t destroy herself with her own attack. Of course there is no doubt Barragan is going to be just fine. As for Starrk’s resurreccion, his dual pistols are pretty cool, with a vintage feel to them (I still don’t get how releasing powers makes one’s clothes look cooler though). Clearly, Lilynette is much more useful (and powerful) after they merge; their power levels are multiplied by at least a few times. At this point in the plot though, ceros (even ones used by regular Espada) are considered fairly weak attacks, compared with the first time Ichigo faced one, when it was a incredibly dangerous atom-destroying blast even by a Menos. Ah well, at least there is still strength in numbers.
Interestingly, Shunsui actually attacked first while Starrk was still talking with Lilynette; most of the time characters wait until their opponents finish their conversations before attacking. Starrk is still maintaining a chill personality and likely to be holding back still; as the Primera Espada, it would be disappointing if he didn’t have any better powers. On the other hand, Soifon is still acting like an asshole– I understand Omaeda has a terrible personality, but there still no need to be so rude to someone who just saved you so several times.