Bleach – 281
Soifon fires Jakuho Raikoben at Barragan inside the barrier Hachigen set up, but he survives again. Barragan counterattacks viciously, stating he is king of Hueco Mundo and his opponents are worthless. Respira starts to erode Hachi’s hand, but he teleports his arm inside Barragan and dissolves most of his body. Before he dies, he cries out against Aizen and throws his axe at him, but it shatters before it can touch him.
In a flashback, it is revealed that Barragan was indeed ruler over the hollows. He was however bored due to the lack of an enemy to fight. Aizen, Tosen and Gin show up, offering him greater power by blurring the distinction between hollow and shinigami if he would obey them. Barragan refuses and attacks them, but Aizen uses Kyoka Suigetsu to create illusions and destroy Barragan’s army. Even though he joins Aizen’s ranks as an Espada, he still harbors hate against him and swears to exact revenge someday.
I think the characters of Bleach could do well to learn that nobody dies unless you see them disintegrate. However, Soifon’s nuke did manage to take out part of Barragan’s face, but it didn’t hinder his abilities at all (if anything, his Respira got even faster). In the end though, Hachi just sacrificed an arm and turned his hacks powers on himself. As smart of a move as that was, I couldn’t help but scream the whole time he was explaining his rationale for his strategy; just kill him and don’t risk him doing a last minute save. He should have pulled his funky hollow mask earlier as well, but in this case it didn’t really do anything besides act as a one time shield. Most of the vizard’s masks don’t seem to increase their strength by as much as Ichigo’s does, but it’s possible this is just because the current enemies are so strong.
It turns out all of Barragan’s shit-talking was just his way of dealing with the bitterness of being dethroned as king of Hueco Mundo. For all his evil villain laughing and boastful talk he ended up getting crushed by the ants he looked down upon. Pride goes before a fall… it’s cliched but still true. He’s just a cookie cutter villain whom nobody cares about when he dies, character or audience- a fact Starrk noted. On another note, seeing how Aizen completely crushed him and his army with almost no effort but he still ended up as the second espada, I really wonder why Aizen needs so much small fry as his subordinates, especially considering Kyoka Suigetsu’s “complete hypnosis” would make his goals quick and easy to attain. What he’s doing now is just a waste of time and energy. Try to have too much fun and you won’t be successful in your main mission. Also, I found Barragan’s voice acting to be lacking- it came off as a hollow, flat voice with too much reverb added.