Bleach 494 – Kill Everybody
It’s been a while since the action has been truly exciting. The Vandenreich have begun their invasion of Soul Society as they descend in pillars of blue fire. The shinigami quickly mobilize, but vice-captains and seated stand absolutely no chance against them. I suppose it was to be expected given the over-9000 power levels (enough to break the instruments) we have seen from the Vandenreich so far, and really anyone below the strength of a captain can no longer hope to play significant roles in current battles. Several of the seated officers of the 3rd squad are introduced, but the purpose of doing so was very questionable as they are defeated nearly instantaneously and off-screen. Even Kira gets no chance to fight as he gets a huge hole blasted through his torso, making it difficult to believe that he will survive.
About 7 members of the Sternritter “Star Knights” are shown, and they, along with the other quincies, immediately begin massacring the shinigami at dozens of different locations – a thousand dead within a few minutes. It’s a one-sided battle, and Soul Society is on the bleak side. Hopefully the captains will fare better, but many of them will probably be defeated as well, and Ichigo might not be able to assist anytime soon. For now, it’s just wait and watch what happens; forgetting about relative power levels, I’m certainly looking forward to some story exposition soon too to explain just exactly how these quincies have so much reiatsu, especially after showing up from seemingly nowhere. With such a large scale war though, Kubo will likely take his time showing the fights, and there’s no doubt that we are in for a long ride.