Bleach 495 – Na na na na na
There’s not a whole lot to say about this chapter, as it follows the Bleach tradition of a set-up period before the actual fights begin, and all things point to the usual way battles progress – one vs. one galore with some smack talk before and during the fights. The vizard captain Rose faces off against the quincy knight Nanana Najahkoop (try reading that out loud). Rose seems to be a lot slicker than I last remember him, and is giving off completely different vibes than his former goofy self. This could be attributed to his talk about his crying “Flying V”, which reminded me of a certain other guitar-wielding super-priest undertaker. Hopefully, Rose’s fighting style will just be as bat-shit insane.
Several of the other captains also arrive on the scene and attempt to stop the slaughter. Komamura intercepts Bambietta Basterbine, and they make fun of each other as little puppy and little girl, respectively. On a side note, I do think it’s established that all members the Sternritter have very strange names – probably the most creative part of this arc unfortunately. As Nodt, a creepy Quincy with a mask and horror-movie size irises, impales dozens of shinigami with spikes until Renji tells them to retreat. He tries to attack As Nodt, but with no luck, and is also ambushed by a giant bald Quincy with no irises. He’s still alive, though that probably wouldn’t be the case if Byakuya hadn’t showed up in a timely fashion. As for the rest of the characters, Hisagi, Kyouraku, Soifon, Ukitake and Hitsugaya also face off against their respective unnamed opponents. Several captains are missing still, but even without them there are so many concurrent fights already that we could be watching this battle for a very long time.