Bleach 520 – The Strongest Shinigami
As many people predicted from the way Kyouraku handled the aftermath of the first Vandenreich invasion, he has indeed been appointed to the first squad as the new Captain Commander. And I have to say, with this development things are getting quite exciting. He appoints Nanao to be his vice-captain under the 1st dvision along with the former 3rd seat, and in doing so defying the Central 46 (which I’m rather disappointed still exists). His second action also runs in the face of the Central 46 when he decides to have Kenpachi taught in the real art of killing. Kenpachi wasn’t taken to the Spirit Palace like the others, so it’s possible he isn’t in bad shape. I’m not sure if they intend to teach him the art of sword fighting or make him learn the name of his zanpakutou, but I don’t think anyone doubts that doing either will make him ridiculously powerful. If holding his blade with two hands allowed him to cut Nnoitra in half with one blow, then one can only imagine how much this would power him up.
To top everything off, Kyouraku reveals that it will be Unohana teaching Zaraki, as she was the first “Kenpachi”, implying that she was also the first captain of the 11th division. Many readers have suspected that she hid monster killing power under that sweet smile of hers, and if this wasn’t enough to confirm it, then there’s also the fact that she was formerly known as Unohana Yachiru. This means that she was the only person Zaraki ever admired, and so much so that he used it as the namesake for everyone’s favorite pink-haired lieutenant. It says a lot about the only two female members known to have been in the 11th division, and definitely seems quite the shame to have Unohana assigned to healing and being ordered to sit out of the battles. With the way things are progressing though, that will change soon. I have high hopes that the next round of battles will not be the disaster it was last time.