Bleach 522 – Too Much Swag
If you thought the first two members of the Royal Squad were over the top, then Nimaiya Oetsu will blow you out of your chair with his puff jacket, half-afro half-bald head, bling shades and intense attitude. Besides the get-up from another decade and a few loose screws in his head, he’s even got his own private harem. I found the antics and dialogue in this chapter quite funny, especially when Ichigo suspected that all the girls were actually rocking nuts and sausages (you know what he means). This guy is definitely playing on his own channel though, and things quickly become much less light-hearted. He reveals that everyone in the palace are zanpakutou – no surprise since he is the God of Swords, creator of the zanpakutou. Nimaiya states that unloved zanpakutou break easily… and he proves it by snapping Renji’s sword effortlessly. Now they just have to survive against the “rage of the zanpakutou” to get the blades back; it’s the classic fight-for-your-life training mode, and they’ll probably come out all the stronger. In the process, I also look forward to learning more about the true nature of these spirits, as it seems they are actually more independent from the shinigami than we thought. Perhaps at the end of it all, Zangetsu and Zabimaru will actually manifest in their spiritual forms outside of their inner worlds, which seems to be what Nimaiya has done already with his zanpakutou. And perhaps, finally, Renji will become more useful in a fight than just calling his bankai and getting soundly defeated right away. And perhaps (fingers crossed), their zanpakutou will all turn into beautiful women as well. Little wonder Nimaiya finds it so easy to love his zanpakutou.