Bleach 550 – Now I Will Show You My True Strength
While it was pretty clear that a few new tricks would not defeat the Sternritter, Kubo does go a bit overboard with Bazz-B, who claims that his flames could stop the Captain Commander himself. This supposedly explains how the Sternritter survived after taking the full brunt of Yamamoto’s fires, but this game of power levels has gone way beyond ridiculous levels. It’s difficult to believe that Bazz-B could have countered the most powerful attack in Soul Society with just his own flames. The fights seem to be quickly devolving into a back and forth card battle with each side pulling out even bigger aces one after the other. Each time one side gains an advantage, the other will reveal their “true power” that is several times more powerful than the previous “true power”.
Right now, its Bazz-B’s fingers of fire and BG9’s fingers of steel that are giving Hitsugaya and Soifon a run for their money. There’s no doubt they are outclassed here (unless they have even more secret techniques), but I think we can look forward to the other characters coming to the rescue with even stronger abilities and stomping a couple of the Sternritter like worthless minions. Then of course, the stronger Sternritter will be forced to “fight for real” as they charge up yet another ultimate attack. If these lower ranking Sternritter officers have such high base strength (they haven’t really used any special quincy abilities or stolen bankai yet), then future fights will be even crazier as the other captains, sternritter, vizards, arrancar show up. How powerful will Kenpachi, Ichigo, Aizen or Yhwach be if we know that they could easily destroy all the characters that are currently fighting?
It’s nice to see a showcase of all the different techniques, but as the power creep gets worse and worse the characters become increasing unbalanced. It’s cool when bad-ass characters pull crap like defeating opponents with one finger, but when everyone is doing it to each other the excitement factor decays significantly. While some of the shinigami like Kyouraku or Kurotsuchi can probably hold their own for a while and maybe even pull off a few victories, we are still likely to see a lot of ass-pull abilities and one-up powers all the way until the final battle, where Ichigo will have to reveals his Final Ultimate Mega-powerful quincy-hollow-shinigami attack that requires sacrificing an entire dimension in order to defeat whoever the true villain is in this series.