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Bleach 560 – I Live for the Applause

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The star of this week’s show is the Sternritter S, “The Superstar” Mask de Masculine, and he is quite the flamboyant one. He defeated Ikkaku, Yumichika and Shuuhei completely off-screen last week, in what seemed like a one hit knockout, much to the disgust of Kensei. I suppose not all of the shinigami were able to gain significant power-ups by training, and they are quickly relegated to insignificance. For whatever reason, Mask leaves them alive but incapacitated (seems like the quincy prefer to kill their own people), and heads off to investigate Rukia and Renji’s arrival instead. Kensei and Rose intercept them and Kensei immediately goes ham on Mask with his bankai “Tekken Tachikaze”. After Komamura, his ability seems less visually impressive, but is still quite powerful. His bankai takes the form of gauntlets and some sort of armor, and boosts the attack damage of his punches significantly and dealing hits continuously with just one strike. At first I actually thought that this battle would be a one-sided stomp and Mask would be defeated quickly, but I forgot it was Bleach and Kensei had only just finished explaining his ability.

It turns out that James, Mask’s hype man and side kick, was the true source of Mask’s power. The bigger the hype, the stronger he becomes. It’s actually an extremely creative power, but I’m not sure how Shuuhei figured it out since it was implied he was defeated almost instantly. Superstar’s ability is very strange for a quincy too – then again, Kubo has been making a lot of the character abilities wackier since the arrancars. I have no idea how cheers or cries make you more powerful, but Orihime also did accomplish the same thing for Ichigo. I wonder if Kensei could make Mask weaker by heckling him; after all, Mask just wants to put on a good show. Right now though, Kensei and Rose just got pummeled into the wall. It’s far from over yet as they haven’t shown their hollow masks or other powers, and I have a feeling one of the vice-captains (Shuuhei most likely) will eventually be able to get up and attempt to redeem themselves.

December 4, 2013 at 10:48 pm
27 comments »
  • December 4, 2013 at 11:01 pmEuzio

    I dunno whether to just laugh or /facepalm at just how ridiculous this is….

    • December 5, 2013 at 8:27 amL002

      First “King Bradly,” with the Fullbring Arc, then FMA’s Alex Louis Armstong gets a spot light. I don’t suppose that Kenpachi will come and cut down Superstar while he is flexing his muscles.

  • December 4, 2013 at 11:27 pmKeranu

    and here I thought it was gonna be something that made sense, S for Strength…
    nope…

  • December 4, 2013 at 11:36 pmlivevoid

    Why doesn’t Yhwach just make all of the Quincy soldiers cheer for Mask? If he can one-shot 3 Lieutenant-levels and 2 Captains with a single midget cheering for him I bet the entire army would make him a God.

    • December 4, 2013 at 11:47 pmPsithief

      Perhaps the same reason Yammy was left behind in Las Noches?

      Super strength doesn’t imply no weaknesses nor sanity.

  • December 4, 2013 at 11:45 pmPsithief

    I’m going to pretend that the hype is just a mask for some sort of reishi link between the two.

    It’s just another one of those little lies we tell ourselves, pretending that it will all make sense later on. (-_-’)


    Anyway, I’ve noticed that while the shinigami have trained to become stronger, only Hits/Matsu were clever enough to train as a team.

    If we’re very, very lucky the Vizard clique will have more teamwork to show us as well. I’m not seeing any battle for honour here.

  • December 4, 2013 at 11:47 pmbleacher

    another gimmick power….this kind of power works in games /rpgs wherein a “cheer” buffs another character.. but with something like this its just plain stupid.

  • December 4, 2013 at 11:55 pmLogan

    Bankai! Tekken Tagteam Racing!

  • December 4, 2013 at 11:59 pmlune

    What strange pair of Quincy really… I hope Ichigo arrives soon I really want see him in action!

  • December 5, 2013 at 1:59 amssj4jw

    The only character I know who admits to getting nakama power ups. When you think about how many times this is used in shonen it not really stupid at all.

  • December 5, 2013 at 2:50 amRed Alchemist

    At least we get a explanation of Kensei’s bankai and get to see him use it albeit briefly unlike the the Aizen arc when he releases it and isn’t shown again until the war is over

  • December 5, 2013 at 3:28 amDude

    Remind me to read the rest of the chapters from now till the end of the run. Piecemeal updates taking up so much pages.

  • December 5, 2013 at 3:46 amLaughingMan

    Ok, is Mask de Masculine the first villain in a shonen manga to actually have the power of a a shonen protagonist: the terrifying power of friendship?

    Ok, it’s official. Mask de Masculine is my favorite Stern Ritter. He is fucking awesome.

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      • December 6, 2013 at 6:01 amSmilingMan

        Lol does that mean you need to like fat shitty characters to “ungay” yourself?

    • December 6, 2013 at 4:24 pmLaughingMan

      If I liked fat and shitty characters then Naruto would be my favorite manga.

    • December 6, 2013 at 7:19 pmSmilingMan

      I always find it amusing that people (especially from the older generation) need to like dumb ridiculous characters to make themselves look macho. Case in point: you are not “manlier” for liking shitty characters.

  • December 5, 2013 at 5:21 amion52

    Please, do not tell me that both Rose and Kensei are down. Shinji’s already been down’d and we haven’t seen them do anything too awesome yet. Not to mention, they should still be able to freely hollowfy.

    • December 5, 2013 at 7:18 amKarma

      I’m expecting Shinji to fight Bambiette’s clique because he was barely hurt. I doubt the Visoreds are already down because they have 1 more power-up to go.

  • December 5, 2013 at 5:29 amstarss

    ….damn. Maybe I should read Bleach again! :O

  • December 5, 2013 at 12:24 pmspikerman87

    Why did he shout how his power works?…Why did he shout how his power works?…Why did he- never mind.

  • December 5, 2013 at 11:20 pmaimless

    lol love the lady gaga reference.

    • December 6, 2013 at 8:19 amASdae

      Yes, LOL! xDDD

  • December 6, 2013 at 4:56 amKubo

    Kubo doesn’t let the Vizards use their hollow masks because he’s too lazy to draw them.

    • December 7, 2013 at 7:28 pmSSJ

      That’s probably true. Why wouldn’t they fight with their masks on… Its like Goku fighting Cell without going Super Saiyan…

  • December 6, 2013 at 10:32 amYanDaMan

    El Toro Fuerte…NEVER TAKES OFF HIS MASK~!