Bleach 561 – Villains and Heroes
This is by far the most brutal fight we’ve seen in this arc yet. Kensei, Rose, and Mask are going all out against other and both sides take a serious beating. Kensei and Mask both pummel each other, but the Superstar gains the upper hand with his massively increased star power and KO’s his opponent. In the meantime however, Rose has not been idling around, and he takes the chance to attack James, cutting him completely in half. If I recall correctly, this would be the first time Rose shows such a deadly side of himself. He also immediately releases his bankai, Kinshara Butoudan, a troupe of horrifying bandaged figures that engulf Mask in a symphony of death. Unfortunately, his detailed explanation of his power is his downfall (again) as Mask nullifies it by destroying his own eardrums then counterattacks with a blast from his forehead that disintegrates Rose’s midsection. Honestly, I did not think Mask had it in him to pull off something like this, and I underestimated him due to his appearances.
However, he has had his time to shine, and all signs are pointing to that time coming to an end soon. Renji’s arrival prevents him from finishing off Rose, so he will probably survive; getting cut in half or holes blown through the chest was never lethal in Bleach anyway. It’s a pretty disappointing performance for both the vizards though, and neither of the Vizards even used their hollow abilities yet, although since the masks grant increased regeneration, they might not be out of the fight completely. However, Renji does seem to have gained a significant power increase, just by the fact he blocked an attack that destroyed Rose in one hit. With the results of his Zero Squad training, he will hopefully be able to stand a chance against Mask, which would still be impressive given that this is someone who just defeated 3 vice-captains and 2 captains in the matter of seconds. Without his eardrums though, Mask won’t be able to hear what Renji is saying (or anybody else for that matter), and it’s not clear whether this will affect his ability to be a hero.