Bleach 563 – Superstar Never Die
I can’t believe that James is still alive after taking all that, and has infact duplicated himself from each piece of his original body. This guy may in fact be invincible and will probably only die when Mr. Macho also dies as he is almost certainly a built-in part of Mask’s power. With the renewed cheers, Mask pushes forward yet again with pure man mode, and even manages to close a large wound to his stomach with sheer force. He puts on quite an idiotic show and finally releases his ultimate form (complete with star nipples and underwear), blasting Renji with a barrage of powerful attacks and finishing with his ultimate-ultimate attack “Star Supernova”. This guy is just a complete parody of shounen heroes who just refuse to die no matter the odds, and always manage to come back with yet another power boost to defeat increasingly powerful opponents. Unfortunately for him, in the end he is still the bad guy, and Renji will not be going down this time. It’s not completely clear what happens in the cliffhanger, but I’m guessing that he has released his own ultimate form (probably an upgraded bankai, as the outline of Zabimaru’s head is visable). Although the chapter was incredibly light on actual material, all the trash talk and ridiculousness going back and forth made this fight more entertaining than the others in this arc, despite the same predictable formula. Hopefully though Renji will finish things off soon so we can move on to other things.