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Bleach 564 – Burned Out

We’ve gone through two months of this ridiculous Mask de Masculine hero already, and he’s finally going down this week. Mask has actually not once gained the upper hand against Renji in this fight, despite coming back and powering up again and again. I’m sure that the fact Renji kept his cool and his mouth shut helped his performance a lot, but a lot of this confidence probably also came from his experience at the Soul Palace. He (along with Rukia and Ichigo) basically received the best of the best training possible for a shinigami. The Royal Guard is essentially the elite five, with the best healer, the creator of all the zanpakutou, the namer of the zanpakutou (and everything else), the master of reiatsu, and Shutara, who’s abilities aren’t clear yet, though it’s implied to have something to do with clothing and armor. Soul Society on a whole sure would be a hell lot stronger if the Royal Guard gave the same level of help to all of the captains and lieutenants, but I guess they just can’t be bothered with the affairs of the lowly incompetent Gotei 13.

Renji however, is lucky enough to be chosen for upgrades. After training against the Asauchi, he is deemed worthy enough to be told the “real” name of his sword, because apparently he sucked too much before and was only told half of it by his zanpakutou. His complete bankai Souou Zabimaru is now a lot stronger, and also has a bunch of new forms and abilities now. On his right hand he holds a toothed blade and gauntlet similar to his shikai, and on his left he wields a giant skeleton arm, with a long tail trailing behind him. Despite his bravado, Mask never stands a chance, and is finally disintegrated with a huge energy blast and a zinger from Renji at the end of the chapter. It was an interesting battle, but I’m looking forward to something new, and hopefully the next fight will feature some of the more highly anticipated characters.

January 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm
  • January 16, 2014 at 4:54 pmThatGuy

    And hopefully Renji doesn’t immediately get 1-upped again, but we know it’ll happen because #KuboLogic

    • January 16, 2014 at 7:02 pmdeVaras

      Well Rukia obviously will have to save him to show off her powers so I wouldn’t get my hopes up.

    • January 16, 2014 at 7:52 pmNadester

      Plot Twist: James is the final boss. At this point I’m not even kidding.

    • January 16, 2014 at 8:53 pmPsithief

      And now I want to see if anyone’s actually posted that hashtag on Twitter. :|

    • January 16, 2014 at 9:26 pmSmilingMan

      Renji is badass in this chapter. And finally the fat-ass wrestler is no more. What was Kubo thinking when he made this kind of nonsense character.

      • January 16, 2014 at 9:27 pmdeVaras

        “I bet I pad out the manga by two months or so with this stupid character” -Kubo

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:03 pmAnon

    I actually liked his upgrade, it’s something that makes sense and not random like star shaped laser beams. Sometimes I forget that they are fighting quincies.

    • January 17, 2014 at 2:50 amKeranu

      this ^

    • January 17, 2014 at 11:10 amEight

      I bet Tite Kubo does too

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:06 pmlune

    wow I like Reiji new bankai it can be use in two different ways!^^ I so want see Ichigo banaki now hurry Ichigo!!!

    • January 16, 2014 at 9:46 pmL002

      Now the question is, is Tenza Zangetsu the true name of Ichigo’s bankai, or does Kubo have a cooler name in store for us?
      To be frank, I get the feeling that chain, on Ichigo’s bankai, is more than just a decor.

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:23 pmCrunchie

    Renji’s bankai was useless before. I’m super happy one of my favourite characters is no longer useless. ^o^

  • January 16, 2014 at 5:41 pmspikerman87

    After two months of this I’m Burned Out too- wait it’s too soon to call it. Who wants to bet that he isn’t really dead?

    • January 16, 2014 at 6:42 pmMisk

      Don’t even joke about that…

  • January 16, 2014 at 6:45 pmCamora

    Alright alright, enough is enough. Bring out Kenpachi.

    • January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pmdeVaras

      Enough was enough 6 months ago. Let Kenpachi fight someone, please don’t waste another half a year having every side character job to loser villains.

      • January 16, 2014 at 7:51 pmAbsaroka

        Nope, sorry better prepare yourself for 2 months of Rukia fighting a guy dressed like a French mime.

    • January 17, 2014 at 7:15 amKairoru


  • January 16, 2014 at 8:24 pm7godeohs

    Just give Rukia a damn bankai already. She’s been needing one for awhile now, if only to keep up the the other insane leveling-up by other characters.

    It supposedly takes 10 years of training to master a bankai, but this is Bleach so Kubo can show her breaking it out at the end of a chapter, then we’ll get half of the next chapter dedicated to the story of how she got it through some Bleach-logic and we’ll move on.

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:27 pmdeVaras

      Half the next chapter? More like 3 weeks explaining. Nothing can be that quick, I expect Renji is not done flashing back either.

  • January 16, 2014 at 9:03 pmrandom viewer

    I think that “giant skeleton arm” is that of the Baboon. I want to see the baboon bone cannon used in his current form now.

    • January 17, 2014 at 12:32 pmmike

      i think the baboon hand signifies the “monkey’s paw” and i don’t see how he can fire a baboon canon anymore

    • January 17, 2014 at 12:36 pmmike

      besides his blade creates a giant snake/monkey head that bites and fries opponents

  • January 16, 2014 at 10:07 pmYanDaMan

    Renji’s left arm is a baboon’s arm, and his right arm has a snake’s tail, basically his bankai’s 2 animals. Its an interesting design.

    Now if Kubo would kindly show us what happened to Bambietta so we can confirm her for the harem or the likes :3

    • January 17, 2014 at 1:05 amMrGMartins

      Actually, his Bankai is a Nue, a mythological japanese creature which is a mix of monkey, snake and tiger (or just monkey and snake, in some versions).

  • January 16, 2014 at 10:07 pmRayzakk

    Can’t say I’ve been keeping up but I thought it was announced a long time ago Bleach was entering it’s final arc. I sure see these posts quite often so I’m guessing that never happened?

    • January 17, 2014 at 3:05 amKarma

      You’re guessing wrong.

    • January 17, 2014 at 5:04 amRyudo

      ‘Final arc’ doesn’t mean it’s done in 5 chapters. It’ll likely span all the way to at least quarter 2 or 3 of 2014.

      • January 17, 2014 at 12:12 pmMisk

        You mean 2017

      • January 17, 2014 at 5:05 pmFarHorizon

        I’d guess 100 to 200 more chapters if this is the last arc.

      • January 17, 2014 at 9:04 pmdeVaras

        200 more chapters at about 40ish a year (given all the breaks they take) would be 5 years. . . so 2019 maybe? :p

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:43 amThe_Green_One

    Don’t explain your power = You win

    • January 17, 2014 at 1:23 pmSekai

      And it only took them a couple of centuries to work that out.

  • January 17, 2014 at 2:00 amdrifters

    I had suspicions about everyone having a true bankai, after seeing Komamura’s real form. With Renji, those suspicions were confirmed. Haing seen Yumichika’s true zanpakuto, Byakuya’s true bankai and Yamamoto’s four bankai forms, we really should have expected this, yet why did we not?

    • January 17, 2014 at 2:56 amKeranu

      Because there is a thing called kubo-logic, where you would try to apply logic to a situation in bleach, only for it to pull a 180. at this point, Ive stopped jumping to conclusions and assuming things a long time ago in this series cause it seems like everything was done at the last minute to build up shock value.

      I honestly wouldnt be surprised if kubo pulled some shit and made a level higher than bankai, but that’s assuming in which case read the paragraph above

      • January 17, 2014 at 3:08 amKarma

        How could you be surprised if Kubo pulled something a level higher than bankai, if he literally has already pulled that on Ichigo?

        Ignorance is a bliss.

  • January 17, 2014 at 4:51 amLolKubo

    Renji upgraded from Bankai and gained an O.S. (Oversoul) Armor mode!

    While I’m glad Renji is finally out of Krillinland, it’s kind of underwhelming and doesn’t nearly make up for the utter atrociousness of the last few chapters.

    • January 17, 2014 at 11:55 amKeranu

      your user name is a win XD

  • January 17, 2014 at 10:27 amSPat3

    Interesting fight! I’m guessing that Renji and everyone else that trained with Zero Squad finally learned NOT to explain their abilities to their enemies? :p

    • January 17, 2014 at 12:38 pmmike

      what fight ? he didn’t even bleed XD

  • January 17, 2014 at 12:27 pmmike

    wow it really was a katana

  • January 17, 2014 at 9:45 pmKubo

    And so, the quincy’s 3rd strongest fighter has fallen…

  • January 17, 2014 at 10:11 pmCorey Lucas

    Rukia better HAVE a BANKAI since she trained with Squad 0, and doesn’t snubbed like Kubo does to women characters he don’t like. Thank Jesus Renji went back to being a badass. You better not humiliate him again like you did in the past KUBO!!! Renji sucked ass cause he didn’t know his Zanpakuto’s true name, so there is no excuse for him to be beaten easily now.

  • January 17, 2014 at 11:33 pmecho

    i hope this really ends this Luchaman fight

  • January 24, 2014 at 1:31 amRonin0985

    Been following Bleach since the anime premiered and I still can’t help but derp giggle my way through chapters like this one.