Bleach 574 – Unstoppable Force
So far, Kenpachi is still the bad-ass we expected him to be, and he easily overcomes the first trick popped by Gremmy. With his imagination, Gremmy conjures both fire and water, then trapping Kenpachi deep inside a crevice in the monolith. Of course, something that trivial can hardly stop the monster that Kenpachi is now, and he simply destroys the barrier with brute strength. This is the usual progression of battles, with only weaker abilities being used initially due to one side underestimating the other. I wonder if he could just imagine his opponents dead and make it reality, though there wouldn’t be much of a point if that was the case. This chapter was awfully short on content, but once the big guns are brought out things should be more interesting. It can’t be too easy for Kenpachi, else we won’t get to see the full extent of what he is capable of.
The main point revealed this chapter was that Gremmy has to keep thinking about his imaginations for them to remain in effect, something he can’t do when distracted. His weakness then is perhaps having to deal with multiple different aspects at the same time. However, there’s also a potential caveat about Kenpachi; a group of shinigami nearby claim that couldn’t feel his reiatsu (which is undoubtedly immense) until after he began fighting. It’s not clear whether this means anything at all, but it could be that Gremmy’s imagination is unconsciously affecting Kenpachi’s abilities or power level, or alternatively that Kenpachi has gained a significant amount of control over his own reiatsu. I don’t think it’s likely that Gremmy can actually manipulate reality through his opponent’s imaginations; despite his taunts, everything is of his own doing. If this wasn’t the case, then this power will soon backfire and he will meet his demise, as Kenpachi will not lose a psychological battle.