Bleach 580 – You’re Mine Now
Kenpachi is pretty beat up from his fight with Gremmy, but I didn’t expect Candice “The Thunderbolt” and her gang to be able to beat him down so easily. The Sternritter are very powerful, but this is the unstoppable Kenpachi we are talking about. All the hype built up around up made me expect him to completely overpower his opponents once again. They were smart to try to take Kenpachi out while he was severely injured and tired, but he hasn’t been even close yet to unveiling the full extent of his power. Of course it’s possible he isn’t down for the count yet, and at the end of the chapter a massive skull reiatsu appears in the sky before they can finish him off. I really want to see Kenpachi get back up and kick their asses; his reiatsu took the form of a skull several times before, so this could be another aspect of his abilities. There are a number of other possibilities, e.g. Yachiru coming back to show what she’s really made of, or perhaps a number of the other characters we haven’t seen in a while (arrancar, fullbringers or even Ichigo). Again based off of Bleach’s previous patterns, there is a good chance that we will see four good guys show up to face off against each of the Sternritter.
The basic signature abilities and designations of the four girls have also been revealed: Candice “The Thunderbolt” with a pretty generic lightning ability; Meninas “The Power” also with a generic ability of super strength; the more gruesome powers belong to Liltotto “The Glutton” who devours her opponents with a giant tentacle mouth; and Giselle “The Zombie” who can control those touched by her blood. Giselle’s quite resilient to injury too (though in general getting cut in half isn’t a very effective way to kill Bleach characters) and she forces a bunch of the 11th squad shinigami to commit suicide – a pretty nasty way to die. These girls are a diverse and loud group, and they are clearly pretty strong, but I was still a bit disappointed seeing Kenpachi incapacitated that quickly. In any case though, whoever is showing up to the battle should be able to dominate the four of them, with both sides revealing their powers in turn until the Sternritters are defeated.