After unleasing his weather control ability, Hitsugaya uses Hyoten Hyakkaso and quickly overwhelms Harribel’s attacks, trapping her in a prison of ice flowers. Nearby, Soifon and Omaeda continue to struggle against Barragan. Soifon notices that her attacks slow down whenever she gets within striking distance. Barragan reveals that his power is the control over aging. He then releases his resurreccion, Arrogante, and sends out Respira, a dark cloud which withers away anything it touches. Soifon has Omaeda cut off her arm to prevent the rest of her body from rotting away.
Not only can Hitsugaya suddenly call forth storm clouds faster than the speed of sound, he immediately ends the battle (for now anyways) in one attack. The shinigami should have planned this out better, they could have just had Hitsugaya call down the Hyoten Hyakkaso blizzard and encase all the enemies in ice. I know he can’t control the ability too well yet, but as long as all the good guys stay out of the way, such a large scale attack is worth a preliminary shot at least. It’s hard to judge its strength from just this episode though, as Harribel didn’t even try a cero to break the attack.
As for Barragan’s overpowered wide area aging ability, that would make a simple solution to destroy the pillars in one go. The shinigami wouldn’t be able to get close to stop him, considering the area would be inundated with a huge cloud that withers away pretty much anything instantly. Most Bleach characters really could use some more strategy; even if these tactics don’t win the war instantly, they certainly are better than splitting up and heading off to different parts of the city to duke it out (often with disastrous results).
Anyways, Omaeda wasn’t so useless here. He is rather dumb but he can still pull out some quick action when needed. Considering he saved Soifon’s life twice, I think he deserves better treatment from his captain. Regardless, they are in some major trouble even if Barragan hadn’t released his resurreccion. The fight was so one-sided, the only reason he released was probably to show off; I mean he missed plenty of opportunities to win. I like no-nonsense fights better.