As Barragan’s Respira is destroying everything around him, Soifon has Omaeda fight him alone to buy some time while she runs off. Omaeda is able to distract Barragan by running and attacking with various projectiles from the environment. Soifon, after anchoring herself to the buildings with a steel sash, reveals her bankai– a long thin weapon attached to her arm. She claims to dislike her bankai as it is too bulky and flashy, then uses it to fire a rocket which creates a large explosion.
In another part of town, Lilynette repeatedly attacks Ukitake, who has taken her sword. Ukitake is able to deflect Lilynette without much effort, although he does not attempt to seriously harm her. Starrk seems to show some concern for her, but continues to duel with Shunsui. He asks Shunsui to release his bankai, and Shunsui responds by asking to see Starrk’s resurreccion.
Soifon finally reveals her bankai, and it really isn’t that interesting. Like Soifon herself, I don’t really like it. Perhaps asking for one touch kill is too much, but this is really just a slower, heavier version of her shikai… that shoots missiles instead. There are some similarities with Ulquiorra’s Lanza del Relámpago, though Jakuho Raikoben seems far more accurate, with homing abilities. With Barragan’s ability to age anything (even attacks), no doubt the missile will not be enough. Omaeda on the other hand, impressed me being able to bring a building down on Barragan. He might not look too sharp, but can definitely pull his head together once in a while. Unfortunately his power level and abilities are far below captain level, and will probably never be able to do anything significant against enemies of the current caliber. He has managed to save his captain’s life several times however, and remains very loyal even with the poor treatment from her. Not too bad, just need to work on that attitude (his whining was rather annoying) and improve skills (by a lot).
I’m looking forward to seeing more of Starrk and Shunsui, since both of them are clearly very strong. As for Lillynette, she is just annoying, especially with the loli outfit; Ukitake is doing a great job messing with her, though as part of the Espada Primero team she really should be able to do more than get thrown around.