For whatever reason, the shinigami’s training in the past few months has paid off, as they are now beating up the full-bringers left and right without breaking a sweat. Perhaps I overestimated the Excution as well however, and even Renji defeats Jackie easily. In the end though, she turns out to be a more honorable character and sacrifices herself to save Renji. I suppose it is possible she would have become a good guy as well later on too if she had not killed herself.
Yukio on the other hand turns out to be a total asshole like Ginjou and Tsukishima. He’s one of those messed-up little kids with an innocent front and a nasty history. Luckily, Hitsugaya is showing him up like the brat he is, and I like how he remains unfazed in the face of Yukio’s taunts. It used to be that Hitsugaya was the one talked too much in fights and got his feathers ruffled to easily, so it’s nice to see that he has matured somewhat.
Yukio’s ability is overpowered like I thought, but his character just doesn’t add up. He has a ruthless personality and doesn’t hesitate to cause the death of his parents, and he seems like a smart guy — yet I don’t understand why he doesn’t simply place the shinigami in a separate dimension then erase that dimensions completely. It’s his game and his rules, but it seems Kubo has crippled his choices just for the sake of showing “real” battles. I felt that Jackie threw her life away too rashly as well, and there was no flashback for her (aside from an implied sob story), so I guess her character ends here. At this point I care little about any of the full-bringers though and it honestly wouldn’t matter that much if the rest of them were just trashed. At this rate, that may indeed be what happens as the shinigami show who’s boss. Regardless I’m sure the Xcution have a tortured backstory that will be shown later, explaining how they came together and what they are really trying to achieve.