Unfortunately as it turns out, Byakuya did get sliced by Tsukishima, who apparently knows all of Byakuya’s powers and weaknesses now, as he makes clear from several pages of detailed explanation on Senboxakura’s “no-damage range”. Hell, apparently he’s also trained with Byakuya countless times, giving himself decades of unearned experience, and I’m definitely calling BS on this ability to alter reality. However, even though this “Book of the End” is irking me to no end, I still believe Byakuya will be able to come up with something to overcome his opponent, especially since Tsukishima is acting far too arrogantly and doesn’t seem to be bothering to insert himself as Byakuya’s friend either.
The other Kuchiki’s fight isn’t going so well either, as Rukia gets turned into a doll by Riruka. Even though it is a battle, things do seem more lighthearted here, perhaps because of the lower relative skill levels of the combatants, and because there’s a lot more cute fluffy animals than serious injuries so far. Rukia’s statement that shinigami aren’t supposed to hurt normal humans does ring true with me too, and in addition, even though these humans have special abilities, I don’t really think they can out-perform people will complete reiatsu powers, especially high-ranking shinigami with many lifetimes worth of experience and training. Rukia probably just had a slip in judgement as she’s not familiar with Riruka’s abilities, and she hasn’t revealed any new abilities (if any) yet. Hopefully she will be able to fight in her doll form though, since that will be quite funny to see.