Byakuya definitely does not disappoint this week, and I think it’s safe to say that he’s living up to his reputation even in the face of the absolutely ridiculous abilities of Tsukishima, who was clearly feeling very confident after being able to insert himself in Byakuya’s past. Even with his weaknesses being exploited and his attacks rendered ineffective however, Byakuya is able to release his bankai with a broken blade and attack within his own danger zone. The man is a beast, improvising and improving one’s skills on the fly and showing his skill. Admittedly though, it was a pretty desperate move considering he’s whirling thousands of blades at high speeds right next to his body. It ends up backfiring, but I don’t think anybody cared since, Byakuya immediately punches right through Tsukishima’s chest with one hand, and throws in some badass quotes to finish off the chapter. Epic.
Even though that attack should have instantly killed Tsukishima, this is a shounen manga, so I can’t say for sure if he’s defeated just yet. To be honest, Byakuya’s move was a little too sudden given that he was pretty much backed up against a wall with almost no options left, and I would actually be somewhat surprised if Tsukishima really was out of tricks and the battle ended just like that. Rukia’s performance on the other hand was just disappointing, though it’s still not entirely clear what Riruka did to her. Perhaps Byakuya will get to fight her though if Rukia really was defeated. Yukio should still be around as well, so depending on whether Hitsugaya finishes him off, he could still screw around with the dimensions and change things up.