I’ve been quite curious since last week as to how the chimera and hunting captain’s fight would proceed, but after reading this chapter, it seems I should have already known how this would have turned out. Unsurprisingly, Ayon and his glorious mullet give the Quincy captain an extremely vicious beatdown that shocks Ichigo and his friends. But, again somewhat predictably, Kirge survives. Not only does he survive however, he stands up immediately and impales Emilou through the bottom of her throat, before casually mentioning how the “Blut” needs to be strengthened. He himself seems largely unscathed — a bit ruffled from the brutal beating, but definitely in better condition than Loki was after his encounter with the Hulk.
As is the case with almost every Bleach villain, Kirge is an arrogant asshole, but he does manage to prove just how ridiculously high his armor’s defense is. I’m pretty sure that Ayon’s barrage would have pulverized almost anyone else he went up against, and luckily for Kirge the laws of physics don’t really apply in their universe. The relative power levels of the characters are becoming more and more difficult to believe, but granted that’s difficult to remedy given the constant need to one-up opponents. The three fraccion have been relegated to stormtrooper status – easily expendable and easily defeated. They can barely get up off the ground before getting cut down again, though it’s debatable whether they ever held any real significance to the story. Of course Ayon is still standing and will probably continue to attack until he is utterly defeated again, but Ichigo will have to step in again very soon.
There’s also a little blurb in the middle of the fight that confirms what we already know about the Shinigami and the Quincies, while adding some musings about how there is no right side in the war. I found that section rather distracting though, as it had almost nothing to do with the ongoing fight and did not flow well with the rest of the chapter.