Prooof is currently on a trip so I’ll cover Bleach in his place while he is away for a couple of weeks. I will stick with the regular manga format for these posts (I use a different one for my FAIRY TAIL entries), but I will include larger versions of the images as usual, so feel free to click on them!
Two weeks ago I was really shocked to see Byakuya lose a battle in such a brutal way (I’ll believe he’s alive until he’s confirmed to be dead), so I expected Zaraki to face some kind of difficulty in his battles similar to those Byakuya faced. To me, Zaraki and Byakuya have always been rivals, equal in every aspect – until now.
While being on par with Byakuya, Zaraki’s mindset, battle attitude, and the fact that he doesn’t have a Bankai clearly gives him an advantage against the current villains which was very impressive in today’s chapter, in fact, a bit too impressive. I would’ve preferred to see Zaraki having a hard time fighting his imitation created by Loyd Lloyd rather than just reading about his victories against the three Stern Ritters we saw laying dead. But I’m not too upset as Zaraki is now engaged in a battle against the Vandenreich leader which hopefully will be very impressive.
Watching Zaraki’s triumphant progress so far is making me wonder why there are no Shinigamis who follow in his footsteps. Everyone is dependent on their Zanpakutous’ abilities. As captains and vice-captains, they should have more physical strength than what has been shown so far. I’m not disappointed in the characters who have lost their battles, but I’m questioning Soul Society’s values when it comes to teaching people what’s important as everyone but Zaraki are completely incompetent in this war. With the captain commander on the battlefield, Soul Society are now using their last resort, but he is a tough old man and I don’t expect him to go down without a fight. In fact, I expect him to win!
We’ll see how it goes for him next time, and also for Ichigo who is miserably stuck in his cage. I’m not sure if Weekly Shounen Jump comes out next week, but whenever next chapter comes out, I hope it’ll be worth the wait!