Last time, the Shinigami had their morale restored, but it turns out that the same thing happened with the Vandenreich. When Äs Nödt, Nanana Najahkoop, and the unknown guy tried to perform a sneak attack on the captain commander, I did expect him to face some sort of difficulty considering how these guys have been wiping out the Shinigamis of Soul Society, one by one – but nope! All three of them were cremated in an instant. Not much excitement there, but it definitely shows how valuable Captain Yamamoto is, and how worthy he is of his position.
While I do think that the captain commander is strong and admirable, I can’t stop questioning why there is such a huge gap between his and his subordinates’ powers. Just a few chapters ago, we saw Soul Society on the verge of extinction, and now all of sudden, Captain Yamamoto alone has turned the tables. It’s good for Soul Society, but as a reader, I find it slightly ridiculous that the captain commander is showing off his superiority like this. But I must admit, I’m very excited to see his Bankai and how it will affect Juha Bach.
As it seems now, the captain commander’s Bankai has the ability to absorb flames. I’m going to make a wild guess and say that I assume he’s charging his weapon through this method to cause some sort of powerful blast? Whatever this Bankai will do, I think it’ll be cool like Captain Yamamoto himself, however, with the way things are going, there is no need for Ichigo to join the war. Bleach has been centering on everyone but Ichigo for so long that I feel like his importance is insignificant now. So, if Ichigo is going to have a role in this, the captain commander must lose. Otherwise, I can’t see how Ichigo will enter the picture. Therefore, I am not expecting the captain commander to win against Juha Bach, and even if he does, I think there is more to the Vandenreich than their leader. We’ll simply have to wait and see!