Cang Du, “The Iron”, is perhaps the coolest Sternritter we’ve seen thus far. He’s a very stoic character that reminds me somewhat of Hibari Kyouya from KHR. Cang Du shows up at Bazz-B’s in order to execute Hitsugaya and Matsumoto with Hitsugaya’s own bankai because “things that live together should die together”. Luckily for the genius captain, he narrowly escapes death for the tenth time thanks to Urahara’s research into the quincies’ bankai stealing ability and coming up with a clutch move to counter it. While in Hueco Mundo, he figures out the reason that the Sternritter did not take the arrancar’s resurreccion – hollows are like a poison to the quincies (and I’m assuming to other humans as well). Supposedly this is also the reason they are trying to eradicate the hollows.
Urahara’s solution is to simply insert a bit of hollow essence into the shinigami’s souls, which has the dual effect of preventing further bankai steals and sabotaging the ones already taken. Thanks to him, this will likely result in a few setbacks for the quincy and may give some of the captains their edge back until the Sternritter pull off another one of their game changing moves. It might not make much of a difference for the vizards as they are probably immune already (thank Aizen for that #justasplanned), but the trick could be considered a very mild form of hollowfication. Bankai alone isn’t going to turn the tide of the battle, but this doesn’t change that fact that nearly everything Urahara does is very significant, easily making him one of the top players in the series. I’m looking forward to see what he will do cooperating with Kurotsuchi, especially with the friendly rivalry thrown in the mix. The two of them have some good potential to outplay the quincies for a while at least and make it look hilarious while doing so.