Haschwald and Shunsui are both shrewd men. While there’s still no real action between them, they’ve been sizing each other up for a couple chapters now. Haschwald manages to thin out the reishi wall dividing them, only to find that Nanao has outplayed him by creating yet another, differently formed wall. Just before he tries to brute force his way through, he abruptly leaves and returns to the Silbern, the Sternritter headquarters, presumably after receiving summons from Yhwach. As it turns out, Yhwach is punishing Cang Du and BG9 for losing their battles, and wants Haschwald to carry out the executions. I’m not sure why this was considered significant enough to recall him out of his own fight, but Haschwald obeys all orders without question, so here we are. Surprisingly, BG9, who was previously an emotionless android, now begs for his life and seems to feel actual fear, while Cang Du retains his cool self. Although the two condemned had survived their defeats thanks to their Vollstandig, it doesn’t matter now as the “scales” have now turned against them. I’m not sure whether the name of Haschwald’s power relates to balancing luck or if it’s just idealistic rhetoric. Possibly, his power makes him stronger to “balance” out his opponent’s power. Either way, it’s effective enough to cut Cang Du in half.
It looks like Kubo wants to make it clear that the Sternritter don’t give a crap about their subordinates, but there’s no good reason to execute the two before they even had a chance to fight seriously or even use their actual abilities. They are only throwing away resources, unless Yhwach has another reason for killing them. On the other hand, this does conclude the fights of these characters much more quickly than I expected, so we will be seeing new ones soon enough – namely, Rukia and Renji. They have touched down in Soul Society in their new snowboarding gear, and it looks like they might be facing off the masked wrestler quincy, who has managed to take out Ikaku, Yumichika, and Hisagi all at once (at least that’s what it seems like). That’s certainly a bit disappointing for the three of them, but Rukia and Renji will hopefully have a better chance to show off what they’ve got.