The star of this week’s show is the Sternritter S, “The Superstar” Mask de Masculine, and he is quite the flamboyant one. He defeated Ikkaku, Yumichika and Shuuhei completely off-screen last week, in what seemed like a one hit knockout, much to the disgust of Kensei. I suppose not all of the shinigami were able to gain significant power-ups by training, and they are quickly relegated to insignificance. For whatever reason, Mask leaves them alive but incapacitated (seems like the quincy prefer to kill their own people), and heads off to investigate Rukia and Renji’s arrival instead. Kensei and Rose intercept them and Kensei immediately goes ham on Mask with his bankai “Tekken Tachikaze”. After Komamura, his ability seems less visually impressive, but is still quite powerful. His bankai takes the form of gauntlets and some sort of armor, and boosts the attack damage of his punches significantly and dealing hits continuously with just one strike. At first I actually thought that this battle would be a one-sided stomp and Mask would be defeated quickly, but I forgot it was Bleach and Kensei had only just finished explaining his ability.

It turns out that James, Mask’s hype man and side kick, was the true source of Mask’s power. The bigger the hype, the stronger he becomes. It’s actually an extremely creative power, but I’m not sure how Shuuhei figured it out since it was implied he was defeated almost instantly. Superstar’s ability is very strange for a quincy too – then again, Kubo has been making a lot of the character abilities wackier since the arrancars. I have no idea how cheers or cries make you more powerful, but Orihime also did accomplish the same thing for Ichigo. I wonder if Kensei could make Mask weaker by heckling him; after all, Mask just wants to put on a good show. Right now though, Kensei and Rose just got pummeled into the wall. It’s far from over yet as they haven’t shown their hollow masks or other powers, and I have a feeling one of the vice-captains (Shuuhei most likely) will eventually be able to get up and attempt to redeem themselves.


    1. First “King Bradly,” with the Fullbring Arc, then FMA’s Alex Louis Armstong gets a spot light. I don’t suppose that Kenpachi will come and cut down Superstar while he is flexing his muscles.

  1. Why doesn’t Yhwach just make all of the Quincy soldiers cheer for Mask? If he can one-shot 3 Lieutenant-levels and 2 Captains with a single midget cheering for him I bet the entire army would make him a God.

  2. I’m going to pretend that the hype is just a mask for some sort of reishi link between the two.

    It’s just another one of those little lies we tell ourselves, pretending that it will all make sense later on. (-_-‘)

    Anyway, I’ve noticed that while the shinigami have trained to become stronger, only Hits/Matsu were clever enough to train as a team.

    If we’re very, very lucky the Vizard clique will have more teamwork to show us as well. I’m not seeing any battle for honour here.

  3. At least we get a explanation of Kensei’s bankai and get to see him use it albeit briefly unlike the the Aizen arc when he releases it and isn’t shown again until the war is over

    Red Alchemist
  4. Ok, is Mask de Masculine the first villain in a shonen manga to actually have the power of a a shonen protagonist: the terrifying power of friendship?

    Ok, it’s official. Mask de Masculine is my favorite Stern Ritter. He is fucking awesome.

    1. Apparently you have a thing for shitty characters.

      Please Kensei you need to quickly finish off this sad excuse of a Quincy so that we can get back to Ichigo fighting relevant villains.

      1. Apparently you’re a faggot who can’t appreciate the awesomeness of a luchador and prefer your characters to be “LOL SO DARK ‘N EDGY XD”.

        Go jerk off to Sasugay faggot.

    2. I always find it amusing that people (especially from the older generation) need to like dumb ridiculous characters to make themselves look macho. Case in point: you are not “manlier” for liking shitty characters.

  5. Please, do not tell me that both Rose and Kensei are down. Shinji’s already been down’d and we haven’t seen them do anything too awesome yet. Not to mention, they should still be able to freely hollowfy.


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