If we look at this battle from Mask de Masculine’s point of view, he’s actually facing quite the difficult odds, with 2 captains and 5 vice-captains against him one after the other. In addition, it might be difficult to consider Rukia and Renji to be on vice-captain level now after they have received significant power-spikes through the Soul Palace training. Despite how obnoxious and ridiculous Mask looks, he’s actually done very well for the sake of his fan James (the same way Ichigo wins all his battles). His next challenge however, may prove insurmountable for him, as Renji counters all of his abilities with ease. Whatever steroid he received from the Zero Squad, it’s proving to be incredibly effective and able to stop attacks that were able to one-shot captain-level vizards (keeping in mind the attacks that defeated Rose were actually several orders of magnitude weaker). While Mask is busy pounding away with his star punches, Renji even manages to butcher James with a few strikes, who had survived after being sliced in half. That was quite brutal, but he did what he had to do, and in a way, Renji is more bad-ass as a stone-cold killer and spitting out some sweet dialogue, as opposed to explaining his abilities while fighting. It’s amusing seeing the roles reversed, with Mask seeing himself as the hero and the shinigami as villains, but we should keep in mind that neither side are exactly angels in this war. Although Rukia didn’t get to fight, I have a feeling she’s going to be a monster now too, with bankai achieved too hopefully. Although Mask is getting destroyed at the moment, he may still be able to launch a counterattack with another secret power and maybe force Renji to release his bankai, which should also be a lot stronger now. Seeing them now however I have to wonder just how crazily strong Byakuya and Ichigo are going to be once they get back to Soul Society; with every strike, they will be destroying cities.
I apologize for the late post; I’ve been travelling for the past week. Hope everyone has a great Christmas.