After all these years, it seems that everyone’s favorite female lead character still can’t catch a break in her fights; she has had little luck in her fights, from the fullbringers to the arrancars to the very beginning of the series against Fishbone D. Most of the other lead characters have gotten their time to shine as they display dominating solo performances against opponents, while Rukia gets the best possible power-ups and training that Soul Society has to offer… and still gets crapped on by As Nodt. Despite being frozen solid at absolute zero temperatures, As Nodt manages to break free after Rukia warms herself back up, displaying his true form as some sort of zombie demon freak. He unleashes the “Fear of God” that materializes a dome filled with thousands of his own eyes, paralyzing Rukia with fear. Of course the fact that his fear works now makes no sense since nerves are made up of cells too, and if Rukia can suspend all the functions of her cells and still fight then her nervous system and eyes should also have stopped working, especially at temperatures that low.
Regardless, Rukia is now frozen and helpless, and before we get the chance to see if she has any other unrevealed abilities (I’m guessing she does not) her brother shows up to save her – exactly what I was hoping would not happen. It’s such a shame; I actually thought for once that she would get to defeat her opponent with ease. The way As Nodt looks at it, his rematch with Byakuya seems to be the main attraction, not Rukia. Byakuya of course has also received upgrades with the Royal Squad and looks somewhat different now after being severely injured almost to the point of death. This time around however, I think it’s almost certain that he will completely overwhelm the Sternritter. And unless Rukia surprises us with something new, she’s bound to be relegated to the sidelines again for the rest of this war.