With just his shikai, Byakuya completely destroys As Nodt’s wall of eyes before they can disable him. Using his new mastery of Senbonzakura, he easily shreds As Nodt into a horrible mass of gore and other unidentifiable goop. Unfortunately for Rukia, despite her increase in strength she will continue to be stuck in the shadow of her older brother. Over the few days with the Zero Squad she has achieved her bankai, Hakka no Togame, and in hindsight I suppose this isn’t too surprising. The problem now is that bankai alone doesn’t mean a whole lot now even with its power multiplier; keep in mind that several of the captains were already defeated by mid-level Sternritter, even with their full bankai. Even more troublesome is the fact that Rukia released her bankai just to finish off an already incapacitated As Nodt; again that goes to show how meaningless it is. The move was really unnecessary as Byakuya was already setting up the kill for her, like a predator teaching its children to hunt, but at the same time he was also disrespecting As Nodt by letting his little sister finish the job. Although Rukia has gotten stronger, I don’t believe she has completely proven herself yet, but at the very least, she will get to finish off the battle with a bang and get her moment of glory – somewhat fitting as hers is the most beautiful zanpakutou in Soul Society, against possibly the ugliest and most terrifying character we’ve seen yet. The chapter ends with a huge pillar of white ice; hopefully this is the end for As Nodt, and hopefully Rukia will be able to win more future fights with her new abilities.