The pacing of the last two chapters has been relatively quick. Yachiru finally makes her action debut, and as we suspected she isn’t a shabby fighter at all despite being a pretty silly character. Against one of the more gimmicky opponents we’ve seen so far, she fares very well and also releases her shikai for the first time in the series. Her shikai takes the form of two large, funky creatures that mimic her attacks, in a similar vein as Komamura’s bankai. The larger one looks like some sort of low level skeleton-like hollow that wields short blade (looks a bit like Riven’s broken sword from League of Legends). The little one is short, fat furball with a large cleaver that looks like a chopped off-version of Ichigo’s original zanpakutou. Together they execute a triple attack that hits everything in front of Yachiru, and is apparently very effective despite Gwenhael’s ability to disappear from existence. After taking a few hits, he adjusts his strategy… but is promptly dispatched by the appearance of Guremi, a young, girlish Sternritter who happens to have an even more gimmicky power. Honestly, it’s pretty ridiculous to be able to harness the power of imagination to fight your battles, but that’s exactly what he does, and there appears to be no bounds to this power besides those on his own mind.
Guremi implies that Gwenhael only exists in his mind and thus is able to erase him at will, but I’m not completely sure this is what happened as Gwenhael was a Sternritter proper with a letter designation. It may be that Guremi was just toying with him with his words, saying that he can erase his existence with by “forgetting about him”; however, this would also imply that Guremi could delete any of his opponents in this way, which would be really overpowered. There has to be hard limits on what he could do, else he could certainly imagine all sorts of crazy things that would end the series right here and now. It’s either that, or he has a very limited imagination and is completely incompetent in using his powers to their full potential. If his creativity is limited to cookies, then he’s not going to last very long. Nevertheless, Guremi is clearly significantly stronger than Gwenhael was, and claims to have killed two of the defeated captains.
From the way Guremi talks to Yachiru, it seems that within his zone of control he can also plant thoughts and fears into his opponents’ minds and make their imaginations become reality. He moves pretty quickly too, and dodges all of Yachiru’s attacks without breaking a sweat. But as soon as Yachiru falters, Kenpachi himself comes charging through the walls, and we all know that Kenpachi doesn’t give a single fuck about gimmicky abilities, and will just brute force his way through pretty much anything. All he cares about is cutting up his opponents, and that is something I have no doubt he will successful in. Remember that Zaraki has basically died dozens of times to Unohana, and is now several orders of magnitude more powerful than during the first battle against the Sternritter (in which he was already insanely strong). He also learned the name of his zanpakutou, and may have achieved shikai or bankai. Either way, cookie boy is going down sooner or later, and the only question is how many tricks he can think of to keep himself from dying in one hit. This should be fun to watch.