Everyone’s favorite murderous bad-ass is back, and as always, he fails to disappoint. Zaraki tells Isane directly that he killed Unohana and inherited her name, Kenpachi. It seems that Isane understood that Unohana did what was necessary despite the death of her captain, and it doesn’t seem that she will hold a grudge against Zaraki. Of course now the attention of the battle turns to him, letting Yachiru off the hook. Unfortunately she didn’t really get to show off her skills before being rescued, but this is somewhat to be expected. Gremmy reveals his full name to be Gremmy Thoumeaux “The Visionary”, and has the letter designation “V”. He seems pretty cocky in general, and claims to be the strongest Sternritter – a bold claim – and that Kenpachi will be a fitting match-up.
By imagining a giant stone monolith, Gremmy sets the stage for the battle, but Kenpachi lands the first hit, cutting into Gremmy’s shoulder despite him hardening his skin. He always has the coolest lines: “You can’t imagine anything I can’t cut through, because I’m Kenpachi”. That was pretty awesome. He doesn’t give a fuck about what Gremmy can come up with, and the kid had better think fast and more creatively. Hopefully Gremmy will live up to his claim and give Kenpachi at least somewhat of a hard time, because so far we haven’t seen anything that we didn’t know they were capable of; this chapter was more style than substance. In the end however, it’s fairly certain that Kenpachi will just crush his opponent with sheer overwhelming power. He does have a lot to prove for himself after killing Unohana, and no doubt he will live up to the hype… and beyond.