We have a pretty light chapter this week as Pepe’s fight finally winds up after he’s devoured by Liltotto. Up in the Royal Palace, the Zero Squad are struggling to defend against Yhwach, who seems to be impossible to attack as every strike simply misses him. He pretends he’s some kind of god, but in reality it’s just another gimmick from one of his Sternritter, Nianzol Weizol “the Wind”. Like some of the other quincies, he’s a strange and creepy character, slinking in the shadows with his two tongues and distorting incoming attacks. Senjumaru summons a squad of masked minions (that actually slightly resemble Ichigo in his hollow form), but their “swords of the soul king” are likewise unable to find their mark. Clearly they did not do enough research on the invaders, and are now caught off guard.
I’m sure the Zero Squad will put on an impressive fight, but compared to Sternritter, they are woefully unprepared, and I doubt Yhwach will lose to them. Haschwald and Nianzol may fall at some point, but the emperor and Ishida will almost certainly make it all the way to the Soul King himself. Although the Zero Squad have been hyped to be incredibly powerful, Yhwach’s power level appears to be in an entirely different category, much like Aizen was. He even brought his own oddball sidekick with special powers, just like Aizen did, and may also have a potential traitor/wildcard in his ranks (Askin Nakk le Vaar?), just like Gin was. Everything is shaping up to be a pretty bad situation for the five royal guards, regardless of their strength. Besides, Ichigo is currently on his way back to the Palace via cannonball, and knowing Kubo, he won’t be arriving to an already-won battle. Expect to see him flying in at the moment of the shinigamis’ greatest despair.