Finally, it is the Zero Squad’s turn to crush a couple Sternritter and prove that they are indeed the strongest Shinigami around. Nimaiya Oetsu, the creator of the Zanpakutou, is a crazy strong (as he should be), and his secret weapon is a sword of his own creation. It’s a short, wobbly blade, yet so sharp that it basically slices through anything it touches. He claims that his sword “Sayabuse” is one swing, one kill, and he is right – four swings, and four Sternritter are down. Its cutting power is so great that the bullets from Lille’s rifle split in two on impact. Oetsu is like a very flamboyant gangster rapper, spouting off some pretty funny lines at the quincies. In ten pages, he confidently takes out all of Yhwach’s “elite force” in a very bloody fashion, with the exception of Askin.
As with the others, Oetsu cuts down Askin without much of a problem, but the reason behind his presence in the palace is soon revealed: Askin’s title, “Death Dealing”, refers to his ability not to die. I’m not surprised that he’s the only useful Sternritter out of the several that Yhwach brought with him; he’s clearly a lot stronger than his “rank” may imply. These laid-back characters often seem to be hiding a lot more hidden power, and his attitude could be partly due to the fact that no matter how badly he’s injured, he can’t die. While Oetsu is very strong, there is no doubt that the villains have plenty of power-ups to turn the tables back on him. I can see Askinn’s immortality and whatever other abilities he has giving the Zero Squad some trouble in the next few chapters (and perhaps even defeating Oetsu), but I suspect this problem could be resolved in a manner that super high-speed health regeneration is often dealt with – by destroying his body faster than he can heal it. The Bleach formula is always the same, and overpowered abilities will be followed by even more overpowered abilities.