Well, so much for Askin and the other elite Sternritter being dead. Every time it looks like a fight is ending, someone pulls out another ridiculous power-up cycle. This time, it’s Yhwach displaying his immense spirit manipulation power, the same power he used to heal others by turning them into horxcruxes and in turn extending his own power and lifespan. Essentially, Yhwach was the God who granted the Wandenreich their powers (the letter designations), and when he deems fit, their deaths are used to return their souls to him for other purposes. He summons several massive pillars of light with his Auswahlen to harvest the quincies still in Soul Society, and revive his elite four in their winged Vollstandig form.
Robert Accutrone (“Colonel Sanders”), NaNaNa, Bazz B and possibly the other quicnies are disintegrated from out of nowhere, right in the middle of their fights. Some of them were barely introduced, and now they are essentially out of the picture. Giselle and Liltotto manage to dodge the light beams, but they still lose their abilities and their wings disappear. Ironically, they were actually fighting their own allies not too long ago, with Giselle drinking Bambi’s blood and Liltotto devouring Pepe. To be honest though, most of the Sternritter are just small parts of Yhwach’s power; they are nothing without him. Some of them were stronger than many of the shinigami captains, but ultimately the non-elite are just fodder to distract the Gotei 13 and act as reishi containers. There are too many characters anyway, so hopefully this will focus the story on actually important battles, a.k.a. the ones in the Royal Palace. Nimaiya may have trashed the dumbass “elite” Sternritter like low-level hollows in the first round, but now they are getting back up with their Vollstandig, they will be significantly stronger. Maybe now we’ll also get to see the Royal Guards’ shikai and bankai, so things should get more interesting.