This chapter is a turning point for Mayuri, in more ways than one. I’ve always been vocal that he’s my favourite character in the series, but even this chapter had me cringing at just how despicable this man can be. He has no care for his subjects, which extends to his own zanpakutou. We know that Mayuri is sick and twisted and loves to torture his victims – that much has been clear since his brutal introduction in the Soul Society arc. But the fact that he’s modified his own Bankai into something screaming in pain and purely for his own desires turns my stomach. Yet, it’s incredibly fun to read.
The massive baby form of Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou was strange enough, but when another baby burst from its C-section scar, things escalated to a whole other level of bizarre. If I’m reading Mayuri’s explanation correctly, his bankai now seems to be able to give birth to a different Konijiki Ashisogi Jizou’s in order to best combat his opponent’s abilities that he’s gathered through the fight until that point. It’s hella convenient, but it’s Mayuri, so it still makes sense within the realms of Bleach. With each passing chapter, Mayuri seems to be getter stronger and more out-there, but has he now ran out of tricks?
Can someone please tell Nemu to stop staring at Mayuri during this whole fight? It’s definite foreshadowing for something going horribly wrong, and she’s bound to play a part in what’s to come. She may seem emotionless, but there’s clearly something behind that seemingly blank stare. Is she scared for her master? Does she think he will lose? Whatever it is, I’m worried for Mayuri, because he doesn’t seem worried in the slightest. He wins his fights with relative ease, but this one is bound to be a different beast altogether.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Mayuri’s new bankai was shocking and disgusting, as you’d expect. Mayuri is throwing one trick after another, so I feel he may run out of options if this isn’t the end of Pernida – which it clearly isn’t. His new bankai may have gobbled Pernida up, but something is bound to go horribly wrong next week, and Nemu is likely to jump in. Also, next week’s Weekly Shonen Jump issue will feature Bleach on the cover as well as having lead colour pages. It may just be for the 13th anniversary, but there is ever to be an anime announcement, next week would be as good a time as any. I’ve got my fingers crossed, but I don’t want to get my expectations too high, else I’ll just end up disappointed.