Mayuri & Nemu:
This fight is turning out to be one of my favourites of this entire arc. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it since it began, purely because Mayuri is my favourite and Zaraki being there as well made for an interesting combination. But as it’s gone on (and it has, for a while now) Mayuri has been pushed against the wall time and time again, yet he manages to avoid death by an inch. Now that Nemu is working alongside him, it feels complete. The back and forth between them this week was genuinely caring, especially from what Mayuri said. Even when he found it creepy that she was watching him so carefully that she noticed he didn’t take his regrowing-arm drug… that was kind of hilarious in a sick way. None of this excuses Mayuri for his horrible treatment of his artificial daughter, but looking at this chapter (and last) as a standalone, you’d think he genuinely does care for her. To the point where he turns his back to Pernida at the most crucial point, to tell her to fall back.
Pernida is still a weird one – possibly the weirdest character in all of Bleach. I’ve seen so much of it that I’ve forgotten it’s basically just a giant hand, but I agree with Mayuri this it did sound and act more like Zaraki this week. Using Mayuri’s logic, that must mean that whatever Pernida fights or is around for a period of time affects how it evolves and adapts, to the point where it even uses Mayuri’s new bankai technique, giving birth to a new, unscathed arm to finish the job. This is not an easy fight, and it shouldn’t be. Pernida is one of the elite sternritter, and if this is how strong each of them are, then I’m keen to see who fights the other three and how they fare in comparison.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Nemu’s face at the very end was definitely the shock of the chapter. She’s showing more emotion than ever before, and it’s strange to see. Is she worried, furious, determined? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly, but if I were to place my bets I’d say next week she’s gonna try and save her father, possibly die in the process, and we’ll get a flashback about the pair and how this strange relationship came to be. I don’t want either Mayuri or Nemu to die, because I like them both very much, but if it has to be, it has to be. Just make it a good, memorable death, Kubo.