<「Too Early to Win Too Late to Know」 As Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen – Ketsubetsu-tan reaches its concluding batch of episodes, Yhwach makes his way to the Soul King’s palace. But little do he and his friends know about the extent of their royal welcome.
THEY’LL CUT YOU WIDE OPEN
This was a major episode for the Royal Guard as Squad 0’s best rolled out to show off their skills. But of the bunch, it was Shutara and Nimaiya who got to flex the most as their abilities got to shine the brightest in their faceoff against Yhwach.
It’s astounding how Kubo managed to top himself by making Shutara one of the most beautiful women he’s made just from the sheer elegance and the tranquil malice behind her graceful demeanor. With her deft hands, sewing needle, and piercing stare, she makes quick work of her opponents and looks damn good doing so. Satou Rina is always impressive, but she brings cold, brutal sophistication to Shutara’s voice that makes her absolutely magnetic.
Nimaiya was also a ton of fun this time around as his crafty moves and lethal swords make him a force to be reckoned with. In just a short span of time, he wipes through most if not all of Yhwach’s men with an unfinished sword that he hadn’t managed to perfect. Although I can imagine Yhwach pulling off some 4D chess to get past them, there’s at least a great effort to make the Royal Guard look like they’re worth their salt.
A CANNON EVENT
With the next two episodes, it appears at least a fraction of it will focus on Ichigo and his friends being rocketed back to the Soul Palace. It’s great to get more Yoruichi as always, but I really enjoy that Ganju gets to have some time to shine as a late addition to the crew. It allows for some of the more overlooked side characters to gain some spotlight, and above all else, I’ll never turn down any mentions of Kuukaku.