Chapter 497: Kill the Shadow2
With smug eyes the Sternritter succesfully stolen four bankai’s. Soi Fon, Komamura, Toshiro and Byakuya lost theirs. Nothing but complete silence from their Zanpaktou. The blade’s soul trapped in the Quincy prison.
No one can’t seem to believe it. Toshiro orders Matsumoto (with short hair… nice) to inform all the captains. With that, all the captains are quickly brought up to speed.
The short bits of dialog are not very interesting but it is clear that despair is taking over. I hope, for SS sake they can keep it together. Captain Commander Yamamoto is on a charge seemingly not caring about the SS wide warning.
The chapter switches to Kyoraku facing off with an older gentle wielding a gun(ah… the memories). He has a little chat about the SS scientist. The elder man listens to him for a little bit before striking at Kyoraku with incredible speed. The SS captain barely being able to dodge. He strikes back but the Quincy is already behind him sporting the cone and the wings like Opie when he shoots Kyoraku taking out his right-eye.
The nr.1 Subordinate and the King have a little conversation. I am somewhat surprised the King now backs off from his initial order and allows, at least this guy, to decide his enemy’s fate.
Renji goes ape preparing to call out his bankai in despair. Byakuya stops him just in time. Renji loses it completely, fear taking him over. Having grown so far they believe themselves to be powerless to these Quincies.
Back in the comm room(of sorts) spiky forehead can’t sit still either. He wants to set up a link with Kurosaki.
But we all know he is quite busy at the moment.
– The only fully combat effective Captain is Zakari. He doesn’t even his shikai, let alone have a Bankai.
– The former Vaizard still have an important card in hand. Not sure if their Shikai and mask alone will be enough, but if Ichigo was any indication… the tool could fail. Question is, will they take that risk now, after Toshiro’s message.
– I still have the nagging sense that the captains might be overestimating the enemy strength. I have a bit of trouble believing they turn so desperate so fast.
– I know Ichigo was bitchingly strong against Aizen at the end but he pretty much went there know he would lose everything in the end meaning the re-emergence of his Mask will be key.