Chapter 501: Hear.Fear.Here
This week is another interesting chapter which mostly revolves around Byakuya vs. äs Nödt. Ichigo is still stuck in the ‘Jail’ and now even his phone loses connection to both SS and Urahara. Urahara could be in all sorts of shit we don’t get to see this week.
Like I said. This weeks revolves around the fight between Byakuya and Nodt. The first one is on the losing side. Byakuya doesn’t seem to have the intel Kurosaki has about the Quincy’s abilities so he is not sure how to go about it. Not to mention a sternritter would be on another level compared to a ‘simple’ captain.
It isn’t long before Byakuya notices something is wrong. Light shudders taking hold of his arms and legs. Mr. Freaky eyes speaks up. He quickly states that it isn’t poison but Fear. Byakuya has a hard time believing his ears.
Nodt compliments the captain on his ability to resist his arrows which would make anyone lesser scream in terror, quickly going insane. We’ve seen this in action earlier in the invasion. His arrows make the target fear everything. The ‘what-if’s’. It may be the translation feels a bit wrong or it could my foreign self not quite getting the lines. But Nodt injects fear into Byakuya.
He seems to have been quite subtle about it. His abilities are like Aizen’s but focussed on that one emotion.
Byakuya’s deepest fear? The image is quite vulgar which I havent seen Tite do that much but it more than get the point across. Byakuya fear Rukia’s fate more than anything at this stage in his life. The moment of hesitation of his movements, gives Nodt the opportunity to strike him down.
Nodt talks some more: “True fear has no reason. It stems from not emotion, but instinct. True Fear is reasonless, limitless.” Nodt throws more images into Byakuya’s wavering mind until he breaks, striking out in fear he obviously fails to hit his target.
Nodt jumps up and releases Senbonzakura Kageyoshi onto its master. So the medal steals and allows the wielder to dominate whatever ability it sucked up. I kinda was expecting something like that. The soul of the blade seems unable to offer any resistance whatsoever forced to follow the thieves’ will
With a halo of petal floating above him Byakuya crumbles to the ground. His body torn to shreds by his own blade…
The Quincy are truly to be feared…
Little side notes(not directly related to this chapter):
1.) Of all the SS Captains I wonder how Kenpachi is doing. I think this guy would be an interesting character to match up against Nodt. After all… Kenpachi is the one who wants to kill Byakuya.
2.) Toshiro was already screaming out in panic. His resolve is already crumbling so I fear the worst for him aswell.
3.) I’m kinda bummed out that we’ve never heard/seen Zangetsu after Ichigo’s return.
4.) Where and what could Yourichi be up to. Maybe she’ll be the one to step in, because it sure as hell won’t be Renji. He’ll probably break down seeing his Captain fall.