Chapter 517: Stairway to Heaven
Bleach greats us with a nice intro. I’d have to say though. These guys are ‘rather unique’. I can only imagine why kinda person the Soul King is.
I love the little tentacle lady playing the instruments in the back. Now really wanting too it seems but going along with it anyhow. I guess big eyebrows beard-man made her. Ichigo doesn’t quite know what to think of these guys. They are way too exited entering into a destroyed SS.
Shinji makes a smart ass comment and get bitch-slapped by the big lady. An behold I was right to think the big lady could be the former 12th squad captain. Judging by Shinji’s response she used to be quite a big thinner before going up there. I guess the food is really good and there is not a lot to do for her up there.
I don’t quite get the remark that Shinji makes in the frame below Hikifune’s introduction. Guess my english knowledge fails on me here but it’s ok I guess. It’s obvious she likes to eat. she is now known as Zero Devision (Grain King) – Hikifune Kirio.
The second character to have a little chat is the one with the weirdest haircut. His name isn’t revealed in this chapter but he used to be above Unohana and more importantly. He taught her everything he knows… going by the fact that he taught Unohana he is probly on of the eldest in the this group. Quite a funky dude.
The third to start yapping away is the probably the eldest. I assume his name is Oshou. Kyouraku asks why they have come here. The elder first notices Ichigo but he answers Kyouraku’s question.
“By the will of the Soul King, we’re to rebuild the Gotei 13.” But more importantly. He wants Ichigo to come with him to the palace.
Soi Fon gets pissed off at the members of the Zero Squad’s relaxed attitude. They completely ignore her but as she yells out again one of them litteraly appears behind her grabbing by the arm. He went so fast not even Soi Fon could have seen it. A small but significant display of their power.
The man reminds Soi Fon of her place. She is part of the Gotei 13, thanks for the mangastream translation I now that Gotei literally means Protecting the Society. Their job is to protect Soul Society. The Zero Division or the Imperials Special Forces’s job is to protect the spirit palace.
He gets a bit edgy but is smacked back into line by Oshou.
I love her look and whatever her abilities are. Zero Division (Great Woven Defense) – Shutura Senjumaru. I’m not sure how far her abilities reach but it almost looks like she has countless arms that can stretch everywhere. I wouldn’t be surprised if she could hide their presence seeing how she easily got into Mayuri’s labs retrieving Ichigo’s Zanpaktou. She also retrieved the heavily injured bodies of Rukia, Renji and Byakuya. Why not Zaraki? Guess the Soul King doesn’t like the overly violent man?
Unohana is reluctant to hand over her patients to her sempai but in the end she lets them because she does know her limits.
I like to get back to Shutura and Mayuri quickly. They have a history. It could be she is the reason he ended up in special confinement in the maggot’s nest.
The chapter’s end Ichigo ask the question why he is to come along if it is not for healing purposes. Oshou wants to answer the question but gets interrupted by a message from somewhere else.
‘That man’ has an urgent message. Could that man be anyone else than Urahara. I don’t think so. Will he reveal who sort off saved his ass. Hopefully!
Oh, hopefully we will get to see that other bloke aswell. He appeared in the colour page but he even got blocked by the text cloud on the first page. Lucky him.