Chapter 524: The Drop
It’s been a little while since we had a full on battle. It starts of in their respective captain barracks. Unohana has left a (farewell?) note for Isane. Zaraki didn’t leave a not, but he did leave his eye patch behind making even Yachiru worried.
Zaraki is having a blast as the battle hits off in full swing. Unohana easily dodges the large heavy strikes of the 11th squad captain.
She already looks bored as she easily parries his attacks before she finally does onto the offensive. Her nimble movements are no match for Zaraki’s cumbersome motions.
easily parrying and striking at him wounding him more and more with every strike.
In this battle of skill and strength, Zaraki finds himself on the losing end as Unohana makes note of his missing eye-patch and his apparent lack of strength to fight her.
Unlike Zaraki, Unohana doesn’t waste movements for the sake of battle as the strikes him with a short blade stabbing it into his shoulder.
A conversation finally springs up. they both have quite a different view over another. Zaraki seems to have respected the old Unohana. Unohana easily puts him with his back against the wall.
They had been in battle a long time ago. Hell, it surprised when she actually said the old Zaraki was a better fighter than the current one. Was even more surprised than when Zaraki said he pretty much worshipped her.
The first time he felt fear, the first time he experienced the true pleasure of battle.
Unohana stabs him through his throat. The page later he is looking fine and dandy. Now, at first I thought it was something similar that Ichigo experienced when fighting Zaraki, but then I noticed the blood spatters were still on Unohana’s voice.
It seems Unohana will not let him die. She will make him stronger by bringing him across the border of death only to heal him again. Which each cycle he will become stronger and stronger. I wonder if she will end up sacrificing herself just to make him stronger. Judges by Isane’s reaction to the letter… she just might, which seems an odd thing to do when SS needs their strength.
Time will tell.