Chapter 644: Baby, Hold your hand 7: Never Ending my Dream
The first of the Sternritter has been killed. Like true manly man, Mayuri doesn’t not look at the explosion as he walks away in victory.. at least until he collapses onto the floor because his legs got all but ripped off and are now facing the wrong way.
Lucky for him, Yumichika and Ikakku have stuck around throughout the whole thin. Mayuri gives them a few simple instructions. He’s hidden two containers in the nearby area. In the two containers were Rangiku and Captain Toshiro. Mayuri actually found a way reversing the Zombification process. It seems it came at a significant cost to their life expectancy.
Toshiro passes on his thanks as the two 11th squad members put Captain Zaraki and Mayuri in the now vacant containers. They thank him for saving Zaraki before they depart no doubt following captain Toshiro back into battle.
I am amused that Mayuri still compares himself to Urahara and with the evolution that Nemu’s has gone through considers himself out of the shadow from his former Captain.
The second half of this chapter sets up the next battle. The group containing Renji and Rukia are still running around the streets under threat of the sniper. The Sternritter has positioned himself high above them easily following their movements, waiting until he can pick the next one off.
Captain Kyouraku eventually decides to make his move pulling out his blades, then gets blasted by Lille Barro. However it is not what it seems to be as Kyouraku suddenly appears behind Barro, his Shikai awakened.
Kyouraku manages to cut the barrel of the Sternritter’s gun, but fails to hit Barro himself. The shinigami’s zanpaktou is really something else. I hope Barro is an enemy that can finally push Kyouraku to call out his bankai. This coupled with the nature of his bankai.. it is not a given Kyouraku will walk away from his fight even if he beats Barro because you need to remember, he is bound by the rules of the game that is set by his Zanpaktou Katen Kyōkotsu.