Bleach 643 is out on MangaStream already, so go read.
My worse fears were realized. That _was_ Nemu’s death knell flashback in the previous chapter….
Let’s all observe a moment of silence.
Okay, the truth? I’m not really grieving, but I’m disappointed. Nemu just sacrificed herself for a man who physically abused her, berated and belittled her constantly, and whom she subserviently and obediently not only called master, but whom she hero-worshipped throughout all of this abuse (some of which was played for humor.)
Somehow, I’m not moved by this.
No, it’s f*cking tragedy that she died. But these tears I’m shedding are BITTER tears, not honorable tears for her noble moment of glory. I would even have been a tiny bit happier if she’d only even had some last f*cking thought beyond having that bastard’s name on her lips. He’s not worth your life, sister. So not worth it. At least have your last thoughts be worthy of a shounen hero and be: “at least my friends/the Soul Society will be saved!”
Unohana died so that Kenpachi could be stronger–and that, of course, has been wasted by the fact that he just ripped out his own sword arm and has done exactly bupkis besides play the dumb-bunny to Mayuri’s smart ass.(Okay, fine, he fought Gremmy and saved us all from a meteor, which I guess was good, but if he’s down for the count now, I’m going to be pretty bitter about Unohana/the First Kenpachi’s death.)
Nemu died so that Mayuri could… have a grief-induced hallucination of Szayelaporro? Because WTF is this:
There are actually several panels that appear to be Szayelaporro yelling at Mayuri for being sad about Nemu’s death, which end with Mayuri shoving him aside and he… disappears (because he was never there?)
Pernida, of course, is barely phased by Nemu’s last ditch sacrifice (so, you know, it didn’t even f*cking WORK and was as impotent as her whole f*cking life), but luckily when Pernida licks up her remains her pituitary gland poisons him.
At least her corpse was worth something.
And, Mayuri saved her brain, stuck in his pocket, I guess, so there’s hope she’ll be remade in some future chapter so they can go back to their blissful life of him abusing her and her taking it with a smile and a “yes, sir, can I please have another.”
On the other hand, Mayuri’s hair got mussed. And we all know how I feel about anime hair:
Very fetching, Mayuri. I briefly found you passably attractive. Too bad you’re otherwise utterly odious.