Bleach 671 is out so go get it. There’s not a lot to talk about, so I’ll wait while you swoon over the amazingness that is Hot!Hitsugaya… (hint: it’s pretty damned swoon-worthy, no matter your gender, sexual/affectional preference, at least for my money. Kubo-sensei knows how to draw HOT, I’ll give him that.)
So, okay, the only thing about Hitsugaya’s ‘mature’ power that I’m not getting is, how come it doesn’t work to freeze the effectiveness of EVERYONE’S powers? I was actually expecting him to have nullified everyone’s effectiveness in a certain radius, which would have made some sense to me as to why he might be reluctant to use it. But, apparently Hyōrinmaru is sentient enough to work on only what they’re pointed at… or, just somehow knows “enemy” from “friendly.”
Note: this would be interesting to see developed, if it’s true. Like, it reminds me of how Zabimaru gave Renji a “fake”/immature bankai, basically, because they didn’t want to fight Byakuya (they specifically wanted a re-match with Ichigo). So, it would be fascinating to later see Hyōrinmaru stop the “wrong” person’s power.
But, I’m not sure Kubo-sensei is really thinking that hard about it. The way Toshiro describes his powers made me think of this essay that I re-blogged at The Shouten the other day: http://theshouten.tumblr.com/post/142844142317/rukias-powers-dont-have-to-do-with-ice
The OP suggested that Rukia’s powers are actually entropy. The thing about her powers, however, is that they DO affect everything around her… even herself. So, I’m not entirely getting how Toshiro’s powers are working so specifically on Thor… unless it’s not entropy, and Kubo will explain it next time.
It is, as my friend calls it Kubo Science ™!
The other things that happen in the chapter are that we discover Kenpachi is still not only still alive, but able to topple GiganThor by lifting up up his foot. He seems to be back to his “old self” and not in oni-form, which kind of just makes him more bada$$ in my book.
Finally, things end on their usual cliffhanger, when we learn that Byakuya, too, has received a Soul Realm upgrade. He now has a technique called:
And, it looks like this: (which is pretty cool)
I saw this translation on the side, “One Bite, Thousand Blade Flowers” and I instantly Skyped a friend of mine to all-caps: OTP CONFIRMED. Because seriously, when has the word “bite” ever been associated with Byakuya? It’s pretty much a go-to word, however, for Renji. Also this whole “A wild, savage dance of blades…” I mean, dang, that doesn’t sound very NOBLE, does it??
Though, you know, now that I think about it, it also brings my crack ship more life… savage? Bite vs. Drink?
But, so, okay, I still think this is stupid. I don’t know why Byakuya, of all people, still thinks that hitting Thor with everything he has is a good idea. After all, the last time Byakuya used this strategy IT TOTALLY BACKFIRED AND THORE BECAME A TITAN.
So, I mean, seriously, why is this going to work?
Unless we’re supposed to think that Toshiro’s powers have nullified this other power? I mean, maybe? But, I guess we’ll see.
Personally, I still want to see Yumichika ‘come out.’
If he doesn’t? I may kick someone. (or at least a chair. Several times. Until my toe hurts, damn it.)