Who you should show the
greatest respect to is.
I criticized the previous chapter for neglecting Lucy and not allowing her to fight on her own. However, she does shine in this chapter. Natsu and Lucy take on Jacob and he dominates them in hand to hand. Jacob decides to destroy the guild with his ability. Lucy tells Jacob that his comrade’s, “Brandish and Lackey”.
He release them and Lucy quickly took advantage and used Gemini spirit. She clones Lackey, receiving some criticism from the other because Lackey isn’t strong. However, she has a different plan in mind. She uses “Marin’s “Rules of the Area” to cancels out Jacob’s “Transport.” This results in the entire guild returning. Natsu defeats Jacob with Blaze Dragon King’s Demolition Fist. I really like this chapter it was a quick fight, but I like the cleverness of Lucy.
It seem completely logical to me that Zunisha, could “speak.” I mean this is One Piece after all. Jack’s plan of attack made sense, but his assumption that a giant elephant didn’t. Luffy’s connection to previous great warrior’s in One Piece (Gol D. Roger, Kozuki Oden) wasn’t too surprising. However, Momonosuke’s connection was, although he is the son of Oden.
Regardless, Zunisha’s story was interesting, but we didn’t get details. Momonosuke finally gives Zunisha’s the order to attack. Zunisha uses it’s massive trunk to demolish, Captain Jack and his crew. After everything calms down, Luffy announces that the Strawhats will be departing. Finally, we see Scratchmen Apoo as he informs Kaido that they lost contact with Jack.
Another solid One Piece chapter. The climax of this arc ended surprisingly quickly. However, I doubt Captain Jack is dead. While, I enjoyed this arc I’m glad we are moving on. I’m excited to see what happens with Luffy, the Strawhat’s and the Yonko Big Mom and Kiado. Luffy intent’s to avoid them, but I doubt he will especially if you consider his personality.
Bigger, Faster, Stronger
Personally, I find Gerard’s power silly. Many of the abilities of the Sternritter’s where like his (in term’s of plausibility). According to him, Gerard’s power The Miracle “gives form to the desires and emotions of the masses, which is what increased his size and made Hoffnung unbreakable.” Hitsugaya wastes his time trying to “help,” but does take notice of Kenpachi’s removal of his eye patch.
The “plan,” Byakuya and Hitsugaya formed was obviously doomed from the start. Nobody is going to get in Kenpachi’s way. Gerard, finally gets the upper hand an knocks Kenpachi to the ground. Yachiru Kusajishi appears, she tells Kenpachi that “that the fun has only just started,” and “that Kenpachi would be able to cut down anyone if he used her properly.” Kenpachi finally uses his Bankai.
Some might criticize Kubo for ignoring the standards the he created for obtaining a Bankai. Considering the fact that:
To achieve Bankai, one must be able to materialize and subjugate their Zanpakuto spirit. Materialization means the opposite of getting dragged into the Zanpakutō’s inner world: the wielder needs to summon the Zanpakutō’s spirit into the physical world. It usually takes 10 years or more to achieve, plus the experience needed to master it. Despite the Zanpakutō spirit being subjugated for their Shinigami to learn Bankai, the Zanpakutō also becomes stronger and learns Bankai at precisely the moment their Shinigami learns it. Even though Bankai is the final stage of a Zanpakutō, it does not mean the Shinigami’s growth ends there. A Bankai, especially one recently obtained, can evolve even further as its Shinigami gets stronger.
However, two characters have been able to achieve Bankai in an alternate manner.
Ichigo Kurosaki and Kisuke Urahara are the only known individuals who have attained Bankai through a far shorter, yet much more dangerous method. Using a special device created by Urahara, which forcibly materializes a Zanpakutō spirit (thus bypassing a large portion of the training), they attained their Bankai within three days instead of the normal hundreds of years. After successfully testing the device and achieving Bankai, Urahara stated training by using this method for more than three consecutive days could prove to be fatal, which is why Ichigo was forced to achieve his own Bankai within three days.
Considering, that both Urahara and Ichigo are war potentials like Kenpachi, it makes sense that he could achieve bankai differently. He has already been established as a Shinigami of extraordinary ability, often defying logic. It will be interesting to see how his Bankai and relationship to Yachiru are explained. Most importantly I can’t wait to see Kenpachi’s Bankai.