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Its obviously Yamamoto. The entire first half of this arc was about getting his Ban Kai. Everything else was irrelevant. I'm hesitant to put the RG on a pedestal despite what Renji just showed. He's a main character and they are not. I wouldn't be surprised if they all got pwned by Yhwach using the same damn Ban Kai.
The G13 captains didn't look very happy meeting the Royal Guards either. They were presented as powerful, are by all means and purposes powerful and Kubo actually never gave a doubtful hint that they aren't [far] above the normal captains. Hype or not, they are simply stronger by the show off of Abarai who could only spend like a week with them.
So now we have a new argument about Renji who stayed in the Royal Palace less than a month is actually stronger than 5 RG who stayed there for centuries!
Just because your part of the Royal Guard / Zero Division doesn't make you "more powerful" than a member of the Gotei 13. Remember these five individuals weren't chosen for their power, but their intellect and how they used it to create something unique that would make the world of the Shinigami stronger and more effective in their roles to balance the world of souls.
Hikifune for example showcased her special talent, but i seriously doubt she could fare against Kenpachi in a sword battle. Granted though, Shunsui only pointed out that all five "together" not "separate" are stronger than the Gotei 13 combined. You also have to look at this as well, over 50% of the Gotei 13 are recent / new members who have very little experience compared to the Royal Guard, Yamamoto, Unohana, Shunsui or Ukitake. So yeah, put that into perspective too and it does make sense.
p.s., Zaraki is still the strongest in my opinion and even the Old Man Yama knew how dangerous he'd be, if he truly perfected his sword skills alone.
If single RG was stronger than entire G13 and as strong as 100,000 souls, there'd be no war at all. One RG would be enough to kill all SRs and Juha, with Ichigo's help. The strongest pure Shinigami is obviously Kenpachi, as his name suggests. :P
That 50% thing doesn't really make difference. Shunsui said them combined are stronger than the combined forces of the Gotei 13, including himself, Unohana, and Ukitake. Keep in mind, he didn't specify that they were just stronger than the 13 Captains combined, he said the entire Gotei 13. So that means, Captains, Lieutenants, and Seated Officers.
I think Mystic Kenpachi could be as strong as Yamamoto now in terms of reiatsu or even stronger. So yes he's the strongest Captain. But hax can bypass just physical power. I would laugh and not be surprised either if he had a kidou type zan with some kind of healing power. Convenient way to keep Unohana around.
Equal to? I would hate it, but I'd tolerate it at the least. Stronger than? I am writing a strongly worded letter to Kubo. Strongest current Captain? Probable. I'm waiting for Shunsui and Ukitake to throw down though. Then there is Byakuya, who should in all honesty be dead, but seeing as he isn't, he'll probably rival Zaraki with the RG training.
I find Kenpachi to be the strongest, especially considering he's always held back in his fights and at least, he's one of the strongest with tremendous potential. bleach wallpaper
Last edited by nocturne22; March 12, 2014 at 07:41 AM.
I mean, look at Aizen, Gin, Kyouraku, Urahara, Yoruichi...
It isn't just the shinigami who hold back - it appears to be a characteristic of all strong people.
Stark for example - I am still not 100% that he went all out in his fight (nor Kyouraku for that matter...)
I feel that even with his recent upgrade, Kenpachi isn't as overpowering as some people feel he should/will be.
All the fights we have seen him in seem to suit his fighting style - he hasn't fought anyone who hasn't tried to beat him in H2H for example.
Perhaps I am biased though... Mainly due to my disinterest in seeing Kenpachi fights. They are all the same - brutal slugging matches where Kenpachi gets cut up, but wins because his opponents are less good at it than him.
With his reiatus there wouldn't be much abilities that could hurt him. Everything is a game of reiatsu ~Aizen. With his reiatsu he'd have hard skin that can't be cut like against Ichigo. Normal arrows won't do shit, his speed and power should be enough to pwn any SR. Unless someone has some kind of games as his ability, he should win easily, as he did with last 3 SRs.