Who will die?
My guesses as far as captains go:
Byakuya (not yet but eventually)
Toshiro (prob not but hopefully....)
Aizen (helping Ichigo or some bs)
Ukitake (maybe, same with Shunsui)
Prob a few Vice Captains too
Maybe more captains but i think we will at least get to see their Bankai's before they die, and they will actually be able to use them w/o getting them stolen b4 they die
Possible others: Everyone
Since we're only in the opening part of the arc (where shinigami lose, only to come back winners at the end of the arc), do you guys think it's possible that Kubo will go the "Nagato" route and Kira and Byakuya (and possibly other deceased to come) will be somehow healed - like for example, Yamamoto's bankai 'lits the fire in souls once' and he can revive recently deceased (maybe for the price of his life or smth); or Unohana's bankai is some haxxxxxxx healing tech?
I never thought that could happen after Kira went bye, but... Byakuya? Kubo is either very much serious (and he does seem so), ...or he somehow saves him. I think he should know that people didn't like what "Nagato did at the end" (you either know what I mean or don't, and don't look it up if you don't) so I doubt he'd do it but... maybe?
I wonder which of the Sternritters will win battles on even ground with the Captains? Using a hax medallion out of nowhere will work for only so long. As Nodt basically killed Byakuya by drugging him with fear preventing him from thinking straight, and had his bankai stolen and was killed ultimately by his own weapon. Hardly a display of power from As Nodt; more a display of intelligence and utter ruthless cruelty.
Casualties: Yamamoto, Komomura, a few LTs.
Kenpachi's going to get severely wounded trying to take out the bosses so early.
Histugaya will be "killed" by his own sword only to find later in the arc he was only frozen because he's mastered his bankai
(because it's NONLETHAL jk)
Vandenreich will probably retreat when a major reinforcement shows up (Ichigo, Royal Guard, Ai-chan, whatevs)
I actually think Hitsugaya will be the next headcaptain despite Kubo trolling him primarily because of his leadership skills
Kubo said the were going to the ice palace of the Vandenreich. Vanderland?
The Bleach wiki is already listing Byakuya as dead; is it just me that thinks it's a bit premature? He might be dead, but given Kubo's track record I'm waiting for definite confirmation before thinking of him as deceased.
Off-topic, but I agree that Hitsugaya will be Commander-General one day (not necessarily the next one - depends when Yamamoto dies); if in 100 years he'll be stronger than Kyouraku then I think that gives him the potential to overtake Yamamoto eventually.
Well... your poll doesn't give the choice to pick between 1 and 4 people.
So, I picked none.
But, I am actually thinking that maybe 1 or 2 people might die if Kubo has some balls for once.
ichigo wants to save byakuya ... probably nobody is gonna die , exept maybe hinamori ...but this will be her fourth death