Introduction of Royal Realm
Explanation of King's Key
Humor during Healing Therapy
Rukia Fan Service
Soul King's Appearance
For all we know, Vollstandig isn't a one-shot technique like Letzt Stil, so, the question is what kept the SS from using it in this first assault? If Kirge is able to use it, it's unlikely that others aren't able to do so. Apparently, they were stalling the fights, but I cannot see their reasoning in preserving power. They could have completely annihilated the SS with a single blow for the most part and wait for just the Royal Guard in the next.
I tend to think Bach doesn't expect Royal Guard to interfere with this battle. Otherwise, I see no reason for him to be just taking down Captain-Commander and wait for a support unit to assemble, which is presumably more powerful than Captain-Commander when their powers are combined. If that's the case, SS remains at a real disadvantage here.
I guess, as it's the case with Bankai, Vollstandig power changes wildly from a SR to another. Even so, a VC will most likely be unable to hold ground against Vollstandig, as they will not have a Bankai to receive a power boost. Still, Urahara, Grimmjow, Isshin, Yoruichi, in short, off-somewhere else characters of this first assault can interfere (we don't know about FB or their motives yet) and make up for that lack of power.
We will have to measure the base strength of the SR first, and that looks around Shikai level so far. That alone tells they aren't going to be screwed up, but I still tend to think they don't have as good of an advantage over SS as it looked initially.
Ever since their introduction, Bankai seemed like a real problem for them. They initially showed a great deal of confidence when they stole it, whereas a panic attack when Ichigo's Zangetsu probably showed them his middle finger. Kirge in his Vollstandig form wasn't much of a threat against Ichigo in his Bankai form. I don't wanna imagine what would a Hollowfied Bankai do to him.
They certainly made SS look like a joke, but their impression in terms of power isn't off the charts. Also, I'm guessing that Grimmjow was the one who split Kirge in half so those of you who still question his powers should think twice. Quincy's leader is the only one who seems like a problem to me. All others can be dealt with.
Aizen's Espada were much more intimidating, is my conclusion.
I'm sure The Soul King and his Royal Guards are the evil ones,not Aizen.
It just simply can't end with Bach as the last villain,admit it, he's just a puppet.
Get ready for a big twist
And...ALL HAIL GOD AIZEN!
Yeah, Aizen is a bad guy, there's no two ways about it. How many people did he kill doing his Hollowfication experiments? We never get a number, but enough that the Shinigami of Seireitei took notice. Then there's the scores of people he himself said he sacrificed to the Hogyoku attempting to awaken it. It's not clear if "sacrifice" meant actually killing them, since Matsumoto survived the process, but it's something of a violation against those people regardless. And let's not forget the 100,000+ occupants of Karakura Town Aizen was ready to wipe off the face of the Earth, with a smile on his face. Then there's Hinamori, who he broke mentally and that's only because she survived his attempt to murder her. And his loyal subordinate Harribel, whom he also tried to murder, just to prove the point that he was mildly annoyed. Also the callous smirk on his face after Tousen died. Plus however many people died as a direct or indirect consequence of his actions; Kaien, his wife, etc. I think the only reason he didn't initiate a massacre like Juha Bach did is because he wasn't out to disrupt the Balance of Souls, whereas the Quincy seem hellbent on doing just that. But he certainly wasn't above it - had he succeeded in creating the Ouken his kill count would have exceeded the Quincy's so far.
One might consider his motives noble, though I don't see we don't know how he was going to "improve" the world when he'd usurped the throne, but he wasn't a noble guy and he certainly wasn't pursuing his goals for anyone else's sake. The guy was a bastard. It's not just because he was on the antagonist side, it's a matter of personality. Just because Mayuri is on the protagonists' side, it doesn't make him any less of a complete monster. Just because Aizen was fighting for something doesn't mean he wasn't an evil asshole.
Most likely Grimmjow is stronger now but him splitting Kirge in two isn't a big feat. Firstly it was a sneak attack and also Kirge is human and without blut, you know that he wouldn't have much durability. He likely lowered his blut vein and switch to arterie in order to kill (wound) Urahara.
When Grimmjow does some real fighting, he'll get his praise then.
and you act cocky on top of that...
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