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Perhaps we're looking at this all wrong. Who's to say training has even started. Look at it this way, if you're not giving it 100% is your instructor going to really try to waste time teaching? Maybe she is first trying to push him to attain his full power before she shows him how to harness and focus it. As soon as he starts getting comfortable and confident, she goes to the next level. Who knows, maybe she couldn't bring herself to go hard on him as a kid so she didn't use bankai. I'll admit, this chapter wasn't great, but it made sense at least. People limit themselves mentally all the time. I think it's too early to assume we have the whole story with these two.
Liked the chapter, good to see the backstory and I didn't see Ken being stronger than Unohana while being a child coming at all. Guess his massive power and reckless abandon (in search for someone on par to his level) was more for her flat out skill to handle.
I see the one Quincy with the fear factor ability owning Ken with his new found power that is being brought out of him now. He will be brought down to a weaker level that he is possibly at now unless he can truly master the art of controlling his own power and releasing it properly. I assume that is what Unohana is trying to teach him at the end of all this.
The thing I don't like about this chapter is that it creates a plot hole that could have been avoided.
Unohana was the one healing Kenpachi all along and that sucks because it means there was innate ability of Zaraki which was healing him. Ten chapters ago Zaraki was described as in the same state as Bykuya: as unconciouss and unlikely to awaken or resume his Captain duties.
Eight chapters later Zaraki is ready to fight Unohana?
If Zaraki had some innate healing abiltiy then it can explain how he got recovered. Since there is none then it leaves a massive plot hole because it was unlikely that Unohana could have healed Kenpachi but she somehow did.
I don't mind Kubo retconning information but seriously has he forgotten about something he wrote just 10 chapters ago?
maybe it isn't a plothole if unohana healed him 8 days ago just like she's reviving him now every 5 seconds.
I can't believe that captain commander will sacrifice unohana to bring zaraki to his prime/former self but as we know almost nobody die in bleach so there is still hope that unohana will survive even if she isn't stronger than zaraki, i will love to see her fight the damn quincies..
Last edited by thornofcarrion; January 31, 2013 at 01:09 AM.
Great chapter this week. Kudos to Kubo for revealing a little about Zaraki's past and that it's connected to Unohana too.
Pretty interesting that, Zaraki could've killed Ichigo, back in the SS arc, if not for his encounter with Unohana as a child and I disagree with him winning against Nnoitra by a hair's breath. Nnoitra was garbage and had the worse abilities of all the Espada.
Next chapter, looking to see how Zaraki's power will change the course of events for the upcoming battle against the Quincy.
p.s., Now, if only Hitsugaya could reach his full potential, he'd be really bad a** in a fight.
Just noticed after reading the chapter again in Mangastream.
Unohana stated that she is stronger than anyone but Zaraki.
That is quite a statement when Yamamoto is obviously stronger.
The original Zaraki will return. But that is only the first step. The original Zaraki only has uber raw power. He still needs to learn the name of his soul cutter.
I predict that Unohana will live to teach him about the shinigami arts.
Last edited by Toby_Temple; January 31, 2013 at 01:51 AM.
1) First is to make him stronger, case in fact yes, he is their trumph card in upcomming strike-back operation.
2) He wants to set Zaraki on a path of defender, its like when Urahara trained Ichigo for the first time, he turned his fears in his strengh ( i dont remember exact chapter, but he said something like "when you swing your blade you think: i afraid they will get hurt, but you should think:i wont let them get hurt") so basicly he want to change Zaraki like Zaraki changed Unohana back there (i think it was case of him, she quit killin stuff), so in the end he will not kill Unohana but will find joy in something else, not just in fights to death. Plus i think this kind of thing already tryed to do Yamamoto (i actualy dont remember where it was stated, but he teached Zaraki some "crap" and Ken-chan was respecting old man too)
Of course you can't forget it's a Shonen manga...
Maybe she would have tried something at the last moment, had Ichigo not stepped in.
But yea, let's just wait and see what happens with this training. And any character appears to be weak if you compare them to someone stronger.
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Also for whatever reason, I find Unohana's expression on the last page (top panel before she gets cut, close-up on her face) to be...strangely hot? lol
the chapter wasnt that great. just waiting to get back to the quincies and grimmjow. and isshins story
There are thousands of real people who might have never woken up but did anyway. That line of the messenger dude was just to underline the hopelessness of the moment and to give Soifon an excuse to snap and so Kyoraku could deliver awesome sauce. Nothing more. Let's not nitpick, for people have survived being cut in half in our Bleach before. And I'm talking about Ichigo vs. Aizen here -you know, when Bleach was so good and all.
I'm quite sad knowing the possibility of Unohana dead, as much as I love seeing the background story and history between the two of them.
It's sort of a waste and stupid to sacrifice her since it'd me a LOT more helpful for SS to have them two alive and striking together than just one.