No problems with the revelation about Kenpachi having a mental block - that makes sense to me with everything we know about him. I am a little surprised that Kenpachi was meant to be this much a monster though, could have guessed that he could get as strong as senior captains, but didn't see him being just simply flat out >> Unohana. Yeah him being stronger as a young boy sounds a little strange, but I can just accept that that's how Kubo meant him to be - flat out stronger. Knowing what he said in the novel comments, he did plan this (unless he was making stuff up lol)... soo fine.
I don't sound too excited because I'm getting bored of Kenpachi. I'm not his fan and although he has his awesome moments, atm I find the story with him being in spotlight a little dull. I was very much looking forward to seeing more of Unohana, with all the hype, and first kenpachi secret that I found absolutely awesome. However I don't at all think she'll die. I'm expecting Kenpachi to stop before he kills her, if he should really be able to do it. Doesn't he always save those that are worth fighting? And I'm sure even if she should be weaker, she's still a worthy opponent. Not to mention that it seems like she's the most important person for him, save Yachiru... pink Yachiru.
It would be too strange to kill her off just like that... is that the only reason she is in Bleach? To stand around for 500 chapters and then die for the greater good? And of course, it doesn't make sense for SS to get rid of one of the strongest fighters, even if it should make one person stronger. They need all the power they have. Not to mention that she's not only a fighter, but first of all a godly healer (her former sensei is in Royal Dimension so.. I don't care if he's better), just how many people could she save in the war that's to come? Considering of course that she won't have to stay shut in like she did during the first Quincy invasion.
And of course the art is as good as always. I still can't get used to drugged-eyes Unohana but she's very pretty indeed. Kubo is insanely good at showing emotions through eyes / faces. Young Kenpachi reminds me too much of Akon, but he was cute despite being a monster, it's quite conflicting, at the same time he seems innocent and devilish.
And oh, yes, Zaraki x Unohana is given. Kubo wrote their shipping scenes for the musical years ago, and now we have them being cute in manga too lol
Kenpachi might have looked like a kid, but that means nothing in Soul Society. Hitsugaya too is at least 150 years old and he looks like a kid still.
i dont understand why many people here are complaining about the chapter... it was stated since the first arc that zaraki is a monster...also during fight with ichigo zaraki himself hinted that he lowers his level to enjoy fighting coz he has not found anyone he could enjoy fighting with...personally i loved this chapter...especially zaraki as a kid standing on the mountain of corpses... this was the first time we saw kenpachi as a kid and his expression and ART were amazing...this was pretty much expected from him... even i like unohanas character more than zaraki but that doesnt mean i would expect unohana to win this one ( my friends reaction was after reading this chapter : "as expected from zaraki kenpachi" )...anyone who has followed and understood bleach should definitely know this...there is no reason to complain...
Wonder if Unohana ever had the urge to fight Kuraosaki. Especially considering his growth. She probably looked at him like another Zaraki. Wonder why Zaraki was so strong to begin with. What was he when he was a human?
I was not able to read the previous post, so I don't know if someone already said it.
Anyways I believe that this man is Isshin http://www.mangareader.net/bleach/525/6.
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Maybe zaraki is related to the soul king or somethng , cuz they both dont have no eyebrows and the front hair lines look kinda similar and maybe zaraki was sent down to rukongai cuz he stole that zanpaktou and nobody could go near him without being slashed to death and he was pissed at the soul king that he started going on a rampage killing everyone he sees so as to spite the king and make him regret sending him down to rukongai but he ended up loving fighting and by chance met unohana who was seeking the strongest and what if he was sent to hueco mundo , he and stark could have been bestest fwenz , no ?
The little Kenpachi shown in this chapter's flashback is holding onto the very same sword (same hilt, same dented structure), so, he got it from some Shinigami way before. He probably communicated with it, perhaps even subconsciously, but who knows, the constant release seems to be doing nothing apparently.
I'm finding it odd that I enjoy the character of Kenpachi, and even more, Captain Unohana, but I am really not excited about the way Kubo went here. I understand the concept of the eleventh division being built on strength, but the overfocus on lust for violence reduces my respect for the characters to the point where it's hard to enjoy the current chapters. I know that there are 'dark heroes,' but I'm not seeing anything redeeming about these two. They seem to ignore their duties, concocting reasons (as Unohana did in the flashback) to go out and kill people. It does fit with the brutal image Bach painted of the early Gotei 13, but that violence just seems pointless and selfish. Why would the Gotei 13 value these two? Yes, they are powerful, but I am beginning to agree that Central 46 was right not to want someone who kills for enjoyment to 'protect' the Seireitei. He could as easily fight for the enemy, which is why he would be vulnerable to Bach's 'brainwashing.' Offer him a good enough fight and he would sell his soul for it. And 'Yachiru' seems no better. Sure the Gotei needs power, but power they can depend on. They're in deep enough shit as it is. They don't any more enemies...especially ones they built.
I am hoping Kubo does SOMETHING to make these two something that resembles 'captain' and 'leader' material. Right now, their philosophy seems to only support Bach's assertion that Yamamoto got weak because he found he had things he wanted to protect. Protection seems to be the last thing on their minds. I still hold out some hope, of course, but I don't know how the Seireitei can depend on this to strengthen the Gotei's defenses. It could really backfire.
Maybe someone could give me a different, more positive perspective. Maybe I'm just not understanding what Kubo's trying to say here. Any ideas?