WOOOOO!! Now we’re talkin’! Kyouraku’s incredible, Stark’s phenomenal and Ukitake is just God-like! I think the big Shiro-chan’s actually gonna finish this fight in Shunsui’s place. It’s nice to see a chapter that concentrates on just one fight again, I was expecting to see a few pages of what the others are doing. Oh, and of course, Kubo Tite managed to screw up once more, thus messing up every cool or at least decent name he’s ever thought of. Stark’s name is acually Starrk. Because one ‘R’ is never enough for Kubo Tite.
The chapter starts as it finishes – with an appearance by Ukitake. At first he’s just idly observing the fight, surprised at how much power Stark gained after using his ressurection. Or maybe he’s just sad that Lilynette’s gone and he doesn’t have anyone to play with.
Now, Kubo Tite has proven himself to have an incredible talent when coming up with cool characters, but I’ve gotta say, Stark is one of the best yet. He’s something like Zangetsu and Kyouraku in one, plus he’s an Espada! Take a good look at the perfect clothing – it’s like one of those wolf-skin outfits that the northern rangers would wear in a good Jack London or Karl May book. His two guns, also in typical 19th century style, look like they’re made from wood. And finally the eye-patch that kinda makes him look like a pirate just further contributes to the awesomeness of Stark’s character. But as if to ruin the perfect impression the 1st Espada has made until now, Kubo applies a few of Lilynette’s temperaments into his character.
The guns are actually Llilynete and they/she can talk! That only raises my suspicions further that Lilynette is indeed a much more material shape of a zanpakuto’s soul. Anyway, Stark does something completely unexpected – he becomes a bit impatient and loud-mouthed, which is completely unlike him. After hitting the tip of the gun against his head, Lilynette complains that he hit her head. The back side of the gun is supposedly her butt, which just leaves he mystery – what the fuck is the trigger?! Let’s hope we don’t find out.
While Stark is busy fooling around, Shunsui already commences a plan into action. He throws his hat in front of the Espada’s face, so that his view would become blocked for a moment. In that instant he slashes through the hat, hoping to catch the unprepared Stark off-guard. The hollow slides back to avoid the hit and seems quite annoyed at the Captain’s actions, who didn’t let him finish his monologue.
Kyouraku interrupts him again, by using the technique “Bushougoma” (Lazy Spinning Top) to create a whirlwind in his opponent’s direction. While Stark tires to escape the small cyclone, Shunsui jumps above him, preparing to use another technique – “Taka Oni” (Mountain Demon). His attack never even begins though, as Stark fires a powerful Cero from his right gun. The Captain barely manages to avoid it; the beam just nicks his haori’s left sleeve. Using his left eye, the Espada is able to instantly pinpoint Shunsui’s location, aiming his left gun at the shinigami’s head.
Their conversation continues with Stark implying that Kyouraku’s become nervous. The shinigami on the other hand admits that the Espada’s ressureccion is quite powerful and he’d decided to finish him off with the very first attack. Shunsui also catches on to the truth behind Stark’s ability – his right gun can fire Ceros and perhaps something more. Stark insists that he has nothing to hide, while the Captain just calls him a liar. Primera is not pleased with having to use his ressureccion and is determined to see his opponent’s bankai.
Stark’s reiatsu raises sky-high and he unleashes a new attack – “Cero Metralleta” (Cero Submachine-gun). This technique, I gotta say, is the shit! Tens, hundreds, maybe even thousands of Ceros per seconds are fired straight at Shunsui. It’s a lot like Ishida’s “Licht Regen”, only each missile is a lot more powerful. Kyouraku tires to escape, but even his shunpo isn’t efficient enough to outrun Stark’s cannonade. Just as the Ceros are about to catch up with the shinigami, Ukitake appears, activating his shikai – “Sougyo no Kotowari” (Truth of Pisces).
Sougyo no Kotowari is a double sword, which, according to its release command, has the power to control lightning and water. Whatever Ukitake’s swords are, they seem extremly powerful – being able to blast away Stark’s Cero with ease. The Espada managed to dodge the beam without much trouble, but was still shocked to see a shinigami fire a Cero-like technique.
My theories on Juushiro’s attack are three. The first and most acceptable one is that this attack is similar to ichigo’s Getsuga Tenshou. Ulquiorra did say that the black Getsuga Tenshou was almost like a Cero, so why wouldn’t Ukitake’s be like one, as well? My second guess, which seems quite impossible, is that Ukitake’s also a Vizard. But I can’t really say a statement like that is even plausible. My final assumption is that his sword can copy various techniques, including a hollow’s ability.