Bleach – Sun Tzu For Dummies
I’m no expert on tactical warfare, but apparently neither is the Gotei 13. Looking at things from their point of view, they know that the enemy has some ability to suppress Bankai, but no knowledge of how it works. The specifics of how the enemy fights are unknown aside from the information gathered on Quincies by Mayuri. He is trying to formulate a strategy of his own, but it would take time. Considering all this, why the hell are the captains in such a hurry to power up? I can understand Hitsugaya, cause this is what he always does, but why does Byakuya pull it out so soon when we know that he can fight in other ways ? Why does Soi Fon use hers when it’s supposed to be her last resort? Actually, why does she pull out her bankai in full view of the enemy? She’s supposed to specialize in stealth, and I’m curious if the Sternritter can take your bankai if they can’t see it until it’s halfway down their throat.
Perhaps it’s wrong of me to look at a chapter of Bleach from such an analytical perspective, or any perspective that requires thinking about stuff. It’s just hard not to when we get characters putting together plans with such giant holes in them. I can’t say for sure if the points listed actually makes sense in canon, but it’s the kind of writing that is so bad you have a great deal of fun picking it apart. This feels much better than the bland stretches of single fights the series can have sometimes, though I can’t say for sure if other fans feel the same way.
With the captains and lieutenants gathered together, I feel like I have a better understanding of how the Sternritter are going to be fought. Part of the point of taking away the Bankai of those four captains appears to be so that their lieutenants can play a role in the fights, which is what many of them have been lacking recently. Of course I don’t understand the purpose of giving the second in command of Soi Fon the chance to fight, since I don’t think anyone remembers or cares about him. I could see the Sternritter being able to take only one Bankai per person, which has a few other problems but it means we can actually see some of the Bankai we didn’t before. A theme of this arc appears to be giving the spotlight to characters who never got it before, so that could be Kubo’s way of allowing them to act. It’s still clunky, but I’m the sort of person who likes understanding things, whatever the logic.
I will admit there are a few characters I would like to see actually fight in this arc. Retsu Unohana is key among them because she is supposed to be someone utterly terrifying and it would be fun to see her in action. I’m also curious if that little girl who hangs around Kenpachi will get to do anything. Whatever your thoughts on these villains, watching a small child go Yoda on them is too glorious an opportunity to miss. It will take some time before we actually get to these fights, because I think the war is still in “Let’s beat up tough characters to show how tougher we are” mode. Bleach, this is your chance to make me give a crap, so don’t waste it.