A deeper look into the past and minds of two of the most viscous killers in Soul Society history.
This chapter really builds upon the ground work they put together last week, but it also repeats what we already knew. Unohana is striking Kenpachi down to make him bigger and badder. While the story between these beasts is terrifying in its own way. It's also tragic in the most twisted sense of the word. He's been holding himself back for a few thousand years based upon both his drive for combat and admiration of his first true opponent. He doesn't want to be the strongest if it means being alone. Probably the closest the guy has ever come to a sense of "love".
Seeing Kenpachi emerging from the pile of corpses. It reminded me of some questions I've always wondered about the BLEACHmythology. If everyone in the Soul Society is dead, how can they even die? Where do they go after that? I can't imagine it destroys the soul. That would throw the universe out of balance eventually. Are they just reborn into the physical world? While I'm on the topic. If thezanpakuto cleans the sins of the Hollows. Where are the souls of all the Arrancar that have fallen in battle? I demand to see an adorably drawn graph on how Rukia explains all of this.
Unohana is a character that's always stood in the background. Now, she's in the spotlight and has never been so fascinating. Something about the idea that she's going to sacrifice herself to make Kenpachi stronger feels borderline offensive. Doesn't this series have overpowered dudes? I'll be pretty irritated with Kubo if she'll just be left to the darkness for eternity. However, I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if after cutting her down that Kenpachi will bring her to Isane to heal. He's a vicious monster, but with a soft streak.
While I enjoy this look at the past of Kenpachi. It seems like an awkward time to be telling the story of someone's origin. Having said that. It still didn't deter my enjoyment of both the art and story. I can't even imagine the kind of demon Kenpachi will become once he emerges from the prison, but I'm very excited to see who's the first unlucky enemy to feel his wrath.