Bleach 516 Review: The Squad Zero

Published on November 14th, 2012

Bleach Chapter 516 was recently released. In this chapter we are facing two main issues; first Ichigo is having problems with his broken Zanpakuto, and second the coming of the Squad Zero. First, let’s take a look at what happened to Ichigo’s Zanpakuto.

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Image credit: Original artist Tite Kubo, colored by Deviant artist DK168

WARNING: This article contains spoilers. So if you haven’t read the chapter yet, you might be in for a surprise!

Bleach 516 Review: Ichigo’s Broken Zanpakuto

Ichigo was with Captain Kurotsuchi, seeking help on how he can repair or fix his broken Zanpakuto. Remember, during the previous chapter, Ichigo’s Zanpakuto was easily sliced into half by Juha Bach’s vice (forgot his name). According to Kurotsuchi, it is impossible to fix his Zanpakuto.

If a Shinigami’s Zanpakuto was broken during Shikai form, it can easily be restored just by pouring the owner’s spirit / reiatsu into the sword. Simple as that. But Ichigo’s Zanpakuto was not broken during Shikai form, it was broken during Bankai. And a broken Bankai sword never returns to how it was.

This is really a big problem for Ichigo. A broken Zanpakuto, even if he is in bankai, would be useless. So I’m guessing that Ichigo will, again, be having his “”journey”” to unravel new hidden powers. Since we knew that he has Quincy blood in him, he might be start using Quincy weapons in replacement, like the Seele Schneider.

There is also a possibility that Ichigo will have a new stronger Zanpakuto. Perhaps a combination of a Shinigami’s Zanpakuto and a Quincy’s arrow. This could be a new hybrid type of weapon, may be able to help him defeat the Vandereich, and Juha Bach.

If my theory would be correct, Ichigo would no longer be a melee type, instead he will have both melee and projectile attacks (excluding the Getsuga Tenshou).

Bleach 516 Review: The Squad Zero

In not sure why the Captains of Gotei 13 does not want to see the Squad Zero coming to Soul Society from the Palace of the King of Souls. The Zero Division is composed of 5 captains, so powerful that their total power even surpasses the power of all the 13 divisions combined together.

I don’t have names yet of the Captains of the Zero Division (Squad Zero). But one of the captain looks very familiar. Is it Kazuma Kuwabara from Yuyu Hakusho? Or just a look a like? If he is Kuwabara, then his Zanpakuto is probably a Spirit sword (shikai form) and his Bankai form is probably the Dimensional Sword. LOL!

The 5 captains of the Zero Division doesn’t look tough at all, but looks can be very deceiving. I’m not sure what will they do in Soul Society or what will they talk about with the captains of Gotei 13. Perhaps they’ll get a yelling from the Zero Squad for not protecting SS properly. Or perhaps they could be the key to the awakening of Ichigo’s hidden powers.

What do you think guys? Let’s just find it out on the next chapter.

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