Chapter 324 opens with last fight’s Kira nonchalantly asking the arrancar he just cut down for no forgiveness—a fitting closure on his philosophy that war necessarily violates unapologetically all morality and fairness. Next up, the third of the prelim fights between the Ninth Division Lieutenant Shuuhei Hisagi and the third of Barragan’s five Fracción Findor Carias.
Having been disappointed that Kira revealed no bankai or any new move, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect of Hisagi. Of the four “elite” lieutenants involved in these fights, Hisagi is the only who has not even revealed what his shikai form looks like yet. So, if fighting the top Espada’s faccions is not enough for him to release it, I would’ve yelled out foul. Luckily, he did not disappoint.
Hisagi’s dual scythes shikai form is fairly reminiscent of the fifth Espada Nnoitra Jiruga’s release, except Hisagi does not grow four more arms. (Maybe his bankai will, who knows?) However, better than Nnoitra, Hisagi can spin his at such a high speed that one blade can essentially act as an impenetrable shield while the other as a sharp cutting flywheel shredding everything in its path. To top it off, the chain that attaches to both scythes allows Hisagi to manipulate the paths of the blades unpredictable upon the opponent.
The arrancar Findor is pretty bad—bad as in weak, the weakest so far of the three. He’s basically one lobster claw that pisses at high pressure, no other tricks. His worse offense, however, is to think that his pissing lobster arm makes him equivalent to a Shinigami Captain. Needless to say, Hisagi splits his lobster shell open easier than I can at The Red Lobster House myself.
At this point, the score is 3–0 in favor of Shinigami over Espada since the beginning of the Winter War Arc. If you count the last arc where six of the Espada went down, the score is 9–0. And they say ten Espada would destroy all of Soul Society. This is just not making the upcoming battle meaningful anymore, where the Shinigami antes up Ikkaku, a third seat but with a bankai up his sleeves. Are we suppose to think the next Fracción will be much different from his naive comrades who let the Shinigami lieutenants walk away unscathed. It’s time like this that I wish the writers would not so much try to protect their merchandize sales, but instead, just kill off a few Shinigami lieutenants, maybe even a Captain or two. It would just make the next fight that much tenser, knowing our favorite character may not draw his sword ever again.
The chapter 325 ends with Ikkaku lying on the ground. However, that’s just how he fights: the greater the beat-down he receives, the greater his battle cry becomes. His bankai is similar: his blade requires cumulative damages in order to wake up. The arrancar just doesn’t know that every hit he lands on Ikkaku is coming back to him ten folds.