Bleach 648 see’s the transformation of Shunsui’s Bankai into the Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinjuu when he begins a three-step attack against Lille Barro. Even the activation of his Bankai affects everyone within the area, even those fighting in another place like Ichigo vs Nakk Le Vaar sense the danger in its darkness and bleak bankai. Shunsui has a real advantage over Lille Barro here.
Bleach 648 begins as Nakk Le Vaar encounters Ichigo, Ichigo asks him what he’s done with Grimmjow. He mentions that he’s taking a nice little nap somewhere. Ichigo thinks that Grimmjow has already been defeated. Ichigo tries to force Nakk Le Vaar to answer him but doesn’t, thus Ichigo attacks when they both feel a large force around them, forcing them to stop and try to feel what it is.
Everyone feels it, it’s a sort of sensation where it’s gotten darker and cold. Chad feels that it hasn’t gotten colder or any darker, it’s a sensation when someone gets the chills. Many others are scared and unable to move. Ichigo senses that it’s Shunsui’s Bankai! We see Barro land on a roof as he creates a skirt like clothing revealing his legs.
He mentions that it appears that the sky has turned to night, Shunsui appears with both his swords and a weird wave-like affect behind him. Shunsui mentions that it’s rude for him to keep Lille Barro waiting. Shunsui first asks for him to share him his first impression of how the world appears to him.
Shunsui mentions that it might seem gloom destitute place full of melancholy and despair. Barro mentions that it seems that the scenery around there seems to have grown murkier and thus he thinks that it’s his Bankai. He’s correct in calling it his Bankai. While thing may have gotten much gloomier, he thinks despair would be an exaggeration because a messenger of God feels no such emotions.
He strikes down the ground where it completely destroy the grown they stand on, a large portion of floating building collapses. Although they weren’t able to gather any intel on his Bankai, there is one truth that has become clearly evident. If the owner of the zanpakuto dies, the Bankai will simply vanish too.
Lille Barro notices a whole formed near his core and another one next to his shoulder. Shunsui enables the first stage of his Bankai, “Hesitating Sharing of the Wound”, where it shares all the wounds which Shunsui has received with Lille Barro. He also tells Lille that he won’t die from these wounds, Lille asks what he’s doing as Shunsui tells him that it’s his Bankai.
The Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinjuu, (which I think is a different version from last weeks?). He’s been rather talkative throughout this fight, however in the next act, he will shut up. Shunsui enables his second stage, “Bed of Shame”, which displays a large number of black dots on Lille, which then causes him to profusely bleed.
Shunsui mentions that someone with so many wounds by his opponent will be unable to recover from the incurable disease which causes him to bleed. Shunsui then enables his third stage, called the “Dangyo Abyss”, where a large amount of water fills the area, both are covered while they wait for their reiatsu to completely empty out until death. Bleach 648 ends here.
An absolutely fantastic chapter, the extent to Shunsui’s power is amazing, his abilities may seem one-sided but Shunsui may also be getting hurt at all these points. A wonderful and extremely dangerous Bankai that it is felt by everyone all at once. I honestly can’t wait for next week’s Bleach 649, when we see the battle continue.