^Also, the guy had just injured his hand from attacking Ichigo. It's possible that the blow he dealt Renji was only about 50% of what it should have been.
From how it looks, it's possible that their relationship might have been very similar to Renji and Rukia, or to Matsumoto and Gin. They both could have been from the 80 district, while Yachiru might have been like an older sister to him. It's hard to say just how old Zaraki is, or for how long he was venturing through the 80 districts (his poor sense of direction might have made it really long ;P) to eventually reach the Seireitei and own the previous Kenpachi. Unohana might not be the same Yachiru anyway, seeing as it is: "the name of the only person I ever cared about" (past tense) and not, "the name of the only person I care about". This person named Yachiru might very well be the source of Zaraki's desire to obtain the tittle of Kenpachi, but perhaps rather as a person who was named in by someone or by herself in the tribute for the first Kenpachi and in hopes to become like that person, or simply the death of the only person he cared about, Yachiru, was what pushed Zaraki to follow the path of strength, seeing as those from far districts were much more bestial than humans, where strength meant survival (obtaining a name might have been only a subgoal to him).
Then again, the translation might not be that great anyway, thus the misleading wording :P.
I guess it's worth noticing that when Kenpachi was bleeding out after the fight with Ichigo, Yachiru called Unohana specifically and not just someone from the 4th division to heal Zaraki.
Still, in the case that Kenpachi admired the First Kenpachi and not simply the current one or just the title itself, would suggest that he is one of the oldest of the current captains and have at least lived 1000 years ago, assuming that the tittle Kenpachi already existed when the Gotei was known only as Divisions and that Unohana resigned from her position or even faked out her death and changed her name around the supposed end of the War with the Quincies (at least that incident seems like world/game changing for most Shinigami that lived at that time).
Kenpachi is considered one of the 5 war potentials..... i don't know what bach is planning for them...... the first impressions he made about them is trying to recruit them to his side as his war potentials.... ex. aizen and lately ichigo... maybe he wants kenpachi to join them and knows something about his past that could change his mind and ordered not to kill him because he was a valuable asset to the VR's
^ It depends on who are the other 2 war potentials, but as for now, the current war potentials are as much as risks as chances. All of them might be the key to save SS, but even one of them might lead to SS's destruction. The way how the Central reacted to training Kenpachi seems to suggest at least this much. Aizen was already a big threat. While Ichigo might potentially join the Vandereich as a Quincy. Not to forget that there are still 2 unknown war potentials.
Yamamoto wasn't considered as one, because he changed, but if it was the old Yama, then he would fit that pattern, since invoking his bankai alone for a longer period of time would have been enough to destroy SS, as much as his ruthless character eager to discard and sacrifice his subordinates, as if they were nothing along the way, might have hurt SS pretty badly as well.
Omaeda being the worst poll choice haha, nice one.
Anyone else excited to see Renji's new bankai(maybe in the upcoming training)?
Epic chapter! 5/5
Id love to see some flashbacks of Unohana though! And im pretty sure Kenpachi knows about her, and probably knows enough to not attempt to fight her, after all shes still living and was the first Kenpachi! Either undefeated or just resigned it to someone else when she began a life as a healer
Something don't add up, why did the 1st Kenpachi get a pass? Was it because she took another position? Did the second & Third Kenpachi's change tradition for spite? Because I'd think that if your strongest warrior/captain went to become some kind of care-bear, your squad would be more 'moderate', not these "kill now or kill later" type thugs. Maybe that is why the 11th squad does not like the medical squad, they feel shame but can't express it to their ex-captain. Maybe the 11th rule of "to the death" was so that the squad does not get 10+ captain-class blood thirsty monsters (the captain and ex-captains/ex-challengers).
I just don't get the tradition now that we have more insight.
I must say that even though this was a very good chapter I'm absolutely HATING that Unohana didn't become the new CC, despite her being superior to Shunsui in age, experience and overall skills. It's probably because she's a woman, and that's just so fucking...Japanese.