As expected, that sternritter got incinerated.
Going on what Yamamoto said it seems they can't use the Bankai at full power, he took two shots and it did nothing compared to the first time when choujirou scared him.
Nice little back story on Yama and Sasakibe. So that's how he got that cross like scar on his forehead. They look totally different when they were younger though. And with one slash Yama ends it. You could his bones on fire, that is sick.
I think this is the first time I saw a cool power given to a useless character, such a waste. I hope it is possible to transfer the Bankai to other Zan. Like adopting it or something.
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For someone with such a sick bankai he sure had hell of a useless shikai...which means to say the spear looking thing was his shikai i guess?
Like the backstory n finally showing some aging process in bleach.
Nice Flashback.... yama looks like some yakuza kingpin....chojiro looks like hitsugaya's older brother hehe....... So chojiro did not use his bankai for 200 years? is that the reason why yamamoto says it was so weak compared to long ago.... and that chojiro never fought or trained for a long time meant that he was not as strong as when he was a couple of hundreds of years ago? i Don't know what happened but for a very very long time chojiro stayed in the sidelines and in the shadows....... he planned to be a subordinate and somewhat servant to yamamoto and never took arms...that probably made him rusty in his fighting skills just like how yoruichi became weak after 100 years of no fighting....it probably had a greater toll on sasakibe knowing that he didn't use or fight for over 200 years
I liked this chapter, nice flashback.
Even if they use their bankais, it doesn't mean that they have enough reiatsu to use them the same way. Especially since Quincy never produced as much reiatsu as Shinigami, their specialty is Reiatsu absorbtion. On the other hand, someone with superior reiatus than the original owner, could use it even more efficiently.
A bankai is literally a weapon, if your strength (in this case reiatsu) stat is weak, then it won't mater that the weapon you use has an attack power of 101.