Of course Yhwach had the ability to restore his power back to normal…What other counters does Yhwach have up his sleeve which he plans to use right after an ability affects him? The fight he is going to have with Ichigo should be quite interesting indeed. Anyway, I was impressed by Ichibei this chapter, I was expecting him to be completely overwhelmed by Yhwach, but it turns out he is actually putting up on decent fight and has Yhwach overwhelmed for the moment. The gleeful Ichibei sure can be frightening when he has an opponent entirely disrespectful of the standards he abides by. Will be fascinating to see how Yhwach ends up overcoming Ichibei, if he does that is.
The battle has broken down into a back and forth battle where counters are being met with counters which are in turn countered. While it may just prolong the outcome of this battle, I found it quite enjoyable seeing Ichibei’s abilities highlighted, especially those he counters Yhwach’s Quincy powers with.
Now this battle does feel similar to how the Genryuusei Yamamoto and Yhwach battle developed, Yhwach was on the back foot and seemingly appeared to be bested when he revealed he was ultimately playing with his opponent. Yhwach may have put in place a plan to deal with Ichibei similar to how he went about handling Yamamoto. If so, it should be interesting to see what Yhwach has planned.
Still, regardless of whether Ichibei loses to Yhwach, he has put up an impressive fight and one can see exactly why he is the leader of the group that oversees Shinigami. Based on what Ichibei has showcased, I am curious to see if the other Division Zero members are able to turn their situation around against the “Elite Force” of the Sternritter.
Ichibei’s Ichimonji does look quite powerful, especially now with his brush turning into a blade. Obviously Yhwach has a counter to it, but I still wonder exactly how Yhwach will go about besting Ichibei. Looking forward to the next chapter.