The next contains spoilers for Episode 10 of Bleach: 1000-Year Bloodstream War, “The Fight,” now streaming on Hulu within the U.S. as well as on Disney+ worldwide.
Bleach: 1000-Year Bloodstream War may be the anime’s greatest and last story arc also it began in an instant, shocking viewers with Yamamoto’s untimely dying and also the thought that Captain Retsu Unohana the healbot was once the very first Kenpachi. Now she’s training the present Kenpachi Zaraki, and also the loser of the clash covers it using their existence.
For Captain Unohana, though, this fight is not just brutal and intense — it is also personal, since she was the first one to uncover Kenpachi’s potential a couple of centuries back. She also “sinned,” in their words, once they met, which crime is holding back his true potential. Unohana will atone for this error, but it’ll cost her everything.
How Yachiru Unohana’s Relative Weakness Held Kenpachi Zaraki Back
A flashback in Bleach: TYBW Episode 10 portrayed Captain Unohana, then referred to as Yachiru, meeting a savage boy having a zanpakuto on the wet street. At that time, she felt despair because nobody could truly challenge her in fight, and absolutely nothing could satisfy her blade’s thirst for any challenge. Everything altered if this boy, later referred to as Kenpachi Zaraki, challenged her to some fierce duel together with his stolen zanpakuto. Unohana could fight her true equal finally, and also the boy felt exactly the same way. He scored an awful wound on her behalf neck that will leave a lasting scar later.
Acting positioned on instinct, Kenpachi recognized the main difference within their strength and adjusted by holding back somewhat to extend the duel. Unohana eventually defeated him, and also over time, the boy increased as much as become an unstoppable swordsman who met the pink-haired Yachiru Kusajishi and finally became a member of the Gotei 13. Since that initual duel, though, Kenpachi has developed in the practice of holding themself in fight — even without realizing it — to relish his fights. This even retconned the “Soul Society” arc, where Ichigo apparently defeated Kenpachi through sheer plot armor, so when Kenpachi narrowly defeated the fifth Espada, Nnoitora Gilga. Additionally, it explains why he lost towards the imposter Yhwach throughout the Wandenreich’s Soul Society invasion.
Kenpachi is thus robbing themself of his true potential, and Captain Unohana blames herself. Their first duel trained Kenpachi to have to wait to relish his fights because nobody is his true equal, and it is been this way since. Unohana endure that for several years, but something must change using the Bloodstream War raging. Unohana takes responsibility and can fight Kenpachi towards the finish, pushing him towards the edge of dying many occasions to pressure him to prevent holding back by instinct. That strategy cost Unohana her existence in Episode 10, but fortunately it labored. Kenpachi won’t restrain themself in fight and could be the Soul Society’s best weapon from the Wandenreich, ammunition sharpened to some fine edge with Unohana’s very existence.
Bleach and also the Paradoxical Despair to be the Most powerful
This intense work out greatly fleshed out Unohana’s and Kenpachi’s mysterious backstories, plus they even appear to possess a mother-boy relationship of sorts. Both of them are effective players who experienced exactly the same despair, and that’s why Unohana feels so guilty about accidentally tampering with Kenpachi’s potential. Paradoxically, both grew to become too strong and therefore lost all pleasure in fight.
Some anime, including Bleach, illustrate an outrageously overpowered character eager to find their true equal and savor a genuine challenge in fight. Saitama and Lord Boros in One-Punch Man are great examples, to be the Unohana and Kenpachi that belongs to them world. They’ve nowhere left to visit with no real challenge to beat, so that they fall under despair in a stalemate. On the other hand, an inadequate character will despair simply because they cannot defeat anybody and therefore are constantly vulnerable. This is when the happy medium is available in, having a warrior being sufficiently strong to protect themselves and discover pleasure in victory while still getting room to develop.
Poor scientific discovery, Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi noted the paradox that scientists and researchers should always find out more and enhance their ideas, but never become perfect or risk hitting a stalemate. It is a delicate balance, but Kurotsuchi handled rid of it while Szayelaporro, who strove to become perfect, lost to him becuase he thought he ended growing.
Unohana also hit a stalemate by doing this, but Kenpachi Zaraki hasn’t. He is able to still grow despite his immense power, which potential is going to be unlocked as he defeats Unohana and perhaps learns his zanpakuto’s name. Kenpachi must be careful, though, to respect that paradox and never be a truly perfect warrior. Otherwise he’ll fall under despair once more, with no you could save him from this. This is the curse to be the most powerful.