Bleach: Who Became the Strongest Soul Reaper After Yamamoto’s Death?
In Bleach, Captain-General Yamamoto was the most powerful fighter for the Soul Society. Only one Soul Reaper was qualified to take his place after his death.
The main focus of Bleach is on the black-robed Soul Reapers, who have the responsibility of killing terrible Hollows and transporting the souls of the deceased to the Soul Society. All Soul Reapers are skilled fighters that wield zanpakuto, or swords that cut through the soul, although some are considerably more powerful than others.
The Captains and their Lieutenants are among the senior commanders, and for a century, the smartest and most powerful of all of them, Captain-General Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto, led the Soul Reapers. Someone else had to guide the Soul Reapers towards a brighter future when he died in the “Thousand-Year Blood War” cycle, leaving some very large shoes to fill.
Who Is Bleach’s New Head Captain After Yamamoto?
After Yamamoto’s death, Captain Kyoraku Shunsui was the last and most powerful Soul Reaper still alive in the Soul Society, and for numerous reasons, only he was qualified to take over as Captain-General of Squad 1. True, Captain Ukitake was almost as skilled and strong, but he was afflicted with a disease and satisfied to command Squad 13. Meanwhile, Captain Unohana Retsu was occupied with other things and unable to assume charge.
In addition to having the character, clout, and experience necessary to replace Yamamoto as top Captain, Kyoraku Shunsui also had the fortitude to match his skill in battle. He had a significant advantage since he was born into the honourable and illustrious Kyoraku family. Through his departed brother, Shunsui was also directly tied to the influential Ise family, which accounts for Lieutenant Ise Nanao’s steadfast loyalty to him despite their divergent personalities.
Most notably, Shunsui and Ukitake were among the first Shin’o Academy graduates to become Captains, and by the time the “Soul Society” storyline took place, he had decades of experience as a Soul Reaper officer. Shunsui was already a seasoned soldier who was well-liked and respected by everyone around him even during a Bleach flashback to 110 years earlier. Shunsui took his position extremely seriously despite his goofy demeanour and drinking behaviour, and when his close friend and mentor Yamamoto perished at the hands of king Yhwach, Shunsui immediately realised what was to be done.
No one complained when he immediately seized command as the new Captain-General and moved to Squad 1. The Wandenreich’s attack left the remaining Captains rattled and in need of a leader; when they began arguing among themselves, Shunsui swiftly brought them into order. He immediately launched a counterattack against the Sternritter since he possessed the heart of a genuine leader, and with Ichigo’s assistance, he was able to finally defeat them. Shunsui is still in charge of Squad 1 and is the strongest Captain for the Soul Society as of the most recent Bleach one-shot.
How Strong Is Shunsui in Bleach?
Bleach is an action shonen series, therefore in addition to being the strongest Soul Reaper, it must also be the most skilled combatant. Even while Kyoraku Shunsui seldom shows off his might in comparison to captains like Zaraki Kenpachi or Kuchiki, he is still very formidable.
Shunsui possesses tremendous natural talent in terms of endurance, speed, swordplay, physical strength, his usage of kido spells, and more. He is a skilled veteran and a noble-born soul. His shikai, Katen Kyokotsu, gives him a range of unusual fighting skills, and he even simultaneously wields two zanpakuto. Similar to Squid Game, this shikai can turn kid-friendly games into very deadly situations, and only a skillful and instinctive foe like Coyote Starrk has the least chance of surviving against it.
Finally, Shunsui may take on the Schutzstaffel, an elite Quincy unit, with his sophisticated bankai, Katen Kyokotsu: Karamatsu Shinju, which does great harm to an opponent based on various scenes from a horrific tale, such drowning or covering them in wounds. Shunsui often employed his shikai and bankai during the decisive fight against Aizen’s army or the Sternritter to demonstrate that, after Yamamoto’s sad passing, he was indeed the #1 Soul Reaper in Bleach — and the only one qualified to take over as the new Chief Captain.
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