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Tōshirō Hitsugaya vs. Shawlong Koufang
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Rangiku Matsumoto vs. Nakeem Grindina
121Rangiku blocks
Conflict:

Arrancar Invasion

Date:

September 7

Place:

Human World, Karakura Town

Outcome:

Rangiku Matsumoto victorious

Combatants
Powers & Abilities
Damage Sustained/Casualties
  • Matsumoto is minorly injured.
  • Nakeem is killed.

Rangiku Matsumoto vs. Nakeem Grindina is a battle during The Cold War that takes place in Karakura Town. After Ulquiorra Cifer and Yammy Llargo attack Karakura Town, Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto and a couple of other Shinigami are assigned to defend the town from the Arrancar.[1] Nakeem is one of Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez's Fracción.

Prelude

Because of Ulquiorra's failure to kill Ichigo Kurosaki, Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez decides to go to Karakura Town with his Fracción. Upon arrival they all search for individuals with spiritual power to battle. Once they manage to find an opponent to battle, they all head out to their destination.[2] Nakeem Grindina and Shawlong Kufang decide to head over to where Rangiku and Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya are. When they reach their destination Shawlong goes to fight Hitsugaya, while Nakeem decides to fight Rangiku.[3]

Battle

As Hitsugaya faces off against Shawlong, Rangiku takes on Nakeem, only to be easily defeated by the large Arrancar.[4] Rangiku then proves to be faking her defeat as while she is down and Nakeem is distracted by Hitsugaya's fight, she takes out her communicator allowing her to get confirmation that the limit release she had previously requested has been approved. She gets up just before Nakeem attempts to step on her, but she easily holds him off with one hand. She then tells the others that the limit release has been approved, causing both her, Lieutenant Renji Abarai, and Hitsugaya to remove their seals.[5]

121Rangiku appears

Rangiku uses Shunpo to move behind Nakeem.

121Nakeem dies

Nakeem is killed by Rangiku.

When Nakeem asks what the limit release is, she explains that a limit release is a process applied to captains and lieutenants of the Gotei 13 to prevent unnecessary ripples in the balance of the Human World. The symbols of their respective divisions are placed on them to seal 80% of their Reiatsu, but after getting them removed, their power becomes 5 times greater. Nakeem attempts to punch Rangiku, but she simply blocks it with her forearm. Rangiku proceeds to tell him that he is slow and states that upon his arrival he showed great speed, she then asks that he do so again. Nakeem then disappears and reappears behind her and states that it is called Sonído as he launches an attack at her, but before he can land a hit, she disappears and reappears behind him and states that Shinigami call it Shunpo. Before he can react he is dealt a large slash wound on his back. She then releases her Zanpakutō and finishes off the Arrancar.[6]

Aftermath

Rangiku comes out of her battle relatively unharmed, but an injured Hitsugaya falls down onto the rooftop she's standing on. She calls for Orihime Inoue to come and heal him,[7] which she does immediately.[8]

References

  1. Bleach manga; Chapter 195, pages 14-15
  2. Bleach manga; Chapter 200, pages 5-7
  3. Bleach manga; Chapter 200, pages 13-14
  4. Bleach manga; Chapter 207, page 3
  5. Bleach manga; Chapter 209, pages 11-17
  6. Bleach manga; Chapter 210, pages 5-20
  7. Bleach manga; Chapter 211, page 2
  8. Bleach manga; Chapter 212, page 18

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