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Song of the Blog [In The End, You're An All-Star]
What's this? A blog post within a week of the last one?
As promised at the end of my last Let's Talk Bleach! installment, I'm back to my alphabet soup style discussion of the Sternritter. In case you forget the rules, this is where I pick a few Sternritter and analyse them briefly. The letters I choose will usually be reflected somehow with the song of the blog. Let's begin shall we?
First off, I'm going to revisit Askin Nakk Le Vaar. I discussed Askin in my first alphabet post, but that was way back in July when his only fight had been against Ōetsu Nimaiya. Now, we have a bit more to talk about. Everything I said about Askin being a ridiculously capable and intelligent fighter has been boosted by his mini-arc. Dude displayed levels of cunning that would make Aizen nod in solemn admiration. When faced with fighters he knows he can't beat, he set traps and incapacitated them. When faced with straightforward attackers like the Shihōin siblings, he read their patterns and instantly countered them. Ultimately, his greatest test was against Kisuke Urahara, and even then he held his own, managing to dominate the fight until the former Captain unleashed his Bankai. Askin is, in my opinion, the best fighter from the Schutzstaffel on numerous levels, and still ranks highly in my list of Favoritter.
Next, lets talk about Bambi-chan. Bambietta Basterbine is the bearer of the letter E, The Explode. With this power, she can release packets of Reishi that turn anything they contact into bombs. She's also impetuous, brash, violent, seductive, and just the cutest thing ever. Her sheer power was enough to temporarily sideline Captain Shinji Hirako and overcome the Bankai of Captain Sajin Komamura. She even scared some of her fellow 'ritters with her pure power and her inability to restrain herself in battle. Ultimately, she was defeated by an empowered Komamura, who sacrificed everything, including his sentience, to erase this threat. However, this was not the end of Bambi. Revived as a zombie by Giselle Gewelle, Zombietta (as she's been lovingly nicknamed) became a powerhouse of her former comrade's army of the undead. This time, she was sidelined by the machinations of Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who created a special technology to render her bombs impotent, and her injured form was cannibalized and then put down by a manic Giselle. Oh, how the cute die gruesomely.
Following on Bambi is probably one of the least developed Sternritter ever. Robert Accutrone is the bearer of the letter N, and I have no good idea what it means. Like, none. Dude was one of the first wave of the Sternritter Invasion, taking on Captain Kyōraku in Shikai and beating him pretty handily, even shooting out his eye. He was later able to match Ichigo's post-Royal Guard training speed, but his tendency to talk before acting left his attack ineffective. Paired against Byakuya Kuchiki, the aged Quincy was defeated offpanel and next appeared as Yhwach was preparing his Auswählen empowerment of the Schutzstaffel, being reduced to bones while raving in defiance. Struck down before revealing his true powers, we may never know exactly what this Sternritter could do.
Up next is Cang Du. Cang holds the designation of I - The Iron, and his Schrift enables him to harden his skin to the solidity of metal, a defense stronger than even Blut Vene. A cold, logical man, he faced off against Tōshirō Hitsugaya, stealing the young Captain's Bankai. He then returned after Hitsugaya had been summarily rekt by Bazz-B, insisting that he finish off the Captain whose Bankai he'd stolen. Using Daiguren Hyōrinmaru with deadly efficiency, Cang almost defeated his foe before Urahara's Shin'eiyaku pill returns the stolen Bankai and the Sternritter is frozen. Escaping through the use of his Quincy: Vollständig, he is later brought before Yhwach and Jugram Haschwalth along with BG9, and the two are summarily executed for their failure. Cang displayed some of the most interesting character traits of the early-arc Sternritter. He was cold and smart, and never made the mistake of underestimating his opponents. More importantly, he was as strong willed as even the brash Bazz-B, openly defying Yhwach when faced with execution. Cang might not be a universal favorite, but I do think he was an excellent match for Hitsugaya. Dude could even be seen as a proto-Askin: when compared to his comrades with whom he shared paneltime, he was the sane one in a house full of lunatics, and a fairly powerful fighter in his own right.
Last for this blog is the walking killstreak, Driscoll Berci. Bearer of the designation O - The Overkill, Berci gained strength every time he killed something, be it friend, foe, bystander, or even an animal. Driscoll can best be described as the Quincy version of Yammy: unrefined and rude, but powerful. It was Driscoll who killed Chōjirō Sasakibe, a Bankai-capable, Captain-level Shinigami capable of fighting and injuring Captain-Commander Yamamoto, in the act that opened the Quincy Blood War. Unfortunately, and again like Yammy, Driscoll bit off more than he could chew; facing off against Yamamoto himself, the Quincy was immediately struck down, with nothing left of the uncouth man but ash. Berci suffered the fate of many other overconfident anime villains, as his inability to recognize the power of his opponents ultimately got him killed. But hey, it's not like any of the other Sternritter suffer from that same fatal flaw, right?
That's all for today! Not sure what my next post will be on, but you can be sure it will be wordy and excessive. Until then, remember to vote in the poll and leave any comments on these particular Sternritter below!