For those of you poor saps who are only keeping up with the English manga, or worse, the English anime <shudders>, you should consider yourself warned! This post contains spoilers!!! (ohnoes!) If you have kept up with the Japanese version like a sensible person, this isn't a big deal. But I thought it should be mentioned for those reading this that haven't. You have been warned. That is all.
Okay, now down to business. I work at a store that is essentially Nerd Heaven. The people I work with are all fairly awesome, and we find a lot of things to talk about. One of the people I work with shares my love of anime. At least, on some of the newer anime. One such anime is Bleach, a series based on the manga (Japanese comic book) by the same name written by Tite Kubo. It is an amazing show/manga, and I heartily recommend it to anyone with any interest in anime. It's mainstream, but it's good. Anyway, on to the point. If you're not already familiar with Bleach, you might want to skip the rest of this. It assumes you know what the hell I'm talking about.
At work last Thursday, we were discussing the Arrancar, and who was the Primera (rank 1 Espada). My co-worker is one of the unfortunates following the English version, and hasn't discovered it, yet. Well, hadn't until I told her. Anyway, I made the comment that it was, of course, Shunsui's counterpart, Starrk. Shunsui was the most powerful Shinigami, other than Old Man Yama, so his counterpart in the Espada ranks was naturally the most powerful Arrancar. This led to an entire discussion about who was the counterpart to who. There are ten Espada, each ranked according to their power. After the defection of Aizen, Gin, and Tousen, there are now ten Shinigami Captains, too. So, we analysed each of the characters, and found what we thought were pretty decent counterpart pairings. The results of that discussion, and the reasons we arrived at our conclusions, will be the focus of this post.
We'll start with the first. The Primera. The rank one Espada, most powerful of the Arrancar. Coyote Starrk.
|Doesn't he look like just the perfect douche?|
|No similarities to Starrk at aaaallllll. . .|
They're both the most powerful in their respective organizations, they're both lazy, they both loathe being serious in a fight, they both keep a girl in their circle that puts them in their place, and they both tend to piss off others who don't really get them. So, yeah, obvious.
Next up on the list, Baraggan Luisenbarn. The old man Arrancar in charge of death.
|Yeah, He's kinda awesome.|
|He's small, but he'll eff you up, brah!|
Rank 3 in the Espada went to the lovely Tia Halibel.
|Not shy at all, is she?|
|Tell me she's not a lesbian. I dare you.|
Which brings us to number 4. Ulquiorra Schiffer.
|"I'm so emo, I cry green acid tears."|
|Fear the pink, bitch!|
Espada number five is Spoonboy Cowtounge. More popularly, he is known as Nnoitora Gilga.
|Spoonman! Come together with your hands!|
|He is Asskicking incarnate|
And now, it's time for everyone's favorite Espada. <fake applause> Number six, Grimmjow Jeagerjaques
|"How you doin'?"|
|How can someone so sweet be so scary?|
This post is turning out longer, and taking longer to compose, than I originally expected. Thus, in the interest of sanity, I am going to mark this Part 1, and write Part 2 at a later date. Soon, just not right now. Until next time!