Bleach Chapter 561 Recap and Spoilers: Rose’s Bankai
Chapter 561 of Bleach starts with a fully-released Kensei Mugura rushing towards Mask de Masculine, only to be intercepted by a knee to the gut followed by a headbutt and a series of attacks that broke his arm and took him down for the count. Thankfully, his defeat isn’t a total loss as it leaves an opening for Rose to come in, and he starts by taking out the little sternritter that serves as a source of power for Mask de Masculine. He follows up with his bankai: Kinshara Butoudan.
Rose’s Bankai turns his whip into a group of dancers (the whip rolls into a humanoid shape with the star-like end of the whip being used as a face). Rose revealed that his bankai controls “music,” which is used to give the opponent illusions that the body is convinced is real, and he does this by first using a water attack and then a fire attack that actually burns Mask de Masculine.
Unfortunately for Rose, he made the mistake of explaining his powers to his opponent (a common mistake committed by Bleach characters), which allowed Mask to devise a simple yet very effective counter: the Sternritter simply crushed his eardrums, which prevents him from hearing the music, which in turn made Rose’s bankai useless.
Mask de Masculine then showed his gratitude by shooting a star-shaped beam at Rose, which connected and punched a star-shaped hole in Rose’s midriff. The wound looks really, really bad and you can see all the way through it, but Rose isn’t dead yet. Wounds like it are practically mere fleshwounds in Bleach. However, it does mean that Rose is now down for the count. Mask tries to finish him off by shooting another star beam, which was deflected by Renji, who’s probably now going to show the effects of his training. The chapter ends with Renji looking properly badass, and probably pointing to a performance that will finally get rid of his harsh, but completely accurate reputation as the Krillin of Bleach.