Soul Society is in trouble, but it's not as one sided as people think
From this weeks chapter we saw that the Star Knights have invaded Soul Society and began their rampage. Regardless of what happens, I think Soul Society is going to need help in dealing with them (likely from Squad Zero, although honestly I'm a bit hesitant to think Kubo would bring them out so soon in this arc), but the invasion isn't as one-sided as people think.
First of all, Kirge is nothing but a mere Lieutenant but he's managing to trample Ichigo with little (to no) effort. From this alone you can already tell how powerful the Vandenreich's main fighting force, the Star Knights, must be. But the thing you have to remember is that Ichigo isn't anywhere near as polished a fighter or as efficient as the Captains are. Simply put, in my honest opinion, Ichigo is not in the same league as the Captains.
Next, the Star Knights killed 1000 Shinigami in 7 minutes. This may sound good on paper, but it doesn't mean much. You have to realize that 99.9% of those 1000 are fodder Shinigami. Any of the Captains could wipe out hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of fodder foot soldiers if they wanted to go on a killing rampage. Even Kira was neutralized (if not killed) with ease, but again, any of the Captains could kill any of the Lieutenants with utter ease if they attacked with killing intent. Killing 1000 fodder Shinigami means nothing in the face of fighting a full fledged Captain.
Lastly, Soul Society has a secret weapon - Kurotsuchi Mayuri.
This is a man who has studied the Quincys thoroughly inside and out. He knows that they fight by absorbing and using the reishi from their environment and he's seen first-hand the kind of power it can grant them (his fight vs Ishida). It should be obvious to everyone that ever since his defeat to Ishida that he went and developed, or at the very least researched, countermeasures to the Quincys techniques. Why do I say this? Because a knowledge hungry lunatic scientist like Mayuri isn't the type to let something like this go. You surprised him once, good for you, but my god it will not happen again... That is the type of person Mayuri is.
I think Mayuri's knowledge and intelligence is going to be key in this war against the Vandenreich.
With all that said, I'm not saying the Vandenreich aren't absurdly strong. Just that they aren't worlds apart like I've seen some people say.
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