Bleach 578 - The Undead 5
Honestly, not sure why the title of this chapter is named this. But oh well. This chapter was pretty brutal in terms of whats going on with Zaraki versus Gremmy. First & foremost, the meteor got turned into fragments in one blow. This comes as no surprise, not to mention it shows the sheer amount of power Nozarashi possesses (and Zaraki is a badass obviously).
Afterwards we get to see Gremmy finally lose his composure completely and freaks out, claiming Zaraki is a monster (Honestly, does everyone with crazy strength have to be a monster?). Further splitting himself, Gremmy creates some space like vacuum and places Zaraki in it. For those unaware, the vacuum of space will tear you apart unless you're wearing a special suit. Though even this isn't enough and Zaraki simply takes the blow and tosses Nozarashi straight at Gremmy (or one of them, not sure if its the original) and slices him right in half.
You'd think at this point Gremmy would utilize his Vollständig and unleash something more reishi based but instead, he begins to imagine himself with immense power and believes Zaraki to be an insane monster. Sadly, if one does not control their imagination, it can become a double edged sword and the result is seen at the end of this chapter where Gremmy's body starts ripping apart. I think for just a moment, Gremmy imagined Zaraki simply slicing him apart and because of Gremmy's power, it became reality, ending the battle. On this note though, I'm not quite sure hes dead quite yet. Most Sternritter have at least released their Vollständig prior to their demise or use its power to simply survive the encounter.
I'm on the side of it being a 50/50 chance of Gremmy living as if hes still alive, he can imagine himself not dying and simply bring himself back into the game, but if hes dead, hes dead.
Normally I'd keep these reviews short and just point out a few things that are neat or my speculations but I want to touch on Gremmy's power in particular. Its explained earlier that each Sternritter has had a portion of Yhwach's power ingraved into their soul, meaning that power originated from him. Does this mean when Ichigo has the final showdown with Yhwach, he'll have that power at his disposal? If so, its going to be insane because so far being able to simply imagine something and bring it to life is an absurdly powerful ability. The only limitation is the wielder - one slip up and you die.
I guess we'll see when that particular battle rolls around.