I only read the manga-- so maybe I'm missing something. personal preference, I guess. Byakuya was related to Rukia (who USED to be a main character, lol). started off as a seemingly invincible antagonist-- Ichigo had to fight him a few times before finally winning. Byakuya had to reveal why he wasn't trying to save Rukia. basically-- your standard bad guy becomes good guy sort of trope. granted, I have to say that Hitsugya's earlier detective work and suspicons of Aizen made him a lot of fun (and unusual for that part of the story)... but as manga rolls on I just find Byakuya more fun to read about. I guess the difference is that Hitsugaya has been given so little page time that I forgot why I liked him earlier! Byakuya's so irredeemably elitest and snobby that it's easier for me to remember him, lol.
If you want to get into the character check out episode 132, aka the soccer episode, and episode 239. Both are fillers, but 132 singlehandedly created a shipping fandom, and 239 is the best look into the character in the series.
As for Hyorinmaru, he's special. That was made clear the first time Hitsugaya uses it. He's the only sword that has appeared more than once in history as far as we know. Assuming reincarnation and that all guys using Hyorinmaru are all actually one person who keeps reincarnating, well, that implies one deep bond.
"I am Shishihime Ikiho! The legendary hero who has lived 5000 years!"
"That's right, and I am a high schooler who couldn't live alone even for a second... and is as cool as the devil himself."
But think of the strength it would take, say, Gin to swing a sword that was extending at least a couple city blocks. Even if the weight isn't all that much, the comparitive strength needed to hold it up like that is much more, and then chop building with it.
I suppose it seems more confusing in Bleach since the power in their attacks is not necessarily muscle force, but exerting their energy, so it's a bit like some martial arts characters having chi-boosted striking power that is much greater than what their muscles can lift.
Komamura would seem to be pretty weak though. I don't want to know what squad 12 found.
Sure about that? One of those people that he punched through was captain level. Or at the very least was capable of bankai.I think Ichigo proved that people at captain level are physically far above lieutenants when he punched through Omaeda and his sword.
Transient just likes to do that.
Why he keeps picking up ridiculous arguments and then try to defend them, I will never know.
While on the subject, I was actually kinda hoping they'd make Hisagomaru's spirit into this really cool guy, as a kind a contrast to Hanataro himself. Too bad they didn't go with that.
"This doesn't look easy. But I bet it is!"
"Optimism through stalwart skepticism is a defect not everyone is lucky enough to be cursed with."