Bleach 271: Ulquiorra's rank revealed

I know this is a bit late, but better late than never yes? :D
Oh and this won’t be much of a manga review, considering I’ve never done one. It’s more like a… I-post-and-you-discuss-it kind of thing haha~


My attempt at a short summary:

Ichigo’s hollow mask collapses and Nell jumps at him, reprimanding for using such power at his current state. He apologizes and declares that it is time to go, thinking that he has beaten Ulquiorra. How very wrong he is. Not only is Ulquiorra still standing, he is not even that wounded. Ulquiorra fires a cero at Ichigo and Nell and after some throwing about, Ichigo “stabs” Ulquiorra. He declares that he will not surrender and that if he can beat Ulquiorra, it is the same as winning the war because he thinks Ulquiorra is the numero uno espada. Ulquiorra grabs the sword and rips his shirt -hears some fangirl screams in the background- in the process, revealing his number.


Ulquiorra stabs Ichigo with his hand alone, saying that Ichigo can never beat him and even if Ichigo did, he would still have to face 3 other espada. The chapter ends with Ulquiorra saying, “The path to victory doesn’t exist.”

As I said, I won’t be doing much of a review. I want you guys to share your thoughts instead. As for me, though… Quite frankly, I’m a bit shocked. I expected Ulquiorra to be at a higher rank. Hm who knows, maybe the Halibel is the numero uno espada~

So thoughts? Opinions? Reactions?

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  1. Reap'em
    Posted November 18, 2007 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Alright, I think Stark is #1 (sorry to the old man/chick/black guy lovers) mainly beacuase of his appearance. It’s already been revealed that when a Vasto Lorde (sp?) or a high-leveled Adjuchas (sp again?) becomes an Espada/High Numeros, they take on a much more human-like form. I think this applies more with the higher rank you are. Ulquiorra is somewhat of an exception to this, like OmgOnigiri said earlier (i’ll choose to believe him/her) his name deals with death, and Ulq looks like a dead person in my opinion. Anyway…Out of all the Espada, Stark has the least amount of his mask still visible and is also the the most human-looking (in my opinion).

    Plus… many others, I’ve got this odd vibe that Stark is #1……………………Go Stark! *waves banner*

  2. Posted November 26, 2007 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    i think stark is number one halibel number two and either the black guy or old man is 3rd. i know halibel and stark are in the top 3 because i checked wikipedia so this is my thoughts.

  3. Dane
    Posted December 14, 2007 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    1st Old Man
    2nd Stark
    3rd Halibel
    4th Ulquiorra Schiffer
    5th Noitora
    6th Grimmjow Jeagerjaques
    7th Zomari Le Roux
    8th Szayel Aporro Granz
    9th Aaroniero Arruruerie
    10th Yammy

  4. Lux Invictus
    Posted December 26, 2007 at 3:25 pm | Permalink

    1st Stark
    2nd Halibel
    3rd Old Espada
    4th Ulquiorra Cifer
    5th Nnoitra Jiruga
    6th Grimmjow Jeagerjaques
    7th Zommari Le Roux
    8th Szayel Aporro Granz
    9th Aaroniero Arruruerie
    10th Yammy

  5. Equvior
    Posted January 2, 2008 at 5:59 am | Permalink

    1st Old Man(with a crown on the head)
    2nd Halibel
    3rd Stark.

    10th—- can’t believe, with only this much of power can be in top 10–> Yammy

  6. Lisa
    Posted January 21, 2008 at 7:05 am | Permalink

    Hmmm is nel 3rd?

    o.o ????????????


  7. Posted January 23, 2008 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    nel is an ex spada. noitorra back stab her and hit her at the head. losing her memory and most of her reiatsu thus resulting to her transforming into a kid.

  8. Posted March 8, 2008 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    me love him

  9. Posted March 13, 2008 at 8:16 am | Permalink

    dudes u probaly wont belive this but the third espada is really nel the little arranc ichigo is holding

  10. Sanity
    Posted March 18, 2008 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    Alright, i’m not entirely sure as to how old this thread is, however this is how i personally see it ranked 1-3.


    The reason i dont have aizen up there is because of the sheer fact that none of the arrancar like him being in the lead because they all refer to him as a shinigami still, however, nothing is ever mentioned of gin or tousen being shinigami once they are in hueco mundo, and considering how low it seems aizen’s standards are, i’m sure he would use them as test subjects to see what the hogyoku can do to a shinigami.

    Also, reasoning for Gin being 1 and Tousen being 2

    Just going by their general personalities (or the ones they put on) Gin seems to be more sinister in personality. Tousen seems to be driven by a devotion to the preservation of lives, i personally see tousen helping ichigo’s group when they get close to aizen, which is why i believe Aizen would have used the hogyoku on tousen before it was fully awaken to test it and someone he felt would be more loyal (gin) after it was more awakened

  11. Posted March 20, 2008 at 10:06 pm | Permalink

    looks like noone here knows anything about BLEACH because this is how the espada so everyone can just shut up about the old man being 1st because thats just stupid even if he’s the oldest LOOKING doesnt mean he’s the strongest

    NOTE:Gin and Tousen cant be included because they’re shinigami not arrancar(you can tell because some of the arrancar HATE them because they are shinigami)

    3rd-old man

    3rd- formerly Neliel(lil kid ichigo is carrying)
    Nnoitra ambushed her and caused her to get amnesia and transform into a child and be kicked out of LAS NOCHES and thats how she knows almost everything about the arrancar
    Note: she’s actually as extremely HOT as Halibel

    • Posted July 8, 2010 at 11:33 am | Permalink

      i agree with you that just because someone looks the oldest doesn’t mean he’s the strongest. but i don’t think you have to be so rude in telling them that. some people have trouble registering info. and some people havn’t caught up with where the show is yet and are just dying to know who is who. so if your going to post a comment so people know what’s up then do just be nicer about it. cause’ i don’t think you would like it if someone spoke to you in that manner and frankly i would be very suprised if this is the only comment you have gotten on that. please excuse any rudeness in this i meant you no offense i am merely stating something that needed to be said. thank you

  12. Bleach Fan
    Posted March 25, 2008 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    Dude havn’t any of you seen the commentary with Tite Kubo? He revealed the list of Espada from top to bottom.

    2)Unnamed aged man
    8)Syazel Apporo Granz

    dont assume just by whoever looks strong, and dont say stuff if u havn’t even read the manga, if you don’t even know about Nel’s past… you have no right to judge.

  13. Byakuya Fan
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 7:45 am | Permalink

    This line up is the correct list of the top ten Espada


    Go Read the Manga

  14. Byakuya Fan
    Posted June 3, 2008 at 7:54 am | Permalink

    Correction Nel in the previous 3rd Espada as she has the number 3 still tatooed on her back. Barragan (that unnamed aged Espada)should be the “Current” 3rd Espada. Think when Lupe was number 6 and Grimmjaw killed Lupe as he still had the number 6 on him.

  15. Sj
    Posted November 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    the 3rd espada isn’t nel anymore its that old guy probably ulquiorra is stronger than nell cause she was the third serveral years back lol

  16. ladyloss
    Posted May 15, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    big shoker here a spoiler the number one esparanda is stark beleive it or not the lazy one is the stongest

  17. Posted July 13, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    This is the real rank of espada:

    0)Yami released
    8)Syazel Apporo Granz

    If you dont believe me you can read the manga and see.

  18. Stark1!
    Posted July 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    8)Syazel Apporo Granz

    this is the true list of espada.

  19. Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    All you people who don’t know what arrencar is ranked what apperantly your’e either really stupid or are just to lazy to watch the show because they are long past the point where you should know what their ranks are for one thing and for another gin and tousen aren’t even arrencar they are death gods/shinigami which are completely different. so don’t be putting them together in the same group cause’ i find that really annoying. the ranks of the arrencar are as followed.

    ulquiorra:4 personally i think he’s the best of them all. soooooo cool X0
    grimmjow:6 second best :)
    yammy:10 he’s the weakest of the bunch i can’t believe he’s even an arrencar. he sucks!

    so there you have it people. the ranks of the arrencar. but my advice to those out there who just want this info. for talking to one of your freinds that like this and you are just too lazy to watch either tell your freind that your not interested in watching this show and change the subject to something else or the better option is actually watch the show. and take it from me this show is very very good.

  20. Posted July 8, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    I love this show, i think ulquiorra should be the strongest arrencar cuz he’s da awesomest! also wow nell is an espada i didn’t no that, im still catching up to where the show is. awesomness!

  21. Posted July 8, 2010 at 11:24 am | Permalink

    bleach is sooooooooooooooo awesome and so is ulquiorra he should be ranked no. 1 he and grimmjow are the awesomest arrencar in the world! I hope they survive but they probably won’t.
    and yea i know some of you people out there know if they survive or not but i am not caught up with where the show is at yet so don’t waste your time posting something about that its really annoying when people do that. anyway stark is no. 1 the old dude is no. 2 and haribel is no.3 i could go on and list the rest but you probably know them so i not going to. so there you have it who is numbers one two and three. :) GO BLEACH!

  22. Posted September 24, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    do you people no the ranks right someof you got them wrong and ulquiorra is dead and grimmjow we are not sure he got hit in the neck but they didnt show anythin about him after that

  23. Robert
    Posted April 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    Ah that was a nice “Aha moment” I loved Ichigo’s reaction to that. There have been a few cool moments like this lately too.

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