i'd find it hillarious if kubo just forgot to draw the ice flowers in in a few chapters and drew them in in the next few.
I'd think that the ice flowers would be 200% more useful as shields if he could control their movement. three floating orbiting stars (12 petals) to be used as shields/bashing rams would be great.
As said before, scissor hands guy was pretty spot on with his analysis, even tho he got stomped when the power was increased.
"your bankai is young and incomplete"
"Your getting desperate using your body to make attacks"
Also his attack on lupi didn't even kill him, although it was good and f-ed him up pretty good, for having that much time and supposed power. He just shook it off and left after.
I still think theres more too it somehow. maybe the fact that he doesn't have ice petals now means he's mastered it finally, and is gonna use it full power on halibel.
"Knowing is not enough, we must apply.
Willing is not enough, we must do."
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