Originally Posted by Vengeance
I wouldn't be surprised if they introduced different "Magic Hunters" as the new villains since the actual Quincy were said to be drastically reduced in number. These new "Hunters" would have some sort of relation to the Quincy with similar power however wouldn't necessarily use bows.
As facts stand the Quincy are the only known entity that completely destroy Hollows. These new villains have to be Quincy by default or at the very least be humans with similar powers. Note the term different "magic hunters" above.
The Quincy or new "magic hunters" allow for the reintroduction of the Espada since they would be their enemy as well. This also allows for a situation where "Squad Zero" joins the fray since "The Goten 13" failed to extinguish this threat to the balance 200 years ago.
It wouldn't make sense at this point to be anything else.
Yes, key phrase being "it would make sense" but again, this is Kubo we are talking about. lol
But yeah, these "magic hunters" would have to be humans or some other entity with similar attributes since only a shinigami is able to properly "dispose" a Hollow via cleansing.
Refresh my memory but isn't Squad Zero the elite group that work for the royal family, meaning they are in direct service to the Spirit King? If that is the case then releasing Squad Zero into this arc now could actually, dare I say, good. Squad Zero are comprised of former captains of the Gotei 13. They are all probably on the same level as Yamamoto.
I can see now how this arc could quickly result into a Yu Yu Hakusho type ending.
“Pirates are evil? The Marines are righteous? These terms have always changed throughout the course of history! Kids who have never seen peace and kids who have never seen war have different values! Those who stand at the top determine what's wrong and what's right! This very place is neutral ground! Justice will prevail, you say? But of course it will! Whoever wins this war becomes justice!”
― Donquixote Doflamingo