Originally Posted by ckraizitee
Byakuya's grand father? Isnt he just a royal family head, not zero squad.
He was a captain during the pendulum arc & seems to be around the same age as Yamamoto. I was just assuming that he would go to squad zero rather than simply retire since old men seem to keep their power as shinigami. It also allows for some interaction between the old man, Rukia & Byakuya which could have potentialy added some character development for Rukia. Seems like a blatant missed opportunity really since the Kuchiki family were supposed to be top tir yet non of these squad zero guys appear to actually be a Kuchiki.
I expected squad zero to have at least some people that were at the very least mentioned within the manga besides Hikifune. The oldest person there seems to be the chubby woman while the guys look no older than Zaraki. So basically the biggest & baddest shinigami are around the same age(besides the chubbi woman & Hikifune) as mid tier captains in SS? Just doesn't seem believable.