Season 1 Episode 2

A Shinigami's Work

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Oct 12, 2004 on TV Tokyo
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After the previous night's attack, Ichigo decides to check up on his family and finds that they do not remember anything that happened. In school, Ichigo meets the shinigami from the night before, Rukia Kuchiki; she is posing as an exchange student until her powers return. Rukia tells Ichigo that he must take her place as a substitute shinigami. Later, when attacking a Hollow, Ichigo recognizes the Hollow as Orihime Inoue's older brother, Sora Inoue.moreless

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    It wont let me watch it
  • A good second episode. It's got fast-paced action, comedy, and a tad of romantic energy. We begin to get more of a feel for the main characters, and are being introduced to other minor characters.moreless

    Season one, episode two of the Bleach anime, named "Play or Pay", does a good job of continuing the primary introductions of some of the major characters.

    I like the idea of having a memory altering device - it's a good artistic "trick" to keep some of the characters in the dark about some of the more intense events happening in Bleach. That way, Ichigo's identity (and Rukia as well) as a soul reaper is kept on a "need to know" basis.

    The memory altering device was used on Ichigo's dad and two sisters the night before. The big hole in the front of the house made by the fighting between the Hollow and Ichigo and Rukia is perceived to have been made by a car ramming the house in the middle of the night. Pretty cool.

    I also like the way Rukia Kuchiki is reintroduced in this episode. She joins Ichigo's class! The look on his face and his reaction is classic. Now Rukia has a legitimate reason to be hanging around Ichigo. When we find out later where Rukia is living is pretty funny. Not sure how she is going to get away with it, but it's funny nonetheless. I also liked the scene where we see Orihime's brother, Sora, whose spirit has been changed into a Hollow, attack Ichigo. Just after this scene, Rukia drops a bombshell - Hollows are not just monsters; they are human spirits! Human spirits/souls that have turned evil. They must be defeated and cleased, so they can move on to the Soul Society.

    Well written and executed. Good camera shots, and good voice acting, both in Japanese and English. I also like the background noise, the ambient sounds heard in this episode. Things like the wind, or the sound of a passing car immerse us into the story. The combat sounds are pretty effective. On the animation side, the lip-syncing is pretty accurate, even in the English dubbed version.

    Well done!moreless
  • A great episode....

    The episode begins when Ichigo was woken up by his father. After giving his father a beating for waking him up in such abnormal way, he then asks his father whether he's supposed to be injured but his father doesn't know what he says. He looks outside and all of Ichigo's family says that a big truck has crashed into their home. But Ichigo is the only person who remembers it and wonders what really happen. In school, two schoolgirls named Tatsuki and Inoue were walking along the hallway talking about their lunch when Inoue bumped into Ichigo. Tatsuki wants Ichigo to apology to Inoue so he did. But because of his face, she quickly gets up and runs away. Then, Tatsuki ask Ichigo why he comes to school during lunch hour while he replies that he has some stuffs to do and walk off. His friends discussed news about Ichigo's house having an accident. Just then, a familiar voice was heard. As he turns around, he was surprise to see Kuchiki Rukia. His friends wonder why he's scared of the new exchange student but Rukia pretends that he just met him. She intends to shake hands with Ichigo when he sees a threat note on her palm. Outside, Ichigo ask why she's here and didn't return to Soul Society. It seems that Ichigo absorbed all of her powers so she uses a temporary body named Gigai. So now since this is the case, she wants him to do her job but was quickly rejected. He actually wanted to protect his family at first but doesn't want to help strangers and walks away. So she uses a special glove and hit him on the chin, making his Shinigami form comes out. He panics while Rukia tells him to follow him. She brings him to the park where a hollow is chasing a soul. He intends to save him but Rukia stopped him as he said he doesn't want to help strangers. After some speech talk form Rukia, Ichigo manage to save the soul and knocks down the Hollow. He then tells him that he just want to save him and even mention that she risked her life to save him and wasn't thinking about the shinigami job. He later kills the Hollow and sends the soul to 'heaven' and walks home while Rukia just smiles. At night, Inoue was being watched by a wandering soul when suddenly; he was captured by the Hollows and was later turn into one. The next day, Rukia was trying to learn modern language in her dramatic style when Ichigo gets fed up of it. Just then, they see a car nearly hits Inoue. But she looks all right. Inoue then recognized Rukia while she does her schoolgirl acting again. She then remembers about the ingredients that she was about to make for dinner. Just then, Rukia sees a weird bruise on Inoue's left leg. But she didn't bother about it and left. In the evening, Rukia ask Ichigo about Inoue. Ichigo tells that she's a best friend of a girl in his neighborhood. Three years ago, her older brother died in an accident. He's the only relative that takes cares of her. Maybe this is the cause of her stupidity. Ichigo wonders why she ask so many questions and later ask where she stays. But she left not even telling him about it. At night, Tatsuki came to Inoue's house to give her mom's beef stew to Inoue for dinner. In Ichigo's house, Yuzu was asking Ichigo whether he have seen her pajamas but doesn't know. Just then, he heard a hand phone ringing. Then, she saw Rukia opening his closet and was shocked to see her in Yuzu's pajamas. But then, Rukia uses the same gloves to send out his Shinigami form while a hollow attacks him. Luckily he manages to injure him and only cracked half of his face. He was shocked to see it while the hollow then ran off. Rukia intend to chase it but he sees Ichigo doesn't move. He then wants some explanation, as the Hollow he sees is Inoue's dead brother. She explains that cutting the Hollow's mask is to reduce the pain and refrain from finding out the Hollow's identity as Hollows are actually from human souls. Ichigo was shocked to hear it as she never mention before. Now Rukia tells him Inoue's brother has becomes a monster and has to take him down, as he was turn by another Hollows. Back at Inoue's house, Tatsuki was surprise to hear that Ichigo and Inoue were walking back together and was concerned about her injury. Inoue then was in her dream world and imagines too far. Just then, they heard some weird noise.moreless
  • Better than the pilot!

    This episode continues on from the last episode where we are introduced to the world of Bleach even more. How Hollows are formed adds a pretty neat twist that they were originally human souls who refuse to let go of their attachments with the world and become tainted. This was presented well with the main hollow at hand being Inoue's brother who was turned into a as a result of not being able to leave Inoue's side, though for this event to happen right after Ichigo becomes a shinigami seems a little too convenient, especially since the brother has been gone for three years. The introduction of Rukia as a student was pretty amusing though; it was pretty bizarre yet funny when she used Ichigo's sisters clothes for her own and is presently occupying his closet.moreless
  • Rukia enrolls into Ichigo's school and convinces him to destroy hollows. Then Orihime, (Ichigo's distant friend) has something suspicious going on about her. Later, her brother arrives back from the dead as a hollow that tries to kill Ichigo.moreless

    This episode of Bleach was even better than the first. The action scenes depicted were at about the same level, but the plot twists and humor were improved. Rukia enrolling into Ichigo's high school made me laugh so hard. There was a further explanation on hollow. New characters were introduced and developed into. When Ichigo saves a little boy from a hollow he tells Rukia that when you save a person the last thing on your mind is your duty to protect them. I think this sentence/monologue really showed us, the audience, more about Ichigo and the person he is. Orihime's brother being a hollow? That was a great plot twist.

Yuji Ueda

Yuji Ueda

Orihime's brother

Guest Star

Toshiyuki Morikawa

Toshiyuki Morikawa

Kurosaki Isshin

Recurring Role

Rie Kugimiya

Rie Kugimiya

Kurosaki Karin

Recurring Role

Tomoe Sakuragawa

Tomoe Sakuragawa

Kurosaki Yuzu

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Orihime: Rukia?
      Rukia: (crossly) Right. And just who are you?
      Ichigo: Hello! She's in the same class as you! Her name's Orihime. Get your head outta your butt!

    • Rukia: (dramatically) Hear my voice, oh Lord! Help your humble child understand why she was born! And if your divine will wishes it, summon her back to your side. I await your...!
      Ichigo: Geez! Would you shut up already?!
      Rukia: What is your problem? I am studying contemporary language.
      Ichigo: You're off by a couple centuries.

    • Rukia: Have you made your decision, Ichigo?
      Ichigo: Like hell I have. I haven't decided to do squat. I saved this kid because I wanted to, you hear me? What about you?
      Rukia: Me?
      Ichigo: I seem to remember you putting your life on the line to save me last night. Tell me... were you really thinking about your duty when you rushed to help me? Of course not! That's the last thing on your mind when you save someone. At the very least... I choose... to be different.

    • Ichigo: Alright, you freaky little nut job... what the hell do you think you're doing?
      Rukia: How scary. You big brute. Jeepers... you're not gonna hurt me, are you?
      Ichigo: First of all, you can knock it off with the goody two shoes act, okay?
      Rukia: Well, I think it's pretty good, considering I learned it overnight.

    • Ichigo: At least... I choose... to be different!

    • (subbed version)
      Rukia: I'll say one thing: Crack its skull from behind with a single attack. That's the fundamental of Hollow vanquishing. Do not forget.
      Ichigo: What's that mean?
      Rukia: To reduce damage from fighting... and to keep from ever seeing the Hollow's identity.
      Ichigo: What do you mean "Hollow's identity"?
      Rukia: You saw it too, didn't you? Hollows.. were all formerly human souls.
      Ichigo: (surprised) You never told me that! He's not a monster? He's a monster we have to take down, right?
      Rukia: That's right. Now he's just a monster. You have to take him down.
      Ichigo: But he used to be human...
      Rukia: Be it hatred or sadness, the souls of those who still have feelings for this world, tend to not accept burial by us and are left to wander. Then, perhaps on their own initiative, are surrounded by those who have become Hollows, and become new Hollows.
      Ichigo: It can't be...

    • (Subbed version)
      Ichigo: (angry) What the hell're you thinking!?
      Rukia: Oh my, how scary. What ever is the matter? Is something going to happen to me?
      Ichigo: First of all, quit talking in that disgusting way.
      Rukia: Oh dear, isn't it impressive that I learned it in just one night?
      Ichigo: Ah, forget it! Anyway, what're you doing here? I thought you went home to that Soul Society place.
      Rukia: Fool. The only ones who can return is Death Gods. I no longer have that ability.
      Ichigo: Say what?
      Rukia: Last night, my powers as a Death God were nearly consumed by you.
      Ichigo: I dunno anything about that.
      Rukia: Thanks to you, I am forced to use this faux body.
      Ichigo: A faux body? What's that?
      Rukia: It is a temporary body that's dispensed for emergency use. Death Gods who are extremely weakened enter these to wait for their powers to recover.
      Ichigo: So that's how my classmates could see you.
      Rukia: That's right. Anyway, from here on, until my powers return to me, you'll be helping me with my work as a Death God.
      Ichigo: (confused) Huh?
      Rukia: It's only natural. You're the one who has Death God powers right now. You don't have the right to ref...
      Ichigo: (shouting) I REFUSE!
      Rukia: What?
      Ichigo: I'll be damned if I ever fight a monster like that again!
      Rukia: That's absurd. Last night, you fought magnificently!
      Ichigo: That's because my family was attacked. Not to be cruel, but I couldn't fight for total strangers. Sorry if it seems like I'm betraying you, though.
      (He walks away)
      Rukia: I see. Then I have no choice
      (Rukia equips a glove, and charges at Ichigo with it, forcibly removing his soul from his human body)

    • (dubbed version)
      (Isshin jumps on Ichigo, while Ichigo is sleeping. Ichigo quickly catches his father.)
      Ichigo: You nuts?! What kind of sick, twisted freak attacks his own son while he's just lying there, sleeping?
      Isshin Kurosaki: You are getting good! It looks like there's nothing left for me to teach you, my son.

    • (subbed version)
      Rukia: (cute manner) Hi there! You must be Kurosaki-kun.
      (Ichigo turns around and to his shocked to see Rukia in her school uniform. )
      Rukia: My name is Kuchiki Rukia. I'll be sitting next to you.
      Ichigo: (Gets up, panicked) Aiiieee!! Not you!
      Asano: What's wrong, Ichigo?
      Chad: Do you know her?
      Rukia: Eh? This is the first time I met him. Isn't that right, Kurosaki-kun?
      (Ichigo's totally blurred)
      Mizuiro: This is the new transfer student, Kuchiki-san.
      Asano: Right, Rukia-chan?
      Rukia: Nice to meet you.
      (She intend to shake hands with Ichigo when Ichigo sees writing on her palm )
      Sign: You talk about it, you'll die!!
      (Ichigo is shocked while Rukia gives a smile)

    • (subbed version)
      (Rukia is reading a book like she's in the play in her drama way)
      Rukia: Oh God... Why I was born in this world?... I've mistreat here, please suffer me once more... (Was about to make the finale) This very mome....
      Ichigo: (Appears) SHUT THE HELL UP ALREADY!!

    • (subbed version)
      Rukia: A shinigami must treat all spirits equally. You cannot just conveniently save those you can see, and those you can reach.

  • NOTES (3)