Season 6 Episode 15

Clash! The Black Bankai and the White Bankai

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM May 02, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

Ichigo continues his inner struggle with his alter ego. As the battle continues, he sees illusions of past foes who impart advice. Also, the Visored begin taking turns battling against Ichigo's outer body, which has almost been completely taken over by his Hollow-half.
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  • Boring

    Well this episode should be a step up from the mediocre one before it, but really it isn't. It's several notches a step down despite having some nice and a lot of action scenes. I mean Ichigo is fighting with several of the Vizards, has some bouts with a mind created Byakuya and Kariya. Well first off these inner battle episodes are pretty tricky to handle, and this episode did a pretty terrible job of handling it. It was just so boring, the logic and anecdotes just didn't make that much sense, and most of was just boring! Just hope this Ichigo conquering his hollow within is over and done with soon so we can start the next series of fights already.moreless
  • Strange... very strange... not to mention confusing... but... still... also very interesting! watch this one!

    Many questions remain to be answered in this episode. For example... what's with the weird flashbacks/hallucinations?? and HEY everyone! have you realized that Zangetsu/that white fella's teath are now white??? ahahahaha! how interesting! but it seriously! it leaves everything hanging! whaaa-!! and what is with that white guys's hand becoming suddenly peachy-colored again??! whaaa?! hmm... odd, huh? but let's count on the anime people to make it worth the effort!! ohohohoho! yaaaaaay! i wonder what happens next... :)moreless
  • While the Vaizards fight the physical body of Hollow Ichigo, the real battle for control rages in Ichigo's inner world. The fight to determine who controls Ichigo's soul begins, it's the battle of the Bankai's!!!moreless

    With Ichigo's physical body transforming into a hollow, the Vaizards finally spring into action, trying to keep the awesome power of Hollow Ichigo under control long enough for Ichigo to win the battle that is beginning in his inner world. The Vaizard find that they have their hands more than full, as full Hollow Ichigo unleashes some awesome and unique attacks. They must keep this power under control while Ichigo fights for control of his soul in his inner world. Answering Ichigo move for move with little effort, Hollow Ichigo reveals some shocking news about Zangetsu and Ichigo's Bankai. If fighting against his hollow self wasn't enough, two of Ichigo's past enemies make a surprising appearance, including an Anime only character, from a certain unpopular filler arc. This episode is full of action from beginning to end, and started to answer some of the questions about Ichigo's and Zangetsu's power. Like most Bleach episodes, it leaves you looking forward to next week.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During Ichigo's inner mindscape transformation to Bankai, in the real world his eyes go from both black and yellow, to the left eye being black and yellow and his right eye being normal, then back to both black and yellow.

    • During Ichigo's fight scene with his Inner Hollow, he asks where it learned Bankai. After he asks the question, his mouth keeps moving, but nothing is said.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (During Kensei and Hollow Ichigo's battle)
      Lisa: To suppress the Hollow, the inner battle needs to be finished within an hour. Hachigen doesn't count, so it's really ten times. Sixty minutes before it's my turn again. If it gets back to me, we're done for.

    • (During his fight with Kariya, Ichigo swings his sword at him, but Kariya catches it.)
      Ichigo: Damn it!
      Kariya: I can't believe you continue to battle with such a weak blade. Don't you have any pride?
      (Ichigo looks at him.)
      Kariya: How pathetic.
      (Kariya fades away and Ichigo realizes that as he fades away, so does his zanpakutō)

    • Shinji: (Thinking) Don't take too long, Ichigo. If ya don't hurry, we really have to kill ya.

    • (They clash)
      Ichigo: You bastard! When did you learn Bankai?!
      Hollow Ichigo: Isn't it obvious? I learned it the same time you did!

  • NOTES (3)

    • Japanese Title: 激突!黒い卍解と白い卍解
      Romaji Title: Gekitotsu! Kuroi bankai to shiroi bankai

    • Shinigami Illustration Book Golden:
      Yachiru holds up the lion plushie and "candy form" Kon. She asks Hanatarō what are those. Hanatarō tells her that something interesting will happen if the candy is put into the plushie's mouth. Yachiru shoves the candy into the plushie's mouth. Kon reoccupies the plushie and starts blabbering. Yachiru reacts with a stunned expression at first, but then turns into excitement as she identifies the lion plushie Kon as an inu manju (lit. a Japanese confection in the shape of a dog) and proceeds to take a bite at him.

    • In this episode: Ichigo encounters his fights with Kuchiki Byakuya and Kariya Jin.


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