Season 6 Episode 9

Ikkaku's Bankai! The Power That Breaks Everything

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Mar 07, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

Ikkaku continues his fight with the Arrancar and is finally beginning to enjoy himself. Unfortunately, his opponent is much stronger than he first seems and Ikkaku is forced to release his Bankai in order to survive. Meanwhile, Grimmjow easily cripples Rukia, leaving only Ichigo.
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  • Bankai!

    Man, this is what Bleach is about. Out of the Big 3, One Piece and Naruto may have more strategical, diverse, and creative battles, but they aren't nearly as overwhelming in testosterone and badassness. This episode is a perfect example of this. Ikkaku is gushing with blood thirsty intentions and that really fuels just how awesome this fight is. This fight just had so much personality, and it helps that the production values have been really really great too. And then the twists. The Arrancar's zankpakutou was a big one, but it is easily trumped with Ikkaku revealing that he has a bankai. After that point the emotions were just sky high. Ikkaku has instantly shot up as a favourite!moreless
  • Ultimate banKAi thr.One of da best.Very well presented,gr8 animation work and nicely putted soundtrack.

    Although a bit slow at start but the last ten minutes are just superb to watch.More character of Ikkaku is revealed here showing how much he loves fightin being fearless . Arrancar releasing their Zanpaktou for the first time showing their true form here.

    Grimmjow entry was highlited as a high level Arrancar and was left for a very xcitin fight with Ichigo.And the difference in characters of the arrancar were shown as Grimmjow being more a ruthless and Edorad not foolishly fighting like Yamada in 114 episode.

    Much is revealed in this episode and much to be brought up in the next one.A very excitin episode to say the least.moreless
  • For all the Ikkaku lovers, this is the episode to watch.

    This episode features Ikkaku. You get to learn a lot more about his character. We knew he liked fighting before and learn from Yumichika that Ikkaku is on par with Kenpachi since they both LOVE to fight. According to Yumichika, even though Ikkaku is only 3rd seat in his division, he's the second most powerful. And not only that, we get to see Ikkaku's initial release and his bankai. Both are pretty impressive. Of course, according to the hallow Ikkaku is up against, he's not too great with it. From a completely objective point of view, it's a great episode.moreless
  • A main character is easily defeated, and a minor character takes the spotlight.

    Now that the Arrancar battles are going on, we see the best of the fighting sides for everyone. Although Rukia easily gets taken down quickly, she does show a lot of fighting growth from the last episode.

    The main focus on this episode is Ikkaku and his new abilities. His character hasn't changed - he's still the fight-loving soldier of Soul Society who easily gets excited in battles. However, his bag of skills are never empty. He manages to pull off a bankai even in the midst of Keigo's and Yumichika's lack of faith in his ability to survive. I just can't get over the fact how menacing his bankai is even compared to Renji's. But we're left with a cliffhanger before we can determine who the winner is (unless you've read the manga).

    On another side of town, Rukia gets taken down by Grimmjow in just one thrust of his hand and is severely injured. I hope this will be able to help Ichigo release his bankai.moreless
  • Ikkaku fights with the Arrancar and releases both his shikai and bankai. Meanwhile, Rukia and Ichigo encounter a very dangerous Grimmjow.

    Characterization of Ikkaku definitely is revealed in this episode as he struggles in his fight against Arrancar Edorad. We've always known he loved to fight, but now we see that he's almost the twin of Zaraki Kenpachi, captain of Ikkaku's division. The art and animation of Ikkaku's battle was really well done, though the tossing and pounding of Ikkaku was a bit exaggerated for my taste. Keigo and Yumichika watching the fight adds a certain commentary that helps avoid laggy battles. As we view more of the episodes, we realize that the Arrancar have variety. Grimmjow in this episode is ruthless, compared to Ulquiorra's relatively more passive attitude. Much is revealed in this episode, and much is brought up. Exciting and addictive.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Despite Ikkaku himself stating his Bankai awakens if it hits his enemy with it or if Ikkaku gets hit, he can also awaken it by spinning it in his hands, as that's how he filled the last half of the awakening gauge.

    • This episode is the first occurence in either the anime or manga in which Kuchiki Byakuya ever smiles, in this case in the Shinigami Cup Golden clip when Renji askes Byakuya if he uses Rukia's absence as an excuse for attending the Shinigami Womens association meetings to which he just pauses for a moment before smirking slightly.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (on the release of Edorad's zanpakutō)
      Ikkaku: What the hell is that thing?
      Edorad: A simple "What is that?" would have sufficed.

    • Ikkaku: So you figured out how tough I am, then?
      Edorad: No. For an idiot like you who loves battle, I thought it necessary to carve fear into your bones that won't disappear no matter how much you struggle. So that never again do you feel like it would be fun to pick a fight with an Arrancar.

    • Edorad: (Thoughts on Ikkaku) He's not fighting to win. He's fighting for fun!

    • Yumichika: Also, please start preparations for Madarame Ikkaku's military funeral.

    • Keigo: What the hell's wrong with you?! What if he dies?
      Yumichika: That's obvious. He'd be satisfied.

    • Keigo: Aren't you going to help him? You're his friend, right?!
      Yumichika: Do you not see what's going on? Look how happy he is. Ikkaku's having fun.

    • (Ikkaku takes out a tooth)
      Ikkaku: (To Edorad) That slap move with all the reiatsu focused in your hand, hurt like hell! You even knocked out a couple of my molars. Whatever. I'll just get that Akon guy to give me a deal on some new ones. (Stretching) All right then! Let's get back to business! I've got you all figured out. (Fighting stance) You're going to release your Zanpakutou whether you want to or not, within the next five or six attacks!

    • (Edorad and Ikkaku are in the midst of combat)
      Ikkaku: (Annoyed) What's your problem? Why don't you use your Zanpakutou? Don't tell me you just wear it for show!
      Edorad: We Arrancar have iron skin that no sword can cut. It acts as our armor. With a sword like yours, I can take you bare-handed!
      Ikkaku: Is that so?
      (Ikkaku attacks but Edorad blocks with his Zanpakutou)
      Ikkaku: I see. I see you can at least tell when you're about to lose an arm.

    • (Ikkaku cut's off a bit of Edorad's mask)
      Ikkaku: Damn, I missed? I was trying to chop off your head.

    • (Edorad's crushing Ikkaku)
      Ikkaku: Man, I never woulda guessed there'd be this much of a difference in our power... No helping it, I guess... Since everyone one else is busy fighting as well, no one'll notice... (Pissed off) I didn't wanna use it in a place like this! Watch closely, but don't tell anyone! Bankai!

  • NOTES (6)

    • During Ikkaku's fight with the Arrancar, Yumichika calls for a spacial freeze to be placed around all the battles. Notice that Keigo doesn't react when Yumichika mentions Ichigo and Rukia as two of the people needing this spacial freeze.

    • Japanese episode title: 一角卍解!全てを砕く力
      Romaji episode title: Ikkaku bankai! Subete o kudaku chikara

    • Ikkaku is the third non-Captain level shinigami to achieve bankai, other than Renji and Ichigo.

      Correction: Ukitiake clearly states that Ichigo is at the captain level, he just doesn't hold the rank of captain. Ikkaku is the second real shinigami under the "rank" of captain to achieve bankai.

    • Edorad Leones is the first Arrancar to release his Zanpakuto.

    • Ikkaku's ban-kai is called "Ryuumon Houzukimaru/ Dragon's Crest, Demon Light". It is at full power when the dragon on the middle blade is fully red.

    • Ikkaku is the first 3rd seat to use a ban-kai.