Season 6 Episode 6

Mission! The Shinigami Have Come

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Feb 14, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary


Rukia helps Ichigo over come his depression about not being able to help his friends. Afterwards the Shinigami explain more about the Arrancar and exactly what kind of enemies they will be facing from now on.

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  • Badass.

    Story development stuff, it's what makes the shounen world go round, and there was plenty of that in this episode. Out of the Big 3, although One Piece and Naruto have better executed stories, Bleach's story is far more appealing with its darker nature and I guess you can say, more badass looking characters. The mentioning of the three classes of Menos Grande and the explanation of the highest class, Vastos Lorde, just made things even more exciting. This is what the Bount arc lacked which is what made it so damn boring. The other parts of the episode weren't anything special; some high school life stuff here and there but nothing that really stands out, and Rukia takes Ichigo for a little soul searching, but again, it doesn't really stand out. The explanation of the story though? Badass.moreless
  • It should I put it....true to the manga storyline for the most part with a few minor alterations

    I mean if you think about it for those of you who have read the second story so far hitsugaya explains to ichigo what the arrancar are and stuff and rukia forces ichigo to follow her to the hollow that was ordered to be killed in order to get his fighting spirit back but if you look at previous episodes you'll see that some things are different like the mentioning of the bount they were never mentioned in the manga storyline...but thats due to the fact that it was a sidestory.moreless
  • Bringing Ichigo upto speed with what is actually happening. Ichigo's family actually notices Rukia going into Ichigo's room

    Cool episode although slower paced than the last one, actually gets Ichigo back in gear and explains to him what is going on, through classic Rukia sketches, after she slaps and heckles him back to his old self and forces him to apologise again to Inoue! Ichigo's dad and sisters also notice Ichigo bringing Rukia into his room (they must have used the front door for a change) which leads to some funny dialogue between them about Ichigo.

    Was relieved Ichigo actually woke up a bit, the "Arann.." and "Fighting?" lines at the end of the last episode made it seem like that blow to the head really did some serious damage to his cognitive abilities!

    We also learn something that hasn't been revealed before, the classes of the Menos, looks like what Ichigo fought off before (ages ago) was just a grunt!

    We are also treated to seeing Aizen at the end looking very cool in his place in Hueco Monde with his subordinates in silhouette around him, the preview showed some of them, just can't wait to see them in action!

    Overall a cool chilled out pace episode, there are also one or two unintentionally funny moments where the artist didn't quite get a face or two right leaving them wonky looking...check out Inoue's face when Rukia drags Ichigo to apologise to her!moreless
  • The Shinigami team settle in. Ichigo learns of the real threat to Soul Society, and how Aizen is planning to attack.

    There was a slight break in plot this episode, probably because of the fast-moving pace of the previous one (which was said to have covered more than two manga chapters). However, the episode was not lacking in steadiness; the plot moved along, slowly but surely. Integration of the Shinigami into the real world seems to be a major theme here, with the strangeness of decorative eyelashes, short white-haired students, and bald dangerous people. I liked the end, where we had a sneak view of Aizen and his score of, we can assume, Arrancars; his artist has obviously made sure of his visage as an evil, cunning ex-Shinigami. Rukia seems to look different; I can't really put my finger to it, but she and many other characters have changed. Perhaps to show the timeskip? If it was, it was subtle yet effective. Good episode, though lacking in pace.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • It should be noted that just because Ulqiorra has part of his mask looking like that of a Hitsugaya's Vaste Lorde picture. Doesn't mean that he a Vaste Lorde.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ichigo: What the hell are these Arrancar? And why are they after me?
      Renji: (Hiding)Wait up!
      Ichigo: That voice... Renji, Where are you?
      Renji: We'll explain all of that to you
      (Renji, Rangiku, Ikkaku, and Yumichika pop out of Ichigo's light fixture)
      Ichigo: Hey!
      Renji: Hey, Ichigo! It's been A while... I guess not.
      Ichigo:(Angry) What did you guys do to my light?
      Rangiku:We tried to put in a new lightbulb.(pointing to Ikkaku bald head)
      Ikkaku:With What?
      (Rangiku knocks Ikkaku off the ceiling)

    • (Captain Hitsugaya talking to Ichigo)
      Hitsugaya: If, at this point in time, Aizen manages to bring ten Vastro Lordes under his control, then it's the end of Soul Society.

    • (Kon notices Rangiku's large breast)
      Kon: (Jumps towards her) A woman wearing the terrible uniform weapon called a school uniform! Onee-san! (She punches him)
      Renji: (confused) Is doing that the "in" thing?
      Ichigo: No. He's always like this.

    • (Keigo notices Rangiku's large breast)
      Keigo: (Running towards her) That's quite the scandalous uniform, Onee-san! (She punches him)
      Ikkaku: Hey, is this guy okay?
      Rangiku: He's fine! He's fine! Now, Let's go!

    • (Ichigo and Rukia enters the room)
      Kon: (Crying) Nee-san!
      Rukia: (Stomps on him) That's just like you, Kon.
      Kon: The way you stepped on my without a moment's hesitation! Without a doubt tis is my Nee-san! I'm... I'm so happy!

    • (Yami and Ulquiorra return to Hueco Mundo)
      Ulquiorra: We have returned, Aizen-sama.
      Aizen: Welcome back, Ulquiorra, Yami. Now, let me hear your report... here in front of your twenty brothers and sisters.

    • Karin: What are you two doing?
      Yuzu: It's terrible! Onii-chan brought a girl home with him!
      Karin: He's been bringing girls home with him since he was in middle school. Although it was just Tatsuki-chan.
      Yuzu: She's different from Tatsuki-chan! She's more... girlish!
      Karin: Tatsuki-chan's become a bit sexy since she entered high school, you know.
      Isshin: Really?!

    • (Ichigo is weakly fighting a hollow)
      Rukia: I know all about it! Ever since being kicked around by those Arrancar, you haven't changed into a Shinigami even once! What are you afraid of? Sado was beaten. Inoue was beaten. So what?! Are you a man whose resolve is so easily broken? Are you afraid of defeat? Are you afraid that you cannot protect your friends? Or are you afraid of the Hollow inside?!
      If you're afraid of defeat, then get stronger. If you're afraid you can't protect your friends, then get stronger and swear you'll protect them! If you're afraid of the hollow inside of you, then keep getting stronger until you can crush it! Even if you believe in no one else, stand tall and shout it! That's the kind of man I know you are!
      (Ichigo loosens his Zanpakutou and smiles)
      Ichigo: I told you to be quiet.

    • (the Shinigami team stand awkwardly in the classroom)
      Students: Those guys look dangerous. That one's got red hair and tattoos!
      Ikkaku: Don't let it bother you, Renji. It's just humans running off at the mouth.
      Students: A blonde girl with big tits! A silver-haired middle schooler! A bob-haired pretty boy! A bald dude carrying a wooden sword!
      Ikkaku: Hey... Whoever just called me bald, get over here...
      Renji: Don't let it bother you. It's just humans running off at the mouth.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Japanese Title: 特命!やってきた死神たち
      Romaji Title: Tokumei! Yattekita shinigami tachi

    • Several important Espada and Arrancar have cameoes at the end of this episode.

    • The Hierarchy of Menos is explained in this episode:

      Gillian: foot-soldiers of the lowest level, all have the same appearance, big in size although its movements are slow and its intelligence is that of a beast. (Ichigo has faced off against one before repelling it soon after he awakened his Shinigami powers and apparently captain class Shinigami can easily defeat these)

      Adjuchas: smaller than the Gillian and fewer in number, highly intelligent and several times more able than the Gillian in battle. Look after the Gillian class.

      Vastro Lorde: The Greatest of the Menos, Human size and there are only very few of them, residing in Hueco Monde, battle abilities are greater than a Captain.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Aizen since episode 62.

    • Shinigami Golden: Komamura talks to Tetsuzaemon about going to the real world. Tetsuzaemon tells him there's no need for a captain to go to the real world, but Komamura already has a gigai in mind. Tetsuzaemon imagines what he'd look like in a gigai, which appears to be an actual dog.