Season 3 Episode 19

Reality of Despair, the Assassin's Dagger Is Swung

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Dec 06, 2005 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

After finding everyone dead in the Central Office Fourty-Six Hitsugaya realizes that all of the recent orders have been fake. Later he finds out who is the real mastermind behind recent events in Soul Society, and a sinister plot is uncovered, with Rukia at its center.

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  • DAMN wtf just happened?

    When I first saw this episode, I was at a complete lost of words. The HUGE plot twist was no doubt the driving point for this episode, but everything else was executed nicely. Despite Hitsugaya being at a captain level, he was still easily defeated by Aizen, and how he fell in defeat was just a masterful scene in itself. You also wonder what Aizen has planned next now that he nabbed Rukia and Renji with him. Though yeah, that plot twist was just humongous, although Aizen does suffer from James Bond villain syndrome--where the villain reveals everything, down to how he planned out his scheme, to the audience.moreless
  • TOSHIRO!!!!!!!!!!*fangirlism*

    Rangiku and Toshiro arive at centeral 46 to find everyone dead. Later, Momo comes in to find Aizen (with Gin) alive(GASP!)! But Aizen STABS MOMO right trough the chest(NOO!!!!!!). When Toshiro finds Momo lying on the floor with blood, he gets SO outrageed that he releases his Bankai(hell yhea!).But Aizen takes him down in one blow(NOO!!!!AGAIN!!). When they show Toshiro right after he was tooken down, GOLDEN MOMENT!!(As you can see from my icon.)Unohana (captian,4th squad)shows up with Isane(Vicecaptian). Aizen and Gin get away to the excecution ground. Thats all I can remember. This is a golden episode (to me ), because it has Toshiro(LOVE HIM*Major state of fa girlism*)but it is kind of sad....but... This episode is AWESOME. The word to describe this episode.... INTENSE!moreless
  • definitly my favorie episode.

    oh my god. one of the most revealing episodes. and absolutley my favorite, any other episode from this show would probably get an eight, even tho some idiotic person told me wat thys episode was about and wat happend wit captain aizen it still shocked me and i would have never expected it. captain aizen teaming up with ichumaru and that other blind guy. and how every one was hypnotyzed. and they were faked into believing aizen. im just wondering if hitsugaya and his sister are dead or alive. im gonna watch episode 61 right now. absolutley best episode ever. i cant even say anymore.moreless
  • This episode touched me so badly!

    Well, we find out Aizen/Ichimaru/Tosen's true natures, and well, it's not very good for Soul Society...This episode almost made me cry, and I still wonder how Hitsugaya got defeated so easily just by using mass hypnosis. Maybe I left something out...This really shows how much Hitsugaya is willing to go for Hinamori. Great character development, and this is considered my favourite episode of all time, despite all the angst and the sadness and betrayal... They portrayed this very well, I'm just feeling bad for Hinamori because she's the one that Aizen hurt the most, by making her go against her classmate and friend, Izuru Kira, and against her childhood friend, Hitsugaya Toushiro. Aizen was right on one point, Admiration strays away from the truth. And in the end, Hinamori and Hitsugaya and the rest of Soul Society were nothing but victims..moreless
  • Still in the Soul Society...

    Hatsumoto and Hitsugaya break into the Office of the Forty-Six and to their astonishment, they find all of the members slaughtered and they they see Kari run away from them. They chase him on the rooftops for a while and then they separate after learning that Hinamori is in trouble. Hitsugaya leaves Hatsumoto to fight Kari whose Bankai doubles the weight of anything it hits and Hastsumoto makes her sword turn to ash temporarily because it got hit. Meanwhile, Hinamori is taken by Gin to this building where she finds Aizen and he stabs her. Hitsugaya arrives on the scene and learns a shocking secret. That Aizen wasn't really dead, Aizen's sword can hypnotise and that his sword created a replica of him. Hitsugaya then uses his Bankai on AIzen but Aizen dodges it and hits Hitsugaya who collapses. Gin and Aizen get away. Also, Renji and Rukia find the blind guy and he telports them to the execution area and Aizen tells Renji to put down Rukia and step away. Renji and Rukia are in a corner as they are surrounded by Gin, Aizen and the blind dude. Is this the end for Renji and Rukia?moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Hitsugaya's bankai is revealed. It is called "Daiguren Hyourinmaru" or "Great Crimson Ice Ring".

    • Matsumoto Rangiku's zanpakutou is named Haineko, or Ash Cat, and it turns to ash at the cry, "Growl, Haineko!"

    • Kira Izuru's zanpakutou is named Wabisuke, or apology, and it doubles the weight of anything that it hits. It is released from the cry "Raise your head, Wabisuke!"

    • Shinigami Golden: Kon wonders why his sexy body is attached to Jinta's leg and then determines to get it back. The soccer match starts and Jinta has the ball when Kon leaps at him. The other kids wonder what's going on and say that Kon and Jinta are breaking the rules, but Ururu (who is acting as referee) states that it's allowed. Ichigo pops up at the end, wondering why the Shinigami Golden moment isn't focusing on Shinigami.

    • During battle with Kira, Matsumoto's sword becomes too heavy for her to handle, as an effect of his zanpakutō. He then tells her that her sword now weighs 102.4 kilograms, which is approximately 225 pounds (the original sword weight is .8 kilograms).

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Izuru: Instead of chasing me, asking pointless questions about orders and official seals, shouldn't you be more concerned about protecting Momo?
      Hitsugaya: (gasps) What are you talking about? She's perfectly safe! She's...
      Izuru: Not in the Squad 10 barracks, if that's what you're thinking. You put a force field around the room, didn't you? A Kyomon... a high level force field that repels attacks from the outside. So you left her there, thinking she'd be safe. But that force field is meant to keep out... not in. Breaking a force field like that would be child's play for her. And she could put a force field around herself to hide her spiritual pressure while moving about. You didn't even notice, did you? She's been right behind you... following you the entire time.

    • Aizen: What you're looking at here is not a corpse doll.
      Isane: But when did he...?
      Aizen: When did I what? I've been standing here holding it the whole time, it's been right in font of you, you simply weren't able to see it. That's because I didn't allow you to see it until just now.
      Isane: What do you mean?
      Aizen: You'll soon understand. I'm going to release my zanpakuto. Shatter, Kyoka Suigetsu. This is my zanpakuto, Kyoka Suigetsu, it's ability is perfect...hypnosis.

    • Hitsugaya Toshiro: Now, Aizen. You've talked enough. Time to die.

    • Aizen: Thank you, Momo. I thank you from the bottom of my heart... and goodbye. (stabs her with his zanpakuto)

    • Kira: (from the Japanese version of this episode having English subtitles where he refers to the effect of his zanpakutō after Matsumoto's sword has struck it seven times): If that sword's true weight is .8 kilograms, then, after multiplying it by two to the power of seven, it will be 102.4 kilograms.

    • Aizen Sōsuke: Admiration is the emotion farthest from comprehension.

    • Unohana: Captain Aizen. No, I suppose I should not call you "Captain" any longer. Perpetrator of high treason, Aizen Sōsuke.

    • Aizen: (After defeating Hitsugaya Tōshirō) Its not the season, but seeing ice this time of year isn't bad.

    • Aizen: There is nothing easier to manipulate than a person who admires you.

    • Aizen: I wonder if at the very least I should have diced her into tiny pieces so that you wouldn't be able to find her.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Aired on YTV: September 20th, 2008.

    • Japanese Title: 絶望の真実、振り下ろされた凶刃
      Romaji Title: Zetsubou no shinjitsu, furiushiro sareta kyoujin

    • Aizen reveals the powers of the shikai release of his zanpakutō, the power of complete hypnosis. According to Aizen, it allows him to fool all the senses of anyone that sees him perform the shikai of the sword. Since Tōsen-taichou is blind he is immune to the affects.