Season 8 Episode 3

Rukia and Kaien, the Sorrowful Reunion

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Dec 26, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

Rukia talks with Aaroniero Arruruerie, whose face is that of Kaien Shiba. Aaroniero says that he is Kaien and explains how he got there after Rukia killed him. Aaroniero then asks Rukia if she would offer her life for the man she killed. Rukia wants to accept, but she says she can't until she rescues Orihime. Aaroniero then says he will forgive her if she kills her friends and brings them to him. Rukia immediately realizes that this is not Kaien and she attacks. However she is at a disadvantage because Aaroniero has Kaien's memories of her training and fighting skills.moreless
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  • Great fighting scenes.

    A pretty good episode, but for the most part it felt like it was running around in circles a lot. What was the point of the imposter Kaien, if he really is the imposter, to be toying around with Rukia for that long? He had a million tries to have killed her, yet he pointlessly played with her emotions and memories. Just never saw the purpose in that; having some of that stuff would have been great, I mean the episode can't be 100% fighting, but more than half of the episode was just that pointless running around in circles wondering if he was the real thing or not. Fortunately the fighting scenes were great.moreless
  • Awesome!! I love this episode!!!

    In this episode of bleach, Rukia encounters the arrancar Aeroneiro or something like that. She finds him outside but then he asks her to come inside where there is no light. He takes her inside and then removes his mask...KAIEN?!??!?! What he's dead!! Rukia is very shocked. The whole episode is a lot of talk but it's awesome anyway. Rukia has flashbacks of her and Kaien training together and all the happy times they had.. AWWWWW!! He attempts to fight her again and knocks her zanpakto right out of her hand, he says that he could kill her right then and there, and that he should kill her because she killed him first. She agrees with him and says that she deserves to die by his hands but first she must save Oriheme.moreless
  • Kaien's back! But all may not be as it seems. I've been waiting FOREVER to see this in the anime YAY!!

    Kaien Shiba makes an unlikely comeback to the cast of Bleach. Although Shiba is already dead when our story with Ichigo begins, through the series we learn about him and his past with our favorite short-pint Shinigami, Rukia. I don't wanna give anything away for those who haven't seen the episode, but...imagine seeing someone alive that you know should be dead, because you killed them yourself. And not just anybody, like a enemy or an innocent bystander. But a close friend, a mentor. If you can imagine all of that, then you know exactly the turmoil that Rukia is going through. Hate that I gotta wait till the 9th for the next episode, bloody holiday! Lol.moreless
  • Is Kaien really Kaien or is he a imposter?

    Well we get to see one of the Espada's true face. It turned out to be Rukia's old friend and teacher Kaien. Rukia was shocked to find out he was alive and that he is currently serving as a Espada for Aizen. He claims that he has a plan to defeat Aizen but he will need Rukia's help to make it work. The personalities match up but there is something weird about Kaien. He asked Rukia to kill herself to pay for her sins. Rukia said that she would kill herself after she rescued her friend but Kaien bursted out laughing saying it was only a joke. Afterwards he told Rukia to kill her friends because she knew their weaknesses and that he was being serious. Rukia then realized that the man standing in front of her could not be the Kaien she knew and they both engaged in combat.moreless
  • Rukia and Kaien have a reunion to bad it wasn't a good one.

    Rukia meets an espada who turns out to be Kaien. Rukia is shocked and realizes it is Kaien after fighting him with a wooden sword and then Kaien talks about what happened to him and what he is planning to do to get revenge on Aizen so Rukia agrees to help him but Kaien attacks her and he explains why he wants to kill her but Rukia says that she has to save Inoue first and Kaien has another plan and tells Rukia to kill her friends but Rukia says no and she knows that isn't Kaien and she attacks.

    This episode was good and it was already obvious that isn't the real Kaien we did get to see who is attacking Sado and we now see Rukia fight Kaien.moreless

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