Season 6 Episode 8

Rukia's Battle Begins! The Freezing White Blade

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Feb 28, 2007 on TV Tokyo
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Episode Summary

After the Arrancar arrive, Ichigo and Chad are forced to take a step back from the fight so that Rukia can show them her true power. Meanwhile, Keigo makes a deal with Ikkaku after being saved from an Arrancar.
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  • Talk talk and more talk!

    The pre party to the fights. As always even though you're expecting an action packed episode packed with nothing but fights, it is packed with a lot of talking. Sure explaining how Rukia getting back her Shinigami powers is important, but to go into extensive unnecessary detail, eating up the airtime of the episode, leaves a dissatisfying taste, as interesting as it was to find out how Rukia did get her powers back. And then there were some other dumb small talk throughout the episode, but fortunately in this episode's case, the strengths far outweigh the weaknesses. Whatever action there was, it was exciting.moreless
  • AWESOME episode!! Rukia totally rocks!!

    OMG!!!!!!! This like an awesome episode, it is one of my favorites. So the Arrancar are all going after people even wit the smallest spiritual pressure. Rukia, Toshiro, Rangiku, Ikkaku, Renji, and the pretty boy, lol all came to the world of the livivng and are currently going to Ichigo's school. Rukia is living with Ichigo of coure, ewwww I wonder what they do at night especially when she was in his closet.... Rangiku is with Oriheme, Renji is with Uruhara, and baldy, pretty boy, and toshiro are on there own. So the Arrancar all start to come after them and everyone is getting ready to fight. Ichigo and Rukia come across an arrancar, forgot his name, And Ichigo starts battling him. But Rukia tells him to let her fight. She turns into a Soul Reaper and Ichigo gets surprised, that she regained her powers. Rukia's gigai is so funny she just jumps at Ichigo and talks all babyish. But anyway Rukia starts fighting the Arrancar. And she DESTROYS him completely!!! It Was soooo AWESOME!!! Her zanpakto is said to be the most beautiful in all the soul society. She is actually supposed to be ranked higher than what she was but Byakuya didn't want that because it was too dangerous. The episode leaves off with Grimjow saying he's goging to fight Ichigo and Rukia. And Ikkaku's battle with another arrancar commences.moreless
  • hey! this 'un's pretty good!

    LOTS OF ACTION! a small group of 'rebel Arrancar' attack Karakura Town!! woweee!! how interesting! this is much better than the average show!! ahaaaahahhaa! don't you all just want to know what happens next to the Arrancar? eheheheheee... but what a beautiful zanpakutou rukia possesses! wahhh! but everyone else.... IS DOOMED??!! noooooo! we really must hope for the best! ahaha... poor Keigo- Ikkaku really went though on him, huh? ahaha... but it's sorta one-sided... because Ikkaku-san was gonna finish him up, anyways! mm, well... let's watch on and see what happens next with everyone! .. aww.. i wanna see what happens with hitsugaya and everyone else's battles.. have fun, everyone! :)moreless
  • don't want to

    OMFG!!!! this episode was the greatest!!!

    mainly becacuse after years(well, not really) of waiting to finally see rukia's first initial release it's here!!!

    yay...this is my fav. episode out of all the bleach episodes right now. yay..... im so happy. yay...yay...yay.stupid word count thing...grumble grumble. reviewing reviewing . whistles whistles. 100 qwords 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words 100 words blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah ...wasting all my time....doo do doo do doooooooo... there... almost finshied.... just a few more..... come on... and im there! yes >.< ^.^moreless
  • The little touches that place BLEACH a cut above the rest shine in this otherwise mediocre plot-incubation episode. Poorly balanced, there is less action and more setting up fights. Worth watching just for Rukia's shikai, however!moreless

    Nobody can argue that Rukia's shikai isn't beautiful. However, that is not enough to carry an entire episode. The pacing felt really off in this episode, with many short monologues leaving Arrancar enemies floating in midair and simply... waiting. The audience is forced to wait, too. Really, this episode is a continuation of the end of the last episode, where many fights are set up but no big action occurs. Of course, all good storylines must have some development before they get going. It's a necessary evil. That being said, it is the way BLEACH handles the plot incubation that makes it stand out among other, similar anime. For example, I love the way Ichigo grabs the D-Roy's hand. I knew it was coming and it was still awesome. Rukia's soul candy is amusing and promises to be a fun diversion for many episodes to come. Again, I love the guitar music played during Arrancar fight scenes. Ichigo turning his back on Chad was probably the biggest development in the whole episode, and it was heartbreaking. Ichigo needs to learn to make himself stronger while still relying on his friends. I have a feeling he's going to learn that lesson the hard way over the course of the next arc. The fact that Hitsugaya's arm is too short to draw his sword has always bothered me. Now, we see the resolution of that problem: the sheath simply dissolves into spirit particles when he needs to draw the sword from his back. The bit with Keigo is a nice scene, too, if poorly animated. His character helps remind us that the real world keeps going on around these supposedly invisible events. Further, the fact that Keigo can see Afro-gami is another sign of the slipping balance between Soul Society and other powers...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Arrancar state their ranks using Spanish numbers. For example, D-Roy is 'Arrancar dieciseis', Arrancar #16.

    • In this episode, the question of how Captain Histugaya removes such a long sword from its sheath is resolved: we see the entire sheath dissolve into spirit particles as he reaches for the sword's hilt.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Rukia's gigai grabs Ichigo)
      Ichigo: Wh-Wh-What the hell are you?!
      Rukia's gigai: Pwease step aside!
      Ichigo: (Confused) Pwease?!
      Rukia: This is the most popular gikon pill among female Shinigami, Chappy. This was the gikon pill I actually wanted, but they gave me Kon by mistake.
      Ichigo: So you were actually going to put this thing in my body instead?
      Rukia's gigai: That's wight!
      Ichigo: I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm glad we got Kon instead.
      Rukia's gigai: (Fighting) You big meanie!
      Ichigo: Shut up!
      Rukia's gigai: Meanie! You're such a meanie!
      Ichigo: Hey, you're pretty strong! Ow, ow, ow, ow!

    • Keigo: Evening, Af-san! You filming a scene again today?
      Af-san is short for Afro-jisan! I just came up with that!
      Af-san: What the hell? Shut up, you! There's no time for your nonsense! (spins in a circle while jogging in place) If you stay here, then you aren't going to live for long. (runs away, wheezing)
      Keigo: Come to think of it, I haven't the show he's on yet. Maybe it's on cable?

    • Chad: Ichigo... you're not going to let me watch your back for you anymore? I can't fight beside you anymore, can I, Ichigo?

    • Grimmjow: (Appears in front of Ichigo and Rukia) What the hell? D-Roy's been killed? Whatever, I'll just have to kill both of you then! It's a pleasure to meet you, Shinigami. I'm Arrancar Six, Grimmjow!

    • (Rukia is in combat with D-Roy)
      Rukia: I'm the 13th Squad...
      D-Roy: (Interrupts) Yeah, skip it. If I had to listen to everyone I was gonna kill tell me their name, there'd be no end to it.
      Rukia: I see. Then at very least, you would do well to learn the name of my Zanpakutou. Dance, Sleeve of White Snow!

    • Shawlong: Captain of the 10th Squad. My, my, how wonderful. It looks like I hit the jackpot.
      Toshiro: No. You're probably the biggest loser of all.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Japanese Title: ルキア戦闘開始!凍りつく白き刃
      Romaji Title: Rukia sentou kaishi! Kooritsuku shiroki ha

    • Rukia's released zanpakutō makes it's debut in battle. It is called Sode no Shirayuki and is the most beautiful ice based zanpakutō in the soul society.

    • Shinigami Golden: Soi Fong receives a special parcel from her Ninja squad that she requested. After they leave she opens it up. She blushes and comments on the pictures of Yoruichi. The last one shows Yoruichi eating at Urahara's place.