Another episode of Bleach, another abundance of its fake slice of life stuff. Tite Kubo must be a really horny guy who seems to have an obsession with massive breasts; its overuse as fan-service and jokes in this episode makes that especially apparent. Again nothing really much happened story wise. Orihime had an emotional breakdown concerning Ichigo and Rukia, Yumichika and Ikkaku ponder the concept of packaged goods--which was surprisingly funny--and Renji gets harassed by Ururu. As you can see, not much happened, nothing was really funny, and the character interaction stuff wasn't charming because it's so artificial. At least it ends in promise with several Arrancar mobilizing for battle.
There were quite a few strange scenes in this episode, but at least they didn't end up... strangely. Anyway, we see some rivalry finally taking from between Inoue and Rukia, which is definitely something an anime needs (love triangles in the middle of battle!). The director wasn't kidding when he announced that he was going to concentrate a lot of Inoue's character. A whole gang of Arrancar get their debut and soar off like missiles, something rather awkward. I know that Hollows fly around, but aren't these half-Hollows... more human? Oh well, all of them hover. A strange lull in action but made up with laughs about Shinigami culture shock (frankly, weren't they dead before? But they didn't have packages when they were alive...) and Inoue-Rangiku awkwardness. There were good angle shots; I especially liked the night art, where it almost seemed surreal. Looking forward to the next!
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