How do you follow up a mediocre episode? Well for one, you don't follow it up with another mediocre episode, which is what Bleach did. Though it probably can't be helped. The slice of life aspects of Bleach are just so artificial and so unrealistic, it makes it hard enjoying them. And guess what this episode was loaded up on? That's right, artificial slice of life moments. Stuff like still hoping to be a virgin bride because Hirako poked Hiyori's butt? And that whole nonsense in the classroom about Hirako being friendly with Orihime? This stuff just isn't funny. The only good parts were in the beginning when Isshin and Urahara were discussing about the Vizards and Arrancar's, but that's about it.
Isshin and Urahara meet and chat about the appearances of Arrancar and Vaizard. Meanwhile, the Soul Society captains meet for the rising threat. Hirako appears at school again and reminds Ichigo of his Hollow side. Hiyori is introduced as another Vaizard.
Bleach just has those moments of nonstop humor, and I found this episode to be one of them. Though void of any fighting (unless you counting Hirako's really bloody nose as one), the new character and the appearance of Hirako make up for it. I especially enjoyed this episode because of its use of contrast; the seriousness of the Vaizard/Arrancar war, compared to the Urahara's fatherly "All right, everybody! Head straight home!" and the smacking around of Hirako's face and Hiyori's butt. The artists once again show their talent of making entirely new and, well, strange characters. Hiyori's personality is already revealed in the first three minutes of her appearance. And as always, color and shading is done well in order to capture the peaceful and ominous themes, and some pretend-ominous ones too.
who would thought that ichigo's father could be a Shinigami not just that, also he is a captain I still don’t know what division he's in but I think it one of the divisions that been lift by the three trader captains any way will find out on the next episodes how strong he is and what kind of bankai does he have and is he stronger than zaraki or stronger than his awn son or not but it seems like he's ability is lost and we have to wait for ham to regain it or it mite be that he will be weaker than before for ever
So, we find out Ichigo's father is very strong and has a history with Uruhara. Also that he lost his shinigami powers for over 20 years which leads to more questions. Arrancar and Vaizard history is revealed plus some funny scenes.
I'm not one of those people that need a life changing episode every week in order to think an episode is good. The fact of the matter is, I was laughing for a lot of the 22 minutes, I learned alot about the story's background and we saw that some of these vaizard are just as goofey as the humans, but I bet they can kick some serious butt! Also it would seem that some captain class shinigami from soul society are going to be joining Ichigo and company on Earth!! This episode left me verrry excited for more.
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