Season 3 Episode 17

Unseal! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Nov 15, 2005 on TV Tokyo
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The fight between Ichigo and Byakuya continues. Hitsugaya and Matsumoto arrive at the Central Office Forty Six to find security missing and the residents slaughtered. Orihime and the others arrive at the execution grounds to help Ichigo.

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  • Rock Lee vs. Gaara 2

    A previous reviewer nailed it right on the head; this is basically a carbon copy of the famous Rock Lee vs. Gaara fight in Naruto where Byakuya plays as Gaara and Ichigo as Lee. There are quite a few plot holes, like how despite Byakuya already having mastered the flash steps, Ichigo is still infinitely faster than him. Maybe not a plothole as much as it is a deus ex mechanica that an average kid is able to overcome centuries of training in a matter of days. And once again this episode is littered with flashbacks. Despite it all though, the Rock Lee vs. Gaara fight was one of the best in anime history, and although it's a step down in every way, the fight between Byakuya and Ichigo has at least been worth watching and very entertaining.moreless
  • Largly a letdown, mixed with a number of rip-offs, and one especialy notable flaw

    The best way i can describe this episode is 'letdown'.

    The animation is beutiful as always, but it doesnt mask the flaws here.

    It begins with the revalation of ichigo's zanpukto ability, rather than following suit of other popular anime like naruto or death note that supply their protagonists with unique and interesting abilities, Bleach instead bestows its lead character with the power too... shoot energy... nothing new, nothing clever. Shooting energy, perhaps the most cliche power in all of anime. The dissapointment continues further when the actual battle begins, Byakuya releases his bankai, but rather than the chaotic storm of blades we saw against Renji, his bankai is now essentialy the same as his standard power, modified for the purpose of this battle for no explained reason. And once Ichigo revelas his equaly dissapointing (and again, cliche) bankai, the battle becomes an obvious clone of 'Rock Lee vs Gaara' from Naruto. Right down to the camera angles used, it is almost a 1:1 rip-off of that fight.

    I could continue nit-picking the many smaller flaws in this episode, such as the seemingly random breaks from the battle to show minor characters, but i wont. You can see already why this episode is so much of a letdown, i can see why Bleach is struggling for popularity in japan if this is supposed to be a climactic battle.moreless
  • The much awaited episode ! Ichigo's bankai finally revealed and non-stop action insue !

    the episode starts with teh last few minuts of the previous episode. Ichigo just lets out a 'Getsuga Tensou' and byakuya gets pissed and releases his bankai . ichigo is surprised to find byakuya letting his sword go. ichigo is able to escape the blades for a short amount of time until finally gets caught and gets cut up... then, in a bloody state he taunts byakuya and releases his bankai ! byakuya is damn surprised by ichigo's abilty to hav acheived bankai. spirit force flies everywhere, flashbacks are shown and we finally get to see 'tensa zangetsu' ! no spoilers about how it looks like... u just hav to watch the episode...=) ichigo manages to easily overpower byakuya in his new form in a matter of seconds right after 'bankai'ing. byakuya is amazed at ichigo's speed and power as he is overpowered and then stabbed at teh end of the episode. the episode also shows a bit of wat happened to hitsugaya, matsumoto and hinamori. inoue, sado, ganju,ishida and aramaki are on their way to soukyoku. all in all an amazing action-packed episode. not to be missed !moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This is the second time Orihime makes a mistake about a saying involving a dog.

    • Ichigo releases his Bankai in this episode. It is called "Tensa Zangetsu" (Chains of Heaven Slice the Moon). Ichigo's bankai is a compression of his power, rather than an outward expansion like most bankai. Renji's bankai is more of an expansion of his power into his zanpakuto, whereas Ichigo channels his bankai into his physical skills, such as his speed.

    • Before the commercial break, Ichigo swings Zangetsu underhanded toward Byakuya. After the break, when they reshow the scene, he does an overhanded swing.

    • When Ichigo first releases his bankai, the split second before the blue circle around him explodes a "Z" is cut into the ground.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Ichigo: You wanna talk about pride? Your so called honor demands that you kill Rukia. Takes a lot of honor to kill your own sister, doesn't it? Well, if that's the kind of pride you're talking about, you can bet I'm gonna mess with it. That's the reason I got this power... your stupid pride!

    • Byakuya: (thinking about Ichigo) A Bankai? That's impossible! It's the final stage of the Zanpakuto. Only Soul Reapers of the highest level are able to attain it. Out of the Four Great Noble families who are blessed with far greater spiritual pressure than others, only one child in several generations has the ability to reach that level. And those who have attained it have all had their names forever etched into the history of the Soul Society. That is... Bankai. So why him? He became a Soul Reaper by absorbing Rukia's powers. He's not a noble... he wasn't even born a Soul Reaper. So how can he reach Bankai so easily, as if it's second nature? And how can he release such spiritual pressure?

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      Ichigo: Did you see that, Byakuya? This is my-
      Ganju: Banzai!
      Orihime: No Ganju, it's his Mankai!
      Ganju: I'm sorry, you sure it's not his Genkai?
      Ichigo: It's Bankai!
      Ganju: Yeah right! Don't get your Genkai in a twist!
      Orihime: You can't twist a Genkai! (laughs with Ganju)
      Ichigo: Is that so?!
      Ganju: It's Manzai now.

    • Byakuya: I see... First the kyokukei, and now the Bankai. I can see that you really enjoy stomping on our pride. Fine, I will carve into your body... just what type of retribution you will receive for injuring our pride! [gathers up his Bankai once more and throws it at Ichigo (now in Bankai himself)]
      [Ichigo dissappears faster than Byakuya can track and reappears with his blade tip pointed an inch from his throat]
      Ichigo: "Our pride?" It would seem that this "our pride" is connected to killing Rukia. Then its just as you said... I will stomp on it... [retracts his blade and leaps back into his fighting stanse]... And for that reason, I have obtained this power!!

    • Ichigo: Didn't you say a miracle happens only once? Then what is it the second time?

    • Ishida (to himself): Lately, I have been influenced by her collection of sayings. Even Sado-kun pointed out to me...
      Aramaki: Hey, stop pointing out each other.
      Ishida: You're right. Let's go.
      Ganju: Can't he decide if he is going to be sharp or stupid? I don't know how to react to that!

    • Ganju: Man, I saved my life by not fighting with him (Ichigo).
      Inoue: Of course you did! It is said, even a cat doesn't interfere in a childish quarrel.
      Ishida: Inoue-san, when saying that, it's supposed to be Children's Quarrel and not Childish.
      Chad: Ishida, you are wrong too, it is Couple's instead of Children's Quarrel.
      (Ishida has the words "shocked" above him.)
      Chad: Moreover, it is not a Cat who doesn't interfere. It is a Dog.
      Inoue: Really? Sorry, my bad.

    • Ichigo: But of course, who am I kidding, trying to win against Bankai, when I'm still only using my Shikai.
      Byakuya: Watch your mouth. You sounded like you had already mastered Bankai.
      Ichigo: Yeah. That's exactly what I'm saying, Kuchiki Byakuya.

    • Byakuya: Very well, since you really wish to see it. Engrave my Bankai into your eyes.
      Ichigo (to himself): He let go of his sword.
      Byakuya: Don't worry. You will not regret this. Before it happens, you will turn to dust and disappear.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Aired on YTV: September 6th, 2008.

    • In the original anime, Zangetsu explains to Ichigo that knowing the name of your zanpakuto makes a difference in the amount of power it has than if you don't. In the English dub, the power difference is described as being a thousand times stronger when the attack name is known.

    • Japanese title: 「開放!黒き刃、奇跡の力」
      Romanji Title:Kaigai! Kuroki yaiba, kiseki no chikara


    • The way that Byakuya was moving his Bankai's flowers around is almost a mirror image of the Rock Lee vs. Garra fight from Naruto. Another mirror image was Ichigo imating Rock Lee's insane speed dodging the sand/flowers in almost the same pattern after he activated his Hidden Lotus technique where as Ichigo activated his Bankai to achieve such speed.