A pretty good episode, but it doesn't seem like enough was happening to really keep your attention fully until the very end. A lot of random moments, like how Karin couldn't find Ichigo in his room, Hitsuga-ya making his report to Soul Society, etc. It's understandable if there are a couple of them to explain some of the situations going on, but to have an episode cluttered in what felt like forgettable scenes is a no no. Fortunately the episode recovered itself near the end when Ichigo decides to give into the Vizard's demands. Though he doesn't easily give in and battles the first, but he quickly finds out just how powerful they are. Overall the fist half felt like a lot of random events connected together and the second half is what made the episode interesting overall.
Grimmjow and Tousen return to Hueco Mundo, and face Aizen's reaction about the assault on Karakura, with serious consequences for the #6 Espada. Meanwhile, Ichigo finally makes a decision concerning his unstable power, and joins Hirako & the Vizards.
Well, this is one of the episodes I most wanted to see animated, ever since I read the manga chapters. Both the Aizen/Tousen/Grimmjow/Gin part and the Ichigo/Vizards part amazed me when I first read them, so I had a lot of expectations. And when someone has too many expectations for something, it's likely that the result will let them down. In this case, it didn't go exactly like that, but I still pictured this a little differently when I first read it, and I guess I expected a little more than I got.
Nevertheless, I really liked this episode, just because, in terms of plot, we're entering one of my favourite mini-arcs. At this point, Ichigo knows that he's completely lost his battle against his Hollow, so he needs help to regain control of his powers (or gain control, because I don't think he ever had the upper hand on the situation). I still think it's funny that he doesn't want to "bother Urahara with questions, because he's helped me so much so far", when, in fact, Urahara is probably the mastermind of every single thing going on in this show XD But, then again, Ichigo's not that smart to figure that out. Concerning the Vizards, I had always imagined that, when the time for their Anime appearence would come, it would be at the end of the episode, with Shinji saying the final line of Chapter 214, "So you finally decided to join us, the Vizard army", which was a hell of a cliffhanger-line. It bothers me a little bit that they skipped that line in the episode, but I still liked it, and the final scene with Hiyori powering up, and that AMAZING background music (which is one of the main reasons I'm begging for OST 3 to come out soon) was really cool.
As for Tousen cutting off Grimmjow's arm, I liked it, but I think it was a lot more shocking and dramatic in the manga, where Grimmjow seemed WAAAY more furious and decided to rip Tousen's guts apart than he seemed in the anime. However, the background music used was a great choice (as usual), and I'm getting even more used to the evil-Arrancar-flamenco melodies. I also think it's quite funny that, everytime Grimmjow's about to draw/release his zanpakutoh, someone stops him. First was Tousen, this time was Aizen. And I don't want to spoil anyone, but I don't think this will be the last time we'll see this happening. If this were a comical show, it would be quite a gag.
But most important of all, Gin is back!!! He's, by far, one of my favourite characters in the whole series. I think it's extremely interesting that Gin suggests that Aizen kind of manipulates Tousen (as well as the rest of the Arrancars). That sort of things make me think that Gin and Tousen are both at completely different levels of trust to Aizen. I particularly think that Tousen thinks he's doing the right thing thanks to Aizen's manipulation (spiritual, not magical, of course, since he has immunity against his zanpakutoh), while Gin is aware of all of Aizen's plans. Aizen and Gin's relationship is one of the thins I'm so interested in, and that I want to see more developed, both in the anime and in the manga.
Other highlits of the episode: Uryuu & Ryuuken's intense "training"; Chad asking Urahara to train him (an important plot point that will be relevant in the future); Rukia's concern about Ichigo; Rangiku playing peek-a-boo with Hitsugaya; and Mizuho's hilarious obsession with Ikkaku.
I have to admit, there was really good music coordination in this episode, and some humorous pop-ups that come from the most darkest moments. Aizen's evil side is now taking form in our minds as we see him toy with his subordinates, while Gin and Tousen get some screen time. Tousen brings up those questions we had upon their initial ascent (or descent) to the Hollow's realm: what is his justice? Of course, Bleach moves on, deliberately avoiding that question. Good. Cliffhanger. Hitsugaya brings up a rather obvious point: that the shinigami are not very strong compared to the Arrancar, but then we leave with a cliffhanger: Ichigo goes to the Vaizard, probably the only hope for the anti-Arrancarness.
Overall I think it was a really good episode. It definitely ended at a key point making me not want to wait to see the next episode...and I've already read the manga! They did skip over the battle scenes a little bit, but it was still pretty exciting. They are doing a really good job following the manga and things are only going to get more intense and interesting. I would definitely recommend watching this episode. It is well worth the time. It has good action in it and is key to the series if you have been keeping up with it. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
You'll want to watch this episode because it sets up the series of events for the next battle scene. Even without any major battle scenes this isn't a filler episode. Chad asks Urahara to train him, and Ishida is still with his dad trying to regain his Quincy powers. As for Ichigo, he seeks out the Vizard to teach him to suppress his inner hollow, and as the episode ends he faces Hiyori in her complete hollow form. The best part about this episode, though, is Hueco Mundo, and what Kaname does to Grimmjow. Definitely an enjoyable watch, and much better than any Bount Arc story build-up.
After the battle with the arrancars, Ichigo feels depressed about his lost in the fight against Grimmjow. He's going to meet the vizards to find a solution for his problem with the hollow inside of him, where he received a surprised from Hiyori.
Well, is not an episode with that subject that we all know as action or fighting, but it set up the setting where Ichigo will develop its power to high level. Watching the three traitors or the leaders of Hueco Mundo, it makes me to be more interesting in the series because they resemble danger or a bad sign for the real world. Planning their plans and using the Espada has their army, it shows signs for a great battle in the future. Finally, Ishida is back and its doing his training with his father in order to get his powers back. Let see what Aizen, Gin and Tosen have in their minds.
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