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Bleach – 55

As Byakuya and Ichigo face off, Byakuya asks Ichigo why he wants to save Rukia, but Ichigo counters with why Byakuya doesn’t want to save her. Byakuya decides that he’s just going to have to kill Ichigo and execute Rukia himself. Renji, carrying Rukia, tells her that he and Ichigo got strong to protect her, and that she should depend on them and stop blaming herself. In the main group, Soi Fong is taking out Ukitake’s officers, but when Ukitake moves to help, Commander Yamamoto steps in his way. Captain Kyouraku grabs Ukitake and jumps off the cliff, saying that someone else is there to save Ukitake’s third seats. Sure enough, none other than Yoruichi tackles Soi Fong off the cliff. Somewhere inside the city, Ukitake and Kyouraku decide that they have run far enough and are ready to face the commander. Nanao, who followed them, is completely paralyzed by Yamamoto’s gaze, so her captain quickly takes her to safety before returning to the fight. The commander is quite disappointed that his most promising and strongest disciples decided to turn against him. He takes off his outer garbs, revealing a stunning physique undernearth, and then releases his zanpaktou which turns into a fiery sword.

I’m glad this episode decides to consolidate some of the parallel storylines because otherwise it would have been jumping around all over the place. This episode focuses on the Yamamoto vs. Ukitake/Kyouraku aspects for the second half, while the first does do a lot of that changing point of view. Nothing really to complain about since it’s a welcome change for greater story coherence.
And since they changed stuff around, certain parts of the manga aren’t included: they cover chapters 153 to 155, minus the Soi Fong vs. Yoruichi parts of chapter 154. I guess that’s less than normal, but they make up for it by showing a lot of Yamamoto’s buff body (which feels really unnecessary, but maybe that’s just me).
The three battles developing now are the commander vs. the two captains, Yoruichi vs. Soi Fong, and Ichigo vs. Byakuya. If they go at their current pace, next week will cover the rest of the first fight, and should cover all of the second fight. That leaves Ichigo vs. Byakuya for episode 57 and on.

Closing Thought: I hope the Karakura Super Heroes bit at the end becomes standard (much like the character introductions were). Today’s little bit covered the other half of chapter 88.5 – the fighting half.

October 25, 2005 at 3:53 pm
  • October 25, 2005 at 3:57 pmJade

    !!!! this episode looks so cool but i think should have a bit more of the battle between ichigo and Byakua in it.
    (i no i posted this before but no 1 answered so i will say it again: is the manga still on the soul-society arc?)

  • October 25, 2005 at 4:12 pmOmni

    No, it’s not.

  • October 25, 2005 at 4:43 pmAnza

    Good Episode, I felt as though they should have focused a little more on Ichigo’s fight rather then just about a minute of time but meh, Yoruichi’s fight should be good.

  • October 25, 2005 at 5:27 pmJade

    shouldnt ichigo be able to kill byakuya in like a flash since his sword is so strong and powerful+ he stopped that fire bird with the power of 100 of those swords and nun of the other captains can do that!?!

  • October 25, 2005 at 5:42 pmSpookia

    Does anyone know how long the anime will be? I wonder if they’ll end the anime before the manga. Maybe that’s why they took out that part with Grand Fisher. Can’t wait till the anime gets to the part that the manga’s at.

  • October 25, 2005 at 6:21 pmZimmer

    No one will know how long Bleach will be since it will probably become like One Piece and Naruto, long running animes that follow the manga good with tons of filler eps, lol. About Bleach 54, is anyone mad how the animation company edited out Yamamoto’s scars all over his body? Personally, I thought he looked cooler with scars, now he looks plain naked.

  • October 25, 2005 at 6:24 pmOmni

    What scars do you mean? The Yamamoto I saw had a lot of scars running everwhere, they’re just not quite as apparent in the screens above.

  • October 25, 2005 at 8:17 pmyueyue

    it’a getting more and more interesting

  • October 25, 2005 at 8:21 pmEsDawg

    Byakuya is the strongest individual in his families history he and Ichigo square off and end up beating the snot out of each other. If things keep going on pace the arc will probably continue for the next 13 episodes before hitting the Hybrid arc. While I’d personally like to see Bleach keep on moving along forever I hope that Kubo Tito won’t milk for all its worth and end it after the storyline goes stale. That being said I think that the series has a bare minimum of another whole season with the material that’s already out.

  • October 25, 2005 at 8:21 pmZaraki Kenpachi

    yourichi is finally out…. yes!!!

  • October 25, 2005 at 8:45 pmRasmiel

    I can’t emphasize how corny Renji sounded…:P

  • October 25, 2005 at 9:43 pmRionZ

    hmm…with all our luck, we’ll probably get another flashback or Karakura super-heroes filler right before the Byakuya vs. Ichigo fight….

  • October 25, 2005 at 11:03 pmKira Takuto

    Let’s hope Bleach won’t be another Zombie Powder.

  • October 26, 2005 at 10:38 amNavitron

    With the speed the anime is catching up to the manga I hope it doesnt become a filler fest, It would be better just to stop the anime for a good 6 months or a year then have to suffer fillers.

  • October 26, 2005 at 10:18 pmWarukyure

    oh like what you mean with naruto, it seems that for the next 20 some odd episodes are all fillers just so the manga can get quite a bit away from the show

  • October 27, 2005 at 10:32 amzgnoud

    would be nice to “end” this series after this rescue Rukia arc. and then all of a sudden in a years time or half a years time, out of no where, boom! bleach season 2 out ;).. well at least thats better than fillers imo

  • October 27, 2005 at 7:36 pmbakaboobie

    Bleach is just full of nods to other SJ-titles. Of the really noticeables, the first one was the Renji vs. Byakuya battle having familiar executions to that of Hiei vs. Bui fight. Now, the Yamamoto show-off reflecting Muten Roshi from the original DB.

    Well, there are others too, but it’s just great seeing them in the series.

  • October 28, 2005 at 2:10 amalex

    bleach is awesomeness. lol =)

    the screencaps are cool too.

  • October 31, 2005 at 11:37 pmjohnson

    lets just say, i was so addicted to bleach after the first episode, i watched all 1-55 in 2 days:)

    i fell inlove wit this anime on October 28th, 2005. lol