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Summary:
Having finished his battle with Koga, Captain Hitsugaya returns to his division and asks his men to recover the Bount. He doesn’t know if there’s a body, but feels that they should bury it if there is. His men report to him about how everyone has gathered at this division, including Ichigo and friends. They had ran into Matsumoto and ended up here with the injured Ishida. Hitsugaya relays to them how Kariya is the only Bount left because of the defeats that he, Soifon, Kurotsuchi, and Zaraki have dealt their enemy. And fortunately for Ishida, Inoue soon arrives with Kira after having taken care of Jidanbou at the gate. While she’s helping Ishida, Ikkaku and Yumichika are out with their 11th division around Seireitei looking for Kariya. Over at the first division headquarters, Nanao is relaying a message from Kyouraku and Ukitake to Yamamoto about how they’ve found documents that Rantao left about the power of the Joukaishou. However, to bring out the full power of the Joukaishou, a period of time is needed before activating it. That period of time is about a day – the same amount of time Kariya gave them.
As the sun is rising the next morning, Kariya is standing on a wall inside Seireitei when he’s approached by Rantao, armed with a special gun. Without saying a word, she starts firing and manages to injure Kariya even though he tries to use his wind against the gunfire. It seems that Rantao knew Kariya was here because of a Bount sensor and came to personally end this. However, seeing the exposed crest on Kariya’s injured body reminds her of something from the past. She recalls how the Bount were born into the real world after the accident and attempted to live with humans. They were unable to peacefully do that, so Rantao helped them and brought them together in hidden communities. She went back to Soul Society to ask for protection for the Bount, but the Central 46 Chambers couldn’t acknowledge the accident or help them. Afraid that the Bount will destroy the balance of souls in the real world, they sent a force of Shinigami against the communities Rantao helped establish. She ended up assisting the Bounts being slaughtered and even saves a boy at the cost of fighting her own Shinigami allies. Giving him a necklace with a metal block attached, she told the boy about the Bounts’ still-hidden powers that this could draw out and urged him to run away.
Rantao was captured afterwards and taken back to Soul Society where she was faulted for everything. The boy she gave the necklace item to found a way to control the Dolls perfectly, and the Bount wanted revenge. They tried unsuccessfully and Seireitei erased all records about it. Rantao herself still remembers and thinks that Kariya is the boy – the crest appeared when he used the necklace item. She still feels that she can help the Bount and tries to dissuade Kariya from using the Joukaishou. Kariya, however, reveals that its energy has already been taken in by his body and he intends to use it to destroy the Shinigami. Around this time, Ishida is leaving the rest of his sleeping friends when he senses Rantao’s power and concludes that she must be fighting Kariya. But by now, the Bount leader has decided to kill Rantao, so he attacks her with his wind power and blows her away.

I wonder if Ishida is going to be able to see the Rantao die too. It would be effectively like seeing the same woman die twice, with Yoshino being the first time. That’s assuming that Rantao does indeed die, which I think she will since this is an anime-original arc and they’ll sooner or later get back to the manga storyline where she doesn’t exist. Or I guess she could just disappear into the background or go back into hiding or something, but that doesn’t have the same impact on Ishida as Kariya killing her. Whatever happens, we’ll probably find out next week. For now, they still appear to be on course to end the Bount arc when this season ends in four weeks. Who knows what’ll happen then…

November 29, 2006 at 9:18 pm
28 comments »
  • November 29, 2006 at 9:22 pmHikaru

    Hm. Doesn’t look like it’s much of an action-based episode. But hey, still looking forward to this. I hope to see a climactic battle soon that will send the Bount Arc.

  • November 29, 2006 at 9:31 pmKaris

    is it just me, or the character designs seems to be just like the manga version like before because in previous episodes were a little messy.

  • November 29, 2006 at 10:51 pmRickaZ

    hey the shota… is he Kariya? o_O?

  • November 29, 2006 at 10:53 pmGenestarwind

    it must be him.

  • November 29, 2006 at 11:39 pmscootarski

    Ran Tao…with a gun…is just awesome. I must say…the way the are stretching out the end to this story gives me some faith that they may actually end these fillers when the arc ends.

  • November 29, 2006 at 11:59 pmShippoyasha

    Am I the only person feeling a bit wistful that they’re ending this arc? Just when I was getting used to Kariya and the mod souls..

    And I think they actually killed off the other Bounts a bit too quickly. They could’ve had more epic encounters. Oh well.

  • November 30, 2006 at 12:19 amlayla

    looks like a good ep to me and the graphics are better than the previous ep
    i want rukiya T–T

  • November 30, 2006 at 12:32 ammatlot

    did ren tao die?

  • November 30, 2006 at 12:32 amFairy

  • November 30, 2006 at 12:48 amtensai_otaku

    ” OH MY GOD!!! HE WAS THAT BOY!! ” She thought so…
    ” HOW DID YOUR HAIR GOT WHITE??? ” yes HE used instant hair plus :D
    ” YOU PUNK ” Than SHE thought ” HE IS GOING TO SCORE AT THE THANKSGAYVING DAY ” :D

    WHAT AN OTAKU SAYS AFTER WATCHING 10 OR MORE EPISODES OF BLEACH AND NARUTO??????
    ” NOW I CAN DELETE MY FILERS TO FREE SOME SPACE HERE!! ” :D
    ps: TO FREE SOME SPACE AT MIND!!! :lol:

  • November 30, 2006 at 1:12 ambrooklyn otaku

    THATS HOW IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE DONE!! SCREW NARUTO AND THEIR SHIT CREAM FILLER, YEAH!! ONE EPISODE ONE KILL, IT’LL BE ALL OVER SOON, SA-WEET!!!

  • November 30, 2006 at 2:03 amvalleys

    a gun?

  • November 30, 2006 at 2:31 amwhitey-chan

    yah. a gun..

  • November 30, 2006 at 4:11 amYume

    hehehe .. i don’t know if i want to laugh or cry *sigh* . nothing special in this ep . i look forward to next year ^^

  • November 30, 2006 at 4:50 amHaunter

    Look’s like Kariya was slaped with a screen door, leaving the design on him permanently.

  • November 30, 2006 at 10:14 amNobunaga

    A much better episode with great animation and Ran Tao´s weapon. (Why a shotgun? It would had been much better for Ran if it were something like a sniper rifle)^-^

    No action and a backstory of Kariya´s past. It going take a couple episodes to clear up everything with Kariya and the aftermath.

  • November 30, 2006 at 10:31 amVelius

    The last episode has horrible animation. Luckly this one is much better.
    Ran’Tao with her Kidou gun was sweet. Although there wasn’t much she could do.
    Next ep looks ok. Almost seems too good to be true for the fillers to end this soon…

  • November 30, 2006 at 10:49 amshota

    Seems like next ep is full of backstory, judging from the amount of flashbacks in the preview! Yep, they’re taking their time for the next 4 eps all right!

  • November 30, 2006 at 11:50 ammuhi_kira

    weh i don’t even think that child is kariya
    hmm in my opinion rantao will be dead

  • November 30, 2006 at 1:05 pmConnor

    Ha, I hope you’re right and Ishida see’s Ran-Tao die, it’d just be fun to see his traumatized face when he sees her die twice XDDDD

    I have nothing against Ishida though =P

    Can’t wait for the sub, this arc is finally coming to an end.

  • November 30, 2006 at 2:34 pmPICA GROSSA

    PICA GROSSA NOS SEUS CUS.
    FILLERS DE MERDA

  • November 30, 2006 at 10:54 pmTaxxed

    The animation in this one made up for last week’s. The characters look straight out of the manga this time ’round. I liked that little cook-out the crew was having.

  • December 2, 2006 at 7:52 amtensai_otaku

    ” PICA GROSSA ”

    No seu tambem MONA!!! :D

  • December 3, 2006 at 6:31 pmCloud

    excellent

  • December 3, 2006 at 10:13 pmViking

    Well look at that, goody-two-shoes Ishida strikes again. DIE!!!

    I miss the old non-filler Ishida. He was cool. This guy blows donkeys for quarters.

  • December 4, 2006 at 9:50 pmmelody

    Why doesn’t Rukia come out ne more…I don’t like Inou!!!!!!!..liked the episode a lot though

  • April 27, 2007 at 7:08 pmstacy lou

    URYU AND YOSHINO SHOULD GET TOGETHER! I WOULDN’T MIND HIM AND NEMU EITHER. I LOVE URYU!!!!!!I ALSO LOVE YOUROUCHI!!!!!!!!!!YOSHINO AND URYU RULE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • April 27, 2007 at 7:12 pmstacy lou

    URYU AND YOSHINO SHOULD GET TOGETHER! I WOULDN’T MIND HIM AND NEMU EITHER. I LOVE URYU!I ALSO LOVE YOUROUCHI!YOSHINO AND URYU RULE!