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Summary:

In order to give his report to Aizen, Ulquiorra crushes his left eye and lets the dust convey the information. When another Arrancar named Grimmjow heckles him for not killing Ichigo, Ulquiorra explains that their problem isn’t with the current Ichigo. Rather, Aizen is concerned with Ichigo’s growth rate: Ichigo has a considerable amount of dormant power, but it’s very unstable. With the possibility that Ichigo could either destroy himself if left alone or the possibility he could fall under their control, Ulquiorra didn’t kill him yet, but is ready to do so if Ichigo ends up fighting against them. These words and Aizen’s confidence in Ulquiorra shut up Grimmjow, but he’s still unhappy about it. Back in the real world, Ichigo is finding out that Renji and company aren’t planning on leaving until the end of the war with the Arrancar. Since Ichigo can’t give them a place to stay, Rangiku leaves for Inoue’s place, Ikkaku and Yumichika wander off, and Renji heads for Urahara’s shop. The only person left is Rukia, who intended on living with Ichigo all along, so she makes up a sob story for Ichigo’s father and sisters to convince them to let her stay. Meanwhile, Keigo and Mizuiro are walking through the streets when Keigo notices a large flying Hollow in the sly. What he doesn’t see is that Grimmjow soon arrives in this world.

At home, Inoue is telling a photo of her brother what happened with Ichigo, and she feels jealous that Rukia was able to get him back to normal. Rangiku arrives at her apartment a little later and quickly gets Inoue’s permission to stay. She really wants to take a bath, but she first tells Hitsugaya – who secretly followed her here and is sitting on the roof of the building – that he can come in if he’s got nowhere else to go. Once Rangiku gets into the tub and gets comfortable, she questions why Inoue’s so depressed today. Inoue eventually starts talking about how Rukia cheered Ichigo up and how she should be happy that Ichigo got better, but instead she’s jealous of Rukia. As she starts crying, Inoue admits that she doesn’t feel this way at school – it’s only when she’s alone at home. After hearing all this, Rangiku emerges nude from the bath and hugs Inoue. Rangiku then gets Inoue laughing through some tickling until she finally stops and says that Inoue and Rukia are fine the way they are. She thinks of Ichigo as a kid who can’t stand up on his own yet, so he still needs both of them. And since Inoue isn’t taking the easy way out by running away, Rangiku thinks highly of her. Elsewhere in the city, Grimmjow meets up with five other Arrancar who just arrived: D-Roy, Shawlong, Edorad, Ilfort, and Nakim . Together, they are able to detect many strong souls, including Ichigo and all of the Shinigami current in the real world. Grimmjow tells them that there’s no need to hold back or discriminate because they’re to massacre anyone that has any bit of spiritual pressure and let no one escape. Under those orders, the five Arrancar scatter towards their targets.

Preview

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As much as I like Rukia as a character, I really favor Inoue more to be paired with Ichigo. It’s mainly because, as this episode shows, Inoue is portrayed as a complex character who has really deep feelings for Ichigo whereas Rukia appears to be more of a partner to him (in the non-romantic way). It’s not to say that Rukia doesn’t also like Ichigo, but, well, she’s not the one crying her heart out to Rangiku. Still, I highly doubt this is going to end up like any romance-comedy where the guy and girl end up happily ever after (especially since Ichigo currently has too many of his own problems to worry about), and I look forward to seeing how the romance (if any) develops in both the manga and anime. For now, I’m still looking forward to when chapter 237 gets animated.
Next week should be the start of some very exciting battles. The preview even hints that we’ll finally be able to see Rukia’s zanpaktou in its released form.

February 21, 2007 at 4:46 pm
71 comments »
  • February 21, 2007 at 4:54 pmBomber D Rufi

    Nice episode XD looks like nothing happens till next week though….

  • February 21, 2007 at 4:54 pmhananon

    nice episode..espacilly ichiruki moments ^ ^ looking forward to next episode >>to see rukia’s shikai ^__^

  • February 21, 2007 at 4:58 pmnika

    yay! the much awaited rangiku-orihime bathroom scene! XD

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:05 pmblalblamonkey

    yea i was waiting for this episode….arigato for the review

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:07 pmJairo

    Looking well!

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:08 pmCaraniel

    Squeeee! Grimmjow! *incorherent rambling* Cant wait till this is subbed.

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:09 pmGStrike-

    oh shit… matsumoto x orihime :O

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:11 pmTESTAMENT

    can’t wait to see… BANKAI!!!!

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:37 pmSyouke

    Oh my god! XD

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:41 pmmrjacobs

    Those racks! I was looking foward to the bath scene (camera shots were at different angles in the manga but not much diferent. I cannot wait for the subs too.

  • February 21, 2007 at 5:49 pmKaris

    Grimmjow’s VA “Junichi SUWABE” sure talks a lot like Renji’s VA “Kentarou ITOU” in my opinion. Heck, he even looks like Ikkaku!

    Is it just me, or did i just heard a background music they used in the Bleach movie in there?

  • February 21, 2007 at 6:27 pmRickaZ

    no Grimmjaw he has blue hair I liked him with GREEN hair! arrancars should have style specialy the spadas! (Like Ulquiora for example)

  • February 21, 2007 at 7:30 pmmangamaxx

    Yeah, I’m for the IchigoXInoue too. I can’t wait for the possible future storylines involving the too.

  • February 21, 2007 at 7:37 pmman3k

    Doesn’t matter wether GrimJow has Blue or Green hair.. He’s still the Coolest ESPADA in my view~ XD

    I guess this episode will give us a Good LOL… ^_^; Especially the parts when all the shinigami’s making reasons to find a place to stay~ hahaha

  • February 21, 2007 at 7:50 pmN

    It seems that I disagree. XD You see, I’ve never cared who ends up with who, AS LONG AS it’s not Ichigo x Orihime. Why? I don’t find their relationship interesting at all. I’d like Orihime to be paired with Ishida. During their time in Soul Society, they both consistently out-weirded each other and it was hilarious to watch. Other than that, I don’t really have a preference. I wouldn’t mind if Ichigo was paired with Rukia, or perhaps with Tatsuki, and I also wouldn’t mind if Renji ended up with Rukia. (You have to kind of feel bad for Renji.)

    My prediction is that after the Aizen thing is taken care of, Ichigo’s other school friends will play a larger role in the story. Especially Tatsuki, who clearly has spirit powers of her own.

  • February 21, 2007 at 7:54 pmInuhanyou

    ^Agreed, except IXR is teh only one fer me

  • February 21, 2007 at 8:07 pmShinji103

    It’s nice to see you have the same opinion about the parings in this show, Omni. I’m also of the opinion that if there is to be a pairing at all, it’s more likely to be IchigoxOrihime, and that Ichigo and Rukia are much more like partners rather than lovers.

    Just like Omni, I have nothing against Rukia, but this is just how I see things. And it’s Show Spoiler ▼

  • February 21, 2007 at 8:10 pmrielle

    quote “As much as I like Rukia as a character, I really favor Inoue more to be paired with Ichigo. It’s mainly because, as this episode shows, Inoue is portrayed as a complex character who has really deep feelings for Ichigo whereas Rukia appears to be more of a partner to him (in the non-romantic way”

    yes! yes! I TOTALLY LOVE RUKIA SO MUCH BUT I AGREE WITH YOU 100%!!!!!!

  • February 21, 2007 at 8:20 pmuatafak

    I´d prever to see Rukia with Ichigo. You know what they say, opposites attract!

  • February 21, 2007 at 8:44 pmpsychohare

    so are u saying that Orihime is not an opposite for Ichigo? hahahaha

  • February 21, 2007 at 9:32 pmtokmoh

    I dunno what…..bt from the pics here, Grimmjow’s hair looks like the same colour with Hitsugaya’s. I’d expect it to be more like when he appeared in one of the earlier filler’s OP, but this…..is crappy colour.

    I guess the problem with the filler has to be the quality, but now, already in the arrancer arc, the colour is the problem……..

  • February 21, 2007 at 9:51 pmLissa

    yeah, id prefer ichigo with rukia. i just feel that she’s more compatible with him that inoue. and cant wait to see her zanpakuto

  • February 21, 2007 at 10:07 pmbrooklyn otaku

    lets all stop fooling ourselve’s!!! we all already know who ichigo’s gonna end up with…..HIS LATIN LOVER CHAD!!!! BORIQUA HO!!!!!

  • February 21, 2007 at 10:46 pmShinn Agami

    Just like Testament said, BANKAI.. and not just one or two.. can’t wait to see them in action :)

  • February 21, 2007 at 11:07 pmTim

    I really do feel the need for more romance (any) in Bleach between Rukia and Ichigo. I don’t mean to compare anime here, but the romance between Shirou and Saber in Fate/Stay Night just made the anime that much better. Then again it was a major part of the story for that anime. Anyway, I just hope the writer puts enough in to please the people who really want it.

  • February 21, 2007 at 11:24 pmMelodymix

    Haha! This is going to turn to a war zone

  • February 21, 2007 at 11:37 pm~

    I personally would like to see Rukia x Inoue.
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  • February 22, 2007 at 12:36 amtensai_otaku

    I LOOOOOOVVVVVVEEEEEEEEEE THIS FREE FAN SERVICE THING ON ANIMES….BOOBS…..AND……
    STUFF……..FFED……BOOBS…..AND….STUFF…..FFED….BOOO……AHhhhhhh…ZZZzzzzz!!
    Ichigo anata wa honto no kiso yarou da na!!!!!Orihime…rukiya…Tatsuki chan… and now even Matsumoto pays him a visit sometimes……and they say in South Park
    ” YOU BASTARD!!! ” :)

  • February 22, 2007 at 12:51 amlayla

    ichigoxrukia all the way

  • February 22, 2007 at 12:54 amNastharl

    I’m hoping Orihime gets killed because her entire function in the show is to merely be a plot device, and spends probably 75% of her screen/page time either crying that she’s not able to help, whining about ichigo, or getting her ass kicked by someone.

    DIE ORIHIME.

    Bleach doesn’t need any kinda pairing to be successful. Ichigo’s devotion to his friends is more than enough reason for him to fight.

  • February 22, 2007 at 1:09 amrpgmaster1

    You make Ichigo sound like Yusuke. Of course, Ichigo still has to deal with his Hollow self inside of him. We’ll see if Ichigo does develop feelings for Rukia or Inoue, but it’ll be a long time before he starts having these feelings. Let’s hope the Arrancar put up an interesting fight and the Vizards appearing to help out Ichigo’s latent Hollow powers.

  • February 22, 2007 at 1:19 amPakxenon

    GRIMMJOW!!!…. has blue hair. I thought it was teal wtf. Stupid animators can’t decide on which colour palette to use. =/

  • February 22, 2007 at 4:46 amSkins T

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  • February 22, 2007 at 4:52 amener

    As much as I love Rukia, I completely agree that IchigoxOrihime seems more likely. Rukia doesn’t seem very interested in him in that way, and Ichigo really does depend on the both of them. However, I think as the manga progresses we’ll see more of his feelings towards Orihime…

    … or maybe not, because Shounen Jump is evil.

  • February 22, 2007 at 4:53 amMelodymix

    Inoue’s only srying her “heart out” cause so far she’s weak compared to Rukia.

    Rukia + Ichigo for me. KT drew them in total opposite attract since he describes Ichigo as “Black Sun” and Rukia as “White moon” and stuff like that. There’s more though but I can’t get bothered typing

  • February 22, 2007 at 5:55 ameurys

    Inoue is portrayed as a complex character who has really deep feelings for Ichigo
    And it’s “complexity” to you? I don’t know, most people want Inoue to “win” Ichigo out of pity, because we can’t let the poor hot girl cry at night because she don’t have the balls to confess to him…
    Gah, give me some IchigoxRukia interaction anyday.

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:41 ammuhi_kira

    i prefer rukia with ichigo
    and orihime with Ulquiorra ^_^

    funny to see toushirou following rangiku secretly
    toushirouxrangiku rules!!!!

  • February 22, 2007 at 8:41 amNicholas

    I never liked Orihime much. I’m not saying she’s weak or anything, since in this chapter/episode she really did her best to stand up on her own and face her feelings squarely. I just…really didn’t like her from the start. x3 So with that bias, I’m more of a Ichigo x Rukia shipper – but I do get your point about them being more like platonic partners than lover. One can still hope. xD

    I’m excited to see the upcoming battles, hehe.

  • February 22, 2007 at 10:09 amKinny Riddle

    Was anyone thinking of the Torches from Shakugan no Shana when they depicted Ichigo and co’s reiatsus as blue flames? I lament that I will soon be forgetting about who they are and what they’ve done. lol

  • February 22, 2007 at 12:00 pmqwertypoiuy

    animation in bleach became superb

  • February 22, 2007 at 12:19 pmqwertypoiuy

    i dont read manga but i downloaded chapter 199 and conversation between Ulquiorra and Grimmjow wasnt like that Ulquiorra said that he didnt kill ichigo because he want him someday be on thier side

  • February 22, 2007 at 3:07 pmhananon

    I can’t imagine orihime being with ichigo..it’ll be boring and if he faced any problem in the future she’ll not be able to help him..she has to learn to stand up by herself first..

    He needs a strong and a gentle person at the same time like RUKIA
    And we can’t deny his feeling for rukia( it still progressing)..it’s obvious in the manga though

    GO GO ichigo x Rukia XD

  • February 22, 2007 at 5:41 pmmitsuketa

    Please, don’t let this turn into a an IchiOri or IchiRuki battle. I’m tired of those.
    I think it would be cool if Orihime and Rukia got together and that would shut everyone up! Anyway, I don’t like either IchiOri or IchiRuki. Gin x Rangiku is my favorite pairing. And this was a great episode. I love Grimmjow!

  • February 22, 2007 at 6:26 pmhananon

    don’t be sad >> GO GO Gin x Rangiku and GO GO ichiruki ^__^

  • February 22, 2007 at 11:18 pmBleachfan

    Personally I like Matsumoto and Hitsugaya better he! he!. I love IchigoXRukia. orihime is too much of a limp noodle and generic cuteness for my taste. And I read the manga too, Ichigo is a kind boy especually to the girls, he was bringing fresh flower to a dead little girl in the first volume remember and dont think he treat Orihime any different from his sisters or tatsuki. Anyway in HM chapters and the next two eposodes you could see Ichigo’s feeling towards Rukia developing. Anyway cant wait to see Rukia’s shikai Go Rukia!!

  • February 23, 2007 at 1:50 amSunshine

    U kno, if Orihime didn’t have a crush on Ichigo I seriously think she’s a lesbian with Chizuru, Tatsuki and now even Matsumoto!

    Rukia’s Shikai rulez!

  • February 23, 2007 at 5:46 amchaosdemon06

    awww come on people rukia and ichigo are already basicly together ichigo is 15 lol. guys generally like ichigo dont wanna releationship at that age in japan. You see ichigo when Matsumoto was messin with him lol. Hes scared of girls that way, currently. As the anime and manga go as ichigo gets older He’ll start changing his mind about that. He’ll pick rukia simply because shes around him alot more. Every anime that has the characters share a house together they eventually get together. The way ichigo and rukia act around each other very couple like, when ichigo and oriahime are just act nice to each other cause there friends. lol

  • February 23, 2007 at 8:27 am0blivion

    *SHOCK* at matsumoto wif hitsugaya.

    GINRAN ftw!!!!

    seriously… Rangiku can end up with nobody but Gin. DOn’t realli mind the other pairings cept Rukia shud go wif Renji, which leaves ichigo with inoue. Tatsuki is too much the ‘childhood’ frend to get with ichigo…. but she’s cool XD

  • February 23, 2007 at 8:38 amLithium17

    I never knew people get so hung up on character relationships in a ‘shonen’ type anime.
    If I had to choose……
    Ichigo x Chado
    Orihime x Tatsuki
    Rukia x Kon
    Ichigo’s youngest sister x that red haired kid in Uehara’s shop

    By the way, has anybody here seen an anime called Gintama?…. lots of Bleach references and its bloody hilarious.

  • February 23, 2007 at 11:40 amgreyrook

    Gintama! I love that Gintoki… I mean… that show…

    Shirosaki x Chad FTW

    Just to shut the fandom wars up… let Kubo Taito write what he want, demmit!

  • February 23, 2007 at 4:52 pmJenn

    ichiruki! no orihime!
    i dont like it when bleach gets all ecchi like.

  • February 23, 2007 at 6:31 pmRickaZ

    IchigoxOrihime Hater I hate the pairing plz do everything you want! just not that… (blah Orihime just kinds of reminds me of my orther bad sided chara Susaku from Code GEASS)

  • February 23, 2007 at 10:46 pmZangetsu

    Opposites attract is not always the case in romance. To me, Rukia is more like an old sister to Ichigo rather than a lover. I still root for Orihime to be the one for Ichigo.

  • February 24, 2007 at 1:32 amSunshine

    Well Orihime is just Ichigo’s classmate to me plus he swore He’ll protect Rukia with his “soul”

    Anyway let’s leave this topic…
    Rukia’s Zanpakuto is on the next ep right? I luv her sword!

  • February 24, 2007 at 6:08 amfurato

    I wish all these people fighting the IchOri/IchiRuki war would just shut up. >_>

  • February 24, 2007 at 6:26 pmwildobrown

    why dont you just stfu faggot faruto

  • February 24, 2007 at 7:55 pmlol

    Sorry, I have to agree with Furato. This IchiOri/IchiRuki crap is immature. Bleach isn’t a shoujo anime, it is shonen. Why does everybody act like Bleach is a love story?

  • February 25, 2007 at 1:13 amMelody

    Probably cause Orihime’s turning it into a love story. She’s kinda ruining Bleach with her Fairy Power -_-;;

    Anyway, yea Rukia’s Shikai rulez and KT better show her Bankai as well

  • February 25, 2007 at 7:47 amrayan

    dsds

  • February 25, 2007 at 12:53 pmchaosdemon06

    hehe ya Rukia chan’s sword release this coming week! woot!
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  • February 25, 2007 at 3:02 pmChado

    I’m a bit suprised with Grimmjaw’s voice. I thought it was gonna have more of a high/crazy tone to it but nevertheless, I was impressed with the ep. The real action starts now. Can’t Wait! Grimmjaws the man

  • February 27, 2007 at 12:08 ammelody

    Im sorry but i prefer Rukia and ichigo. This pair look much cooler and they both seem to be strong in the way that they don’t cry(like orihime)i just dont like her (im sorry for her fans)…ne way Rukia is a really cool character specially when she hits ichigo thats where the comedy is hahaha

  • March 1, 2007 at 10:48 pmmonkgres

    for me i like inoue for ichigo

  • March 2, 2007 at 1:37 amSakura Hiyori

    Ichigo and Rukia
    Their relationship is sorta more deep. Plus Ichigo’s too good for Orihime in my opinion

  • March 3, 2007 at 5:53 pmlol

    I prefer Rukia and Orihime myself . . . lol! This makes it canon: Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 6, 2007 at 8:47 amnica-chan

    OMG what the heck is that scene?!?!?! Rangiku’s naked!!!

  • March 7, 2007 at 1:38 amdual inline

    Kon’s Happiest Moments.

  • July 18, 2007 at 2:11 amXxKIMANIxX

    the part when the leutinet got on top of orihime was good i thought she was about 2 kiss her putting those big tits on orhime

  • August 1, 2007 at 8:41 pmgiselle

    you have really great episodes.
    you can make more.

  • December 17, 2007 at 7:09 pmAnimeFan

    Renji + Rukia
    Ichigo + Inoue.
    And besides, Renji and Rukia go way back, so they would make a better match.

  • January 21, 2008 at 5:41 pmfudgey

    plz show rangiku (blonde hair girl with xxxxxxxxxxxxxx LARGE boobs) N.u.d.e. !!!!