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Although Ikkaku’s fight has ended in victory, there are still several other battles going on across the city, and things don’t look so good for Hitsugaya, Renji, or Matsumoto. Hitsugaya and Renji in particular have both already initiated ban kai, but both still struggle with their Arrancar opponents. While these battles are going on, Ururu is having a hard time sleeping in Urahara’s shop and wakes up to see Renji fighting outside her window. Already watching the battle, Ririn and the other mod-souls decide to help and start by making Renji disappear from the Arrancar’s vision. Claude then disguises himself as Renji and starts attacking with Nova’s help. Unfortunately, the Arrancar powers up a bit and is able to disable all of them. Ururu meanwhile gets on top of Urahara’s rooftop where Jinta already is standing and then launches into the sky before he can stop her. She appears suddenly behind the Arrancar and kicks him in the face right as he turns around to face her. Ururu then starts choking him and utters some words about him being danger, danger being an enemy, and enemies being eliminated. After being repeatedly punched, the bloodied and extremely angry Arrancar gives himself some room by slashing at Ururu. He then releases his zanpaktou and transforms into a large bull-like creature, stabbing Ururu soon after the smoke clears. When he flings her now body away, Jinta comes to save her and tries to smack the Arrancar with his bat. It doesn’t hurt the Arrancar at all, and he rushes towards Jinta to skewer him too, but fortunately Renji comes to the rescue by allowing one of the skeletal links of his Hihiou Zabimaru to take the hit instead. Although this gives Jinta enough time to get away with Ururu, the Arrancar is able to break through the skeletal link and hit Renji. He then introduces himself as Arrancar No. 15, Ilfort Grantz.

Ilfort’s zanpaktou release is noticed by Shawlong, but the other Arrancar is busy fighting Hitsugaya. The captain attempts an attack that he follows up with his ice tail, but it only freezes Shawlong’s hand and zanpaktou, and Shawlong quickly breaks the ice off. He sees that Hitsugaya is steadily losing the ice flowers that are floating behind him and theorizes that Hitsugaya’s ban kai is still incomplete, so it will disappear when all the ice petals disappear. Hitsugaya only has three petals left, but Shawlong decides to respect him by destroying the captain with his full power. Shawlong’s released form grants him long claw fingers and a tail, and he immediately gets to work slicing Hitsugaya up. Having dealt some damage, Shawlong formally introduces himself as Arrancar No. 11. The two then charge each other again and Shawlong slices up Hitsugaya’s wings. The young captain is able to avoid any major damage and grows the wing back, but he then pauses to ask Shawlong a question. Hitsugaya wants to know if the No. 11 designation means that Shawlong is the 11th strongest Arrancar, but Shawlong reveals that the numbers are assigned according to order of birth. However, this does not apply to the Arrancar numbered 1 through 10 because those are ranked according to their slaughtering ability. These Espada as they are called have their numbers written on their bodies, and Shawlong reveals that there is actually an Espada here with them: the 6th Espada Grimmjow. At that moment, Grimmjow is engaged in a fight with Ichigo, but Grimmjow isn’t really trying very hard. He urges Ichigo to initiate ban kai, so Ichigo does.

It is around this time that Matsumoto finally gets a message from Soul Society telling her that she has permission to lift the limit. Because of this, she is able to stop her opponent from stepping on her and informs Hitsugaya and Renji of the good news. All three of them reveal black symbols on their chests that light up as they lift their power limitations and proceed to power up.


I came into this episode really excited because I knew Ururu would get to kick some ass with her Genocide mode (which wasn’t specifically mentioned). There’s nothing like seeing a tiny girl in her pajamas beating up a grown man. She still was able to do so, but the addition of Ririn and company in the scene before that was a real damper to my enthusiasm. We had gone so long without seeing them that I had forgotten they were still around, but here they were trying to go head to head with an Arrancar. I dunno why it took Ilfort Grantz as long as it did to beat them down. He should be so far above them in power that tricks like that wouldn’t work, and he should have been able to stop Claude immediately.
Past that though, it was a pretty good episode. There was a little less violence than the manga (Ururu didn’t quite get skewered), but overall I enjoyed it, particularly the end when the tide of the battle finally turns. Next episode should have the rest of these battles plus Grimmjow vs. Ichigo fight. It should also be the introduction of the new opening song by Aqua Timez and the new ending song by ORESKABAND. Unfortunately, there’s no new episode next week, so episode 121 will air April 11th.

March 28, 2007 at 4:24 pm
  • March 28, 2007 at 4:34 pmDEATH

    I’ve been waiting to see Ururu kick some ass. Ririn will probably kill every happy moment in Bleach from now on.

  • March 28, 2007 at 4:44 pmMedigo

    To solve that, you could just play the scene where the modsouls get cut up time and time again.
    (Tho I wouldnt mind it much, if it wasnt a repeat of episode 111)

  • March 28, 2007 at 4:56 pmFinalnight

    Did bleach change timeslots again?

  • March 28, 2007 at 4:58 pmGStrike-

    oh shit they are going to “raise the limit”

  • March 28, 2007 at 5:07 pmNyan~

    Oh? Raising the limit already? Thought it would be much later…
    Need to read the manga again… Oh, why the hell is Ririn there? -_-”
    It was suppose to be Ururu’s moment, grrr!

  • March 28, 2007 at 5:15 pmJay^2

    ditto!! >:E

  • March 28, 2007 at 5:32 pmqwertypoiuy

    next week new opening am i right

  • March 28, 2007 at 5:34 pmKid Kuwagata

    An appearance by the Filler-Mods. Awesome.

    Well, just so long as it’s not overdone. I don’t want them to fall into obscurity, but I don’t want them to be forced into episodes on a regular basis.

  • March 28, 2007 at 5:42 pmElegant Destruction

    we now all hate the mod souls, just admit it.

  • March 28, 2007 at 5:56 pmquigonkenny

    On the episode:
    Oh. Yay. Filler Mod Souls. How unexpected…

    On the response:
    Oh. Yay. Filler Mod Soul weeaboo. How unexpected…

    To Bleach makers:
    Kill ‘em off, already, and make it good and emotional.

    To Bleach fans:
    Get over it.

  • March 28, 2007 at 6:23 pmGuido

    Shawlong’s skeletal hands closely resemble the facehugger creatures from the Alien films series.

  • March 28, 2007 at 6:42 pmmewmew

    i agree with you, omni. the fact that the mod soul squad eats up a good portion of the episode definitely takes away from ururu’s geno mode…which was nevertheless fun to watch xD

    im still very curious as to why studio pierrot LOWERED the level of gore (blood, especially) for bleach, because until the arrancar arc that wasnt quite the case (even ep 1. with rukia had blood). bleach was already very well known (the anime) a few cools (seasons) ago, and although the day it aired changed, its still part of the anime prime time slot (6:00-8:00 pm. hmmm….

  • March 28, 2007 at 6:59 pmKaris

    This episode sure disappointed me not just the apparent modsoul appearance, but the animation quality dropped like a rock, and the Ururu going genocide was not as exciting as it in the manga…

  • March 28, 2007 at 7:22 pmFairy


  • March 28, 2007 at 9:10 pmKenta

    Is Ririn that popular in Japan? Otherwise, I don’t see why the heck she needs to make an unnecessary appearance.

  • March 28, 2007 at 10:04 pmN

    It looks like an okay episode. I’m willing to just skip the Ririn part entirely. For now, I will console myself with the fact that there is no way in hell that Ichigo and company would take the modsouls with them when they go to HM. They’ll just provide some nice filler episodes.

    I suppose it’s unrealistic to complain about the animation quality at all, but I was kind of hoping that this entire battle would get the treatment. But whatever, I’ll live.

    Yay new OP and ED. Just when I was getting so tired of the current ones that I thought I’d puke. I hope the OP is along the same lines as Asterisk and Tonight Tonight Tonight. And I hope the ED isn’t some woeful love song.

  • March 28, 2007 at 10:25 pmbrooklyn otaku

    honestly?! what the hell is Ururu? who is she?she remain’s to me the most mysteriouse charecter in this whole thing…”maybe imissed some vital manga episode or something” i mean is she a robot, a demon, huh!? even the way she acts is weird. hmmmm?

  • March 28, 2007 at 11:18 pmAnimeCritic

    I got a question, since every Shinigami probably has their powers limited right? I was wondering that Ikaku’s pretty good for beating the arrancar without lifting the limit of his power. I mean he was able to use the full force of his bankai.

  • March 28, 2007 at 11:33 pmquigonkenny

    “honestly?! what the hell is Ururu?”

    Here’s my speculation. If Nemu Kurotsuchi (the Division 12 VC) is EVA Unit 02, then Ururu is EVA Unit 00. Both of the previous Division 12 captains (Kurotsuchi and Urahara) delve heavily into research into gigais and mod souls, and Ururu appears to be a prototype of sorts in that direction. Jinta, too, I’d bet. Neither the anime or manga state anything specific about the nature of either of those two, but they’re clearly not human or shinigami.

  • March 29, 2007 at 12:49 amOmni

    Ururu’s power was shown off a little way back in episode 18 (chapters 59 and 60 of the manga) when Ichigo was training with Urahara. It was then that Urahara made a mention of Ururu having fighting ability at an anti-Shinigami level.

  • March 29, 2007 at 12:53 amzeroless

    “I got a question, since every Shinigami probably has their powers limited right? I was wondering that Ikaku’s pretty good for beating the arrancar without lifting the limit of his power. I mean he was able to use the full force of his bankai.”

    Only Captains and Vice-Captains have their powers limited to 1/6.
    This was mentioned by Renji when he fought with Ichigo when they fought at the beginning of the Soul Society Arc.

  • March 29, 2007 at 3:12 amStella

    Just to let you guys know there won’t be any Episode Next week. the next Bleach Episode is on April 11th.

  • March 29, 2007 at 3:39 amTabi Karasu

    OMG that girl what’s her name?.. Ururu finally kicking some ass

    Just AWESOME!!!

  • March 29, 2007 at 3:53 amShippoyasha

    Am I the only person who likes those filler puppets?

    I thought they were tastefully added on and I thought it made sense how they used their powers. I actually disagree with your assessment there a bit Omni. Those three really were taken down pretty fast even when Ilfort had no idea of their powers.

  • March 29, 2007 at 8:23 ammuhi_kira

    raise the limit!!!
    espada will be dead

  • March 29, 2007 at 8:29 ammuhi_kira

    why there won’t be any episode next week???

  • March 29, 2007 at 10:34 amshojo

    Ururu was awesome cool in the manga when she took out her weapon, so really looking fwd to her showdown with the Arrancar in the anime. But, I am so so anticipating the next ep where the others get to kick some big ass, freaking exciting… can’t wait for next week.

  • March 29, 2007 at 3:42 pmchaosdemon06

    hehe ya ururu was all emo hehe. OMG when the damn mod souls started to fight I just kept yelling, filler, filler! this didnt happan in the manga, ya we pretty much get there basicly there to fill in time in a episode. They only went though 1 chapter in this one episode so ya there making sure the manga gets way ahead of the anime. Also is it just me or they have to explain over and over and over again arracar ranks and such lol. Also that summery in the beginning of the episodes is annoying the hell out of me :P

    Still though overall a neat episode. I still think the limit vice captains get and captains get doesnt make that much of a difference. Spiky haired shorty still gets bis butt kicked when its lifted and he fights someone I wont say for spoiler reasons. Where not talking about these weak gillan either. Like number 11 says there power isnt even close to grim’s and the rest. Just shows the level some shingumi are at. Rukia and Ichigo I personally think are going to end up the strongest in the series when its all said and done. ^^

    Also please dont say Rukia got owned by grimshaw, hes higher level then most captains. Plus she didnt even draw her sword. Basicly it was kubo’s way of doing one thing then another. One rukia totally owns d-roy easily beating him, but because she does that she gets nailed by grim. Happans all the time in anime. Rukia does and will get even stronger. Prime example..

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  • March 29, 2007 at 8:30 pmkeith

    now its just like, fight after fight.
    I guess it could be worse, atleast they arent terrible fights…but still kinda anoyying how the story isnt going uber smooth, just fighting and fighting.

  • March 29, 2007 at 8:32 pmqwertypoiuy

    did you people see the animation for next episode it is a masterpiece
    i am sure next episode wil bw the best episode ever

  • March 30, 2007 at 9:31 amWim

    AnimeCritic: he had a lousy oppponent :)

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  • March 30, 2007 at 7:40 pmbrooklyn otaku

    thanks quigonkenny, that makes a bunch of sense, cuz i was getting tired of thinking she was he daughter of dracula

  • March 31, 2007 at 9:12 amBleach


  • March 31, 2007 at 9:12 amBleach

    Bleach the best

  • March 31, 2007 at 11:20 amunholy

    AnimeCritic i think its only vice-captains and captains that have to limit their power and as Ikkaku is a third seat and no-one knows he can use bankai he wouldn’t have to.

  • April 1, 2007 at 4:11 amChado

    The quality definitely dropped from the last episode, which wasn’t nice. What was funny was when the arrancer just touched ririn with his sword and she went down. One question, Those Ichigo have a limit to his powers in the real world like vice captains and captains?

  • April 7, 2007 at 8:12 amanne

    Is there going to be ep 121

  • June 22, 2008 at 7:24 amAJ

    Ururu’s just a powerful assistent, shes not a robot. (Or a demon).. Most websites say this. Its probably accurate.