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Summary:

Although his mask is broken, Ashido survives the attack, and since Rukia feels responsible for his injury, she fights the Adjuchas instead. She finishes him off with her first shikai attack, and all the Gillians just turn around and walk away afterwards. Rukia then tries to apologize for the broken mask because she knows what it means to Ashido, and she suggests that he return to Soul Society. He, however, thinks that he should decide his own path. Ichigo and company meanwhile have found the area where Nel was being held, but neither she nor any other Hollows are there anymore. Bawabawa seems to know where they are, so the group rides him until they see Nel on top of a cliff with Pesche and Dondochakka. Before they can reach her however, they get ambushed by another one of the Adjuchas and his legion of Gillians. Since their objective is Nel, Ishida uses his bow to take out the Hollows guarding her, and Renji and Ichigo quickly grab her, Pesche, and Dondochakka. The group then turns their sights on their opponents. While everyone else fights the Gillians, Ichigo faces off against the Adjuchas and defeats him with a Getsuga Tenshou attack.

Ashido and Rukia are trying to make their way towards Ichigo’s group, but they are confronted by the fourth and final Adjuchas. Having faced this one before, Ashido fights with the intent of this being his final job in this forest. The ensuing battle has Ashido cutting the spikes that come out of the Adjuchas’ tail, surviving a Ceros attack, and chopping off the Adjuchas’ right arm. When the Adjuchas tries to go after Rukia instead, she freezes him and lets Ashido shatter him. The two then continue on their way and find Ichigo shortly after he and the others finish off all the Gillians. Rukia introduces Ashido to everyone and, because they hear more Gillians coming, she reminds them that their goal is to rescue Inoue, so they should get out of here. Ashido shows them the way, but before they can reach the exit, they come under attack one more time by Gillians along with the Adjuchas that Ichigo had thought he had killed. Ashido decides to face these enemies by himself while everyone else gets away, but one of the cero blasts gets deflected into the ceiling of the passageway and creates a cave-in that cuts off Ashido’s own escape route. Urging Rukia to go save her friend, Ashido leaps back into the forest after the Adjuchas that he just stabbed.

Rukia and the others are able to make it back to the surface, but she laments over how she wasn’t able to tell Ashido that it was another Shinigami who is using the Hougyoku and working with Hollows to try to change the world. Hearing this, Ichigo suggests that they take the Hougyoku from Aizen when they rescue Inoue. Before joining everyone else in continuing towards Las Noches, Rukia looks back one more time and vows to return for Ashido. Around this time, Ulquiorra visits Inoue’s room in Las Noches and informs her that her friends have invaded Hueco Mundo. When she wonders why, Ulquiorra suggests that it’s for no reason other than to save her.

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This arc was okay as far as anime originals go – nothing great, but not horrible either. The enemies weren’t exactly a challenge for Ichigo and friends, but seeing the Menos forest setting and hearing Ashido’s story were at least somewhat interesting to me. If it had dragged on longer though, I probably wouldn’t have liked it at all. Of course, this might not be the last time we hear of this or see Ashido. He didn’t escape with the others, so he likely won’t be making any appearance again anytime soon like I had feared, but he’s also not dead, and it’s possible they’ll revisit him before this is all over, especially given that Rukia wants to return for him. Either way, next week looks like a return to the manga storyline, and based on Newtype’s spoilers, it looks like we’ll be sticking with it for several episodes.

November 21, 2007 at 10:40 am
28 comments »
  • November 21, 2007 at 10:48 amDiabolikul

    so….they reunite and then split up?…oh well at least inoue has apeared…Great episode :D

  • November 21, 2007 at 10:55 amIsabel

    Nice we will return to the manga

  • November 21, 2007 at 11:13 amfurinyue

    look like asido still alive and continue his old rutin . look finally going back manga arc

  • November 21, 2007 at 11:32 amwhat?

    whoa thier returnng to the manga next week :D

  • November 21, 2007 at 11:35 amwhat?

    thier getting close to the manga around 50 chapters i think.

  • November 21, 2007 at 11:38 amfurinyue

    1 thing about norito… does his chest reveal ??

  • November 21, 2007 at 11:44 amreggie

    glad its going back to the manga, i wanna see nell :)

  • November 21, 2007 at 11:50 amkl

    I think this Ashido guy will be making an appearance again…since these anime original episodes was done by Tite Kubo (right?), I’m quite sure there’s a reason why he wasn’t killed off.

  • November 21, 2007 at 12:02 pmGP

    At least they’re back to the manga storyline. I don’t see why they’d need to go into some sorta long filler at this point. Lots of manga to cover from here on.

    Inoue

  • November 21, 2007 at 1:54 pmOmni

    Well, the final part of this episode is the end of chapter 247. That gives a little over 50 chapters of manga to go through, and depending on how long the various battles take and how many chapters per episode, that could take anywhere from three months to half a year to cover. I don’t remember if there are any particularly good stopping points since the Las Noches stuff seems to be composed of pretty much all fighting, but I could see them going back into a period of anime originals after the Privaron round.

  • November 21, 2007 at 2:05 pmSensei-kun

  • November 21, 2007 at 2:30 pmDaemon

    inoue’s boobs look smaller this time

  • November 21, 2007 at 3:20 pmShinigami

    Finally

  • November 21, 2007 at 5:18 pmFlicker

    inoue’s boobs shrunk big time cus there’s no to fondle them. hehehe XD

  • November 21, 2007 at 8:09 pmBleachfan

    One of my favourite fillers! I love Ashido. Although I am glad the anime is returning to the manga I dread the storyline past the awesome Rukia-AA part, especially where Orihime (her first name for those who still didnt get it) turns seriously dumb and passive and hence drop from my list of favorite characters. Sight

  • November 21, 2007 at 9:30 pmdumdum

    yea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
    no more fillers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • November 21, 2007 at 9:44 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    man that monster sure looks like a bawa-bawa!

  • November 21, 2007 at 10:36 pmMakall

    Lol Renji is pathetic even in fillers.

    Shikai Ichigo > Bankai Renji

  • November 21, 2007 at 10:55 pmM.K

    quality animation all over the place, what can i say…

  • November 22, 2007 at 12:56 amg0rth0r

    Good episode.
    The animation was kinda weird sometimes, BUT Ichigo looks totally BADASS when he unsheathe Zangetsu @ 09:57.

  • November 22, 2007 at 4:01 amungas123

    lol@shinigami cup

  • November 22, 2007 at 4:33 amllxwarbirdxll

    It’s kind of sad that they were overpowered by Adjuchas. Do the villians in fillers always have to be so strong?

  • November 22, 2007 at 6:41 amAnonymooo

    http://randomc.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20149%20-%20Large%2017.jpg

    Hooray for recycled footage–but it’s a signature attack, so it’s okay.

    I also had no idea that Nnoitra’s shirt was so… open. Maybe he used all his clothing material on his goddamn HAT.

  • November 22, 2007 at 11:20 amFreedomaster

    cant read this

    148話 (11/14)
    アシド、過去から来た死神
    ——————————————————————————–
    一護(いちご)たちは次々と襲い来る虚(ホロウ)と戦いながら、メノスの森ではぐれたルキアと、虚に連れ去られたネルたちの行方を捜す。時を同じくして、ルキアは謎の死神・アシドと出会い、行動をともにしていた。
    》脚本=十川誠志 演出=碇英雄 絵コンテ=西片康人 作画監督=未定
    ■149話 (11/21)
    崩れ行く森、百万のメノス
    ——————————————————————————–
    アシドとルキアは、藍染(あいぜん)の命令でメノスの森を取り仕切るアジューカス級虚のひとり・ペキュネスと激しい戦闘を繰り広げていた。一方、一護たちはネルの霊圧を追って、森の奧にある崖にたどり着く。そこで彼らはネルを発見するのだが、無数の虚にも待ち伏せされてしまう。
    》脚本=十川誠志 演出=西村博昭 絵コンテ=小柴純弥 作画監督=Moon Ju Youn
    ■150話 (11/28)
    誓い!再び生きてこの場所へ
    ——————————————————————————–
    藍染がいる宮殿・虚夜宮(ラス・ノーチェス)にたどり着いた一護たちは、ネルをその場に残して内部に突入する。ネルが泣きながら追いかけてきても無視をして、あきらめさせようとしたのだが、突然彼女の声が途絶えたため、付近を捜索することに。程なく一護たちは縦穴を発見するが……。
    》脚本=吉村元希 演出=福田きよむ 絵コンテ=下田正美 作画監督=Park Chang Hwan
    ■151話 (12/5)
    吹き荒れる暴風!踊るアランカルとの遭遇
    ——————————————————————————–
    一護たちは再会を誓い合い、手分けして虚夜宮内の探索を始めた。そして、一護はネルとともに、どこまでもまっすぐに続く廊下を進むのだが、ドルドーニという“No.103”の破面(アランカル)に行く手をふさがれる。“No.10”以内の十刃(エスパーダ)に比べて格下に見えるドルドーニを相手に、一護はめんどうくさそうに闘いを始めるのだが……。
    》脚本=大久保昌弘 演出=岡崎幸男 絵コンテ=河村明夫 作画監督=小林ゆかり

  • November 22, 2007 at 2:57 pmKonoha’s Golden Flash

    Renji is really pathetic man imean comeon even in fillers he goes bankai and ichigo is like shikai taking on 50

    also they shud give ISHIDA a bigger part he only said one line the whole show

  • November 22, 2007 at 7:25 pmMugen

    cool!

  • November 22, 2007 at 10:54 pmLance

    too bad.. fillers just makes the anime degrade worst. they fit in too much drama, why dont they just focus on the animation instead? there are a lot of times that the animation suck! Bleach would have been a great anime if not for the stupid fillers. ill stick with the manga if i were you, but the manga too is loosing interest, whatever the heroes side gets, the enemy gets..i mean, ponder this guys, you have shinigami, they have hallows, now you have captain levels, you have arancar, they have bankai, they have bankai too! they have soul society, they have huenco mundo. its just too predictable and boring..

    and what in the name of all that is good in manga is kenpachi able to keep up with arancar level 5? ichigo, who was able to defeat kenpachi without bankai, who was able to defeat byakuya with bankai, now super powered becoz he gained hollow mask, was almost the same level as level 6 grimmjow! and now, kenpachi figths level 5?

    please kubo tite, dont just draw fight scenes, make the story believable!

  • November 28, 2007 at 11:19 pmSOSAnimeBoy

    Surprisingly, they omitted the part where Ulquiorra remarks to Orihime how well her Las Noches clothes fit her. I thought that was cool in the manga.