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Shortly after he senses Ichigo’s power in the distance, Renji finds himself being chased by Dondochakka who is crying for Nel. Dondochakka is desperate to find and stop Nel, yet he keeps running with Renji. Ichigo meanwhile continues to get knocked around by Dordonii as the Privaron Espada tries to get him to initiate ban kai. Caught in the mouth of Dordonii’s cyclone extensions, Ichigo instead uses his Getsuga Tenshou attack to cut off its head, but Dordonii just reforms it and strikes again. At one point, Ichigo actually looks like he’s decided to initiate ban kai, but he instead tries to use that to surprise his opponent with an attack from close range. It doesn’t work though, and Dordonii responds with a cero blast. Ichigo doesn’t have enough time to react before the cero hits, but to his surprise, Nel steps into the path of the blast and completely sucks it up into her mouth. She’s only able to hold it in there for a few seconds though before spitting it right back out at Dordonii. This leaves the Privaron Espada injured, but before the smoke even clears, he fires a small blast at Nel to knock her out.

Seeing a defenseless Nel about to struck by Dordonii’s cyclone extension, Ichigo instantly initiates ban kai and saves her. After apologizing to her for his stubbornness, Ichigo explains that, for the sake of fighting on equal terms with the Espada, he hadn’t wanted to use ban kai against anyone else. However, he now realizes that this was nonsense. Dordonii admires Ichigo’s self-discipline because he thinks it’s necessary for someone who wants strength, but Ichigo says that he wouldn’t do it to the point of his comrades getting hurt. This leads Dordonii to figure out that Ichigo’s goal isn’t strength and is instead to protect his comrades. Dordonii, however, also knows that Ichigo can get even stronger by turning into a Hollow, and he tries to force Ichigo to do it by attacking with one of his cyclone extensions. It’s not until Dordonii goes after and succeeds in drawing blood on Nel’s face that Ichigo decides to bring out his mask. He first warns his opponent that he’ll only be able to show it for an instant, and since Dordonii thinks that that’s enough, Ichigo does it. Feeling the power emanate from Ichigo, Dordonii is ecstatic, but it’s short-lived because Ichigo finishes him off with one strike down the length of his body.

As he lays unconscious, Dordonii recalls that he understood from the very beginning that if the Hougyoku was obtained, then the earlier Espada would no longer be useful. When he wakes up to find Nel drooling all over him, Dordonii starts yelling at her, and it doesn’t help any that Ichigo calls him Don Panini. Ichigo then explains that Nel’s drool has some weak healing abilities, but after watching Nel pull on her own uvula and vomit, Dordonii doesn’t want any part of it. Afterwards, he comments on how, during the fight, he hadn’t been caught off guard – he just didn’t see it at all. Dordonii admits that he had wanted to return to being an Espada because he couldn’t forget the view from standing up so high. He had thought that if he could defeat Ichigo at full power, then Aizen would accept him again. In truth, those feelings haven’t changed, and Dordonii grabs his sword to fight Ichigo once again now that he’s been healed a little.


Well that was refreshing to watch – this episode had easily some of the best animation quality in recent memory. For such a battle heavy episode, that counts for quite a bit. Now if only that can carry over to the next couple of battles too. Anyway, this week covered from chapter 252 to halfway through chapter 254 with relatively little anime original stuff (some more extra fighting added). I thought the ending was rather misleading, but I guess if you haven’t read the manga then it isn’t so bad. The highlight of this part of the story for me was finding out that Nel is quite special in terms of what she’s able to do (eat and spit out cero blasts), and Dondochakka’s worries mean a bit more now that I know what happens later.

Looking ahead, next episode appears to cover Sado and Ishida’s respective battles, but according to the episode title spoilers, Rukia’s battle is going to be starting by episode 154. Sado and Ishida’s parts could easily get an episode each, so it strikes me as rather weird that they’re rushing since it just means that we’ll be returning to anime originals sooner rather than later. On a related note, there’ll be no episode on January 2nd.

December 12, 2007 at 11:02 am
  • December 12, 2007 at 11:10 amLazY_ScV


  • December 12, 2007 at 11:11 amsemtex

    now we are this close to catching up the manga, I wonder where they will stop….

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:14 amR^


  • December 12, 2007 at 11:32 amlouis1552

    hahaha~ ! ! !~ this is more fun i love it! ! !

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:33 amIzuru

    The animation looks AMAZING!

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:35 amSensei-kun

    yea, the puke looks really pukey xD

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:40 ammike

    next week is ishida vs thunderwitch

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:42 ammike

    and nel’s vomit is a little nasty

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:58 amKaminaLives

    Nell should cut back on those tequila shots.

  • December 12, 2007 at 12:11 pmSak

    Why Ichigo dont use his Hollow Mask -______________- i want to see it =)

  • December 12, 2007 at 12:20 pmSailor Enlil

    Uh, what’s with the Italian stuff? What Nel had for lunch?

  • December 12, 2007 at 12:27 pmNanaka

    He did use his Hollow Mask to beat him

  • December 12, 2007 at 12:45 pmSak

    no screenie

  • December 12, 2007 at 1:01 pmUnknown Voice

    it was that fast :P he did not fully flash out it..its like he begins to put on mask and the other second Dordonni is cut up and ichi just stands there.

  • December 12, 2007 at 1:13 pmSak

    his mask must last 15 sec !

  • December 12, 2007 at 1:14 pmUnknown Voice

    Thats the limit…aka MAXIMUM…he should be able to shatter it any min he wants

  • December 12, 2007 at 3:04 pmKaminaLives

    Panini sammiches are oyshi!

  • December 12, 2007 at 8:24 pmPWnzaur


  • December 12, 2007 at 10:03 pmGod~knows

    does this mean more fillers next year since the anime is going superspeed?Like introduce the rest of the pavarion espada in a really slow boring sequences of episodes.Or go back to the real world for comic relief.

  • December 12, 2007 at 11:27 pmsniperz

    none of u notice the loli SM espada :P maybe needs some attention o.O!

  • December 13, 2007 at 12:13 amYamadaShun

    i couldn’t agree more… there is minimal to almost no exhibition of deformed anime faces in this episode. LOL! although, the supposed blood on Dordonii’s face after being hit by the Cero Doble looked like he went crazy with some mascara and spilled on his left eye or something. =P

    the upcoming episode listings do seem a bit off… but, having Renji in this episode is perhaps a prelude to that..? or maybe there will be less fighting and more talking next episode? in any case… there should be quite a few manga panels that would make for awesome anime scenes. ^_^ (chp. 262, pg. 12)

    that’s “Privaron”

  • December 13, 2007 at 12:46 amBROOKLYN otaku

    NELL??! NOOO!! WHAT??? yuck

  • December 13, 2007 at 2:07 amYamadaShun

    and oh… Ichigo said “panini”. LOL!

  • December 13, 2007 at 2:36 amAnonymooo

    I am really, truly looking forward to hearing Cirucci’s more-than-likely stupid-hawt voice.

  • December 13, 2007 at 2:44 amKuya


    One of the few pics of Nel I’ve seen in which she -doesn’t- look like a goofy goober :3.

    I was almost hoping she’d pull a Yorouichi and transform into a more…aesthetically pleasing version of herself.

  • December 13, 2007 at 7:39 amSora no Kaze

    bah, they wouldn’t mess it up like that. She’s just a kid and will always stay a kid

    Unless you read the manga, pls don’t open this spoiler, all I’ll say its about a certain woman arrancar.
    Show Spoiler ▼

    I think the fact that Dordonii started to fight again means another fricken filler. – - he was left behind to heal his wounds after the fight.

  • December 13, 2007 at 11:35 amChris

    Come on, Thats not Itsygos real power… thats like… a flee

  • December 13, 2007 at 11:49 amUnknown Voice

    Um…she has b00bz, thus she is no loli >.>

    @Sora no Kaze
    Um…It DID happen in manga in the very same way -_-”
    Want proof?
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • December 13, 2007 at 11:58 amKuya

    Well, I don’t mind spoilers so much. If that’s true, I’m looking forward to it =p

  • December 13, 2007 at 1:08 pmkaisis

    best bleach episode to date

  • December 14, 2007 at 1:11 amMooMoo

    Is it just me or is the blood black now? >

  • December 15, 2007 at 12:40 pmHeiae

    This episode was so sexy. Strange to leave it off where it did though..

  • December 15, 2007 at 2:59 pmSaruko

    noooo! with all of the movie spoilers i am so sad for hitsugaya! *tear* did you see him in the acdamy?

  • December 15, 2007 at 7:07 pmTissu3.Tim3

    I thought Nel was gonna eat “Panini”..cuz I mean, she IS supposingly powerful and all..which leads me to my next point..
    Do Arrancars eat? Like breakfast lunch dinner kind of eat..O.o..cuz if they don’t, where do they get the food for Orihime?..O.o..

  • December 16, 2007 at 1:05 amAmerowolf

    Dordonii is in the anime now, huh? Awesome. Not that I watch the anime, but at least now I can get Dordonii screens.
    May favorite Arrancar, right there.

  • December 16, 2007 at 8:50 amDA

    God WTF? Why the hell are they filling like naruto I’ve had enough of the missionic bullsh!t c’mon hurry up and give me the GodamM espada nel.

  • December 17, 2007 at 9:19 amG

    Reminds me alot of naruto filler hell.

    Latex loli’s with horse whips next episode. Oh god..