Bleach – 158
With his new arm, Sado explains that he had felt a stir in the power inside of him when he came here to Hueco Mundo – something that he hadn’t felt when he went to Soul Society. This feeling kept growing while he was here, and it wasn’t until Gantenbainne attacked him that the feeling started to subside. It made Sado wonder if the stir was that of joy – the joy of his power returning home to Hueco Mundo. Ever since he obtained this power, Sado had questioned it because it wasn’t the same as a Shinigami or Quincy’s power. He now feels that he’s found his answer: his power is closer to that of a Hollow than anything else. Sado then demonstrates the power of his Brazo Derecha de Gigante by smashing Gantenbainne through a wall. Gantenbainne attempts to counterattack, but Sado’s reactions are now fast enough to block him. In fact, Sado is now fast enough and powerful enough to force Gantenbainne to release his zanpaktou Dragra. In his transformed form, Gantenbainne creates and fires a huge energy blast at Sado that vaporizes everything in its path.
Unfortunately for Gantenbainne, Sado is still standing afterwards, and as the dust clears, he apologizes for not telling Gantenbainne something. He feels that the soul of his grandfather is in his right arm, and what his grandfather had taught him was how to use his power to protect. The power to attack, on the other hand, is something he finally found inside of himself, and he calls it the Brazo Izquierda del Diablo (left arm of the devil). Indeed, Sado’s left arm is now armored too, though unlike his right arm, it’s colored white and dark red. Gantenbainne responds by throwing a dragon-head-shaped energy blast at him, however Sado easily catches it with his left arm and dissipates it. Surprised, Gantenbainne then tries to put everything into a punch, but Sado easily blocks it with his right arm and counterattacks with his own special punch that he calls La Muerte. This knocks Gatenbainne through a wall and outside to the area with blue skies. With Gantenbainne defeated, Sado decides to let him live because it was through Gantenbainne fighting at full strength that Sado was able to discover his own power.
Sado then notices where he is and finds it strange that he appears to be outside in the daylight even though he should still be inside that huge dome of Las Noches. Lying on the ground, Gantenbainne suddenly notices that someone else has arrived and urges Sado to run away. That someone is Nnoitra, and Sado immediately retransforms his arms because he knows a fight is inevitable. Despite Gantenbainne yelling for him to run away, Sado decides to try to settle things with a quick first strike since Nnoitra’s movements appear to be slow. He succeeds in hitting Nnoitra right in the gut, but to his surprise, Nnoitra is completely unfazed and questions if that’s everything Sado’s got. Nnoitra then strikes back.
This was another good fight episode that let Sado show off his stuff. Like previous weeks, it covered two chapters (260 and 261) with some more anime original stuff in the beginning between Ishida and Pesche. I really don’t have much else to say about the actual episode other than the fact that I noticed all three of the Privaron Espada were portrayed in fairly positive and sympathetic lights (even Cirucci towards the end). As manga readers might know, this won’t be the case with the actual Espada, and Nnoitra’s crazy grin (akin to Ichimaru’s) is a good indicator of that. In any case, we can move on now to the good stuff…theoretically anyway. There’s still the conclusion of Rukia’s fight with Aaroniero, and I’m very curious to see if they actually start the Szayel battle like the preview hints the next episode might. That battle lasts for a long, long time and could technically carry us all the way to the latest chapter of the manga, though I suspect it won’t quite happen that way. We’ll find out next week…