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Bleach – 171


On the way home from school one day, Ichigo shows Rurichiyo the wonders of a drink vending machine, and Rukia takes her to an arcade for some fun. In the process, Ichigo nearly lets it slip that he’s doing a favor for Kenryuu and Enryuu, but he corrects himself in time. Afterwards, the group arrives at Ichigo’s house, and Yuzu invites Rurichiyo inside for dinner. Rurichiyo enjoys the curry meal until she notices that there are carrots in it because she hates them. Ichigo insists that she eat them anyway since farmers did a lot to grow them, but Kenryuu opposes forcing her and wants Ichigo to stay out of it. This gets Ichigo pissed off because Kenryuu and Enryuu were the ones who had asked him to look after her in the first place. When Rurichiyo hears this, she thinks that her two guards are hiding something from her, and the fact that they never told her about the farmers who grew vegetables only reinforces that belief. She runs out of the house after saying that she hates them, and this depresses the pair greatly. They later find Rurichiyo back at her own house, but it’s actually only her gigai. Her soul had left the body and is currently wandering around by the river.

Rurichiyo trips at one point and right as she begins to cry, she’s found by Inoue. When she tells Inoue about what happened, Inoue sees it as Kenryuu and Enryuu treating her with the utmost importance. Rurichiyo, however, feels that she’s being treated like a child, so Inoue tries to make her understand that she’s taking people caring about her for granted and that she’d regret it if they weren’t there anymore. This succeeds in getting the young girl to see the error her ways, but before they can return home together, they’re attacked by another assassin. When Inoue protects Rurichiyo, the assassin brings out a special polearm that attaches to his arm and can create walls of stone in the path of wherever it shoots. The assassin is able to trap the two girls with these walls, and right as things look bad, Kenryuu and Enryuu save them. Rukia and Ichigo also arrive on the scene and engage the assassin in battle, but the assassin gets both of their weapons caught in his walls. That leaves Kenryuu no choice but to bring out his own zanpaktou, and Ichigo is shocked to see flowers suddenly sprout on it. Kenryuu explains that his zanpaktou emits pollen and allows him to make other people’s weapons useless by sprouting flowers on what the pollen hits.

Unfortunately, the wind from Ichigo and Rukia using powerful techniques to free their own swords blows all that pollen away, allowing the assassin to take Rurichiyo and company hostage. Kenryuu, though, has another trick up his sleeve: he uses his flowers to cover the assassin’s face, blinding him for long enough for him to escape with Rurichiyo. He and Enryuu thus leave the fighting to Ichigo and Rukia, and though the two are ultimately victorious, the assassin commits suicide. In the aftermath, Rurichiyo is angry that Kenryuu and Enryuu don’t want her to worry about who her assailant was, but after seeing all the scrapes and bruises that they have endured, she forgives them and decides to go back and eat her carrots. What no one realizes is that, after they leave, the leader of the assassins arrives and retrieves his fallen man’s weapon. The following day, Ichigo wakes up to a frantic Kenryuu and Enryuu at his window because Rurichiyo is missing again.


Sigh this is again why I hate bratty kid characters. Not only can they be horribly annoying, but it never really adds anything new to the story either. At least the fight this week was more interesting than last week’s, though I have to say that Kenryuu’s zanpaktou’s flower abilities are just plain stupid. It’s like they completely ran out of weapons ideas. Hopefully Enryuu’s will be better. I also noticed that Ichigo was willing to use ban kai against random Hollows, but not for two consecutive fights where Rurichiyo’s life has been at stake. You’d think that those two cases are at least of equal importance and urgency. Still, for all that I didn’t like about this week, I give the episode some credit for ending in a relatively interesting way with the head assassin guy retrieving that weapon (I wonder what the purpose of that is) and the cliffhanger. The animation quality’s been pretty good too. Next week appears to be about Soul Society though rather than continuing where the cliffhanger left off, and it’s not clear that the two are related in any way. I suspect that they’re going to run two concurrent plot lines (one with Ichigo and the other with Amagai) and then join them later on.

May 22, 2008 at 12:24 am
  • May 22, 2008 at 12:27 amking

    next will be sake.someone summons sake when the they release their sword and their bankai will summon the god of sake

  • May 22, 2008 at 12:32 amRydin

    Or birds, like in those magic plays.

  • May 22, 2008 at 12:37 amjlyn101

    plants…? calling for The Law of Ueki~!!!

    I second you, Omni. Bratty kids are baaaaaaaadddd.

  • May 22, 2008 at 1:08 amCox

    Bleach has hit a new low.

  • May 22, 2008 at 1:22 amRai

    I dont think they ran out of ideas, they probably have plenty just dont want to waste the ideas on fillers.

  • May 22, 2008 at 2:21 amasd

    ninja gaiden?

  • May 22, 2008 at 2:26 amcid

    kenryuu’s zanpaktou is wack.

    i thought he’d be worth something.

  • May 22, 2008 at 4:04 amwhitey-chan

    well, at least the animation quality seems to be good..

  • May 22, 2008 at 4:08 amlolz

    Gin reappears!!!!! w00t!

  • May 22, 2008 at 4:20 amJohn

    two words “Filler Sucks”.

  • May 22, 2008 at 4:39 ampatapon

  • May 22, 2008 at 6:29 amforce

    She finally found out

  • May 22, 2008 at 6:41 amSadmask

    Oh yay. Ichimaru. :D

  • May 22, 2008 at 9:59 amsemtex

    Make love, not war? maybe some parents thought that Bleach was too violent for kiddies :P

  • May 22, 2008 at 12:24 pmTori

    Jesus CHRIST what a lame zanpaktou. x__x I thought he might be all kick-ass and stuff…but god I couldn’t be more disappointed. Actually at first I thought they were going to do some carbon-copy of Byakuya’s ability when I saw the pink flower petals. That would have been equally lame…

  • May 22, 2008 at 12:26 pmTori

  • May 22, 2008 at 1:51 pmUnknownVoice

    OK anyhone bitching for this realease should never watch comedies…


    Look at it that way – A serious and over-dramatic scene of releasing, intense mood and TADA – a completely useless release.

    ITs humoristic. IT was supposed to be cheesy useless and lame, as to contrast of how it was released.

    Or did you expect lame guards to have something USEFUL? -.-

  • May 22, 2008 at 3:40 pmSteve

  • May 22, 2008 at 6:32 pmZetsubou

    Yes, i agree with Unknown Voice.

    Anyways..this looks interesting..

  • May 22, 2008 at 9:37 pmdumdum

    when the f****** will these f****** fillers end?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    Kenpachi vs. Noitora when will be in anime????????????
    Read the manga…..

  • May 22, 2008 at 11:17 pmrawfish


  • May 23, 2008 at 5:56 pmdzdzdz

    Don’t be fooled by Gin’s screencap, the way he’s dressed, it’s probably just a little flashback.

  • May 24, 2008 at 1:55 aminfo600

    wow…no one noticed how BOTH of the girls (Rukia and Rurichiyo) played the game wrong… http://randomc.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20171%20-%20Large%2003.jpg


  • May 25, 2008 at 1:12 amNejibana17

    WAHAHAHAHA! Well, shut the hell up if you think Bleach is plain battles, then F*** you!
    The Hueco Mundo Arc is so Full of battles, it is good that Studio Pierrot came out of a stupid and comedic storyline about the Princess of the Fourth Noble House in Soul Society. It gives us a good break in the concurrent fights in Hueco Mundo.

    You always say WTF!! to Lurichiyo and Amagai-taicho, Shitholes! better only read the manga to make you literate. Its better to watch a sucking filler than see Ichigo die of hemmorage in the Bloodbaths at the HM arc. Plus, watching the Filler may make enough clues for you to comprehend what will happen after the HM arc ends. Serves you right if you assholes don’t understand a crap about how Aizen will battle the rest of the eleven captains (took amagai into account).

  • May 25, 2008 at 10:36 amHei

    I prefer the Amagai plot :/
    although I’m pretty sure he’s going to get axed later

  • May 26, 2008 at 9:50 pmNishio

    This is almost as bad as Naruto Fillers

  • May 27, 2008 at 2:57 pmchaosdemon06

    I like this filler arc honestly. HM arc was all fighting this has random shit then a little fighting at the end. I like the school setting. Amagai shit needs to die though, go back to Rukia and Ichigo ^^

  • May 27, 2008 at 2:59 pmchaosdemon06

    Also I guess there saving Rukia’s sword release until she fights in a big battle. Ya think she would at least do it by now, seems the characters are holding back because they know the enemy is some weak ass ninja’s hehe.

  • June 26, 2008 at 5:06 amrobyn

    looooove this episode
    filler, but a good one ^^
    love kenryu and the moment trey start crying in a corner cause Rurichiyo said she hated them xd