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Bleach – 173


Back at home in Soul Society, Rurichiyo almost immediately runs into Kumoi, and after a brief staring contest with him, she’s discovered by her family’s men as well. When she refuses to tell Kumoi where she’s been, he expresses his worry for her and invokes the memory of her parents. She, however, is more concerned about going to a certain tea party, and after she leaves, Kumoi tells his subordinate Hanza not to miss this opportunity to kill her. A short while later, Ichigo, Rukia, Kenryuu, and Enryuu arrive through the gate to the real world looking for her, and they learn from the guards that the gate had opened earlier but that no one appeared to come through. Annoyed, Ichigo feels that Rurichiyo coming back makes for naught all that Kenryuu and Enryuu did to take refuge in the real world, and he asserts that Rurichiyo has never known any hardship. This of course doesn’t sit well with her two guardians. In any case, the group splits up to search for Rurichiyo, and Rukia ends up running into Zaraki and Yachiru. Her presence in Soul Society make them realize that Ichigo is here too, and they decide to go see him. Kenryuu and Enryuu meanwhile find Rurichiyo’s hat outside a warehouse, but when they head inside to check, they get locked in by Kumoi

By now, Rurichiyo has arrived at the home of her friend for the tea party, and Ichigo happens to see her walk in. The guards at the front gate prevent him from following her inside because they see him as suspicious, so Ichigo is forced to sneak past them. His arrival surprises Rurichiyo so much that she spits her tea out into his face, but she refuses to leave the tea party with him. The guards then surround Ichigo, and when Rurichiyo pretends not to know him, he has no choice but to escape on his own. While Ichigo is on the run, Rurichiyo wanders around her friend’s house and comes across a crying girl. When she tries to cheer the girl up, the girl instead leads her behind the house and tries to kill her with a throwing knife. It narrowly misses, so the girl proceeds to pull out a hidden blade and chases after the now panicked Rurichiyo with it. Fortunately, Ichigo comes to her her rescue. Unfortunately, the other guards also come and mistakenly think that Ichigo is the threat, so they tackle him. This leaves the young girl free to take out some guards and charge at Rurichiyo, and Rurichiyo is saved a second time when the wall beside them suddenly breaks. The culprit is none other than Zaraki, and he grabs the girl by the arm. This leads to the girl shedding her skin and revealing herself to be one of the ninja assassins, but even in his true form, the assassin stands no chance against Zaraki and quickly gets struck down.

In the aftermath, Rurichiyo’s friend explains that she’s getting married soon. Rurichiyo is against this because it’s an arranged marriage where her friend doesn’t even know her husband-to-be, but regardless of that, this was going to be the final tea party, and that’s why she came all the way here. Once Rurichiyo is taken back to her own home, Rukia asks Zaraki to keep this all a secret, and he leaves satisfied, though he wants to beat Ichigo up sometime in the future. Ichigo then senses something behind them, but he doesn’t see anything and decides to ignore it. What he doesn’t realize is that what he had sensed Hanza’s spiritual force because Hanza had been secretly watching them.


A killer ninja loli? Really?! *sigh* I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked since Yachiru and Ururu are also young girls with high combat abilities, but those two are fleshed out characters whereas the thought of a random killer ninja girl only made me wonder if Bleach was jumping the shark. Part of the problem is that everything was so predictable. As soon as the crying girl appeared, I knew she was going to be evil but that there’d be no chance in hell that Rurichiyo died. And when Ichigo got pinned down, it was just a matter of time before Zaraki showed up. That’s not to say that I didn’t like his appearance – Zaraki getting airtime was one of the brighter spots of the episode – but there’s a definite lack of suspense here that we normally have with Bleach’s manga story. In this case, it was one of those times I kept hoping they’d surprise me by pulling something unexpected, but they didn’t.

Another one of the bright spots this week was that the animation quality because it turned out to be much better than I thought it’d be based on that one horrific shot from last week’s preview. In fact, that was the worst shot all episode, and I still don’t understand why they chose it for the preview. At least the preview this week makes next week look somewhat decent, though I’m not exactly looking forward to what appears to be the return of those light reflecting swords. Perhaps Hanza will demonstrate some interesting abilities…

June 4, 2008 at 9:54 pm
  • June 4, 2008 at 9:58 pmjulie

    i think the fillers are getting good…

  • June 4, 2008 at 9:58 pmjulie

    oh and i’m first lol xoxo

  • June 4, 2008 at 10:07 pmsake_neko

    it takes a zaraki to stop a little girl with a kitchen knife. heavens be!

    i might just watch it to see why that is…

  • June 4, 2008 at 10:11 pm7updnL

    wow. great episode!

  • June 4, 2008 at 10:14 pmRydin

    Someone has to ask… and i will be another one. How long will this last? Im SO curious to see how will they “pack” things in the end.

  • June 4, 2008 at 10:26 pmHei

    …why did they show that horrible preview? when the rest of the episode seemed decent oh well the filler is still far from the climax in my opinion

  • June 4, 2008 at 10:37 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    gawd dat dude looks like a APE!!!! 99.98% monkey.. thanks for putting up the pics man! lord knows i cant get into this for the time being. and whats up with the manga recently BLEEEEEEHHH!!! good thing theres alotta variety out

  • June 4, 2008 at 10:49 pmjlyn101

    Zaraki rules~!

  • June 4, 2008 at 11:09 pmSDanLi

    I think straight on shots of Ichigo look bad, compared to from the side or at an angle.

  • June 4, 2008 at 11:24 pmUngas

  • June 4, 2008 at 11:58 pmKasumi

    At least the omake was soooo made of awesome *-*

  • June 5, 2008 at 12:11 amkamina

    this filler is sad…I want to see Ichigo with his mask ><

  • June 5, 2008 at 1:05 amXero

    No wonder they brought the girl to earth. Her guards in SS seem absolutely useless.

  • June 5, 2008 at 1:41 amOniken

    I don’t know how much longer I can stand to watch this :/ Seems every time they do filler it changes from and anime about samurais, fighting and power ups into the complete oposite. Football, teddy bears and little girls, tea parties etc. It sucks.

  • June 5, 2008 at 3:26 amdodo

    Zaraki should just 1shot the purple haired ninja and end the fillers.

  • June 5, 2008 at 3:55 amEpyon

    jeez damn fillers

  • June 5, 2008 at 4:02 amUnknownVoice

    OH wow, I guess I should not be surprised by all the “all knowing manga wanabies” who go on crying on “zomg when they go back to manga”.

    If any of those crying about manga would have at least some brain, they would be able to figure out WHY the anime original arc is there and how long should it last.

    Everyone should be happy that we get consistent and interesting anime original stuff (unlike how naruto or even shipuuden turned out)

    Overall episode was above bount arc quality story-wise. Totally did not except for red-haired loli to do such thing and Zaraki…well Zaraki is always awesome xD

  • June 5, 2008 at 5:44 amgfire

    man i love the ep… i mean the last 20 secs, thats the onli reason y i even bother to dl fillers is becoz of the funni shinigami illustration lol

  • June 5, 2008 at 5:57 amAnonymous

    I can’t believe how much they nerfed Ichigo that he gets owned by a bunch of scrubs.

    No bankai even.

  • June 5, 2008 at 7:35 amchaosdemon06

    Bah no Rukia screenshots? *tisks* hehe. Rukia was so like Ichigo’s wife in this episode. Actually thanking Kenpachi for not killing Ichigo! LOL She asked him twice not to do it, and hes like fine since your here I wont kill him. Fillers do have there bright spots, so far just like the movies Ichigo and Rukia always hang out together. ^_^ Kenpachi killing the ninja made me laugh my ass off. I was like your kidding right? The ninja runs at him one slash and its all over. LOL

  • June 5, 2008 at 10:32 amForeignUtopia

    bleach lacks a love story in it….

  • June 5, 2008 at 12:22 pmDmonHiro

    wow…..those guards were useless. Even Kon, Lirin, Cloud and Nova would have done better. Way better. At least they can identify the enemy

  • June 5, 2008 at 12:33 pmforce

    When is she going to realize someone want to kill her?!
    And what is this thing she did? Going without to tell anyone
    She’s damn to spoiled!!!

  • June 5, 2008 at 2:44 pmStiFF

    I wonder how Byakuya can keep his rage after all this. First Ichigo, then Yachiru, now Women’s Association…
    BTW, I’m watching the fillers just for picture books cause they’re pure win ^^

  • June 5, 2008 at 6:05 pmwoden

  • June 5, 2008 at 6:13 pmKaris

    That assassin loli looks a lot like Rika from the Higurashi Series…

  • June 5, 2008 at 6:32 pmInvoky

    so bad…

    ichigo has to pull out his zanbato to block a little knife..

  • June 7, 2008 at 5:25 pmHister

    La serie está de la mierda, prefiero la saga del Seireitei o la de los Arrancar cuando menos, pero, ¿esta mamada qué?

  • June 8, 2008 at 11:17 pmDisillusion

    I’ll admit that the opening is really starting to grow on me. =D

  • June 9, 2008 at 7:40 pmLydel90

    That stupip blondie princess is gettin very annoying, hopefully we`ll get rid of her soon.

  • June 11, 2008 at 10:02 amforce

    Hanza wanted Ichigo to be frightened, but since he isn’t, he said he is interesting…