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Bleach – 174


Having let Rurichiyo return to the real world in order not to alert the Gotei 13, Kumoi subsequently gives Hanza a special sword and sends him to take care of her. Ichigo and company meanwhile meet with Urahara about what happened, and Urahara suggests that they were intentionally let go because they could be dealt with easily in the real world. Urahara also reveals that certain goods have recently become hard to obtain due to a lack of spirit particles as raw materials. He suspects there’s someone behind this because things like this don’t happen naturally, and the connection to Rurichiyo is that it started around when she first came to the real world. Along the way home from Urahara’s store, the group senses a spiritual force, and Ichigo, Sado and Ishida decide to investigate while the others take Rurichiyo home. At this very moment in Soul Society, Kumoi is naming a boy name Kannogi Shuu as the next head of the Kasumiooji family since he’s Rurichiyo’s fiancé, but there is some opposition to this move.

Back in the real world, Ichigo encounters Hanza and recognizes Hanza’s spiritual force as the same as one he had felt in Soul Society. Ichigo also recognizes the sword that Hanza is using to be similar to the reflective one that a previous assassin had used, but Hanza refuses to explain why he has it. When Hanza has trouble defeating Ichigo in a straight fight without special abilities, he decides to release the zanpaktou and uses the moonlight reflection power on Ichigo. This turns out to be different from the ability the previous assassin used in that it brings Ichigo into a mirror world where he’s unable to move. Hanza explains that his sword evolves by eating its user’s spirit power – the more the user has, the more power that can be drawn out from the sword. Unwilling to die like this, Ichigo draws upon his own enormous power to free himself, and to Hanza’s surprise, the mirror world begins to crack. Although Ichigo is still unable to move, right as Hanza is about to finish him off, Yoruichi shatters the mirror world and jumps in between the two.

Hanza has no choice but to retreat after Yoruichi makes him realize that all of his underlings who had been attacking everyone else have now been defeated. On the way back, he thinks about Yoruichi – whose name he had recognized – and about Ichigo’s power making this harder than expected. Meanwhile, in Soul Society, Kannogi assumes the role of head of the Kasumiooji family after Kumoi had all the opposition eliminated.


Ugh, why did they have include Ririn and company here. I could have done entirely without that reminder of the last anime original arc. That aside, I think the story is headed in a decent direction (not great, but it could be worse) with the Kannogi stuff and the mysterious shortage that Urahara explained. What’s still lacking are the fighting scenes. I found the ones between the good guys and the run-of-the-mill assassins to be fairly boring, especially when I can’t help but compare them to the intense battles that took place in Hueco Mundo. The fight between Ichigo and Hanza here was slightly better – at least the reflective sword’s abilities are different than before – and it was also nice to see Yoruichi get in again on some of the action, even if it was relatively short. Perhaps the introduction of some new villains, which seems to be what the preview for next week hints at, will improve things in that regard, but I’m not going to be getting my hopes up.

June 12, 2008 at 3:01 am
  • June 12, 2008 at 3:20 amShinn Agami

  • June 12, 2008 at 3:20 amTigerclaw

    Even though Yoruichi dyed her hair black, she’s still so sexy awesome.

  • June 12, 2008 at 3:21 amTigerclaw

    Ack scratch that, it was just the shadow.

  • June 12, 2008 at 6:08 amHister

    Esta serie va de mal en peor, mejor que ya la cancelen.

  • June 12, 2008 at 7:24 amhmm

    One thing that bugs me is that Rurichiyo keeps referring to herself as we, or it that just some bad subbing? And when the hell is this FILLER set within the non filler time line? Ishida has his bow thing from hueco and Orihime is still on earth. pffRRRTTTFFF at least the manga is still good!!!

  • June 12, 2008 at 8:18 amking

    its not bad subbing.its the royal we

  • June 12, 2008 at 8:41 amthing

    I really couldn’t care less about the filler arcs, but damn, this episode looks like it had good animation.

  • June 12, 2008 at 10:49 ammurph

    It’s not “we,” it’s just a very old form of “I” that no one uses anymore.

  • June 12, 2008 at 12:04 pmTofuChan


    ^ Single worst frame I’ve seen in anime for a while.

    Damn, it looks like it came out of the 70′s-80′s. >_>

  • June 12, 2008 at 8:53 pmKaminaLives


    It’s ball in a cup! Sorry, running Family Guy joke.

    So far this filler arc started out promising but it’s been pretty weak on the story and action. These ninjas are about the most inept assassins I’ve ever seen, and seeing how they keep blowing themselves up when they fail I just don’t see how that noble family retains their hired help for long.

  • June 13, 2008 at 1:58 amanon234

    Sometimes I wonder if the filler always includes the mod-soul posse and Yoruichi/Uruhara gang because of contracts with the voice actors/actresses. I think that, because every time the show strayed from the manga, those characters played a bigger role than usual in the filler.

  • June 13, 2008 at 2:03 amSteve

    They’re filler arc mascots.

  • June 13, 2008 at 6:28 amanon2345

    LOL Doesn’t That Gigai that Nova has look cool? Also, If that’s Cloud’s gigai, then damn… I wonder what Ririn’s Gigai looks like, She said, ” New sexy body ” So I’m wondering what Urahara Has for her. I know THAT isn’t a spoiler so w/e. Can’t wait till the Episode 175 Airs. Oh and why hasn’t Ichigo used his Hollow Transformation thing? Or is it because the story never included that he met the vizards? Well I don’t think I’ll find out till it happens in this arc.

  • June 13, 2008 at 10:51 pmsole

    the music made this episode a little cooler than it really was. the princess referring to herself as we isnt a subbing error, i think thats just the ways she talks.

  • June 18, 2008 at 6:17 pmforce

    Why Ichigo turned to black? He didn’t use getsuga tensho and his inner hollow has done nothing. Is the ninja’s sword has someting to do with this?

  • June 18, 2008 at 7:40 pmNapalm

    174 and 175 up for direct download on http://squareownz.org

  • July 22, 2008 at 11:00 pmrandom lurker

    I share your spite for Ririn and crew. I hope this arc doesn’t turn out like that :|