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Summary:

As the surprise that Nel was a former Espada settles in with Ichigo, Nnoitra claims that she deceived everyone, but Nel denies it. When Nnoitra then accuses her of having a hidden agenda, Nel explains that she was just having fun and didn’t want to be separated from Ichigo. In order to make Nel shut up, Nnoitra tries to stomp on her, but Ichigo flies in and knocks Nnoitra’s foot aside. He believes in Nel and continues his fight with Nnoitra, however Nnoitra clearly has the upper hand and kicks him away. Turning back towards Nel, Nnoitra observes that she’s lost her memory and thinks that it was because he broke the Hollow mask on her head. He threatens Nel again with his weapon, and when Ichigo tries to protect her, Nnoitra kicks Ichigo again. None of Ichigo’s attempts to stop Nnoitra work for long, and it pisses the Espada off enough to break Ichigo’s arm. Ichigo’s screams of pain are too much for Nel to bear, and as she screams his name, a small explosion occurs.

Emerging from the smoke is Nel in her grown-up form, and the first thing she does is to get Ichigo to safety. She attributes being able to return to this form to his protecting her, and she now wants to return the favor. Ichigo gets worried when he realizes that she intends to fight Nnoitra, but she tells him that it’s okay, and he then sees the number 3 on her back. Nnoitra is unprepared for Nel’s strength, and when he tries to fire a Cero at her, she sucks it up and fires it right back at him with her own Cero added on. When he sees his master get blasted like that, Tesla rushes to Nnoitra’s aid and lets Inoue go. Nel meanwhile goes back to Ichigo and nearly hugs him to death. This lasts until Tesla suddenly gets flung back, and a singed but still alive Nnoitra emerges from the smoke. He admits to having forgotten about Nel’s Cero technique, but he also notes that she has forgotten how long she’s been away. He claims that the power of the Espada isn’t the same as when she was around, but Nel remains unintimidated and prepares to face Nnoitra again.

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Well, what I was most curious about coming into this episode was how Kaneda Tomoko would change her voice more for adult Nel. The answer turned out to be not much, and that felt really weird since she no longer was a little kid. At best, it reminds me of the way she voiced Aoi in Myself;Yourself, but that’s still not a huge difference. Maybe I shouldn’t have been expecting anything different. In any case, adult Espada Nel is a lot more interesting to watch than crying-all-the-time kiddie Nel, though I do have to say that the fighting itself wasn’t that great. I liked seeing Nnoitra get his ass kicked for once, but I think I’ve been completely spoiled by Soul Eater for how awesome a battle/action scene can be.

The other thing I found weird was the prolonged shot of Szayel standing there with a goofy look on his face while everyone else was reacting to sensing Nel’s power. What was that all about? Speaking of Szayel, it looks like from the preview that next week will mostly involve the battle against him, though with the rate they’re going through the manga (about 2.5 chapters this episode for example), it should also include more of the Nel and Nnoitra fight.

October 28, 2008 at 11:53 am
77 comments »
  • October 28, 2008 at 11:55 amhauuu

    Wow, they totally ruined Nell. I guess I should really add Bleach to my Dropped list now

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:01 pmfinal

    yaaaay adult nell, finally :D

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:09 pmDarknessheal

    Woots adult nell FTW

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:17 pmZero

    nell looks so cool

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:19 pmexia

    squeaky adult nel? turn off

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:21 pmhockaii

    hawt

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:21 pmKaMen

    Adult? She looks like a teenager to me…

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:22 pmjohn memento

    good episode, need more fight scenes though, i was glad they focused most of the episode to nel and the others and nel’s adult voice sounded different i wonderin how they were going pull it off and it came out well .

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:44 pmAznLegacy

    Aww, that’s a bit of an upset. I kind of took adult Nel for the cute soft spoken type of voice that only gets like the all squeaky when she gets excited. T_T

  • October 28, 2008 at 12:46 pmSoldaT

    Agree, that this episode had shitty animation… Hope future Bleach episodes will have better animation. For example ep166 in that episode animation was outstanding.

  • October 28, 2008 at 1:10 pmjohn memento

    thats the point she a teenager maybe younger or older than ichigo and orihime i guess people were expectin a more deeper tone in her voice other than the soft spoken character she is at least she is serious when fightin or beaten the hell out of Nnoitra.

  • October 28, 2008 at 1:27 pmGundam maniac

    Ewwwwwwwwww Crappy voice man

  • October 28, 2008 at 1:49 pmTaracu

    i’m used to hear teen anime girls with childish voices, but heck, if we already had a little nel with that kind voice then why the hell they didn’t change it at all, crappy animation too…

  • October 28, 2008 at 2:00 pmChimasternmay

    yea, sweet stuff, yea voice still lil childish but we see that a lot. anyways my second favorite character comes soon.. u know who lol…plus i also want to see that creepy fight between the scientist Espada and the Scientist Capt.

  • October 28, 2008 at 2:20 pmHassan

    About the 8th Espada, it’s not a major spoiler but Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 28, 2008 at 2:40 pmDutchman

    I assume the prolonged shots have but one purpose, padding so that the episode can end at a nice point.
    Hey less flashbacks are nice

  • October 28, 2008 at 3:32 pmFSTA

    Man, I haven’t watched an episode of Bleach in a long time. It doesn’t really look worth getting back into…

  • October 28, 2008 at 3:35 pmOMFGROFLLMAOWTF !?

    NEL VOICE IS CRAP OMG !!!!!

  • October 28, 2008 at 3:36 pmOMFGROFLLMAOWTF !?

    I WISH HER VOICE ACTRESS WAS SAME AS YOSHIMOTO

  • October 28, 2008 at 3:55 pmsae

    will someone please tell me where the hell rukia is?
    wasn’t ichigo supposed to go rescue her?
    isn’t she like, half dead somewhere?
    this sucks. >:O

  • October 28, 2008 at 4:06 pmfinalnight

    Good lord, the koreans have finally completely ruined bleach.

  • October 28, 2008 at 4:13 pmemilio

    wow nel is awesome

  • October 28, 2008 at 4:41 pmRyvius

  • October 28, 2008 at 5:05 pmDarkMatter

    Nel’s adult voice doesn’t complement her looks…just sad.

  • October 28, 2008 at 5:11 pmbakapenpen

    Szayel’s reaction to Nell’s return will probably be made clear in future episodes as it involves some background side stories.

  • October 28, 2008 at 5:28 pmZetsuboushita

    ;ooo nellll finally.
    im a bit disapointed by her voice though =[

  • October 28, 2008 at 6:36 pmCherubium

    I think to Syazel was involve with removing Nel, so when she returned to her former self, he would be intriguied by the chain of events

  • October 28, 2008 at 6:40 pmv

    grown up nell is supposed to sound mature and intelligent, not squeaky and annoying like child nell
    -100 points to the production staff

  • October 28, 2008 at 7:30 pmyoooo

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  • October 28, 2008 at 7:34 pmKyaa +

    i’d tap dat =D

  • October 28, 2008 at 7:47 pmEpsilon

    @ sae:

    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 28, 2008 at 9:02 pmdyh

    @ Epsilon
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 28, 2008 at 9:37 pmPutang

    T_T… I do not acknowledge that voice to be nel’s my imagination was of a deep sexy soft voice… so instead I shall be replacing her voice in my head with Noto sama’s voice… mmmm…. oh ya… thats it… keep talking… :P

  • October 28, 2008 at 11:23 pmJordan

    @dyh

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Such a major disappointment from Nel. We all expected a mature voice but ehh..

    At the very least, we’ve gotten to see Nel’s true form.

    And Nnoitra’s wrong; Ranks still matter. Apparently still does since Nel kicked Nnoitra’s ass.

  • October 29, 2008 at 12:03 amxdarkwingsx

    It’s just plain disturbing to hear a kid’s voice in Nel’s ‘adult form’ (more like teenager -_-”).

  • October 29, 2008 at 2:29 amAizen

    Can’t wait to actually watch Bleach and hear Nel’s bewbs — I mean Nel’s voice.

  • October 29, 2008 at 3:31 amtycoex

    Ummm…. Teenagers boobs generally aren’t that… developed. Adult Nell fits more imo..
    I was wondering about rukia too haha, they completely forgot about her… she’s been lying in a room half-dead for a long ass time now.

  • October 29, 2008 at 3:48 amVent

    Yeah… they ignore Rukia for a long time lol. Wow they butchered Nel’s voice. I’m so disappointed, Adult Nel was great in the manga!

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:12 amKaineng

    very nice comments, and great thinking, just like mine. really, just hope BLEACH will turn for the better (in animation, choosing of voice actors), and the faster (like it’s too slow?). And what’s that wib that stupid picture of Szayel? Can’t they just make him move? It seems that the animators are really slacking…

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:25 amNejibana_17

    Nel’s voice over is shit.

    i would have expected a deeper voice, or even just more mature. Still, it is better becaues Nel still acted like a kid around Ichigo, an element not stresed from the manga.
    They also didn’t show of Nel’s boobs a much as the manga did, probably due to censorship issues.

    Even though i am pissed over the voice issues, Kudos to Bleach for trying to fit in the manga story after almost five months of Filler. they also toned down the speed, one manga chapter per episode rather than two or three,(Grimmjow vs. Ichigo in the manga was six chapters, while in the anime it was just two episodes.) this will ensure that the manag will take a considerable lead before the anime, meaning no damn filler again.

    *i don’t mean that the Amagai filler arc was horrible or what, it just spoiled the Bleach feel of excitement because it left HM arc on hiatus instead of concluding it before the arc. The amagai story was a great filler on a wrong timing.

  • October 29, 2008 at 4:33 amNejibana_17

    and another thing, Nel voice really suited her being a screw-up hugging ichigo.

  • October 29, 2008 at 5:47 amEspada

    2 episodes to go for kenpachi hehehehe

  • October 29, 2008 at 6:10 amerstor

    It’s not that you’ve been spoiled by anything, the animation sucked ass period.

  • October 29, 2008 at 6:30 amUnknownVoice

    Its funny how anime original episodes were better than this…

    Ok, so….first most awaited moment ruing by CRAPPY voice….Three to go, if they will ruin those parts – i am dropping this bs….

  • October 29, 2008 at 7:07 ambob

    The animation quality was a joke. Nnoitra vs Adult Nel fight looked much better in the manga. Not to mention the voice doesn’t fit. What the hell are they doing to the anime?

  • October 29, 2008 at 8:10 amhmmm

    i can taste it the upcoming battles going to be awesome!!!
    Show Spoiler ▼

  • October 29, 2008 at 9:21 amakuma

    Wow, they really screwed that up. They may only be showing true form Nel for only a couple of episodes, but that is really dumb to use the same voice as child Nel.

  • October 29, 2008 at 11:02 amhellcomer

    Please tell me where the hell rukia is?
    wasn’t ichigo supposed to go rescue her?
    isn’t she like, half dead somewhere?

  • October 29, 2008 at 1:01 pmUnknownVoice

    @hellcomer
    Sorry, Ichigo is busy with Inoue right now, Rukia, aka Damsel_in_distress_2, has been put on hold. :)

  • October 29, 2008 at 1:48 pmZhar

    Dont like nell’s voice.
    But will probably get used to it after a couple of episodes

  • October 29, 2008 at 2:03 pmJimmy

    I thought Tomoko Kaneda was going to take a page from Megumi Toyoguchi’s book and do voices simliar to Kuran in Macross Frontier….but oh well, it is weird to hear that voice come from that body.

  • October 29, 2008 at 2:10 pmillusion

    Jesus christ, what was that?! One of the most anticipated moments in Bleach completely ruined by shitty animation and the same shitty childlike voice. I actually cringed when she talked. A big middle finger to the production staff.

  • October 29, 2008 at 5:14 pmBobzorXD

    Dude……………………just skip to 13:00 and put your player on mute. That should help.

  • October 29, 2008 at 5:18 pmBobzorXD

    When somebody says something like, “The animation in the manga looked better than in the anime”, it really breaks my heart. Isnt the purpose of anime to animate the still drawings into something better. My god, could they have ruined an episode more than this…

  • October 29, 2008 at 6:27 pmtold you so

    HAAHAHAA Orihime > Nel

    no point in watching the anime, I’ve already seen whats going to happen in the manga. And lately i find myself skipping pages on the manga, the story is just dragging on for too long.

  • October 29, 2008 at 7:15 pmsavofenno

    I love Adult Nel and her voice is just fine, this is anime, you know, where even adult women can have very cute voices!
    I thought Nel`s seiyuu was Ootani Ikue, but it seems Kaneda Tomoko`s voice is similar enough to fool me.

  • October 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm93245totalhrd

    Should I really be the first to speak up here and say that I disagree with both statements that NEL’S VOICE DID NOT ANNOY ME ONE BIT, and THE ANIMATION WASN’T THAT BAD??!?! With all the characters in Bleach, there has to be at least one or two that were introduced in the anime that had a voice that wasn’t quite what fans had in mind! There have been excellent animation in a filler arc, and BAD animation in the actual stories! The studio cannot please everyone, so get over it!

  • October 29, 2008 at 10:18 pmAlex4life

    My ears are confused thanks to Adult Nel’s voice. =(

  • October 29, 2008 at 10:42 pmKami-sama

    Nel’s Seiyuu is Chiyo from Azumanga Daioh ^_^

  • October 30, 2008 at 12:57 amkendoggs

    wow….. she sounds so funny. it is like… suddenly really deep then really high

  • October 30, 2008 at 3:38 amEpik

    They ruined Nell for me. Her voice is way too young for someone who looks that mature…

  • October 30, 2008 at 8:54 amlolz

    Another filler arc coming soon!

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:09 amTheninger

    I hope with time I would get more accustomed to Nel’s voice. Right now, its weird as…

  • October 30, 2008 at 11:14 amnewbfy

    I would have cracked her on the head too if I hand to listen to her all day. Especially being taunted by a voice like that. Is her voice actor that bad, or just young?

  • October 30, 2008 at 12:53 pmkira5037

    Actually Nell voice is not very bad,i like it.

  • October 30, 2008 at 1:02 pmbrianleung8912

    despite the voice… which i personally dont think its too bad… i was just wondering how they gonna adjust nel’s attitude towards ichigo… glad to see the attitude hasnt changed.. all in all.. i liked it @@?!

  • October 30, 2008 at 7:11 pmtold you so

    nels voice is exactly like any bimbo’s voice, annoying as hell

  • October 31, 2008 at 12:43 amjcdshum

    her voice…
    totally unexpected…

  • October 31, 2008 at 1:53 amAznSoulBoy

    Oh my god, Her voice was totally unexpected…I was like so excited how she would change then her voice is like more higher haha…

  • October 31, 2008 at 3:16 amWildCard

    And to think this series started out so well… wtf is happening? They recycled that same animation of Nnoitra kicking Ichigo with all the sand twice in the same episode?! puh-leezz

  • October 31, 2008 at 12:36 pmPat

    i think we all have been spoiled by the wholesome goodness of Soul eater’s action sequences… terrible really. haha

  • November 1, 2008 at 1:38 amRyuRoots

    Does anyone remember what chapters had adult Nel in the manga?

  • November 1, 2008 at 7:15 amBunster B

    Nel sound does not match her body.. But the show is getting more and more interesting.

  • November 1, 2008 at 7:16 amBB Chen

    Nel getting to use her bankai!

  • November 1, 2008 at 4:28 pmbob

    RyuRoots> Chapter 290

  • November 2, 2008 at 5:20 pmkayne001

    When she was serious her voice wasn’t that bad.
    Anywho, yeah I agree that part with Szayel waiting was kind of lame, he just did a reveal and now he’s just looking at him? She enemies and the good guys seem to wait, but Szayel just revealed his release.

  • November 8, 2008 at 5:46 ammadison

    That really a nice show. I love everything, the characters, the animation everything! I was running around like a mad woman trying to catch up on the episodes. Try to Download bleach tv show