Bleach – 199, 200
While Rukia and Sado are recovering elsewhere in Hueco Mundo, and while Ichigo directs Inoue to heal Nel before him, the battle between Nnoitra and Zaraki rages on. The fight between Kurotsuchi and Szayel isn’t over either as the Espada manages to use Nemu’s body to resurrect himself after getting eaten by Kurotsuchi’s Konjiki Ashisogi Jizou. Szayel also now has the power to control the giant baby, but Kurotsuchi has prepared for this with a self destruct for it. What’s more, Kurotsuchi had a lot of drugs inside Nemu, and he’s already infected Szayel with one that slows down the Espada’s perception of time to the point where one second becomes 100 years. This effectively incapacitates Szayel, freeing Kurotsuchi up to stab him at will.
Having finished off Szayel, Kurotsuchi gives a speech about how he hates the perfection that the Espada was talking about because it leaves no room for creation as a scientist. He then revives Nemu so that she can dig up the room where Szayel kept his research materials, and he also injects Ishida with a drug. Meanwhile, the fight between Nnoitra and Zaraki intensifies with Nnoitra claiming that Zaraki can’t cut him. Zaraki, however, manages to force Nnoitra to the ground and makes Nnoitra dodge a stab to the head, and the fact that Nnoitra dodged makes Zaraki think that he has vulnerabilities. When Nnoitra subsequently tries to strike at him again, Zaraki stops Nnoitra’s blade with his hand and stabs Nnoitra through his eye-patch. Unfortunately, it turns out that Nnoitra’s Hollow hole was in the part of his head that was being covered by that patch, so Zaraki didn’t stab into anything. The Espada counters by nailing Zaraki in the chest, but all this just makes Zaraki smile.
Note: I’m keeping these write-ups relatively short because I’ve got a lot of catching up to do with this series and others.
For the most part, I liked episode 200 because it delved into the way Kurotsuchi thinks as a scientist (plus it had that funny Nemu revive scene), but episode 199 – not so much. It irked me that we’re again allowed to see blood getting coughed up instead of water, yet Szayel resurrecting himself with Nemu’s body got completely redone so that it’s really toned down. Instead of him laying his egg inside of her and emerging headfirst from her mouth, there’s now this spirit particle explanation, and Nemu doesn’t end up looking half as bad as she does in the manga. A lot of the creepiness factor (which is important given that these are the two mad scientist characters) was completely gone with that pink puff of smoke.
On the other hand, the thing I’m still curious about – which this episode reminded me of – was what Kurotsuchi found inside Szayel’s archives. I don’t believe this has been revealed in the manga yet, though the manga now appears to be way past the point where this might actually matter. It’s also good to see that we’re finally at the point where Nnoitra goes into his released form and Kenpachi loses the eye-patch, both of which are hinted at in the preview. Unfortunately, there’s no episode of Bleach next week, and episode 201 won’t be until Tuesday January 6th, 2009.