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Summary:

Despite having failed to stab Nnoitra through the head, Zaraki is happy to know that Nnoitra is killable. He has the upper hand when the two go at it again, and he manages to cut Nnoitra’s arm, face, and weapon. Zaraki claims to have finally gotten used to the hardness of Nnoitra’s skin, and he’s even able to block Nnoitra’s Cero with his bare hand. Nnoitra makes it worse by attacking and knocking off Zaraki’s eye patch, unleashing the power that Zaraki keeps sealed away. Injured but refusing to die, Nnoitra responds by transforming into his released state. This grants him two extra arms and a scythe-like blade for each arm, but instead of being concerned like Ichigo is, Zaraki is again happy. In the subsequent clash though, Nnoitra is able to get a hit in on Zaraki that appears to knock the captain out. Zaraki then heads towards Yachiru, but she points behind him where Zaraki has gotten back up. Zaraki uses the element of surprise to lop off one of Nnoitra’s arms, and his new plan is to cut off Nnoitra’s arms one by one. Nnoitra, however, grows that arm back immediately, and his next attack ends in Zaraki being thrown into the side of a building. Zaraki tries to counter and seems to get the upper hand again, but Nnoitra drives an arm into Zaraki’s gut while they’re up close. It turns out that Nnoitra can actually have six arms in his released form.

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Well this was a pretty good episode with a lot of fighting. I don’t have much to say about the battle itself, but I do want to note that Zaraki’s smile is contagious – I started smiling every time he did. What I like about this fight and Zaraki’s attitude is that he doesn’t react like everyone else does (in that gasp-and-wide-eyed-shocked-look manner) whenever their opponent powers up or gets an advantage. He just smiles because he’s having fun and loves a challenge, and you don’t really get the sense that he’s losing control over the battle.

On a slightly different note, next week should start the new ED which was revealed a while back to be Sky chord by Tsuji Shion. Looking further ahead though, I worry that the grand battle that’s going to happen soon will get put off because we’re again getting too close to where the manga currently is, and the conclusion to the Nnoitra stuff or the end of the Turn Back the Pendulum arc are the most logical places to stop for some more anime originals. I’m hoping for the latter.

January 7, 2009 at 8:08 am
42 comments »
  • January 7, 2009 at 8:12 amZange

    Next week’s episode will be awesome :D. Go Go Go. Hope you had an awesome XMAS + New Years Omni! :3

  • January 7, 2009 at 8:20 am-=Left=-

    @Zange:

    Agreed :)

    It’s about time Kenpachi kick some ass.

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:05 amZange

    I sure wish Kenpachi had a bankai though =/. Maybe in the later mangas.. lol maybe…

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:29 amShinn Agami

    So i guess when the fights are over, they’ll start with the Vaizard origins arc, looks like they’re gonna stretch it a bit since the anime is catching up REALLY close to the manga.

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:34 amSilentmanX

    Rock on Kenpachi

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:44 amPanther

    Pretty good episode with good animation quality for once, just look at Yachiru at times. But the fight scenes all sucked…as usual. I stopped having expectations after Grimmjow’s fight with Ichigo.

    The odds are higher that they will stop after the flashback arc, and I hope they will actually continue, but with no actual sight of the manga finishing yet, I guess they must stop. :\

  • January 7, 2009 at 10:04 amKNG

    found an mistake: “Zaraki then heads towards Yachiru, but she points behind him…”
    dont you mean: “Nnoitra then heads towards Yachiru, but she points behind him…”

  • January 7, 2009 at 10:32 amBROOKLYN otaku

    i’m gonna try to NOT watch this episode so i can enjoy it and the next one together…..YEAH RIGHT!!!!

  • January 7, 2009 at 10:35 amJVision5

    @KNG

    And don’t you mean A mistake?

  • January 7, 2009 at 10:45 amtakanari

    KENDO!!

  • January 7, 2009 at 11:41 amNello & Nano

    that dude can smile i mean he acted suprised whenever Nnoitra got an advantage but it wasn,t funny anymore when they wrote to be continued i mean he got stabbed at the end by Nnoitra. I noted something while watching Zaraki might have gained bankai and does not realise it that strength looks like bankai and something else did u guys see the skeleton behind Nnoitra that was insane.

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:19 pmEspada

    ok! 2 episodes to go and we will go back to the pendullum!!!! xD

    go kenpachi fried chicken!

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:32 pmredX

    is it confirmed that the next arc is going to be turn to the pendulum =S?

  • January 7, 2009 at 12:36 pmDave

    ” Turn Back the Pendulum arc [..] the most logical places to stop for some more anime originals. ”

    That particular arc is also the best place to do some anime original character history padding if one were so inclined…

  • January 7, 2009 at 4:09 pmMegas

    Great episode, but if they do decide to go back to more GD fillers I’ll be done with this everlasting junk for good. Even the manga is boring as hell now – & they just got back to Ugi vs Ichi too…

    The fillers aren’t actually that bad or good, I just hate them…I hate alot of things :P

  • January 7, 2009 at 4:43 pmkayne001

    Back to the Pendulum Arc would be nice, though would they make an original story for Ichigo?

  • January 7, 2009 at 5:13 pmJPH

    Nice episode. :)

  • January 7, 2009 at 6:31 pmwhy

    Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?

  • January 7, 2009 at 7:07 pmRDF2050

    you know the best way to stop for some anime stuff is Back the Pendulum arcbut it will be nice if they put filler about more about Back the Pendulum :) characters

  • January 7, 2009 at 7:34 pmZets

    @why
    because he’s all beaten up from the fight with the blue kitty + got punched by Noitra and Tesla

  • January 7, 2009 at 7:37 pmAdam

    “Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?”
    Because the power levels in bleach are screwed up. The real question is why Zaraki with his eye patch on was beating up Nnoitra. Nnoitra kicked the crap out of Ichigo in bankai form, so what the hell.

    This episode was entertaining, at least.

  • January 7, 2009 at 7:37 pmSol Fury

    @why
    Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?

    Two reasons:
    Ichigo is exhausted after his fight with Grimmjow
    Second, one of Kenpachi’s lines (after Nnoitra goes into unleashed mode) suggests his strength and his sword actually grow in power compared to the opponent he is fighting against. He might have meant it as a figure of speech, though.

    Odds are Kenpachi is just plain crazy strong like Ichigo and just somehow magically always gets stronger than whoever he is fighting. Who knows, maybe that is his Zanpakto’s ability?

  • January 7, 2009 at 7:55 pmRyvius

    Finally a new bleach ep!

    http://worldofanimemusic.blogspot.com

  • January 7, 2009 at 8:52 pmZXBlade

    in the next episode kenpachi does kendo

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:44 pmCharlie

    “Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?”

    Look @ the fight Ichigo had with Kenpachi in SS arch, Round one Ichigo Vs Kenpach.
    Ichigo gets killed!!!!!!! game over bye bye.

    Round 2: Ichigo manfisets Zangetsu, and joins with him in attacking Kenpachi. Kenpachi remarks that Ichigo spirtual pressure is slightly higher thank Kenpahchis own.

    The fight is decided over one swing or blast. Ichigo working with Zangetsu balsts Kenpachi and THE HOLLOW MASK COMES OUT in the attack!!

    Kenpach relying on himself and not working with his own Zanpaktuo is having is power decreased as stated by Zangetsu!

    Result of the match, Ichigo gets K.O’ED and gets nearly cut in half while
    kenpachi still stands. Kenpachis sowrd breaks and Kenpachi falls. So who won the match?

    Normally the person who gets K.o’ed is the looser.

    Why Ichigo could not beat Espada # 5? are you serious? He just had an all out battle with #6. So Ichigo not being able to beat him makes sense other wise it would be straight up dbz which bleach is not.

    Charlie

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:44 pmlolkhai

    I don’t watch the anime, but I read the manga and all I know is that I’m gonna start watching from the Turn back the Pendulum arc onwards.

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:45 pmDasani

    @ZXBlade

    Use spoiler tag for that you goddamn retard.

  • January 7, 2009 at 9:53 pmfrubam

    They should just put this on hiatus like D-Grayman rather than making less than steller anime original eps.

  • January 7, 2009 at 11:23 pmDragoZERO

    I agree with frubam. The filler’s tend to be pretty crummy. They should spend the time making better episodes with more detail from the manga that they may have to skip.

    But then again, if they make more money with poor fillers they will make poor fillers. lol.

  • January 7, 2009 at 11:27 pmlohking

    Bleach 201 subbed can be watched at Animezorro

  • January 8, 2009 at 12:03 amGin

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  • January 8, 2009 at 12:20 amAlex4life

    Some time has passed since Kenpachi last fought ichigo. It would be unlikely he would be twiddling his thumbs the whole time instead doing at least some training inbetween missions.

  • January 8, 2009 at 12:48 amNello & Nano

    @ Adam if u go back a few episodes behind u would have noticed that ichigo fought the number four espada then number six espada and then the fifth espada not to talk of telsa torturing him. thats 3 people altogether u get.

  • January 8, 2009 at 1:08 amD-chi

    Kenpachi is so hot.

  • January 8, 2009 at 7:00 amZange

    lol I totally forgot about the Vizard Arc. Haha Jeez

  • January 8, 2009 at 7:30 amDrayen

  • January 8, 2009 at 4:19 pmHitsugaya

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  • January 8, 2009 at 10:11 pmAdam

    @ Adam if u go back a few episodes behind u would have noticed that ichigo fought the number four espada then number six espada and then the fifth espada not to talk of telsa torturing him. thats 3 people altogether u get.

    But it’s STILL bankai vs shikai. A weak bankai should be stronger than any shikai. And yet Zaraki gradually starts destroying Nnoitra.

    @Alex4life: That point is moot because Zaraki said he hasn’t been practicing enough.

    Look, I still enjoyed the episode. I don’t watch it for consistency or good plot; I watch it for good battles, and this episode delivered.

  • January 8, 2009 at 10:56 pmDBoss

    This is the ep I have been waiting to see for a long time. They never really cut from this fight scene. The whole way through. Anyways let the best eye patch win.

  • January 9, 2009 at 10:30 pmMatroid

    Why bother to make Ichigo the most powerful shinigami while the series is still running strong? I say the author should let Ichigo be beaten up here now and then by an all-powerful enemy, and then make him learn new tricks to grow stronger, then introduce another new, all-powerful enemy. This type of DragonBall-like formula has been used many times in Bleach: hallows, great hallows (gillians), shinigami captains, vizards, arrangars, espadas. You name it. Unlike DragonBall, in which Gohan surpasses his rivals too soon and too fast, the author of Bleach is smart to slow down the pace to prolong the fun.

  • January 10, 2009 at 3:30 pmJahari

    Just so you know, some fillers will be appearing soon:

    http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=4240&page=25

    As to whether it’s a whole arc or not remains to be seen…but I doubt it, given the titles.

  • January 19, 2009 at 8:30 amtman

    the Shinigami Golden segment was funny

    Iba went to Ichigo asking him for help to get the funding for the Shinigami Men’s Association back (which was transferred to use on Kurotsuchi’s spirit particle project). He asks Ichigo to get 7th Divison Captain Komamura, to have his own show on TV in the world of the living, since animal shows are popular there. The thing is, by popular they mean nature shows (Ichigo shows Iba a show of puppies playing). Then Komamura appears out of nowhere and says the show is good, leaving Iba and Ichigo speachless! XD