Bleach – 204
Ichigo and friends are surprised to Rurichiyo back in the real world, and they initially think that she’s just run away again from the responsibilities of being the head of the Kasumiooji family. However, when Kenryuu shows up, they find out that it’s because he and Rurichiyo had an argument about kemari. The two resume their argument, and Rurichiyo ends up saying that she hates Kenryuu, so he leaves deflated. As Rurichiyo later explains to Ichigo, her family has been having problems stemming from uneasiness and distrust by the people they rule over. Rurichiyo’s solution involved kemari for the common people, but Kenryuu feels that they first have to repair relations with the other nobles. Kenryuu gets desperate enough from all this to threaten seppuku, and that leads to a ruse where Ichigo and friends help him pretend that he’s about to kill himself so that he can Rurichiyo can make up. It works until Kenryuu badmouths the kemari idea again and then accidentally reveals the ruse, and this leads to him and Rurichiyo setting up a kemari match to settle things.
Well, this wasn’t a horrible episode, but I didn’t find much to like about it either. The whole argument between Rurichiyo and Kenryuu was stupid – there’s no reason they can’t do both the kemari idea and repair relations with the nobles – and the way the episode had the two reconciling and then arguing again made it clear that they’re trying to drag this out a bit longer. I really don’t care to see this go on for another week, but at least next time will have appearances by Ikkaku and Yoruichi (as well as Ririn and the other mod-souls unfortunately). Come to think of it, it’s been a while since we’ve seen Don Kanonji. I wonder if there’ll ever be another episode with him…