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In the aftermath of Kensei and his men being attacked, an alarm goes off throughout Soul Society alerting all the captains of what’s going on and calling them to an emergency meeting. Urahara immediately realizes that Hiyori might be in danger, but she’s already gone. Yamamoto decides to send a force to take care of things, and Urahara wants to go, but Yamamoto refuses and selects Rose, Shinji, Love instead. He also wants to send both Tessai and Hachigen, the leaders of the Kidou Corps, but Kyouraku convinces him to just send Hachigen and Kyouraku’s own vice-captain Lisa. After the assignments are set, Kyouraku advises Urahara that believing and waiting are also part of a captain’s job. Meanwhile, Hiyori has her hands full with a dark figure attacking her, and she’s ultimately saved by Shinji. Their opponent is none other than Kensei, but he’s got a Hollow mask and armor now. Everyone is shocked and initially a bit reluctant to face him, however he attacks first and hits Love. Shinji knows that they have to stop Kensei, and Lisa and Rose feels that they can do so without killing him. However, they get attacked out of nowhere by Mashiro who also now has a Hollow mask. Hachigen manages to restrain her with a spell, and he tries to do the same with Kensei, but Kensei is able to use sheer brute power to break free. Back at the 12th Division, Urahara is sneaking off into the night but gets caught by Tessai. Tessai notices that Urahara is wearing a cloak that completely blocks off spiritual force, and he figures out that Urahara is going to help Hiyori. He refuses to let Urahara go alone but understands the situation and insists that they go together.


This was a pretty exciting episode, and as expected they expanded on some of the fighting between the Shinigami and Kensei and Mashiro. It’s hard for me to gauge how powerful everyone is since I don’t think there’s a really good frame of reference, but it suffices to say that the Shinigami captains are outclassed by Kensei in his Hollow form, and even Mashiro seems pretty powerful. That just makes me wonder how much more powerful they’ve gotten in the present since I assume they’re better able to control and harness their Hollow powers. In any case, this episode mostly followed the manga again, so I don’t have much more to say about it other than the fact that I was a bit miffed that they spoiled Aizen’s involvement in all this in the preview. Even though it’s not a huge surprise that he’d have his hands in all this, spoiling in previews is still one of my pet peeves. Oh well, there are only two more episodes to go in this arc, so I should probably just enjoy it while I can.

March 12, 2009 at 4:36 pm
  • March 12, 2009 at 4:38 pmMaNiaC

    Thanks for the write up. Finally, an exciting episode.

  • March 12, 2009 at 4:39 pmGStrike-


  • March 12, 2009 at 4:49 pmBaka-Raptor

    Best episode in a long time. No intra-episode filler to drag things out.

  • March 12, 2009 at 5:14 pmTadloS

    This arc is truly goddess. :)

  • March 12, 2009 at 5:31 pmStuff

    Awesome episode
    First time in a long time I cant wait for what happens next.

  • March 12, 2009 at 5:40 pmCherubium

    Yeah I kinda agree with you Omni, I was like Urgh when they showed Aizen in the preview and they have done it so many times it’s annoying.

  • March 12, 2009 at 5:50 pmFrank

    Fun, Fun, Fun :D

  • March 12, 2009 at 6:29 pmPeter Rice

    maybe because its in the manga so they don,t care t show aizen been involved cuz he is still involved

    in the present.

  • March 12, 2009 at 6:37 pmCheshire Lion

    Not to sound like a jerk about it but it’s really beyond obvious that Aizen was involved in it. They even hinted strongly at it in the previous episode as well by showing a mysterious figure doing Aizen’s trademark smirk (http://randomc.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20209%20-%20Large%2003.jpg).

    The theme music spoilers that introduced the Vizards about 15 episodes before they actually appeared in the show was way worse.

  • March 12, 2009 at 7:39 pmBDGR

    Well… nobody has yet relesed his or her sword during this fight, so it’s hard to really measure the strength of the masked ones.

    @Cheshire Lion
    What do you mean with the “theme music spoiler”?

  • March 12, 2009 at 7:45 pmAmatsu

    omni wheres toradora???

  • March 12, 2009 at 7:58 pmsai

    anyone who hadn’t gathered that aizen was already up to no good at this point is not paying attention…

    what i want to know is why none of the three captains present at this fight decided to use shikai or bankai….? er… lets just stand around and get pummelled…

    thankgod for hachi!!

  • March 12, 2009 at 8:19 pmboku youna

    I think people who find the spoilers in the preview annoying are those that:

    1. have not read the manga,
    2. are unable to deduce that Aizen was the most probable culprit.

    Chances are that people who fall into one or both of these categories are significantly little – so I don’t see the big deal with spoilers in previews. Not that, in this particular case, revealing Aizen as the culprit was such a huge wtf-spoiler anyway.

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:30 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    weird..is it just me or does hachi from bleach sound like hachi from one piece? haha, with a little “old man rasp”. p.s- love the chain with rabbit foot head ornament in da girl

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:38 pmEspada

    bleach is a popular manga in japan so there’s no need for some mysterious culprit thing…

    and anime pendelum arc is more detailed than the manga…

    but oh well we are near the end of the arc so expect spoilers…

  • March 12, 2009 at 10:45 pmJohn Tokyo

    Everyone knows Aizen is the antagonist in this series he was already revealed to be the villian since way back so aizen showing up in the preview as the culprit shouldn’t be suprising to anyone rather i,m more in interested in seeing how he was able to do it and what made him do it yea i know he wants the king’s key or something like that this man is so strong i don,t think any of the captains can stop him not even ichigo but dies he really want a world where hollow and human exist is this is his mission i mean i,m just wondering why someone that powerful caused all this damage when i saw his illusion i told myself this aizen is already good he even has bankai but when did he get it

  • March 13, 2009 at 12:14 amlohking

    watch bleach 210 sub at http://bleachshippuuden.com

  • March 13, 2009 at 12:40 amCheshire Lion


    I meant the OP. I couldn’t remember if it was the opening or ending so I just went with “music” but then remembered it was an OP.

  • March 13, 2009 at 12:55 amcutemi2

    where’s Toradora episode 23 anyway

  • March 13, 2009 at 1:47 amPanther

    2 more episodes? I thought there was only one. Far as I recall there is not enough material to cover two more episodes. Then again this arc is enjoyable for many reasons.

  • March 13, 2009 at 4:41 amPhoenix Seikun

    Thanks for the screenshots and the summary.. :)

  • March 13, 2009 at 9:39 amKincaid

    This episode looks amazing o_o

  • March 13, 2009 at 10:21 amknight of one

    aizen is the real reason why bleach is continuing, right? Sousuke Aizen, by revealing his treachery in the concluysion of the Soul Society arc, became the derogatory main antagonit that evertbody will have a crush onto…

  • March 13, 2009 at 10:48 amwhitey-chan

    wow, the animation for this one looks superb, cool!!!

  • March 13, 2009 at 3:01 pmXercies

    I haven’t read the manga and I already knew Aizen was behind it, i don’t think the preview spoilt anything because in a previous episode it was clear that Aizen was behind it.

    I’m just wondering how he will get away with it.

    Shame its only 2 more episodes long since this is pretty much the best story arc since soul society, I wish there was more in this. But oh well filler and back to the long drawn out fight.

  • March 13, 2009 at 5:23 pmPeter Rice

    pls go read the latest manga its something else

  • March 15, 2009 at 7:50 amtanin

    How the hell did they spoil it in the preview?
    It’s obvious that Aizen is the culprit, from the previous arc.

  • March 15, 2009 at 6:05 pmJDW67

    Is the next Arc gonna be anime orginal filler? I dont mind fillers as long as there entertaining. Besides arc after that is pretty intense so i’d like to see some more lighthearted stuff before that.