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Summary:

Kyouraku has difficulty falling asleep, so he goes for a walk and notices Aizen still up as well. Upon returning to the 8th Division, he’s met by a young Nanao Ise who wants to read with Lisa, so he has to tell her that Lisa is busy tonight. He reassures her that Lisa will be back at dawn, not knowing that Lisa is currently getting beat up by Kensei. The Shinigami are struggling with Kensei, but they’re finally able to restrain him via a powerful spell from Hachigen. However, Hiyori then goes through a Hollow transformation and injures Shinji. While the others try to restrain her, they are surrounded by a dark sphere and all get taken out at once. Shinji sees after it disappears that the culprit is none other than one of Kensei’s men: Tousen. When Shinji questions why Tousen betrayed his own captain, Aizen and Ichimaru appear, and Aizen asserts that Tousen has been faithfully obeying his instructions.

Shinji had suspected that Aizen was up to something, and he reveals that he chose Aizen to be his vice-captain because he wanted to watch over him. Aizen, however, explains that it was because Shinji didn’t trust him that he was able to replace himself with a body double by using his zanpaktou’s power. Shinji never noticed because he never got close enough to Aizen to really get to know him. Aizen also asserts that Shinji didn’t choose him but rather that he chose Shinji because Shinji’s excessive suspicions were ideal for his plan. He further incites Shinji by suggesting that Shinji is thus responsible for what happened to his friends here, and when Shinji tries to fight Aizen, Shinji himself starts to go through a Hollow transformation. From this, Aizen observes that agitation speeds up the transformation, but he declines to explain himself to Shinji.

Aizen then notices that Hiyori has retained some of her own consciousness, so he has Tousen cut her down. Shinji responds by attacking Tousen, and Tousen turns out to be unable to match up to Shinji even in this state. Done with Shinji, Aizen prepares to finish him off, but he gets interrupted by the arrival of Urahara and Tessai, the former of whom cuts off Aizen’s 5th Division badge in a surprise attack. Aizen sees the two as more interesting guests.

Preview

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This was a pretty good adaptation of the manga material, and I liked how they expanded on Shinji’s own thoughts during the Hollow transformation. I really enjoy this part of the story in general because it brings together and explains so many aspects of the plot, like how Shinji and company became Visoreds, and we can see how far back Aizen’s ambitions and Tousen’s betrayal went. These kinds of revelations are what make this flashback arc so much fun. What I’m still curious about is what originally sparked Aizen to want to do all this and consider experimenting with Shinigami/Hollow hybrids. I assume even simply personal ambition has roots in something, but we just don’t know very much about Aizen’s past yet. In any case, next week should be a good episode as well (I hope they put a lot of oomph into how next week’s episode ends), but as they indicated in the voice-over during the preview this week, what comes after that is more anime original material without Ichigo.

March 17, 2009 at 9:04 pm
25 comments »
  • March 17, 2009 at 9:06 pmblueberreh

    creepy. o-o

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:07 pmtiepi

    yay first, look interesting

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:20 pmLelouch

    Yes! They get animated as they turn into hollows. :D

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:23 pmJohn Tokyo

    next week preview since seems to be progessing fast other than that good episode but there is something i,m curious about, how come some of these captains didn,t have bankai someone like shinji should have or the others i guess soul society was very peacful back then who knows naybe Aizen got bored or tired of doing nothing.

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:44 pmKeroro21

    Jeez, Aizen has reached a low that seemed impossible before! This guy is definitely worth the role of main villain!

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:47 pmyalvyn

    looking forward for fake karakura town arc LOL

  • March 17, 2009 at 9:49 pmDragonite88

    This one was great the manga looked wicked but this episode was great just cant wait to see what the fite between ichigo and ulquiorra look like. Thanks Omni. Raws a much better when you learn japanese lol

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:07 pmFalenXangel

    creepy… at least they animated it

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:22 pmOhLawdy

    little Ichimaru is nice.

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:36 pmChimasternmay

    great episode.

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:43 pmDptyupn

    My question is how does Aizen still go on to become a captain even after all these things he’s done!?

  • March 17, 2009 at 10:50 pmShinn Agami

    So the next episode marks the end of the pendulum arc (from the manga anyway). I’m speculating they might extend this a bit since the manga and anime are still only a few chapters apart.

    Plus, Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 17, 2009 at 11:10 pmlohking

    Bleach 211 english subtitles is out at Bleach Shippuuden

    watch it there for free.

  • March 18, 2009 at 12:01 amSplash

    Dptyupn…Show Spoiler ▼

  • March 18, 2009 at 12:53 amEspada

    for all your questions?

    will be answered next episode =)

  • March 18, 2009 at 2:01 amChisle

    Aizen must have did all these experiments so he can perfect hollowfication and becoming a shinigami/hollow hybrid (vizard). I bet aizen, ichimaru, and tousen are also vizrds in the present time.

  • March 18, 2009 at 2:24 amChris Clarke

    ^ The Aizan/Ichimaru/Tousen as Vizards would make sense.

    Interesting episode as usual lately. I have the same question as Dptyupn. How does Aizen get away with this?

    As for the anime original arc, I’m interesting in seeing just what the anime people come up with. I wasn’t too fond of the last one (The New Captain Shusuke Amagai), but I did enjoy the Bount arc. Wouldn’t mind a past arc dealing with the Quincy and modsouls. They could surely make quite a few episodes out of them.

  • March 18, 2009 at 8:54 amIzuru

    “What I’m still curious about is what originally sparked Aizen to want to do all this and consider experimenting with Shinigami/Hollow hybrids”

    I’m not only curious about that, but also about the fact that he chose to experiment on 8 shinigami who happened to have a relationship among all of them. I mean, Hiyori & Shinji, Kensei & Mashiro, Lisa & Rose – they all have different ranks and they still refer to each other not as Captain-Lieutenant but as friends, calling each other by their first names. They obviously have a past together.

  • March 18, 2009 at 11:05 amKozue

    Fillers without Ichigo? That sounds great. Maybe they’ll do some Soul Society stuff, or something with the Vizards.

  • March 18, 2009 at 11:13 amMO

    This was definitely a good episode. I am just curious about one thing. What actually caused the hollofication of the shinigami? I mean all we saw was that they got badly injured by Tousen. Then what actually is causing them to transform into hollows.

  • March 18, 2009 at 12:08 pmredX

    Haha this episode made me hate Tousen even more than every….hope Kenshin kicks his ass in the future

  • March 18, 2009 at 3:36 pmAdam

    I loved Ichigo’s response to finding out he won’t be in the next big arc.

    “What!? I supposed to be the star of this stupid anime!”

  • March 19, 2009 at 7:55 amsniperz

    That makes Shinji the most strongest Vizard in terms of handling hollow and fighting Tousen to the grounds as a hint. He may be able to confront Aizen and make him bleed in future? Who knows… The most important thing atm is to analyse Kyoka Suigetsu’s weakness.

  • March 20, 2009 at 12:24 amAkil

    You said you want to know what sparked Aizen to do this, i think it was when he heard about the 0 squad or the royal guard from Kyouraku and the other captains. I’m not saying that this was when he went bad but he was looking for his “purpose”.When he heard that hikifune got transferred to the royal guard, it piqued his interest and that lead to his search for more power to become the “king” of soul society

  • March 20, 2009 at 1:17 amVaizard

    well, I have a prediction about this hollowfication stuff..I think kisuke was the one who invented this formula which is unintentionally made and aizen stole this stuff just to use it for the captain to destroy themselves. However, aizen didn’t realize that this captains can overcome this hollowfication which they’re about to discover to the next episode..and one thing I think aizen’s plan is to become captain and gin and kaname too, I predict that even the captains can overcome their hollowfication the captain commander will still throw them away from soul society because hollowfication is beyond the rule of shinigami and kisuke will be punished by death for inventing it…