Bleach – 212
With the appearance of Urahara and Tessai, Aizen claims that he just happened to find Shinji and the others and was trying to help them. Urahara knows that this is a lie and points to the Hollowfication that happened to the captains and vice-captains. This leads to Aizen commenting on how Urahara really is the man he thought he was, and he decides to leave with Tousen and Ichimaru. Before Aizen can get very far, Tessai decides to cast a destructive spell on them, however Aizen is able to block this with another spell and disappears. With Shinji and the others in danger, Urahara and Tessai decide to help them instead of chasing Aizen. Urahara reveals that he has a method to deal with the Hollowfication, and though this method a gamble, Tessai decides to use forbidden techniques to teleport them back to the 12th Division anyway. Back at his lab, Urahara reveals that his method for treating Shinji and the others is through the Hougyoku.
When Urahara wakes up the next morning, however, and sees the Hollow masks still on Shinji, he understands that he’s failed. Shortly thereafter, he and Tessai are arrested and taken before the Central 46 Chambers for conducting Hollowfication experiments. Realizing that he’s been framed by Aizen, Urahara tries to protest, but it turns out that Aizen had made sure that others had seen him last night inside Seireitei, giving him a tight alibi. Urahara and Tessai thus receive their respective sentences of banishment to the real world and imprisonment, however what really alarms Urahara is the decision to deal with Shinji and the others as Hollows. Fortunately, Yoruichi comes and rescues them in the middle of all this, and she brings them to the secret underground training area. She’s also brought all eight of the Shinigami who have transformed into Hollows as well as the new gigai that Urahara was researching. Urahara’s plan is to create gigai for all of them so that they can hide in the real world and take their time finding a solution.
Back in the present, as the Shinigami led by Yamamoto prepare to face Aizen high above Karakura Town, Shinji remembers how Urahara had said that the biggest miscalculation was that there were no miscalculations. Shinji feels that they owe much to Urahara and to Aizen, and he and the rest of the Visoreds depart their warehouse hideout with weapons ready.
Now that was a good episode. For one, the animation quality went up, particularly toward the end, but what I was really happy about was that the last scene with Shinji and company marching out was every bit as cool in the anime as it was in the manga, perhaps even more so. It really makes me want to see the upcoming battle animated, but more specifically, I’m itching to see how Shinji and the others get involved (which, as manga readers will know, still hasn’t happened yet in the manga). Instead though, the anime will be turning to non-manga material for the next two weeks and probably the next season as well. Hopefully the Karakuraizer stuff will be at least funny and amusing.
On a slightly different note, I’ve had several people ask me about my thoughts on the latest developments in the Bleach manga, chapter 350. I’ll use spoiler tags here: Show Spoiler ▼