Bleach – 225
Lilynette tries her best to hurt Ukitake, but nothing she throws at him has any effect. It only gets her more frustrated that he calmly tells her to go home. On the other side of the battlefield, Apache explains that the newly formed monster is their pet Allon, and it immediately catches Rangiku off guard and takes a huge swipe at her side. Hinamori is forced to use a spell to catch the gravely injured Rangiku, but she herself then gets taken out by a single punch from the monster. Fortunately, she’s caught by Shuuhei and Kira, and Shuuhei keeps Allon busy while Kira gets to work healing Rangiku. Shuuhei manages to force Allon down with his chains, but using its unique body, Allon is easily able to break free before any sort of deadly blow can be administered. It grabs Shuuhei and looks ready to eat him, but luckily Iba jumps in to help. Iba isn’t able to do anything directly to hurt the monster and gets taken out by a cero, however afterward, Allon crushes and throws Hisagi away instead of eating him. The monster then heads towards Kira who’s still needs more time to heal Rangiku, but it stops when Yamamoto himself steps in and blows a hole through its chest.
This episode was decent overall, but it was everything I expected it to be in terms of censoring. And since it was requested last week, I made some manga comparison shots to give those who don’t read the manga or don’t remember it some frames of reference.
So the censors had a field day with this episode, and Hinamori wasn’t even bleeding from the mouth after her own serious injury (she is, of course, in the manga). I point that out because just minutes later, they had Shuuhei repeatedly coughing up blood as he was being crushed, and that strikes me as rather inconsistent. Now ultimately, I can understand why they did most of this since Bleach is an evening show with an audience that maybe that level of violence isn’t suited for, but it still really takes away the gruesomeness and shock value that the manga had at this point. At least the next episode looks really good animation-wise based on the preview; maybe they can make up for some of this.