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Ichigo comments on how talkative Ulquiorra is, and charges him. However, as in their previous fight, his Getsuga Tensho is unable to injure Ulquiorra, who manages to counter all of his attacks. Orihime backs off from the battle after saving Ichigo with Santen Kesshun, but is caught by Loly and Menoly again. Ulquiorra blocks Ichigo from saving her and Loly starts to abuse Orihime. Yammy shows up at the fight, but Ulquiorra refuses his help so he turns to Loly and Menoly instead, smashing the latter into a pillar. Yammy then approaches Inoue, but Loly attacks him, though to no avail, as she is quickly dispatched. Meanwhile, Chad and Renji are still bogged down fighting low level hollows. Luckily, Ishida shows up, and finishes off the hollows with a hail of arrows, and also saves Inoue (and Loly) just in time. Outside the tower, Rukia defeats more of the Exequias, but Rudobon’s Arbol spawns another batch of them.



Overall, this episode had no serious flaws. The fight between Ichigo and Ulquiorra was interesting, as they are both formidable opponents. It was a smart tactic for Ichigo to increase his attack power by boosting Zangetsu with Getsuga Tensho. However, Ulquiorra still seems to have to upper hand, easily blocking his attacks, and even firing off a cero at the same time. I do wish they would just go all out right from the start though, to speed up the pacing.

Inoue got into trouble again, with Loly and Menoly’s arrival (seriously though, can’t they do anything better than ripping off her clothes?). She should have just used Tsubaki to fend them off, but with her lack of will to fight, I’m guessing it would be better off if she didn’t. I did feel rather sorry for Menoly, who was reluctant to participate in harassing Orihime, but was still caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a good reminder to be prudent in choosing your friends. Loly did seem to have a change of heart after Orihime healed her injures (again); unfortunately in the end, she was no better off against Yammy. Her resurreccion, Escolopendra, isn’t a bad power; it’s a shame she doesn’t have the strength or skill to make the most out of it. I suppose it wasn’t completely useless, as she bought enough time for Ishida to show up and save the day (for now anyways).

On a final note, we have more confirmation that Renji’s spirital control is very weak, as Chad, Ishida, and Rukia could all easily sense the current situation of their friends, while Renji was completely clueless.

April 28, 2010 at 1:52 am
  • April 28, 2010 at 1:58 amDmonHiro

    Me, I’d be REALLY hesitant to jump in the middle of a battle to try and torture someone I know has powers equal to God, and has already brought me back from the dead once. But hey…stupid bitches will be stupid bitches.

  • April 28, 2010 at 2:05 amAmiena


  • April 28, 2010 at 2:07 amAmiena

    How did my post get cut off? strange ^^”

    Here’s what I originally wrote:

    poor Orihime. i’m curious as to why she really didn’t use tsubaki though; she would be helping Ichigo worry about her less after all!

  • April 28, 2010 at 2:25 amquestionmark

    Who owns those two fracion. Whoever commands them isn’t doing a decent job.

    • April 28, 2010 at 12:04 pmRex

      They are Aizen’s fracion, thats why Loli is jealous because Aizen became interested in Orihime.

  • April 28, 2010 at 2:25 amTuK SuM BuM

    aww man why can they never draw orhime right? Like in the opening she looks gorgeous in last part of the opening:( – anywayz decent episode, omake was funny:D

  • April 28, 2010 at 2:50 amamado

    I still dont like loli, the whole “she healed me so im gonna help her(even though I wanted to kill her)” scenario was really cheasy and boring but the omake gave me good laughs on her.

    the power levels really annoy me, even with ichigo using getsuga cant push ulqiurra more than a foot and I already know how ichigo beats him(cant rely on his own power for once).

  • April 28, 2010 at 3:16 amAznCoffee

    • April 28, 2010 at 7:52 amEamon

      Yep, even Kubo has given up.

      • April 28, 2010 at 9:25 amDa5id

        I was actually glad that the anime filled in the blanks that the manga (and Kubo) didn’t even bother with. In the manga, Loly is just bent on killing everyone who gets in her way…its just she’s not very good at it. In the anime, however, she actually gets an oppurtunity to see Inoue just wanted to help all along, becomes more sympathetic, tries to protect her, and can be seen as LESS FREAKING INSANE.

  • April 28, 2010 at 3:22 amNightseer

    I liked this episode overall. Loly was really creepy and very psycho-like with her facial expressions and the music added to that. I always disliked Loly for beating Orihime in the past for no good reason. I was very happy when Grimmjow came and kicked her ass.
    In my opinion Orihime is just too good for this world. She always heals opponents who hurt her (she didn’t want to heal Grimmjow at first, only after Ichigo asked it of her) and she’s very sympathetic towards them. Awww… many people think that it makes her stupid… but in my opinion that one of her strong points.
    Well… I laughed really hard at the end… with Loly hangin’ at that wall and bitching for somebody to help her. Yeah… very funny indeed. *ggg*

    Thanks for the review, prooof!

  • April 28, 2010 at 3:47 amahelo

    finally a good episode.
    i thought the animation was really good this time partly because i have no more expectations for it being good.

    You just know the episode looks good when blood starts becoming shiny.

  • April 28, 2010 at 3:53 amHitsugaya_10

    Noticed the first few seconds of recent episodes spoiling the episode? Wonder why, i doubt it will do any good. o.0

  • April 28, 2010 at 4:07 am12twelve

    this was an awesome episode

  • April 28, 2010 at 4:10 amEspada

    loli is jealous with girls with big boobs xD

    oh well the overall this episode is dark… and the next next next episode will be much darker >;D


    • April 28, 2010 at 3:12 pmEspada

      and another thing i hate the censored blood tsk…

      do we get water/oil/vomit as blood when ichigo will **** and become ******? i hope not

  • April 28, 2010 at 4:35 amSnorlax

    i don’t understand why they added these Renji & Chad hollow battles. They take time away from the main storyline and unecessarily prolong the series. They shouldn’t feel the need to prolong the series, based on the current manga-anime gap.

    • April 28, 2010 at 4:31 pmShad_Phoenix

      There isn’t really much of a gap, it just seems that way. Each chapter could be animated in the space of 4 minutes or less. Definitely less for the “resolve cliffhanger, clash swords, talk for a few seconds, new cliffhanger” 17-page chapters Kubo insisted on doing for a lot of the Karakura battles.

      Without the episode padding, the anime would catch up in a few months. The buffer from the filler arc only helps to decrease the damage from those tiny chapters a bit.

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:24 amamado

    I dont think they need to prolong the anime with filler scenes since I heard the current arc will end somewhere in mid-june.

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:36 amsmile

    Orihime is so useless.

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:44 amChulin

    loly is so cool girl hahahahaa~
    because she is cute too (her skirt is hanging in arrow Ishida)

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:57 amkaineng

    haha renji… can’t sense the bond between friends?

    but the episode is good, though I could see more (like…), but well just didn’t know why Inoue’s gonna touch everyone’s hearts lidat. next would be even better when-

  • April 28, 2010 at 7:42 amBryon

    You know, when I read this in the manga, I wondered if Ulquiorra was being such a chatterbox because he might have been a little scared deep inside because of Ichigo, given he’d wanted him to give up, yet he never did, and managed to defeat several strong enemies.


  • April 28, 2010 at 7:46 amLe

    Ahh.. I miss Soifon. <'3

  • April 28, 2010 at 7:48 amDmonHiro

    Ull’s being so talkative because Ichigo is actually right. He DID become more human. And BOY, does he hate it.

    • April 28, 2010 at 6:15 pmBryon

      You’ve got a good point there, DmonHiro. After all, we saw Ulquiorra get pissy when Ichigo said he was getting more human, and starting to see he was learning to be more human, which also means learning more about free will.


  • April 28, 2010 at 11:05 amRyuGuitarFreak

    Nah. Loly wanted to have Orihime really bad. She realized she couldn’t resist that cute face and huge boobs. Do you know the name of the chapter on the manga this attack happens? The greed >:D. See her change of behaviour? She traded punches for ripping off clothes :D. She was almost there and suddenly was interrupted :(. Damn Fat ass Yammy!

    • April 28, 2010 at 6:36 pmDa5id

      …I’m pretty sure she was just insanely jealous that Inoue was getting attention from Aizen (if you’ll look at her interactions with Aizen earlier in the series). I’m guessing ripping her clothes off was a way of demeaning her…though I’m surprised she was so tame about it.

    • May 1, 2010 at 10:00 amStarshade

      Mmm. She does tell Yammy that Inoue is her prey.

      Wait. Then what was Yammy trying to do.

  • April 28, 2010 at 12:06 pmRex

    The animation was all over the place in this episode, i think the worst animated bleach episode ive seen in a long time.

  • April 28, 2010 at 1:58 pmKamiya Yato-kun

    God!!! Loly had bigger tits in the previous animation (SD)!!

  • April 28, 2010 at 4:14 pmdamian

    Ishida, the only one keeping this series by a thread from being total crap.

    • April 30, 2010 at 12:18 amBlaineo

      Such a shame he’s so under used. And even when we do see him Kubo seems to have forgotten how his powers work. The sword/arrow was cool but I still can’t get over having to watch him run around when he’s supposed to be skilled at flash stepping.

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:29 pmexhilus

    I was thoroughly unimpressed with this episode. I mean, maybe 5 or so minutes of the epi are really relevant. Between a wide-eyed Orihime unable to say anything except ‘Kurosaki-kun’ and Ichigo being totally useless, the only real interesting action was Loly.

  • April 28, 2010 at 5:30 pmexhilus

    I was almost completely bored with this episode. I mean, maybe 5 or so minutes of the epi are really relevant. Between a wide-eyed Orihime unable to say anything except ‘Kurosaki-kun’ and Ichigo being totally useless, the only real interesting action was Loly.

  • April 28, 2010 at 6:11 pmnaixil


    i thought this episode was so boring i almost gave up half-way through it. loli was seriously getting on my nerves. i was so glad to see her get killed by yammy, until the last scene where she’s dangling by ishida’s arrow.

    they really need to pump up the actions. if what is said is true, with the arc ending in june, i think they need to put us out of the agony. especially after 1yr of that stupid zanpakutou filler arc.

  • April 28, 2010 at 6:35 pmKioto

    Just wanted to take the time and thank you for blogging bleach, hopefully you’ll continue to do so.

  • April 28, 2010 at 8:26 pmzerothelegend

    Alright, I officially love this new guy. Let him do other shows now.

  • April 29, 2010 at 3:09 amNyte

    ahhh, the subtle filler in this episode :p

  • April 29, 2010 at 7:27 amLightningJC

    Is it possible for you to post Naruto Shippuden too? The Bleach posts are great so I was wandering if u can posts NS anime on RC.

    • April 29, 2010 at 4:30 pmamado

      you should ask divine, he does naruto while prooof does bleach.

    • April 30, 2010 at 3:25 pmrazi

      those fillers right now arent even worth blogging, stopped watching it for it

      • April 30, 2010 at 3:28 pmrazi

        oh just found out they ended, lol

  • April 29, 2010 at 7:44 amGrant

    I really have to disagree about this episode not having flaws. While the wallbangers were better than presented in the manga, three still stood out horribly.
    The first: why the hell doesn’t Ichigo use his mask? Ulquiorra is literally saying over and over again ‘if you want to save her you have to kill me’. So what does Ichigo do? Does he use his mask or come up with a plan or something actually intelligent? No. Every time something happens he shouts ‘Inoue’ and uses a technique that Ulquiorra’s already proven won’t work.
    Second: WTF Menoly and Loly. At least in this episode Menoly shows some reluctance, I don’t think that was in the manga. Still, they try to kill (by ripping her clothes) the girl who revived them.
    Third: Loly (a regular Arrancar) tries to fight Yammy (an Espada). Suicidal?
    On another note, both of them should be dead. The only place where Loly is shown hanging from a tower is in an omake and Yammy says she’s dead after he smashes her.

    • April 29, 2010 at 8:33 amProoof

      Those aren’t serious episode flaws; the characters just don’t make all the best decisions.
      1) look at the preview :), and if you read, I said I wish they went all out too.
      2) mentioned that too
      3) look how she ended up
      We don’t know Menoly’s status; Loly hanging from the tower was also in the manga (I think).

      • April 29, 2010 at 3:49 pmGrant

        The first is the worst for me. If it was pacing that’s acceptable. If Ichigo was given some reason for why he’s hesitating to use the mask it’s acceptable. The problem is that even in the manga, they simply never explain why he keeps doing something that isn’t working, made more egregious by his willingness to use it in earlier fights.

  • April 29, 2010 at 8:53 amfugu

    i though this worked out to be a pritty good ep… there where a few bit that made me make some little noises and a pritty loud one as Ulquiorra countered Ichigo. it seems most enjoyed loly’s return and willing to accept her personality re-write as she settles into the role of quickly forgotten side kick, but wheres the spin off henti where loly finishes the job and rapes Inoue?
    can you have rape in a post?

    • April 29, 2010 at 5:07 pmSkins Thunderbomb

      That’s disgusting.

    • May 1, 2010 at 9:57 amShad_Phoenix

      Next Comiket, 2 tables over from the K-ON!! fursuit doujins.

      (I hope there’s K-ON fursuit doujins!)

  • April 29, 2010 at 8:54 amfugu


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  • April 29, 2010 at 4:58 pmamado

    (just checking my new gravatar)

    • April 29, 2010 at 5:05 pmamado

      how come gravatar still the same one?

  • April 29, 2010 at 8:53 pmCode Fanboy

    seems like Ishida is going to shine. I find it nice that Menoly’s sympathy is more detailed in the anime. She always did seem like the sympathetic type.

  • April 30, 2010 at 3:56 amgwarshness

    awesome finally so close to Ulquiorra’s release! The preview definitely felt that way!

  • April 30, 2010 at 3:24 pmrazi

    nah, liked how in manga that loli just went on rampage and died, this “i suddenly want to save you” crap was just way too cheap

  • May 1, 2010 at 10:06 amStarshade

    I might be a bit sadistic here, feeling that Loly was cute as hell while being violated… I mean getting her ass kicked by Yammy, grabbed in one hand and being crushed with the shoulders in extremely sexy poses.

    Mmm. Ulquiorra: “Don’t get me wrong. I didn’t do this to save you.” A classic tsundere line!’U’

  • May 1, 2010 at 10:10 amStarshade

    Oh and Ulquiorra firing a cero to the side while blocking Ichigo’s Fang: total awesomeness condensed into one blast! Practically the only plus side about this episode (other than Loly’s sexiness today, though I don’t like girls and cloths like that).

    • May 1, 2010 at 12:43 pmDmonHiro

      Ulquiorra firing that sideways cero was BADASS. He didn’t even LOOK at Ichigo. He is by far, the most awesome character right now.

  • May 2, 2010 at 1:36 ambladesor88

    I miss Omni’s blog entries. ^^; Please don’t use so many commas needlessly.

  • February 6, 2011 at 6:25 pmlilacblue

    I hate the fact that Rukia’s role in this arc is getting smaller and smaller..Orihime has completely taken over the leading female role :P She gets loads of screen time even though she’s just standing there watching her knight in shining armor.