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Komamura releases his bankai, Kokuju Tengenmyo, against Tousen who claims his powers have surpassed all the Espada and shinigami. Tousen states that it is easy for him to target Tengenmyo’s weaknesses, and that Komamura never believed that an enemy couldn’t be defeated in one blow. In flashbacks, it is shown that both Komamura and Tousen were in squad five at one point under lieutenant Aizen. Komamura states that he became a shinigami to repay a debt of gratitude. However Tousen reveals that he joined the Gotei 13 for the purpose of revenge, and never intended to be loyal. In the past, a close friend of his became a shinigami to fight for peace, but was killed by her husband (who was also a shinigami). As a result he wishes to destroy Soul Society. Komamura states that he has forgiven Tousen but still must kill him for Soul Society’s sake; Tousen is angered and releases his resurreccion, Grillado Grillo, which gives him his sight.

Shinji, who is facing off against Aizen, explains that Aizen does not know his zanpakuto’s power, and that he also has a sword which can control his opponents senses completely.



If Komamura could swing his bankai as fast as he could swing his sword in his normal form, it would be extremely deadly given the destructive power. However he seems to only be able to make a single attack every few seconds, which is strange since his bankai is supposed to mirror him, and not hinder his movement. Not only that, but it gives him many more openings and weaknesses, with much more surface area to attack. As Tousen states, it’s quite an inconvenient bankai. Tousen himself is much stronger now with instant regeneration and high movement speed. He is able to block Komamura’s bankai, making Komamura’s powers ever more unimpressive.

Tousen has a strong sense of justice, but seems a bit misguided. He believes in fighting for peace, and wiping out evil “like the clouds in the sky”; in this case it is the shinigami. It wasn’t the organization that killed his friend however, but a single unsavory member. His philosophical ramblings have some sense to them, as justice and mercy/virtue can lead to two different paths. It is righteous to forgive, but punishment is only fair. However, Tousen believes that one must avenge the dead— an idea I don’t completely disagree with, but still his way of doing it is just wrong. Komamura’s logic is more sketchy, as he states that he will kill Tousen because their beliefs incompatible. The only reason he is fighting is for Soul Society, and without a rationale he is fighting for no good reason. Regardless, the dragged out conversations and arguing was long-winded even by Bleach standards, and the whole episode was pretty boring, especially for those who have already the manga. Like many previous incidents, their past could have been sentimental, but lost much of their emotional impact due to low quality, poor dialogue, bad-buildup, among other things.

As for Tousen’s resurreccion (not surprising he had one), I have to say it’s pretty disgusting. He transformed into an ugly looking bug, but also is able to see with equally-disgusting concave eyes. From his reaction of “I CAN SEE I CAN SEE” I’m inferring that this is his first time going into resurreccion. Being blind all one’s life then suddenly being able to see must be an incredible experience, and Tousen’s reaction doesn’t really make sense seeing him able to identify everything in the surrounding environment pretty much immediately. There’s only so much someone can learn by hearing descriptions alone. Color, perspective, and “ugliness” are not things he could get used to so quickly after coming into contact with them for the first time.

The short segment in the middle about Shinji and Aizen had me beating my head on the table as I did during this part in the manga. Shinji completely gave up the advantage of keeping the opponent unaware of one’s powers. Clearly he was too cocky and was trying to rub his powers in Aizen’s face. However by explaining exactly how his zanpakuto works, Aizen once again has the upper hand— complete hypnosis combined with an insurmountable power and skill advantage. The vizard have so far been quite disappointing.

September 29, 2010 at 1:37 am
  • September 29, 2010 at 2:06 amHell2uall

    This epi was too long for one scene, like you mentioned. I wish they would make the scenes shorter, so they can catch up to the manga faster. Though there will probably be tons of filler along the way =/

    • September 29, 2010 at 5:56 pmpj4ever10

      Do you really want the anime to catch up to the manga that quickly? Personally I’d prefer filler in the original story over another year of filler arcs.

  • September 29, 2010 at 2:59 amSnicket

    huh, i don’t remember this much conversation between those two when the manga was as this point. I guess this is the series way of dragging the story out and not catching up to the manga to fast. Which is ok i guess, considering how lousy the fillers of this series have been thus far. However there is a fine line between padding a series and adding unnecessary filler.

    Anyway content wise for this episode was pretty much meh. Jumping from past to present in an episode usually isn’t a bad thing, but doing it the way they did. Made it seem like they reminiscing memory with one another between times they crossed swords. Making a pretty much a lack luster episode over all. Which is a shame since they really could of done something better with the material they had available.

    Also this may just be me, but Tousen’s resurreccion makes he look like a low level hollow with part of his mask missing. Some trade off hun?

  • September 29, 2010 at 3:01 amoutcast

    I can see i can see. Great now the cool blind swordsman becomes just another seeing bug.

  • September 29, 2010 at 3:34 amEliteF22

    If I’m recalling correctly, the flashback in the manga occurred much earlier during the SS arc. For me, Tousen’s cause has merit to it that extends beyond the actions of one bad shinigami. Kubo has constructed SS as a place with many flaws. It appears a good chunk of SS lives an afterlife of poverty. You have a captain who in most societies would be considered a psycho (kenpachi) and a mad scientist (mayuri) in high level positions of power. Add to that a council and a king that are not accountable to anyone. SS looks very much like a dictatorship. I find Tousen interesting, because his motivation is actually one of the most fleshed out of any of the characters.

  • September 29, 2010 at 3:38 amGrant

    On the mention of eyesight and ugliness that’ll actually play a small role next episode (and it’ll be pretty dumb IMO). Will also agree on the Visored, I don’t think it’s a spoiler but in any case they Show Spoiler ▼

  • September 29, 2010 at 5:04 amMichael Chandra

    The partial explanation by Shinji is part of a ploy to get Aizen to wrongly estimate the ability, actually. Still fails, but not due to him explaining the ability.

    • September 29, 2010 at 10:54 amGrant

      There still was no reason whatsoever to even tell him what Shinji’s power involved. It really wouldn’t have made any difference whether Aizen knew or not but still…

  • September 29, 2010 at 6:09 amSilivious

    Regardless, the Vizard almmost came out as useless during most of the fights, lol.

  • September 29, 2010 at 7:08 amgoukison

    omg, what an enoying episooooooode!

    i really just dont give a damn about this 2 characters (and i hope u guys feel da same)
    i fast-forwarded through the enoying flashbacks.
    WTF are the rest of the shinigamies and vizards doing at this point? starring?seriousely, i am sure that the commander yamamoto can kill tousen in 1 blow.

    i whish they will not make it so obvious that they are dragging the story
    i am about to give up on bleach.

    Tousen and Komamura suck balls!
    let not have 3/4 espisodes about them plz

    • September 29, 2010 at 11:27 amAnonymous

      “I am about to give up on bleach.”

      You shoud do it now, because your type is the cancer killing the fanbase. If you have no enjoyment from reading it (for whatever reason that none of us really care about) then drop it and don’t pollute others’ enjoyment with your hatred.

      • September 29, 2010 at 12:05 pmiamMAN

        “You shoud do it now, because your type is the cancer killing the fanbase.”

        that’s actually 99% of kubo’s fault. the recent finish of this arc was some of the dumbest crap i’ve read in along time.

      • September 29, 2010 at 1:59 pmAnonymous

        Then sulk into a corner and listen to linkin park. If you don’t like it why do you read it? That’s where your entire logic fails and that’s why you are stupid, and that’s why you have no right to blame it on anyone. Kubo said it numerous times that readers have no right to decide what happens in his manga. They have the right to decide wether to read it or not. And he said that to the actual readers who buy it. You just pirate it down, so shut up. If you made the decision to read it, then eat it up. Or drop it. Easy.

        Seriously, some of you kids have adamantium spines nowdays.

      • September 30, 2010 at 1:50 amAnonymooo

        The fanbase kinda shot itself in the foot when it split cleanly down the middle over the most recent turn of events in the manga. Half of them went “SERIOUSLY NOW WTF” while the other half not only accepted it, but defended it tooth and nail.

        Kubo’s like a kid who constantly gets new toys and forgets about his old staples. He shotguns new characters and then ineffectually writes them out so he can focus on whoever’s leading the character popularity charts at any given moment. For 21 volumes, Bleach had solid progression, even when it shifted gears from a solid monster-of-the-week series with great characterization to a pretty damn good stock shounen fighting series. The twist at the end of the Soul Society arc had buildup and was logical, with plenty of evidence meant to mislead readers so the surprise would be worth it.

        Now all Bleach does is try to top itself every other week with a newer, bigger twist.

        Kinda like Lost, honestly.

        So yeah, go ahead, enjoy Bleach. Nobody’s saying you can’t or shouldn’t. But a lot of us complaining about how far Kubo’s fallen have a lot of ammunition, and the George Lucas-a-like Kubo Tite is pretty much doing it to himself.

      • October 1, 2010 at 5:56 amBlaineo

        If you’ve invested this long in a series and it suddenly turns sour, would you instantly give it up or would you keep reading either hoping it will get better, or because you’ve come too far not to see it end. Because I agree with Anonymooo. He pretty much summed it up. The soul society arc was well thought out and well written(for it’s genre anyway). Having the freedom to write what you want is no excuse for poor writing.

    • September 30, 2010 at 4:54 amgoukison

      dear freinds (Anonymous!)
      judging from your response, it seems that my negative opinion of the latest epsiode of bleach has offended some of you somehow. well, i apologise for the inconvenience, but you need to understand that this is a blogger, we are all here to share our feelings about our favorite animes. no one is asking you to agree with me

      i am a huge fan of bleach, but that doen’t mean that it’s perfect.
      and in life when you feel like something that has the potential to be great is gettin mediocre, please express your objection to it.
      it could be your life, your kids, your wife, your food, your car, your studies, and in this case your favorite anime!

      this is why the world is going to hell, there is way too many of u out there accepting craps just because they’re fanboys!

  • September 29, 2010 at 8:30 amRise~N Seraphim

    who cares about the ugly bug form… Visored Tousen looks way cool

  • September 29, 2010 at 8:57 amTorint

    I love Komamura’s face when Tousen tells him that he’s ugly. http://randomc.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20290%20-%20Large%2031.jpg

    • September 29, 2010 at 9:51 pmDa5id

      Yeah, its like: “Okay, that comment was totally uncalled for. Also, you’re a giant bug.”

  • September 29, 2010 at 9:04 amZaku Fan

    Tosen will lose. The reason being his bug head is too heavy so when he uses shunpo/sonido, it causes unbearable pressure on the neck thus killing himself. Komamura will then forgive him posthumously and feels better about himself as transformed Tosen is much much uglier than he could ever be.

  • September 29, 2010 at 9:32 amOkazaki-san

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought Tousen’s resurreccion was disgusting.It may have given him sight,but it’s plain ugly.A fly of all things.

    • September 29, 2010 at 9:51 amTibu

      Really? I thought he was a cricket cuz of the ending. He srly is one ugly %$^#!#$&*^!#$^%*&^%!@ though….

  • September 29, 2010 at 10:09 amAnyone

    Anime is getting boring, dont you guys think so to?

    • September 29, 2010 at 11:07 amSecsuey

      u mean just now?
      just now u think that bleach is getting bored?
      try like 140 episodes ago

      • September 29, 2010 at 3:30 pmVoid

        How about 227 episodes ago, with the start o Bount filler arc? ;D

        That said it still has interesting moments every now and then- I actually enjoyed SS’s clash with Aizen’s forces so far as well as Ichigo’s fight with Ulquiorra for instance. Rally it’s not somuch that it sucks but rather the good moments get stretched too much I think.

      • September 29, 2010 at 10:12 pmSecsuey

        well I said 140 cus afther bount arc it was fun for a while

  • September 29, 2010 at 9:56 pmDa5id

    Honestly, I liked this fight, at least in the manga. The fights right before the big bad are usually the most high octane while at the same time they don’t slow down because the story isn’t over yet. For example, Wonderweiss’s fight is coming up soon, and that got to show Yamamoto finally kicking some Special Ed Arrancar Ass.

    …but then, right after, is the Aizen Rapes Everyone fights, which take effing forever. We have at least 3 months of material left before fillers start. AND THEY WILL START.

  • September 30, 2010 at 3:27 amNamida

    ok, why did they promote Komamura to Captain again??
    he’s big, slow and all he’s got going for him is brute strength
    all u need is Bankai, huh??

  • September 30, 2010 at 12:02 pmHavoc

    You can safely ignore the bad parts of Bleach after SS arc and all of it after Mr. Berry’s fight with Mr. Emo Bleeding Eyes (which was cool, I admit). I do and I don’t feel offended or upset anymore after Bleach’s many plot holes, deux ex machina twists, and generally horrible gut-wenching dialogue, characterization, pacing, and content of most of its chapters.

    This is what happens if you spend 2+ actual years trying to show a single day’s events in the story.

  • September 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm1Lau

    What kind of bug is Tousen suppose to represent? A Fly?

  • September 30, 2010 at 11:22 pmneko

    the Touse fight/resureccion… one of the biggest trolls in the history of anime.. lol

  • October 1, 2010 at 2:50 amAnon

    Tousen’s mothman looked even DUMBER then it did in the manga..

    It’s so ridiculous and scary on so many levels.. Thank god we don’t have to see it for very long..

  • October 3, 2010 at 8:09 pmYogo

    How in the world did what I wrote before get deleted? Ah, it doesn’t matter I guess.