Bleach – 328
「影狼佐を倒せ！死神、総力戦！ 」 (Kageroza o taose! Shinigami, souryokusen! )
“Defeat Kageroza! Shinigami, All-Out War!”
Hitsugaya and Kenpachi finds Inaba’s hideout, where he tells them they have no chance of winning. He releases his zanpakutou, Raiku, but the captains are unable to sense his spiritual pressure. He reveals that his zanpakutou manipulates space and can open portals to the Dangai to manipulate both people and attacks. Hitsugaya and Kenpachi work together to battle him, but his ability to recreate attacks proves to be highly effective.
Soifon and Yourichi then both arrive on the scene, along with Byakuya, Kyouraku, and Ukitake. Byakuya reveals that after using his bankai, he was able to defeat his reigai. Inaba states that they will not be able to defeat him however, and the remaining reigai captains also arrive. They battle it out, and by reversing his shikai the captains seemingly kill Kagezora, but he revives and cuts them all down. Kurotsuchi then suddenly stabs Kageroza from behind, revealing that he had switched places with his reigai.
Meanwhile Ichigo is still trapped in limbo inside the Dangai after being sent there by Kageroza. Urahara and Ichigo’s friends worry about him, as his reiatsu has completely disappeared. However, he suddenly shows up on the radar again, and Urahara asks the others to come with him.
It was obvious Kageroza wouldn’t be defeated so easily, since the main villain always pulls out various tricks and hidden abilities to give the good guys trouble before he goes down. The craziest cheat yet was definitely his sudden respawn after getting one-upped, and that part wasn’t explained. Once again though, I gripe about the idiots explaining all their tactics to their enemies, especially Hitsugaya who always seems to give out the details of exactly what he’s thinking during a fight. Either his ego is too big or he doesn’t realize that by keeping his opponents in his dark, they are less likely to be able to counter his moves.
The rest of the episode was pretty good though as the climax quickly approaches. It really is all-out battle now with all the surviving captains battling Inaba and the reigai. That crazy bastard Mayuri is pretty awesome too, and who’d would have thought he would take the place of his reigai and backstab Kageroza. From the looks of the preview, it seems that won’t be enough unfortunately, and Ichigo will probably still have to show up at the last moment to save the day. There’s also some hinting that Kageroza was at odds with the Central 46 over that male Nozomi, which is probably why he turned against Soul Society; his motives will probably be revealed soon. Seriously though, that Central 46 seems to do more harm than good.