Bleach – 345
「襲われた雨竜、仲間達に迫る脅威！」 (Osowareta Uryuu, Nakama-tachi ni Semaru Kyoui!)
“Uryuu is Attacked, A Threat Draws Near the Friends!”
Mizuiro and Keigo are walking when a large steel girder falls above them. Tatsuki saves them just in time, then tells them that she thought she saw someone drop the beam onto them. Later at school though, they decide not to tell Ichigo.
Ginjou runs into two people (Giriko and Riruka), and the latter taunts him for being unable to convince Ichigo. Elsewhere, Ichigo throws his shinigami badge into the river. At home, he asks Yuzu where their dad went, to which she replies that she doesn’t know. Yuzu also tries to ask Ichigo something, but changes her mind before saying it.
Orihime thinks about her visit with Ichigo, and suspects that he’s hiding something from her. She suddenly gets call notifying her that Ishida was wounded, as does Ichigo, and they both rush to the hospital. However Ishida tells him that his arrival was unnecessary, and refuses to tell them anything. His father Ryuuken scolds him but Ishida asks them to just leave. Ryuuken then reveals to Inoue that his wounds were not inflicted by a hollow or shinigami, and that the reiatsu is of an unknown type. He conjectures that the attacker was more human, like Inoue or Chad, and that they may be in danger next.
Ichigo takes his sisters shopping, but runs into Tatsuki who tells him she can’t get in contact with Mizuiro and Keigo, and also tells him about her suspicions that someone is targeting them. Ichigo finds the two lying on the ground and saves them from several steel poles. The punk he punched previously shows and threatens his friends and family, but Ichigo is able to beat him off. A stranger with a book then steps out from the shadows, but then leaves when Ryuuken shows up. Ryuuken tell him to stay out of the matter because of his lack of power, and a frustrated Ichigo decides to call the Xcution.
This episode shifted things into high gear with none of the usual Bleach drag, and I hope non-manga readers are finding the plot and mystery interesting. Without judging things using what I know from the manga, I’m actually enjoying current developments, and there’s some stuff that wasn’t in the manga as well. Voice actors for the full-bringers do feel slightly awkward, but perhaps it’s more accurate to say that their voices aren’t quite what I expected them to be. It’s not a huge issue though, so I’ll leave it at that.
Things are getting dark indeed with people trying to hurt and kill Ichigo’s friends and family again, but this time Ichigo doesn’t have any super powers to protect them with. I believe I said this before about the manga, but the characters seriously need to learn that communication is very important among friends. Everyone is holding back from telling each other anything; from Ishida, Inoue, Ichigo, to Ichigo’s family and family, no one is talking about what they know or want to know, using the excuse that they don’t want to make each other worry. Ryuuken is right though, sharing information is vital, and Ishida especially is being completely useless and making things worse by clamming up. Luckily, his analysis is fairly accurate based on the little data they do have, but still almost everyone is just completely clueless, and things continue to go downhill from here.