Summary: At the end of last week’s episode, Captain Aizen was found impaled into a wall. Ichimaru Gin appears and asks what’s going on. Hinamori remembers what Hitsugaya said about trusting the third squad. She charges Gin, but is quickly stopped by Kira. The two start to fight but are stopped when Hitsugaya himself shows up. After sending Hinamori and Kira to jail, Hitsugaya warns Gin something like “If you hurt Hinamori, I’ll kill you.” Elsewhere, Chad has a dream of when he and Ichigo first met. When he wakes up, he hears people outside. Summoning his arm, he dispatches all of them and heads off towards the center of the city. As he runs by, Nanao Ise sees him and reports it to her captain, Captain Kyouraku Shinsui who decides that he has to fight Chad. In the sewers, Ichigo and Ganjyu are healed up thanks to Hanatarou. They emerge from the sewers in the area where Ichigo fought Renji and head up the stairs. At the top, they are hit with a massive energy pressure which marks the appearance of Captain Zaraki Kenpachi.

Originally I wasn’t planning on blogging Bleach. I’ve been watching the show on and off at best and episodes 10-20 didn’t really hold my interest, so I stopped. Last night, out of boredom, I picked up the Bleach manga (at volume 8, where I left off) and blitzed through 7 volumes. Needless to say, I’m back into it again (and will probably read up to the current chapter tonight). I rather like the way they are developing the conspiracies and the relations everyone has (love, hate, etc). There’s quite a cast of characters to keep track of (13 captains, 13 vice captains, our heroes, etc), but it makes for great character dynamics. Anyway, this episode deepened the conspiracy around Aizen’s death and sets up for next week’s Ken vs Ichigo fight. I really hope we get to see some captains fighting each other so Ichigo doesn’t have to do it all alone. Next episode’s fight is a good one, but I’m looking more forward to seeing how they handle Yoruichi (the cat) afterwords.

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