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Bleach – 41

Summary:
Ichigo finds himself in a storage room with Yoruichi, presumably his savior. Ichigo remembers Sado and the others, but Yoruichi calms him down by telling him that they’re fine. Yoruichi is more concerned about the hollow mask that Ichigo is carrying with him. Ichigo recounts that Hanatarou threw it away back when they were in the sewers, a statement which alarms Yoruichi greatly, so he takes it in for safekeeping. When Ichigo says that Yoruichi is pretty amazing to be able to carry him back with Yoruichi’s small body, Yoruichi says that he used his original form. Realizing that Ichigo has never seen it, Yoruichi transforms…into a beautiful girl. She starts to explain about the device she used to carry him, but Ichigo yells for her to put some clothes on first to which Yoruichi teases Ichigo for a while about clothes and seeing a girl naked. As they’re talking, they feel a great spiritual energy. Ichigo realizes that Ganjyu and Hanatarou are in danger and rushes off with the wing device.
On the bridge, Ganjyu charges Byakuya, but gets easily avoided and cut instead. After Ganjyu reveals that he’s from the Shiba family, Byakuya gets serious and uses his special attack, Senbonzakura (1000 cherry blossoms) which absolutely destroys Ganjyu. As Byakuya turns to attack Rukia and Hanatarou, his arm is stopped by the arrival of Captain Ukitake. As Byakuya fills Ukitake in on the situation in Soul Society, they feel an immense spiritual power, signaling the arrival of Ichigo. He and Rukia quickly get reacquainted, returning briefly to their old arguing selves. Rukia, though not showing it, is pretty glad that Ichigo is here to save her. Ichigo turns to face Byakuya and the two clash. Byakuya is very surprised that Ichigo blocks his first attack, and each attack afterwords. He turns to use Senbonzakura again, but something wraps around his sword, and Yoruichi appears to stop him.

Yay! I’ve been waiting for this episode for forever. I’m glad that the production crew, like they have done so far, kept pretty true to the manga in the dialogue and action. In fact, the only major changes/additions I could see were Rukia’s mini-monologue at the end about her brother and Ichigo, and the exclusion of the Shiba smile reference from Ichigo (if you read the manga, you know the page I’m talking about). And the mask only had 3 stripes instead of 4, but oh well.
The preview last week spawned a lot of discussion on how they changed the color of Yoruichi’s hair from the dark blue it was in episode 31′s ending sequence to a much brighter purple. Honestly, it didn’t bother me at all; I hardly noticed it.
There was quite a bit of 3D thrown in this episode, and it wasn’t done too badly, even if it did slightly look out of place. Byakuya’s Senbonzakura is as cool as ever, as was pretty much the entire fight scene. It’s funny how Number One (the song) is now the powerup music – they played it twice this episode: when Ichigo arrived and when he spars with Byakuya. And I say spars because this really isn’t a full fight (we’ll get that much much later). Next episode will most likely conclude the bridge scene and then move on to Ishida and Inoue.

July 19, 2005 at 11:00 am
11 comments »
  • July 20, 2005 at 12:41 amKurotsuchi Mayuri

    YAY! Ishida vs. Kurotsuchi Mayuri … wheeeeeeeeeee!!!

    And the reappearance of : NEMU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • July 20, 2005 at 1:31 amZexion

    ZOMG!!! I totally agree Heisei! When i read the manga and saw her for the first time, she was like the hottest anime girl i’ve ever seen period! Totally a hotty O.o (drools) On a side note once again a very good episode. I think bleach has finally fallen into its rhythem and as long as the high animation quality and an strict following of its manga counter part are kept up with this series will soon be among the ranks of OP and Naruto imo.

  • July 20, 2005 at 8:27 pmShiroi Hane

    I wonder why they chose the voice they did for Yoruichi’s cat form? Does the manga say anything about him sounding so different (and so male) that they needed two VAs?

  • July 20, 2005 at 8:30 pmOmni

    The manga mentions that cat Yoruichi talks in a very masculine sense, meaning that everyone thought Yoruichi was a guy. It came as a complete surprise to Ichigo (and the readers) that Yoruichi was in fact a female. I think the production crew wanted to retain this surprise (assuming you weren’t spoiled by the manga), so they used two separate voices for the character.

  • July 30, 2005 at 1:30 amNickie

    haha i finally get why its called Bleach!!! well…i didnt watch episode 41 yet…:( gosh do you have to pay when you download it??? and if it is free where can u download it??? please help!!!

  • July 30, 2005 at 1:40 amOmni

    Please refer to the third bullet on my About This Site page for how I get these series.

  • July 30, 2005 at 2:48 amNickie

    sorry if i sound too bothersome, but whats ‘winny?’

  • July 30, 2005 at 3:35 amOmni

    Winny is a Japanese p2p program, a successor to WinMX (get it? ny comes after mx, hence winny comes after winmx :) ).

  • March 8, 2006 at 10:30 pmBlanc

    The added bonus of the argument with Ichigo and Rukia was the best addition for this episode.

  • March 23, 2008 at 7:36 pmmxodraco

    does anyone know the name of the song that plays when yoruichi is walking toward ichigo when she first reveals her true form? It’s funny but its really good, if anyone knows email me at mxodraco@gmail.com.

    thanks.


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