Don Kanonji has been seeing a downturn of popularity lately, so he decides to reform the Karakura team. His first recruit is Kon, who he tempts with the thought of popularity with the girls. And so, Kon becomes Karakura King. Along the way, he picks up Yuzu, Jinta, and Ururu to make up the rest of his Karakura super heroes. After they abuse Kon a bit, he runs away, only to be captured by a Hollow. The gang chases after the Hollow into the forest, where they proceed to fight it. Since she can’t see the Hollow, Yuzu gets in the line of fire, but Karin arrives just in time to save her. After Jinta and Karin start to smack it around, the Hollow creates a tornado that sucks them all up. Ururu manages to escape, and then relays Kon’s head to Jinta which starts an attack that Don Kanonji calls the Karakura Ultimate Blast which dispels the tornado and destroys the Hollow. Later, Karin and Yuzu watch Don Kanonji’s program and realize that it features them.
I’m not a big fan of Don Kanonji, even less so this time around because we’re on the doorsteps of a major arc. Thinking about it though, this is probably the only place they could stick in filler without really interrupting the non-stop action that we get from this point on. Anyway, this episode has its share of cute and funny moments, and the animation and music are decent. We even get to hear “Number One” briefly played again (although some people hate that song). So it’s by no means a bad episode – pretty much the quality that Bleach has become known for. But overall I am just quite disappointed that this is filler.
Next week is where the action starts up again. The preview hints at a confrontation between the Captains and VCs of the 7th and 9th divisions and Captain Zaraki of the 11th division, and it also shows Ganjuu, Ishida, and Sado in jail. Hopefully we can finish the Soul Society arc w/o any more filler.