Summary:
In Soul Society, Commander Yamamoto assembles the remaining captains and tells them about the efforts being made to find Aizen and the Hougyoku. Ukitake and Kyouraku are talking later about Renji, and Kyouraku mentions that he heard a rumor about that. Meanwhile in the real world, the group is trying to figure out what happened. Ichigo had talked to Tatsuki about Inoue, but she had no idea who Inoue was. They decide to go investigate Inoue’s home again and enter through Ishida’s lock-picking skills. Inside, the find the two cups across from each other on the table from when Inoue was with her brother. Suddenly, Renji’s cell phone rings with a girl calling on the other end. This girl wants to play a game and promises to return Inoue if the guys win.
First, they are told to get to the park within three minutes. After running there, they find a ringing public phone. The girl then tells them to get to the supermarket in three minutes. From the phone there, they are told to go to Urahara’s shop. At Urahara’s shop, they get one last call telling them to show up at Inoue’s home that night at 8PM. With no choice, Ichigo (in shinigami form) and the rest show up at that time. From Inoue’s window, they see a light, so they rush up to investigate. Much to their surprise, Inoue has returned, though she has no memories of what happened this day, only the day before. While sitting around her home, they feel something hit the building. Violent winds kick up and Inoue suddenly starts to choke Sado. As it turns out, Inoue is actually a new face, Kurodo (Cloud?), in disguise. His partners are Nova and Ririn, the latter of which is the girl who’s been calling them. Ichigo and Renji’s attacks are ineffective in hitting their new foes, and so Sado is taken through the gate.

I had hoped that the friend-being-kidnapped storyline was just for one episode, but it seems that Sado is now a victim too. I hope they can make something more of it next week than just taking away Ishida or something. The animation quality is overall going down, but the episode has its share of good shots with the bad ones. The episode feels like its trying to strike a balance between the comedy and the drama like in previous arcs, but the comedy seems to be coming on a bit too strong.
Aside from kidnapping Sado, this episode introduces three of the new characters (who still remind me of Black Cat rejects). Nova (hooded guy) is voiced by Sugita Tomokazu (Rin from SHUFFLE!) while Cloud (guy with hat) is voiced by Tobita Nobuo. But like man others, my favorite out of the three is Ririn, voiced by Kakazu Yumi.
From the preview, looks like next episode has our heroes going to a museum (which I imagine is probably a trap).

30 Comments

  1. Oh crud! The dreadful filler effect has asserted itself in the episode. It isn’t entirely dreadfull in respect to the whole episode but it is repetitive enough. Anyway, looks like the arc will follow the 10-Little-Indian pattern where one of the Ichigo gang is taken in each episode until Then-There-Were-None.

    monir
  2. I woulda thought that this filler would kinda give ichigo the chance to explore what his feelings are for orihime. I mean we all know she likes hime, but they’ve never gone into detail about what he thinks of her.

    mangamaxx
  3. “I woulda thought that this filler would kinda give ichigo the chance to explore what his feelings are for orihime. I mean we all know she likes hime, but they’ve never gone into detail about what he thinks of her”

    YAH 2 i though that -_-. i want ichigoxOrihime xD

    AznSoulBoy
  4. Ichigo x Orihime for teh win! 😀 And did you forget that the first time Ichigo has said “Thank you” witha kind and gentle expression was to Orihime just after he beat Byakuya and she came to see if he was okay? 😛

    And I’ll let the Black Cat crack slide…./for now/. >.> But it’s not Black Cat’s fault that Bleach is copying its characters. 😛

    Shinji103
  5. yeah that´s right and ichigo x orihime both have the same hair color…so WHAT you ask??
    they match each other and the opposite match each other he is crazy, strong, decided and she is cute, kind and has more body than rukia so………..SHE WINS!! This is like shuffle the 2nd caracter wins^^

    animaniac
  6. Don´t worry naruto sucks because it´s for children and you do know that, but bleach has a mature plot, and the filers are very nice keep the comedy and a nice side quest and we have what any narutard would like a complete nice filer ^^ I mean a friend of mine is watching naruto and he says that it keeps worse and worse, so let´s hope it keeps going like this and you will see a promissing making money anime going to the pipes.The japanese are already boycoting the games and even the anime so I can see a dark future with like ” 3 seasons of filers for naruto “.thanks god i am not a narutard!

    animaniac
  7. I wonder why everybody is talking about “fillers”. Yes, know what they are (something that is not on the manga is filler, right?), but would it really be fun if anime followed manga with exactly same events? My friend was whining about how bad all the fillers are, and how he hates Bleach’s new episodes, and i thought that man, why is it that if anime is different than manga, its automatically a bad thing? Ive never read manga (because reading from right to left is really hard), and i cant understand that what is so special about it compared to anime (But hey, i hated anime too, and look at me now :D).

    Back to the topic: I think this ep was pretty good, but there has been better ep:s also (like those ep:s with actually had some action). It would be nice if Ichigo & The gang actually fought some foes on the next ep, because that is what made me watch Bleach (fighting, that is).
    And dont call me names if i said/typed something stupid, since im stupid nolife newbie.

    And i think the quality of drawings was really good (and has always been, and hopefully will always be).

    SP
  8. “And did you forget that the first time Ichigo has said “Thank you” witha kind and gentle expression was to Orihime just after he beat Byakuya and she came to see if he was okay?”

    Of course he wouldn’t say “thank you” with a poker face. It still doesn’t show any romantic feelings from Ichigo.

    “they match each other and the opposite match each other he is crazy, strong, decided and she is cute, kind and has more body than rukia so………..SHE WINS!! This is like shuffle the 2nd caracter wins^^”

    Rukia isn’t kind or cute? As for Orihime having a better body, that’s your personal preference so it doesn’t count. It’s obvious Ichigo has shown more affection towards Rukia than he had towards Orihime.

    Rasmiel
  9. Speculating about romantic relationships between major characters in a shounen anime like Bleach is just plain masochistic. You all know that Ichigo will never return the feelings of any of the girls, you just don’t want to admit it : P

    keitawukong
  10. dun really like how this plot is going.. kindda sounds a bit lame… hope theres another party as it seemed from the ending another 3 ppl.. anyways i love the ending…where renji got caught 😛 at least add some comedy to it

    Rashunkou
  11. ICHIGO AND ORIHIME SHOULD NOT EVER BE TOGETHER!!!!!

    NEVERRR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    RUKIA AND ICHIGO SHOULD BE TOGETHER!!!!!!! THEY ARE SO CUTE AND VERY FUNNY WITH EACH OTHER!
    ORIHIME IS ANNOYING , WHY DONT SHE JUST DIE!

    wasabi
  12. ICHIGO AND ORIHIME WILL ALWAYS BE TOGETHER ICHIGO AND RUKIA SUCK TOGETHER. RUKIA IS BETTER OF WITH RENJI ^^. ICHIGO AND ORIHIME WIN AND WE GOT PROOF. WELL I FIND IT WEIRED FOR ICHIGO BEIN WITH RUKIA COZ OF THE AGE GAP FREAKS ME OUT PLUS I THINK THAT ICHIGO AND RUKIA HAVE A BROTHER SISTER RELATIONSHIP THINGY AND ITS A TABOO TO FALL INLOVE WITH EACH OTHER RIGHT ? no hard feelings ppl this is just my opinion. Anyways the fillerarc episodes are getting pretty interesting although the animation for this episode went pretty bad. I hope it doesnt continue to be like that. Ichigo and Renji make up a good team ^^.

    Meeero
  13. rukia belongs with renji, and icghigo with orihime…!! Ichigo is nice to orihime! she’s the only girl who he treats differently… he treats tatsuki and rukia like they’re guys but he has always been nice to orihime!

    menina
  14. I myself, have not ever read a manga in my life, so I can not agree with you people who have read this. I thought this was a good episode, with some nice humor and “filler” story. Since I have not read the manga, I don’t know the future of bleach.

    I have read some people think the episode is automatically bad since it’s a filler which isn’t true IMO these episodes were fine. The episodes I thought were kind of useless were the ones with Kin’ Onji and the show thing.
    Good episode that add suspense/humor IMO.

    darktempler
  15. This absolutly sucks. Just as bad ass Naruto. I’ll take a break from Bleach for now. But I rufuse to drop it just because of a few fillers. I’ll just ignore them and come back later.

    spookia
  16. Ichigo is in love with Rukia..they are suitable for each other
    the manga proves Ichigo’s feeling for rukia in chapter 213 and orihime notices that

    SO DON’T MENTION ABOUT ICHIGO AND ORIHIME AGIAN >

    Hananoon
  17. Ichigo is in love with Rukia..they are suitable for each other
    the manga proves Ichigo’s feeling for rukia in chapter 213 and orihime notices that

    SO DON’T MENTION ABOUT ICHIGO AND ORIHIME AGIAN >

    T___T THANK YOU FOR TAKING THE WORDS FROM MY HEART AND MOUTH

    ICHIGO N RUKIA FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRr

    QuoTient

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