Having been ordered by Yamamoto to send someone to look into making the limit-lifting procedure simpler and to examine Arrancar and Espada spirit residue, Mayuri passes the task along to the Technology Development Bureau. Rin gets the job because only she wants to go to the real world, though in truth she wants to go mainly to eat sweets. Joining her is Hanatarou, and the two first head to Urahara’s shop where Urahara appoints Yumichika to show them where the Arrancar appeared. After Rin manages to get the readings she needs, the two pass by a shop where Rin buys some cake with the help of a machine that lets other people see souls. However, before they can move on, they encounter the soul of a baker who is chained to the store. Yumichika wants to send him to Soul Society, but Rin and Hanatarou want to listen to what the man has to say first. It seems that this baker, whose name is Momoyama Heita, got hit by a car and has a mother who keeps visiting the spot where he died. Since his mother never tasted one of his cakes, Momoyama wants to teach Yumichika and the others how to make a cake so that they can give one to his mother to eat. Rin really wants to do it, so they use Urahara’s kitchen and get going on their first attempt.
After a few problems as the group learns the steps, they finish the cake, but Momoyama wants someone who’s eaten cake before to taste it. Since Hanatarou, Yumichika, and Rin all haven’t, the duty falls to Renji and Sado who are still in training. When those two find it disgusting, the newly trained bakers are forced to go through several more iterations until they finally get it right. They then make their way back to the bakery and find Momoyama’s mother laying some flowers where he died. When they present her the cake, she surprisingly turns it down, stating that she can’t eat cake anymore because it reminds her of her son. In trying to chase after his mother, Momoyama accidentally knocks the cake to the ground, though it lands right side up and manages to keep its general form. Desperate for his mother not to leave, Momoyama suddenly experiences great pain as his chain starts crackling with red energy. At the same time, a Menos Grande appears, so Yumichika leaps up to fight it. After Momoyama chains up his mother to prevent her from leaving, Hanatarou decides to use his zanpaktou on the baker’s soul. He stops Momoyama from becoming a Hollow by hitting the chain at the spot where it attaches to Momoyama’s chest, allowing the zanpaktou to fill up and transforming it into a scalpel. Hanatarou then uses the stored energy of his zanpaktou against the Menos Grande, and Yumichika finishes it off.
A recovered Momoyama now rushes to her mother’s side, and she can now seem him thanks to Rin’s machine. Momoyama then tells his mother about the cake, so she tastes it and finds it delicious. Afterwards, she apologizes to him and promises that she won’t say it hurts to look at cakes again.< ?p>
The whole cake and baker story was pretty boring one-shot to watch, but at least the battle with the Menos Grande and seeing Hanatarou’s zanpaktou in action made it a little interesting. The only other thing that got me even remotely excited was hearing Mayuri say that he’ll show up for the decisive battle in the winter. Hopefully that’ll actually come to pass since I like watching him fight with all the tools at his disposal. In fact, an entirely Captain versus Espada battle could be very fun, though I’m sure that it won’t end up happening quite like that since the (manga) story has the potential for several plot twists to change things up. In any case, maybe next week’s episode with Kon will be more entertaining, but I’m not gonna get my hopes up.