Seeing Ishida struggle in the battle with Cirucci Thunderwitch, Pesche panics because he thinks he went on the same path as the weakest person in Ichigo’s group. As he wonders if he should help, Pesche’s attention is drawn to how he can almost see Cirucci’s panties, and he drifts out of his hiding spot to get a better look. She eventually notices what he’s trying to do and throws her chakram weapon at him, causing Ishida to realize that Pesche is there too. Cirucci thinks that Pesche looks like a termite, but he takes offense and describes himself as a stag beetle despite the fact that he’s white colored. Seeing Pesche argue with Ishida about whiteness, Cirucci decides that Pesche is Ishida’s friend and attacks them both. After Pesche reveals that he’s actually looking for Nel, he pushes Ishida aside and tells Ishida to leave the fight to him. Pesche claims to have a special ability, and when Cirucci throws her weapon again, he demonstrates by shooting a slimy goo from his mouth. Surprisingly, the goo getting stuck on the weapon causes it to bounce harmlessly off of Pesche.
Pesche is quite proud of this, but Ishida has to pull him out of the way when Cirucci attacks again. Pesche then proceeds to spit all over the pillars that Cirucci is using, causing her to slip and fall off of one. Even prouder now, Pesche announces that his ability is called “Infinite Slick,” but an angry Cirucci then releases her zanpaktou and transforms into a creature with giant wings made of vibrating blades. Ishida’s arrows aren’t able to pierce through those wings, and since Pesche insists on fighting alongside him, Ishida comes up with a plan and asks for Pesche to use Infinite Slick again. Unfortunately, unlike the name implies, Pesche discovers that he’s run out of it. When Cirucci strikes again, Ishida has to use his Hirenkyaku ability – the Quincy equivalent to the Shinigami’s shunpo – to quickly take himself and Pesche out of the path of danger. Cirucci follows this up by repeatedly firing her wing blades at them, so Ishida tosses Pesche out of the battle in order to allow himself to concentrate. Realizing that he can’t get in any attacks or chances from any range as long as Cirucci has her bladed wings, Ishida feels that he has no choice but to use a special ability.
Pulling out one of the tall cylindrical objects that he has been wearing around his waist, Ishida is suddenly able to cut right through Cirucci’s blades. The tall cylindrical object has become the hilt of a blade made of spirit particles, and though Ishida had wanted to save this for a little later, he’s willing to fight with it now.
Is it just me, or have a lot of the Ishida episodes looked sub-par? It’s not the worst of Bleach I’ve ever seen, but the two episodes with Cirucci both have stood out because they’re before and after the very well done Rukia vs. Aaroniero episodes. I know they have several animation teams working on episodes so that they can keep up the weekly rate (unlike normal 13/26-episode series where production gets started early), and looking at the credits, it appears that, unlike last week, a lot of the key animation was done for this week by a group of Korean animators (most likely as a money-saving measure). Oh well, I guess that’s what happens when the good episodes spoil you on higher quality.
In any case, this episode covered two chapters of the manga (256 and 257) with relatively few changes/additions. Ishida finally
became a jedi got to use his new abilities, but I’m a little discouraged that it’s against an enemy who isn’t more powerful (like an Espada). Pesche meanwhile is good for comedic value, and the more I hear him, the more I like Koyasu Takehito in this kind of voice role. Next week looks to finish this fight and continue the Sado one, and looking further ahead, it appears that Nnoitra will be appearing again in episode 159.