Summary:

When Nnoitra easily defeats Sado, everyone in Las Noches senses it. Ichigo in particular refuses to admit that Sado got beaten and feels that he has to believe in his friend. Inoue, on the other hand, gets paid a visit from Ulquiorra, and when he starts talking about what Nnoitra did, she asserts that Sado isn’t dead. Ignoring her, Ulquiorra has some food brought in for her and tells her that it’s her duty to maintain her health until Aizen needs her. Inoue, however, repeats her belief that Sado isn’t dead, so Ulquiorra notes that he’s not here to comfort her. He questions why she’s so obsessed about life and death, and he asserts that her friends will all soon be destroyed. Ulquiorra’s further insulting them by calling them foolish for coming here eventually leads to Inoue slapping him. Unfazed, he promises to return in one hour and force her to eat if she hasn’t by then. After the door closes, Inoue can only cry to herself.

Back under the blue skies dome of Las Noches, an Arrancar named Tesla approaches Nnoitra and comments on how Nnoitra isn’t going to finish off Sado. Nnoitra treats it as a natural thing for him because he feels that if he killed all the small fry, then there’d be no one to acknowledge his strength. He then senses another huge spiritual force and decides to go crush that person, but before he can leave, Sado gets back up. When Sado charges forward for one last-ditch attack, it is actually Tesla who protects Nnoitra, and Sado loses consciousness soon after due to all the blood that he’s lost. Nnoitra, however, ends up being angry with Tesla for interfering, and when Tesla explains that he was concerned about the slight chance that Nnoitra could have been injured, Nnoitra declares that there’s no one who can break his body – he feels that he’s the strongest Espada.

Renji and Dondochakka meanwhile fall into some traps and get dumped into a room where the Eighth-ranked Espada Szayel Aporro Granz is waiting. Recognizing him, Dondochakka identifies Szayel as the best researcher in Hueco Mundo and as a spirit weapon development specialist. Szayel doesn’t deny that he’s a researcher and even claims that his combat abilities aren’t that high, but Renji doesn’t care for what he has to say and immediately initiates ban kai. Unfortunately for Renji, Szayel somehow dispels Hihiou Zabimaru in a bright flash of light right as it looks like it’s about to hit him. While all this has been going on, Rukia is still facing Aaroniero Arruruerie in his giant blob form. Aaroniero explains that his Glotonería allows him to manifest the powers of all the Hollows that he’s eaten at once, and so far he’s consumed 33,650 of them. Because of this, he tells Rukia to think of this as her fighting against a force of over thirty thousand Hollows.

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I can’t help but note the irony in Nnoitra’s confidence in his invulnerability with what’s going on in the manga right now. If nothing else, it served as a reminder of how close the anime is to the current point of the manga. I had expected that they’d have interjected an anime original arc or two by now, but that hasn’t really happened. Instead, the story continues to move forward (this episode covered two total chapters worth spread over chapters 262-267), and given how long the battle with Szayel is, they’d have to interrupt or change it in some way if they don’t want to catch up. With the current developments in the manga, I’m wondering if Kubo Tite is going to take the story back to the real world soon and give the anime a good spot to either take a hiatus on or to start another anime original arc on. The anime for now moves on with the conclusion of the Kaien/Aaroniero stuff next week.

33 Comments

  1. I think they need at least a season (13 eps) to catch up to where the captains of the 13 come to rescue. Maybe by that time, the battles in manga will be done and will start a new arc. In this case, the TV version can add a TV original arc just before starting the next manga arc.

    hofung
  2. I wonder how far they’ll push it until they’re forced to do some filler so the manga can get ahead again. They’ve already implemented a filler arc and the anime is quickly catching up anyways.

    Falconx0101
  3. If they continue with the 2-chapters-per-episode rythm, and considering how many of the battles/flashbacks can be extended, it will take about 25 episodes to catch up with the manga, or maybe a little, just a little more. I’d say by the end of September we’ll be there.

    Izuru
  4. Guys we seem to be missing a single fight out of all this that happens in the manga PRIOR to the Kenpachi fight…

    ie Ichigo vs Ulquiorra then Grimmjaw vs Ulquiorra then Ichigo vs Grimmjaw etc… we’re not as close to the manga as indicated… just the timings of the fights are altered a bit.

    Slade
  5. This episode contains one of, if not the shortest, most mismatched fight in Bleach history to date… this is what makes Bleach worth watching.
    https://randomc.net/image/Bleach/Bleach%20-%20159%20-%20Large%2007.jpg
    Ulquiorra could’ve hit Orihime back, but he’s a gentleman after all (well, in a way – if the stuff-the-food-down-your-throat thing doesn’t bother you LOL!).

    Let the Szayel-Apollo mania begin… LOL! I see the anime did foreshadowing on why things will end up the way they are. Hopefully, the anime doesn’t go too fast that it will catch up with the manga. No MOAR stupid cake episodes!!! LOL!

    We’ll have some Rukia action next episode… looking forward to more pWnage. ^_^

    YamadaShun
  6. This episode in my opinion was hilarious. Specially the way the afro-man (I forgot his name since it’s super long) gets pwned. XD

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    Since I don’t read the manga, I wonder if we will ever get to see Vizards infiltrate Hueco Mundo and help out our friends. The way things are looking, Renji, Sado, and Rukia are going to get their butts kicked and stomped. Man I would loe to see Shinji kick Grimmjow’s butt again. XD

    Alchemist
  7. This episode in my opinion was hilarious. Specially the way the afro-man (I forgot his name since it’s super long) gets pwned. XD

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    Since I don’t read the manga, I wonder if we will ever get to see Vizards infiltrate Hueco Mundo and help out our friends. The way things are looking, Renji, Sado, and Rukia are going to get their butts kicked and stomped. Man I would love to see Shinji kick Grimmjow’s butt again. XD

    Alchemist
  8. There’s one thing that can stretch this out for a while: Show Spoiler ▼

    So the manga should have plenty of time before the anime catches up.

    Anonymooo
  9. Good episode ^^ I enjoyed the fights a lot in anime more than the manga..the OSTs have a big impact after all ^^

    We should enjoy what the anime presents to us instead of thinking too much of the fillers episodes or about catching up with the manga story..either way I find that ppl will complain when the anime’s slowing the events a little bit and when they’re displaying them a little faster or when they’re establishing some filler scenes or arcs.. ppl won’t be satisfied with any of these or other solutions..so it’s better to not think too much about it.. but instead enjoy the current eps coz thinking won’t change anything ^^

    hananon

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