Despite Inoue trying to get the jealous Loly and Menoly to leave her room, the two girls continue to bully and hit her. However, they are interrupted when the nearby wall suddenly explodes. The culprit is Grimmjow, and after identifying the girls, he backhands Loly and vaporizes the top half of Menoly. Since Inoue doesn’t understand why he’s doing this, Grimmjow reveals that it was because he owed her for healing his left arm. However, he also has something else he wants her to do that requires her to leave with him. Elsewhere in Las Noches, Szayel introduces himself to Ishida and is excited to hear that Ishida is the Quincy that defeated Cirucci. Ishida, however, immediately gets to work and moves close enough to Szayel to fire off one of his Seele Schneiders. It hits Szayel right in the chest, but to Ishida’s shock, the arrow dissipates moments later. Laughing with glee, Szayel reveals that he had already analyzed all of Ishida’s abilities from the earlier fight.
Back in Inoue’s room, Menoly wakes up in one piece and finds an uninjured Loly sulking nearby who explains that Inoue healed both of them. Grimmjow had earlier wanted Inoue to heal up her own face first before heading off with him, but Inoue had rushed to Loly’s side and started to heal the Arrancar instead. Loly had questioned what Inoue was doing and even slapped her during the process, but Inoue quietly continued anyway and succeeded in healing Loly’s injuries and in restoring Menoly’s upper body. All of this makes Loly think that Inoue is a monster. Meanwhile, Ishida finds unable to do anything offensively against Szayel’s Fraccións because his arrows have become weakened. Szayel then nullifies Ishida’s ability to use his bow, leaving Ishida vulnerable to be attacked. Fortunately, Renji saves him before he gets hit, and the two decide to work together.
With all of the action and fighting going on, I thought that they would end up covering more than just another two chapters of the manga story. But with a good dose of recap and extra fighting scenes, they managed to extend two relatively fast paced chapters into an entire episode. The one thing I noticed that was cut out was Grimmjow snapping off Loly’s leg. It showed how merciless he was and probably would have been one of the more intense parts, but I guess it was too gory for an evening broadcast.
The big news this week, if you haven’t yet heard, is that they recently announced that a new character named Amagai Shuusuke would be taking over the third division captain position that Ichimaru Gin vacated. More importantly though, the story will be returning to Soul Society starting sometime in April for what looks to be something anime original. It was of course only a matter of time before something like this happened, but I really don’t know how it’s going to work since, according to some spoilers, everyone will still be in Hueco Mundo at least until the April 2nd episode (with the next Grimmjow fight). Here’s to hoping things don’t get completely screwed up…