OP Sequence

Watch the OP! Mirror 1, Mirror 2


A new captain for the Third Division has been announced, but it’s not Kira. Instead, it’s a man named Amagai Shuusuke that no one knows anything about, and he arrives at the Third Division with another new member, Kibune Makoto. The old members of the Third Division have a hard time accepting this new guy, but Amagai understands how they feel and still vows to protect them as long as he’s their captain. Unsure of how to approach all this, Kira ends up holding a welcome party with all the members of the Third Division for the new captain. To Kira’s surprise, Amagai gets drunk and loses consciousness after only one drink. This doesn’t win him any respect from his new subordinates though, and Kira is feeling down that the party idea didn’t work out.

While this is going on, Soul Society is alerted to the presence of Menos in the dangai dimension, and the Third Division is sent to deal with it. Since Amagai is still sleeping, Kira leads the group into the dangai and personally slays several of the Menos, but during the battle, the Koutotsu appears and is headed right for the Third Division members. Kira orders a retreat, but the Koutotsu is moving so fast that the men aren’t going to make it in time. They are saved when Amagai suddenly shows up, pulls out one of his two weapons, and easily dispels the Koutotsu. After checking to see if everyone is okay, Amagai loses consciousness again, but he’s now gained everyone’s respect.

ED Sequence

ED: 「オレンジ」 (Orange) by Lil’B
Watch the ED!: Mirror 1, Mirror 2
The OP is pretty good, but compared some of Bleach’s other opening songs, I’d say it’s only slightly above average. The animation that goes with the song starts off showing a lot of summer stuff and then transitions to what this anime original arc appears to be mostly about with the new girl and her two guards. The new ending song meanwhile didn’t really appeal to me, and like the other ED animations, it consists of mostly a montage of characters.


Well, this first episode of the new arc is all about the new captain Amagai Shuusuke and how he’s integrated into the third division with Kira. The only mention of the ongoing Hueco Mundo stuff is when the narrator talks briefly at the beginning, making it basically sound like this will be a standalone side story until they can pick things back up with the manga storyline again. All things considered, this wasn’t that exciting an episode, especially when you consider what we were seeing last week and the week before with the Grimmjow and Ichigo battle. The story is basically starting from scratch again, and there are hints that something is amiss again inside Soul Society (probably related to this old man from the OP), plus Amagai himself is still somewhat of a mystery.

Ichigo and the main story with the young girl appears to be starting next time, and I’m curious to see if this will be at least better than the Bount arc. There’s no new episode next week though – episode 169 airs May 7th, 2008.


  1. Ok, so I guess they’re going to do fillers again…which makes since so the manga and anime don’t catch up with each other, but I have one question. How are they going to just stop in the middle of the “save orihime” arc and end up back on earth? It’s going to be interesting how they approach this. I guess I’ll have to wait for the subs.

  2. well I’m not gonna download the raw but just curious, how did they bring Ichigo and Orihime back? Is the story from an earlier time? I mean did it happen before the H.M arc or is it happening at the same time?

    Pata Pata Patapon!
  3. @shh227 Inoue has a cell phone porn addiction

    Also is Chad juicing because even Ishida is looking like “damn hook me up with a needle too Chad”.

    Lastly the legendary ninja loli capture technique master (purple hair) vs. apprentice (Ichigo)

    The direct method

    and the friendly method

  4. @RmX: Well, it’s true that it’s a filler but, introducing a captain? that has to be canon coz’ in the manga . .. zaraki said that one o’ the things yamamoto made sure was that _all_ the captains will be ready to do battle with aizen’s army . . . so, he’s got to be legit, right? unless they’ll just kill him off suddenly . . . . which might really happen . ..

  5. guys… I am betting that new captain will either be killed or soon introduced in manga…

    As for how they bring Ichigo and others back:
    A) Alternate timeline – ichigo of ours somehow gets into that and while trying to figure out how to get back, corrects some things and punishes some villains.
    B) timeskip backwards – like the pendulum chapters in manga.

  6. I hope this turns out better than the Bount arc, as in the new characters built for the arc are written out by the end so it won’t mess with the main story when it comes back.

  7. I second RmX. Our brains won’t be ruined if we don’t think too much.

    Hopefully it’s better than the Bount Arc (aarrggghh, do not like that ‘kari ayam’ (translation: chicken curry), I mean Kariya!) but it’s best not to expect too much, eh?

  8. WEll this is to be expected, however they should have had the filler arc before they even whent to HC. As for the chances it being ” better ” then bount arc i doubt it due to the sad transisition. Meh aslong as the brige the gap enough for the manga im happy.

    Yay for 6months+ of crappy fillers.

  9. i mean to say this all the time, but thanks for blogging XD

    i have high hopes for this arc (i always have high hopes for everything). the bounto arc bored me to tears at times, so i’m hoping this will be considerably bette.

  10. Well, odds are they won’t be killing off the Captain. Simply because they have shown time and time again that they don’t have the testicles to kill off characters even after they served their purpose and are no longer needed. ie: Ashido, Mod Souls, etc.

    My issue is that they spent all this time in the past, building up just how powerful the Menos Grande are and that they’re something to be feared. Now we see that they’re really no better than fodder to make the Vice Captains supposedly look awesome. No wonder Aizen’s forces have been losing.

  11. I don’t know if anyone else has noticed this, but there is some kind of additional subtitle that appears underneath the “Bleach” title during the new intro. I looked back, and it isn’t in any of the previous openings. While I have no idea what it says, or even if it’s important, this makes me wonder this whole thing is going to be some kind of side-story or alternate reality.

    At the very least, I hope this arc won’t turn out to be as boring and nonsensical as the bount arc was. Granted, that’s setting the bar pretty damn low, but hey, a man can dream can’t he?

  12. Erm, sorry just to point out: there was ONE character from the Bount arc who wasn’t really written out. I.e., he’s still alive.

    The fillers were meant to enhance the storyline, but as much as I try to defend fillers, the manga storyline really proves fillers useless. Like how the current manga arc basically screws the Bount anime arc.

    I don’t see how they can bring Ichigo back for this arc and then teleport him back to HM to return to the HM arc. Yea, it’s fillers, but the fillers still have to transit properly. Like, no matter how much criticism the Bount arc gets, at least it was inserted properly.

    This filler looks like it will sink. Introducing a captain that will have to disappear before we get back to HM? Either this means killing him off, or…yet another betrayal. Ha. So original. 😛

  13. Oh, 1 more thing: if this arc is some sort of flashback, then maybe it’s possible. Perhaps the new captain will retire at the end, still leaving the 3rd captain post vacant. Probably the only way to resolve this.

  14. :'( I’m pretty sad… I will miss HM A LOT ! The “transition” (teleport through space and time” would be more suited than “transition”) left me with a big void ! last week we were in a awesome desert filled with arrancar, etc.. and this week it’s back to “normal” life… Because of this harsh transition, the filler arc will be so more “lifeless” than if a decent transition would have been done. Awwwrgh I don’t know how to express the feeling I have in front of this ! It’s really strange… and what’s up with this awkward soundtrack ?!
    AT LEAST they put a arrancar encyclopedia at the end… that’s a minor connection to HM ^^

    Please, don’t make this last 6 months !

  15. Actually, I enjoyed this a lot.

    Filling one of the 3 vacated captain seat
    with an original character. Something Tite
    Kubo hasn’t addressed yet in the manga. I’m
    sure we’ve all been wondering what Soul Society
    was going to do about all of this.

    Alas, since this isn’t in the manga, obviously
    made clear with the lack of transition, it’s
    of course non-canon.


    …that’s cool, that’s cool. It gives the
    anime adaptation a sense of originality from
    the manga. Like how they introduced the other
    three mod sols and incorporated them in some
    instances during the Arrancar Arc.

    I love how they did this. =D

    Yep, I really do…



  16. …o_o…




    …well you get the point…

    Sorry Ichimaru Gin, the legacy of squad 3’s captains end with you…>_>

  17. hey… my first time posting even though i read this blog at least twice a day for the last month

    bleach manga is so much better than the anime…. but it is too slow =(

  18. Is it just me or does the new 3rd Seat Kifune look like Szayel Apollo? The OP is good, and the spoilers in there looks promising and sort of reminds me of Memories of Nobody which was pretty excellent. Just hope that it turns out to be better than the Bount arc, although I must say I think i’d prefer this to the Naruto fillers now.

  19. @Dillusion

    Wow! That’s some really creative swearing. Honestly I’ve never heard anything like it.

    Meh, I don’t like the character design of the new 3rd seat, but I hope that this will still be good, but it all depends on what they plan for the next episodes. I don’t want this to become incredibly convoluted…where they write themselves into a corner of “what the hell”.

  20. well based on the op, i think this arc will be a lot like the first movie of bleach..at least that what it reminded me of when i first saw it…especially in that one pic where rukia’s hair is up..she looks a lot like the girl in the bleach movie.
    well i will miss the hueco mundo arc, but they could technically make this good…at least there is the possiblity…i really hope this doesn’t turn out like the bounto arc thought..my god that was horrible AND boring!

  21. filler sucks especially when they are in the middle of another exciting arc, this is what kill bleach and naruto for some ppl. Because of these stupid fillers that had nothing to do with the main story or the manga.

  22. @ John .

    Yes fillers do suck but thier part of any long Ongoing series. If they didnt have fillers bleach / naruto / d grayman wouldnt be able to air weekly 52weeks a year.

    Its the price we pay i guess. Either way this gives me a good excuse to have a break from bleach until it comes back to manga story line again.

  23. ehhh
    this episode plain sucked lol
    ur telling me that i need to watch 6 month of that kind of filthy fillers?
    no way lol
    they think they can just pluck us off hueco mundo and give us this petty excuse of an anime?
    hehe I’m quitting bleach for the time being
    BTW this new captain looked liked the kid of urahara/aizen… didn’t know male pregnancy was achieved in soul society

  24. Well, I kind of like the bento… I mean, Bounto arc. At least it was a sensical, continuous story, and even offered some insight into what Soul Society could be about. Comparing to the Naruto fillers, the Bleach production did a marvelous job. So I have high hope to the upcoming filler.

    In the past Bleach set up a lot of interesting characters, especially Ichigo’s and Orihime’s classmates. But now we can see them only in the OP or ED. I hope the filler can return to the campus for a short while just to realize some of the under-used potential of the original story.

  25. feels kinda similar to Turn Back the Pendulum arc…but rather than turning it back…they turn it to err…front??i guess…either way, if this filler going to be canon…and somehow related to the future chapters of the manga…they better not disappoint…

  26. Oh come on Guys! are you just some MOTHERFUCKIN’ IDIOTS OR WHAT!!! Filler arcs are important parts of the anime story, even how much it deviates from what you have seen in the manga! especially to dypfryst, well, dude, are you really stupid, or you sucked your father’s balls? I think that when the story comes back to the Hueco Mundo arc, you guys will cry and soil your underpants alot and say that “i wish i wached the fillers”. There will be many clues as to what will happen in the Hueco Mundo continuation will be shown. It may be canon, but it happened in the Bountou arc, so if you really wanna understand how the Karakura Battle will commence, then you will be beter watching.

  27. Well, I was trying not to be too critical, and this arc doesn’t look like it will be too bad (hopefully).

    I like some of the new music they used. Not the opening and ending, but the actual background music within the episode. There were some good new tracks.

    The whole episode was awfully predictable though. I mean, it was obvious that there would be one of those “Oh noes! We’re screwed!!” situations that the new captain could conveniently show up to impress everyone and gain their respect, etc, etc. His character seems like a typical attempt at being interesting. Shy, awkward guy who can’t hold alcohol is really uber-strong when he needs to be. Eh…it’s so boring.

    And the new 3rd seat guy looks like some sort of carbon copy of Szayel.

    Still, despite some of it’s bad points, I am actually a bit interested in seeing this arc. It has more of a feeling from the original Bleach, that is the first couple seasons, being in Soul Society and all, and I do get the feeling it will be more interesting than that horrible Bounto arc (again, I’m hoping). As much as I like the Las Noches arc, it’ll be nice to move in a new direction for a bit, might ‘freshen up’ the series.

  28. This arc takes place in a alternate universe, so when its over itll go back right to the end of ichigo’s fight with grimmjow. It said he rescued inoue. It didn’t say he left because it meant he just saved her from grimmjow and they are taking a break with this new filler arc so the anime doesnt catch up with the manga. Who knows? Maybe after the hueco mundo arc they will introduce this guy as a captain for real. But that goes against the manga…


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