Episode 176

Summary:

Refusing to give up Rurichiyo, Rukia uses her special ability to encase her new opponent Douko Jinnai in ice, but he easily breaks free. In response, he consumes a piece of his sword – which he refers to as a bakkoutou – and this gives him power. His counterattack involves shooting blades from his back and throwing Rukia into a building, and with Rukia temporarily out of the battle, Kenryuu has to step in. Kenryuu’s flower ability is only able to keep Douko Jinnai occupied for a short amount of time though, and Douko Jinnai is still fast enough to stop Enryuu and Rurichiyo from escaping. Fortunately for those two, Rukia returns to the fight and uses a demon arts technique to protect them. Excited about the battle, Douko Jinnai eats another piece of his weapon and powers up yet again, making it that much harder for Rukia to keep up with him. Elsewhere in the city, Ishida’s opponent Kuzuryuu asks him about using shunpo, so Ishida reveals that he’s a Quincy who uses Hirenkyaku. Ishida in turn asks Kuzuryuu about his sword, so Kuzuryuu reveals that it’s a bakkoutou. He explains that these are different from zanpaktous in that they don’t have a shikai or bankai, and they instead convert the user’s spiritual force directly into power.

Unimpressed, Ishida begins his attack, so Kuzuryuu powers up with the weapon. Doing so allows him to cover the entire rooftop where they’re fighting with a dark fog, and shadows of his figure appear everywhere. Ishida tries to destroy all the shadows, but none of his arrows have any effect, and Kuzuryuu uses the fog as a cover from which to strike at Ishida at vulnerable spots. Sado meanwhile has also met his opponent Genga, and though he tries with words to convince Genga to stop and leave, Genga just laughs at him. Once they begin fighting, Sado recognizes the ability of Genga’s weapon to create walls wherever it fires, but Genga claims that it’s different from before because he’s much stronger than the previous user. Sado fares poorly against Genga at first, however he quickly picks himself back up and is able to stop Genga’s next attack with his Brazo Derecha de Gigante. This just causes Genga to power up even more, and the two become very evenly matched. In order to break the stalemate, Genga surrounds Sado with walls and then merges with those walls so that he can move within them without being seen. Sado realizes too late that Genga has sneaked up behind him.

Episode 177

Summary:

Struggling in her fight against Douko Jinnai, Rukia is able to land a hit on him after getting his weapon stuck in the roof when he tries to finish her off. However, Douko Jinnai just powers up further by consuming more of his weapon, and he now has so many blades at his disposal that he can rain them from the sky in a hail of deadliness. Rukia is able to avoid getting hit by them, but when Douko Jinnai knocks her to the ground, she’s slow to get up. Douko Jinnai then turns his attention to Rurichiyo, and both Kenryuu and Enryuu take hits for her to protect her. Rukia eventually returns to the fight and realizes something that causes her to decide to use demon arts spells against the enemy. She goes back to using her zanpaktou for defense when Douko Jinnai shoots more blades at her, and before he can bite down on his weapon again, she uses more spells to tie him up. This gives her the opening to employ one of her zanpaktou’s signature attacks, but even that isn’t able to stop her opponent. What does stop Douko Jinnai is his own attempt to power up further because it causes his weapon to completely consume him. With the battle now over, Rukia approaches Douko Jinnai’s weapon, however, before she can reach it, some of Nukui’s men retrieve it and carry it off,

Ishida meanwhile is struggling with Kuzuryuu’s fog and is forced to bring out his Seele Schneider blades. He eventually realizes that his opponent has merged with the fog, but by this point, it’s too late because Kuzuryuu has injured Ishida’s leg, limiting his ability to move. Instead of trying to run though, Ishida shoots his Seele Schneiders into a pentagram shape around the battlefield and activates his Sprenger technique. Kuzuryuu gets caught in the explosion and perishes, however Ishida is injured in the process as well. At around this same time, Sado is facing a similar challenge from Genga who is traveling between the artificial walls around Sado in order to strike him from behind. Sado tries to run at first, but when this proves to be pointless, he opts to destroy the walls instead. Once he’s able to fight Genga head on again, Sado proves his strength enough for Genga to decide to put everything into a final attack. Sado responds by bringing out the Brazo Izquierda del Diablo, and when the two meet in a massive clash of power, Sado finishes Genga off by using La Muerte. Inoue comes running onto the scene in time to see an unconscious Sado in front of a giant skull-shaped crater in the ground.

With these fights over, the only one still continuing is the one between Hanza Nukui and Ichigo. When Nukui attempts to use his weapon’s moonlight reflection ability again, Ichigo is able to avoid it and manages to shatter the mirror. Unfortunately for Ichigo, Nukui is able to use the mirror shards to surround Ichigo with light before plunging him into another dark world.

Preview

As expected, there was a lot of fighting this week with some fairly good production quality (there were even a background song or two I’ve never heard before). It feels a little like Rukia got the short end of the stick because, whereas Sado and Ishida both got to finish off their opponents, Rukia’s opponent finished himself off by getting too greedy with his power. You could argue that she was the one who pushed him to that point, but it still wasn’t as impressive as if she had done it herself. Actually, once Douko Jinnai died that way, I thought that the other two would overload as well in order for the writers to drive home the point that these weapons are like evil, power-consuming leeches. That didn’t happen of course, and we were instead shown the more predictable Sprenger/La Muerte conclusions.

I also thought that the fog and wall abilities that Ishida and Sado were up against were a bit too similar to each other, but overall I would still take this kind of action any day over the generic ninja bad guys from past episodes. One of the things I hope they avoid in the future though is all the powering up that the bad guys have to do with those weapons. That got really old really fast. It made me wonder (again) why the hell people stand around waiting for their opponents to finish powering up when they could use the opportunity to strike. In any case, next week looks to involve Ichigo’s psyche and his memories of his mother, which will hopefully make for an interesting episode. Next week should feature the new ED theme too.

37 Comments

  1. i want hollow ichigo to come out and offer this statement….. “yo, its been a while ichigo. Who is this dude? he uses a sword with a public bathroom mirror attached to it? wtf???, BANKAI!!!!…..getsuga tensho”…….end of fillers :). !

    reggie
  2. There is no way this can fit into the overall timeline. They basically put up the sign saying filler arc that has no real place. Kind of like some movies, you really can’t place it anywhere due to the abilities.

    Did also expect the other guys to just power up themselves to death like Rukia’s opponent. Hard to say if that’s what happened with Chad since the guy and weapon was vaporized either way.

    FlareKnight
  3. //Rukia’s opponent finished himself off by getting too greedy with his power. You could argue that she was the one who pushed him to that point, but it still wasn’t as impressive as if she had done it herself//

    I think the secret contains within the katana..maybe it explodes its owner when his end is near so that their secret plans won’t be expose..either way, rukia did a great job beating him to the limit and using different techniques..and this fight is just a filler anyway ^^

    hananon
  4. What the hell?? are you out of your minds!? the deal was that the Sprenger could only be used in a battle where the opponent was distracted, even Ishida mentioned it. “Sprenger is not a tech you could use in an open battle”, so if you have something (or someone) who distracts the enemy, it is possible.

    Damn, when is this crap-like filler season going to end?

    (PS: Don’t get me wrong, nice fight scenes)

    Xanathos
  5. Since no one has said anything…
    the “new background” music is from the DiamondDust Rebellion soundtrack, title “Showing Off”. Bleach (the anime) has, in the past, always employed scores from the movie soundtrack during decisive fights (Renji, Matsumoto, & Hitsugaya’s first face-off with the Arrancars featured music from the first movie, Memories Of Nobody).

    Yamada Shun
  6. yay! Rukia chan gets her own movie! Wonder what its going to be about. Also she pushed that guy to his limit for sure. I mean if she didnt attack him he wouldnt have had to use that weapon that far to try to win. Rukia and Chad’s fights where the best. Glasses boy’s fight sucked. What fog of war was turned on? lol. Both of them where freaking geeks. Rukia chan was awasome in this episode. The whole fight I was yelling ya! gettum Rukia chan! Hakuren his ass! ^_^

    chaosdemon06
  7. what?
    what promo?
    what a movie
    omg i so wanna see ahhhhhhh
    tell me more i want infor on this hehehehe
    yes rukia rocked in this fight i just wished she finished it off like the others in a more dramtic way…..

    okies
  8. Yeap yeap Rukia’s fight was the best. She’s to only one that seems to have more variety when she fights. The others are so predictable. Ichigo is the worst. All he does is yell “yarghhhh” n black stuff will come out then he just shoots some black thing at the enemy.

    Kai
  9. fight scenes were good…if you get rid of the meaningless philosophizing and random grunting and chatter, and leave just the action. rukia’s blitzing with kidou was pretty cool.

    valdor
  10. thank fully some good fighting…finally…has anyone else been wondering where Isshin has been since the first episode back? he’s been gone for like 10 of them. The three filler characters took over his space.

    xie
  11. God damn I’m getting sick of this arc…..I’m hardly even watching the episodes anymore. For these ones I literally just skimmed through since I was bored to tears.

    Bleach is really hitting an all-time low. I can’t even remember the time when I used to be excited about it. I might just stop watching this filler garbage and wait for the real story to continue, this is utter crap.

    Tori
  12. @Tori
    LOL! Same here! I’m getting burned out by the unoriginality and uncreativity of the current arc. But I do remember the last time I got excited about it. Looks like I’ll be re-watching Season 1 to take off my mind in this arc.

    panaghoy88
  13. For them, thanks to some of the Naruto fans who made the latest episode of the Naruto Anime available for online viewing, I created this post so that they can view the Naruto Anime Episode 195 conveniently without the hassle of downloding it as torrent.

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