When Ichigo and company get word that the Kasumiooji family is preparing for Rurichiyo’s wedding to Kannogi Shuu, Urahara suggests that a body double will be used in her place since she’ll still be in the real world. He also thinks that it could be a trap to lure them out and capture Rurichiyo. At that moment, she is watching over the injured Sado and Ishida with Inoue, and she blames herself for what happened to them. After helping Inoue, Rurichiyo goes up to the rooftop and is there by herself until Ichigo finds her. Ichigo tries to make her understand that she wasn’t at fault, but Rurichiyo doesn’t believe him and reveals that she knows that Kumoi is out to kill her. When Rurichiyo starts crying, Ichigo explains that they each decided on their own to protect her because they couldn’t leave her alone. Rurichiyo thanks him for comforting her, but she then throws his badge away and kicks him in the face.
While Ichigo is down, she opens a doorway back to Soul Society and leaves through it because she doesn’t want to trouble everyone any further. Ichigo and company have a hard time chasing after her because Kenryuu is now locked out from reopening the gate, so they have to use Rukia to go through the main Soul Society gate. When Ichigo, Rukia, Kenryuu, and Enryuu arrive in Soul Society however, they are held up by the gate guards until the following morning because they hadn’t made an official request to pass through. The four are then prevented from entering the Kasumiooji estate because Kenryuu and Enryuu have been accused of abducting Rurichiyo, and they’re forced to flee the Kasumiooji guards. Instead of trying to look for Rurichiyo, Ichigo comes up with a plan to go after her during the wedding, and the group waits until the ceremony is over to make their appearance. Ichigo tries to call out to Rurichiyo, but she doesn’t respond to his voice, and Soifon suddenly arrives with her men to stop him.
Well if the last two EDs are considered to be heavy on Inoue, this one is definitely focused on Rukia (and thereby RukiaXIchigo). I’m sure that won’t help any Rukia vs. Inoue debates. The song itself didn’t really stick with me though, so I’m rather apathetic towards it, but maybe it will grow on me after a few more weeks.
Ugh, we’re back to the standard bratty-kid-blames-herself-and-does-something-idiotic kind of plot. It makes the episode rather uninteresting to watch, and I think the only redeeming factor here was the potential for a battle between Soifon and Ichigo. The preview for next week doesn’t show any fighting between them though, so I’m not getting my hopes too high – I just don’t want Ichigo and friends to let themselves get arrested or something stupid like that. It also look like we might finally get to see Enryuu do some fighting, and given how this episode ended, next week will surely more exciting.