Amagai thinks that Yamamoto should know why he has suddenly appeared with Rurichiyo, but when the old man makes no indication that he does, Amagai explains that he’s here to kill Yamamoto in the place of a man named Kisaragi Shinetsu. Before Amagai can draw his blade though, Kenryuu and Enryuu attack him, and they manage to save Rurichiyo while he’s momentarily occupied. Barely fazed by their attacks, Amagai ignores them and instead takes the eyeball out of the bakkoutou on Kibune’s broken blade. This eyeball because it contains the power of the strong people who had used it before, and feeding it to his own bakkoutou causes it to transform into a new weapon. Yamamoto responds to all this releasing his zanpaktou, but Amagai is ready for this and negates it with his bakkoutou’s special power. Amagai then initiates ban kai and transforms his zanpaktou into a sword arm, and he uses this to attack the old man. The explosion resulting from this is big, but Yamamoto is still standing afterwards, relatively unhurt. Yamamoto tries to prevent Amagai from turning his anger towards Rurichiyo, but Amagai subsequently reveals that Yamamoto isn’t his only target – he’s also after the successor of the Kasumiooji family. Ichigo, however, arrives on the scene before Amagai can do anything else.
Meanwhile, Yoruichi explains to the captains who are gathered at the Kasumiooji estate about how Amagai is behind everything, but she’s unsure of his goals. What they don’t realize is that Amagai is at that very moment explaining this to Yamamoto and Ichigo. It turns out that Kisaragi Shinetsu was Amagai’s father and had been a Shinigami, but he was killed by Yamamoto. Amagai had found his dying father after the battle, and his father had identified Yamamoto as his slayer. Years later, Amagai joined the Gotei 13 so that he could find out the truth behind his father’s death. That’s how he came to understand the bakkoutou that his father had been investigating. Amagai believes that his father had been killed by Yamamoto after his father found evidence that Yamamoto was conspiring with the Kasumiooji family in the development of the bakkoutou. Everything Amagai has done since he realized this – including rising in the ranks and getting close to Kumoi – was in order to get revenge. Having finished saying all this, Amagai tries to attack Yamamoto again, but Ichigo gets in his way. Ichigo doesn’t care about what Amagai talked about and is instead angry over how Amagai’s selfishness put Rurichiyo through a lot of horrible things. Since Ichigo refuses to move, the two prepare to fight each other.
First things first: Enryuu’s voice makes my ears bleed. It’s like nails on a chalkboard, and I hope they never have him say anything ever again. In fact, it’d probably be safer if he died.
As for the actual meat of the episode, I found it rather hard to stomach a bad guy’s motivation and background when it’s completely revealed in all in a span of five minutes like it was here. The revenge thing wasn’t all that unexpected, and the only thing I come out of this curious about is the extent of Yamamoto’s actual involvement in the bakkoutou ordeal. In short, the whole thing feels like the writers just needed some way to get Amagai facing against Ichigo and then get him eliminated quickly. The upside, however, to them rushing through it all is that we’ll get to see something new once Ichigo defeats Amagai and ends the arc.
Speaking of which, there’s not going to be any Bleach on September 24th or October 1st. Episode 189 will air October 7th, when Bleach moves back to Tuesdays. What will probably happen is that next week will be Ichigo vs. Amagai fight, October 7th will be some sort of conclusion to this arc, and then October 14th – episode 190, when the new OP Velonica by Aqua Timez begins – will start a new arc.