Ichigo tries to stop Amagai from powering up his bakkoutou because of what’s happened in the past when others have done that, but Amagai doesn’t stop because he’s able to actually control it with his spiritual force. He smacks Ichigo into a building with his new strength, however Ichigo doesn’t stay down and counterattacks with a Getsuga Tenshou. Ichigo is pissed off that Amagai will do anything for revenge whereas someone like Rurichiyo never ran away from her problems. When their fight resumes, they go back and forth in their attacks until Ichigo uses two simultaneous Getsuga Tenshou attacks to take out Amagai’s bakkoutou arm. This leads both of them charging at each other to finish things, and though it appears that Ichigo is victorious, Amagai gets back up and goes after Yamamoto again.
He succeeds in stabbing Yamamoto, but Yamamoto barely reacts except to tell all the other captains who just arrived on the scene not to move. Yoruichi takes this chance to explain to Amagai that back when Amagai’s father was still alive, Yamamoto had tried to investigate the Kasumiooji family but was stopped from doing so by the Central 46 Chambers. Amagai’s father had volunteered to do it secretly, but he was captured and corrupted by the bakkoutou. Yamamoto had no choice but to kill him, and he had to keep it all a secret. Realizing his mistake, Amagai remembers how his father had warned him about the bakkoutou before dying. His pride forces him to kill himself, and before the flames engulf him, he apologizes to Kira. In the aftermath, Shuu decides to stay with the Kasumiooji family, and Ichigo and Rurichiyo part ways.
Well, that wasn’t a bad conclusion to the anime original arc, but it wasn’t particularly good either. Part of the problem is that they tried too hard at the end to make Amagai not be the bad guy and pin all the blame on someone who’s already dead, and that didn’t feel very satisfying. Fortunately it’s all over now, and the fighting managed to keep things at least a little interesting. Plus, I was pretty amused at the meta-humor with how Ichigo magically arrived back in Hueco Mundo and how Inoue had to show him where they left off in the manga. As expected, next week will be the return to the manga story, and there should be a new OP and ED as well. I suspect it won’t take too long to get back to the point where they have to animate more anime original arcs, but hopefully there’s enough material to keep with the main story for at least half a year.