In light of Byakuya calling him arrogant, Zommari claims that he regards the two of them as equals, but Byakuya sees that in itself as arrogant. Zommari responds by transforming into his released state, covering himself in eyes. He points the eye on his hand at Byakuya, and although Byakuya attempts to dodge, Zommari successfully marks Byakuya’s leg. That leg is now under Zommari’s control. Instead of letting this to continue though, Byakuya cuts the muscle and tendon in his leg. Zommari then directs his attention and eyes towards Rukia’s body, so Byakuya quickly gets in the way to prevent anything from happening. Their battle is interrupted by the arrival of Hanatarou who raises a commotion about Byakuya’s injured leg and Rukia’s body. As he powers up, Byakuya instructs Hanatarou to get back because he can’t guarantee that Hanatarou won’t get dragged into this. Unfortunately, Byakuya’s left hand had gotten marked when he got between Zommari and Rukia, leaving him no choice but to slash his left arm just like he did his left leg. This prompts Zommari to note that it would be too arrogant for Byakuya to think that he could challenge an Espada with only one arm and one leg.
Byakuya, however, disagrees and feels that even without his left arm and leg, the two of them are still far from being equal. In order to make his opponent understand what kind of situation he’s in, Zommari explains that each of his eyes is able to control one object. Earlier, he had used two of his eyes: one had hit Byakuya’s hand and the other had hit Rukia’s forehead. The latter gives him full control over her body, and he uses it to make Rukia first slash Hanatarou and then attack Byakuya. When Byakuya tries to counter, Zommari has Rukia hold herself hostage by putting her sword to her own neck. This appears to leave Byakuya no choice but to drop his sword in accordance with Zommari’s wishes, and although he initially complies, Byakuya also uses a spell to bind Rukia in place. No matter what Zommari does now, he’s unable to make Rukia move, and to make things worse for him, Byakuya initiates ban kai. Zommari tries to use all of his eyes to control the petals that start swirling around him, but this proves to be futile because there are just too many. Byakuya’s subsequent attack envelopes Zommari and destroys the entire building.
Special OP and ED
As for the episode, it made me realize how utterly ridiculous the pink bottom makes Zommari’s released state look. He’s like a flower crossed with a pumpkin that’s covered in eyes, and I started laughing when it first appeared because it looked like a total joke. And even if you don’t count his appearance, Zommari just doesn’t come across as a very fearsome opponent. Just look at how much he panicked when Byakuya simply stopped Rukia from moving. His downfall was probably not taking control of all of Byakuya immediately after transforming, back when he still had some element of surprise. He certainly makes Byakuya look good in comparison though, and it was fun seeing Senbonzakura Kageyoshi in action again. I’m expecting next week to be fun as well with the continuation of the mad scientist (Kurotsuchi vs. Szayel) battle.