Summary:

Despite having failed to stab Nnoitra through the head, Zaraki is happy to know that Nnoitra is killable. He has the upper hand when the two go at it again, and he manages to cut Nnoitra’s arm, face, and weapon. Zaraki claims to have finally gotten used to the hardness of Nnoitra’s skin, and he’s even able to block Nnoitra’s Cero with his bare hand. Nnoitra makes it worse by attacking and knocking off Zaraki’s eye patch, unleashing the power that Zaraki keeps sealed away. Injured but refusing to die, Nnoitra responds by transforming into his released state. This grants him two extra arms and a scythe-like blade for each arm, but instead of being concerned like Ichigo is, Zaraki is again happy. In the subsequent clash though, Nnoitra is able to get a hit in on Zaraki that appears to knock the captain out. Zaraki then heads towards Yachiru, but she points behind him where Zaraki has gotten back up. Zaraki uses the element of surprise to lop off one of Nnoitra’s arms, and his new plan is to cut off Nnoitra’s arms one by one. Nnoitra, however, grows that arm back immediately, and his next attack ends in Zaraki being thrown into the side of a building. Zaraki tries to counter and seems to get the upper hand again, but Nnoitra drives an arm into Zaraki’s gut while they’re up close. It turns out that Nnoitra can actually have six arms in his released form.

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Well this was a pretty good episode with a lot of fighting. I don’t have much to say about the battle itself, but I do want to note that Zaraki’s smile is contagious – I started smiling every time he did. What I like about this fight and Zaraki’s attitude is that he doesn’t react like everyone else does (in that gasp-and-wide-eyed-shocked-look manner) whenever their opponent powers up or gets an advantage. He just smiles because he’s having fun and loves a challenge, and you don’t really get the sense that he’s losing control over the battle.

On a slightly different note, next week should start the new ED which was revealed a while back to be Sky chord by Tsuji Shion. Looking further ahead though, I worry that the grand battle that’s going to happen soon will get put off because we’re again getting too close to where the manga currently is, and the conclusion to the Nnoitra stuff or the end of the Turn Back the Pendulum arc are the most logical places to stop for some more anime originals. I’m hoping for the latter.

42 Comments

  1. So i guess when the fights are over, they’ll start with the Vaizard origins arc, looks like they’re gonna stretch it a bit since the anime is catching up REALLY close to the manga.

    Shinn Agami
  2. Pretty good episode with good animation quality for once, just look at Yachiru at times. But the fight scenes all sucked…as usual. I stopped having expectations after Grimmjow’s fight with Ichigo.

    The odds are higher that they will stop after the flashback arc, and I hope they will actually continue, but with no actual sight of the manga finishing yet, I guess they must stop. :\

  3. that dude can smile i mean he acted suprised whenever Nnoitra got an advantage but it wasn,t funny anymore when they wrote to be continued i mean he got stabbed at the end by Nnoitra. I noted something while watching Zaraki might have gained bankai and does not realise it that strength looks like bankai and something else did u guys see the skeleton behind Nnoitra that was insane.

    Nello & Nano
  4. ” Turn Back the Pendulum arc [..] the most logical places to stop for some more anime originals. ”

    That particular arc is also the best place to do some anime original character history padding if one were so inclined…

    Dave
  5. Great episode, but if they do decide to go back to more GD fillers I’ll be done with this everlasting junk for good. Even the manga is boring as hell now – & they just got back to Ugi vs Ichi too…

    The fillers aren’t actually that bad or good, I just hate them…I hate alot of things 😛

    Megas
  6. Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?

    why
  7. “Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?”
    Because the power levels in bleach are screwed up. The real question is why Zaraki with his eye patch on was beating up Nnoitra. Nnoitra kicked the crap out of Ichigo in bankai form, so what the hell.

    This episode was entertaining, at least.

    Adam
  8. @why
    Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?

    Two reasons:
    Ichigo is exhausted after his fight with Grimmjow
    Second, one of Kenpachi’s lines (after Nnoitra goes into unleashed mode) suggests his strength and his sword actually grow in power compared to the opponent he is fighting against. He might have meant it as a figure of speech, though.

    Odds are Kenpachi is just plain crazy strong like Ichigo and just somehow magically always gets stronger than whoever he is fighting. Who knows, maybe that is his Zanpakto’s ability?

    Sol Fury
  9. “Can someone tell me why is kenpachi more powerful than ichigo? i thought that ichigo (soul society) beat kenpachi but a ichigo (hollow) can’t beat Nnoitra yet Kenpachi can, why is that?”

    Look @ the fight Ichigo had with Kenpachi in SS arch, Round one Ichigo Vs Kenpach.
    Ichigo gets killed!!!!!!! game over bye bye.

    Round 2: Ichigo manfisets Zangetsu, and joins with him in attacking Kenpachi. Kenpachi remarks that Ichigo spirtual pressure is slightly higher thank Kenpahchis own.

    The fight is decided over one swing or blast. Ichigo working with Zangetsu balsts Kenpachi and THE HOLLOW MASK COMES OUT in the attack!!

    Kenpach relying on himself and not working with his own Zanpaktuo is having is power decreased as stated by Zangetsu!

    Result of the match, Ichigo gets K.O’ED and gets nearly cut in half while
    kenpachi still stands. Kenpachis sowrd breaks and Kenpachi falls. So who won the match?

    Normally the person who gets K.o’ed is the looser.

    Why Ichigo could not beat Espada # 5? are you serious? He just had an all out battle with #6. So Ichigo not being able to beat him makes sense other wise it would be straight up dbz which bleach is not.

    Charlie

    Charlie
  10. I agree with frubam. The filler’s tend to be pretty crummy. They should spend the time making better episodes with more detail from the manga that they may have to skip.

    But then again, if they make more money with poor fillers they will make poor fillers. lol.

    DragoZERO
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    Gin
  12. Some time has passed since Kenpachi last fought ichigo. It would be unlikely he would be twiddling his thumbs the whole time instead doing at least some training inbetween missions.

    Alex4life
  13. @ Adam if u go back a few episodes behind u would have noticed that ichigo fought the number four espada then number six espada and then the fifth espada not to talk of telsa torturing him. thats 3 people altogether u get.

    Nello & Nano
  14. @ Adam if u go back a few episodes behind u would have noticed that ichigo fought the number four espada then number six espada and then the fifth espada not to talk of telsa torturing him. thats 3 people altogether u get.

    But it’s STILL bankai vs shikai. A weak bankai should be stronger than any shikai. And yet Zaraki gradually starts destroying Nnoitra.

    @Alex4life: That point is moot because Zaraki said he hasn’t been practicing enough.

    Look, I still enjoyed the episode. I don’t watch it for consistency or good plot; I watch it for good battles, and this episode delivered.

    Adam
  15. Why bother to make Ichigo the most powerful shinigami while the series is still running strong? I say the author should let Ichigo be beaten up here now and then by an all-powerful enemy, and then make him learn new tricks to grow stronger, then introduce another new, all-powerful enemy. This type of DragonBall-like formula has been used many times in Bleach: hallows, great hallows (gillians), shinigami captains, vizards, arrangars, espadas. You name it. Unlike DragonBall, in which Gohan surpasses his rivals too soon and too fast, the author of Bleach is smart to slow down the pace to prolong the fun.

    Matroid
  16. the Shinigami Golden segment was funny

    Iba went to Ichigo asking him for help to get the funding for the Shinigami Men’s Association back (which was transferred to use on Kurotsuchi’s spirit particle project). He asks Ichigo to get 7th Divison Captain Komamura, to have his own show on TV in the world of the living, since animal shows are popular there. The thing is, by popular they mean nature shows (Ichigo shows Iba a show of puppies playing). Then Komamura appears out of nowhere and says the show is good, leaving Iba and Ichigo speachless! XD

    tman

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