Summary:

Kyouraku has difficulty falling asleep, so he goes for a walk and notices Aizen still up as well. Upon returning to the 8th Division, he’s met by a young Nanao Ise who wants to read with Lisa, so he has to tell her that Lisa is busy tonight. He reassures her that Lisa will be back at dawn, not knowing that Lisa is currently getting beat up by Kensei. The Shinigami are struggling with Kensei, but they’re finally able to restrain him via a powerful spell from Hachigen. However, Hiyori then goes through a Hollow transformation and injures Shinji. While the others try to restrain her, they are surrounded by a dark sphere and all get taken out at once. Shinji sees after it disappears that the culprit is none other than one of Kensei’s men: Tousen. When Shinji questions why Tousen betrayed his own captain, Aizen and Ichimaru appear, and Aizen asserts that Tousen has been faithfully obeying his instructions.

Shinji had suspected that Aizen was up to something, and he reveals that he chose Aizen to be his vice-captain because he wanted to watch over him. Aizen, however, explains that it was because Shinji didn’t trust him that he was able to replace himself with a body double by using his zanpaktou’s power. Shinji never noticed because he never got close enough to Aizen to really get to know him. Aizen also asserts that Shinji didn’t choose him but rather that he chose Shinji because Shinji’s excessive suspicions were ideal for his plan. He further incites Shinji by suggesting that Shinji is thus responsible for what happened to his friends here, and when Shinji tries to fight Aizen, Shinji himself starts to go through a Hollow transformation. From this, Aizen observes that agitation speeds up the transformation, but he declines to explain himself to Shinji.

Aizen then notices that Hiyori has retained some of her own consciousness, so he has Tousen cut her down. Shinji responds by attacking Tousen, and Tousen turns out to be unable to match up to Shinji even in this state. Done with Shinji, Aizen prepares to finish him off, but he gets interrupted by the arrival of Urahara and Tessai, the former of whom cuts off Aizen’s 5th Division badge in a surprise attack. Aizen sees the two as more interesting guests.

Preview

This was a pretty good adaptation of the manga material, and I liked how they expanded on Shinji’s own thoughts during the Hollow transformation. I really enjoy this part of the story in general because it brings together and explains so many aspects of the plot, like how Shinji and company became Visoreds, and we can see how far back Aizen’s ambitions and Tousen’s betrayal went. These kinds of revelations are what make this flashback arc so much fun. What I’m still curious about is what originally sparked Aizen to want to do all this and consider experimenting with Shinigami/Hollow hybrids. I assume even simply personal ambition has roots in something, but we just don’t know very much about Aizen’s past yet. In any case, next week should be a good episode as well (I hope they put a lot of oomph into how next week’s episode ends), but as they indicated in the voice-over during the preview this week, what comes after that is more anime original material without Ichigo.

25 Comments

  1. next week preview since seems to be progessing fast other than that good episode but there is something i,m curious about, how come some of these captains didn,t have bankai someone like shinji should have or the others i guess soul society was very peacful back then who knows naybe Aizen got bored or tired of doing nothing.

    John Tokyo
  2. This one was great the manga looked wicked but this episode was great just cant wait to see what the fite between ichigo and ulquiorra look like. Thanks Omni. Raws a much better when you learn japanese lol

    Dragonite88
  3. So the next episode marks the end of the pendulum arc (from the manga anyway). I’m speculating they might extend this a bit since the manga and anime are still only a few chapters apart.

    Plus, Show Spoiler ▼

    Shinn Agami
  4. Dptyupn…Show Spoiler ▼

    Splash
  5. Aizen must have did all these experiments so he can perfect hollowfication and becoming a shinigami/hollow hybrid (vizard). I bet aizen, ichimaru, and tousen are also vizrds in the present time.

    Chisle
  6. ^ The Aizan/Ichimaru/Tousen as Vizards would make sense.

    Interesting episode as usual lately. I have the same question as Dptyupn. How does Aizen get away with this?

    As for the anime original arc, I’m interesting in seeing just what the anime people come up with. I wasn’t too fond of the last one (The New Captain Shusuke Amagai), but I did enjoy the Bount arc. Wouldn’t mind a past arc dealing with the Quincy and modsouls. They could surely make quite a few episodes out of them.

  7. “What I’m still curious about is what originally sparked Aizen to want to do all this and consider experimenting with Shinigami/Hollow hybrids”

    I’m not only curious about that, but also about the fact that he chose to experiment on 8 shinigami who happened to have a relationship among all of them. I mean, Hiyori & Shinji, Kensei & Mashiro, Lisa & Rose – they all have different ranks and they still refer to each other not as Captain-Lieutenant but as friends, calling each other by their first names. They obviously have a past together.

    Izuru
  8. This was definitely a good episode. I am just curious about one thing. What actually caused the hollofication of the shinigami? I mean all we saw was that they got badly injured by Tousen. Then what actually is causing them to transform into hollows.

    MO
  9. That makes Shinji the most strongest Vizard in terms of handling hollow and fighting Tousen to the grounds as a hint. He may be able to confront Aizen and make him bleed in future? Who knows… The most important thing atm is to analyse Kyoka Suigetsu’s weakness.

  10. You said you want to know what sparked Aizen to do this, i think it was when he heard about the 0 squad or the royal guard from Kyouraku and the other captains. I’m not saying that this was when he went bad but he was looking for his “purpose”.When he heard that hikifune got transferred to the royal guard, it piqued his interest and that lead to his search for more power to become the “king” of soul society

    Akil
  11. well, I have a prediction about this hollowfication stuff..I think kisuke was the one who invented this formula which is unintentionally made and aizen stole this stuff just to use it for the captain to destroy themselves. However, aizen didn’t realize that this captains can overcome this hollowfication which they’re about to discover to the next episode..and one thing I think aizen’s plan is to become captain and gin and kaname too, I predict that even the captains can overcome their hollowfication the captain commander will still throw them away from soul society because hollowfication is beyond the rule of shinigami and kisuke will be punished by death for inventing it…

    Vaizard

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