After Ichigo and company departed for Hueco Mundo, Urahara decides to recruit Kon to help fight the Hollows that appear in the city. Kon initially doesn’t want to, but Urahara convinces him by suggesting that it could make Kon popular with the girls. Urahara gives Kon a wristwatch device that transforms him into Karakuraiser, and the first job is against a large Hollow in the city. Though he has to get used to the costume and the powers, Kon is eventually able to blast away the Hollow. Several more then appear though, and these ones can fly. Unfortunately, Karakuraiser Kon can’t fly, and he’s nearly defeated, however he gets saved by the arrival of a Karakuraiser team consisting of Don Kanonji, Tatsuki, Chizuru, Keigo, and Ururu. They help defeat the flying Hollows, but afterward, a new enemy appears in the sky: an Arrancar working for Aizen.
You might have noticed that I was rather slow on this post. That’s mainly because I had a two term papers to write this week, but I will say that knowing that this episode would be about these side adventures certainly didn’t help make me want to watch it any more. Regardless, the episode ended up being not bad for being non-manga, but it’s not very good or exciting either. It’s nice to see some of these characters getting airtime while the writers try to explain what happened while Ichigo and company were gone, but the Hollow designs were lackluster, and all I could think of was Queen’s Blade (link NSFW) when I saw the female Arrancar at the end. In fact, the only thing this episode really did was remind me that Tatsuki’s role has never really materialized in the main Bleach story despite so many indications prior to the Hueco Mundo arc that it would.
On the plus side, it’s good to know that after this is all over next week, we’re not going to be seeing another anime original arc because they will be continuing with the manga story. I’m definitely looking forward to the grand battle starting episode 215 as well as to the new OP and ED by SCANDEL and Sambomaster.