Cuuhlhourne thinks that he was defeated by Yumichika’s bankai, but Yumichika reveals that it was only his zanpakutou’s true form. He describes his zanpakutou as having a personality, and normally he doesn’t have it fully released because he doesn’t want to show it to the rest of his division since they favor direct-attack types. Without Cuuhlhourne hiding them, Yumichika would have rather died than release his zanpakutou. Regardless, this fight is now over and Cuuhlhourne perishes. Elsewhere on the battlefield, Shuuhei realizes that his opponent Findor isn’t fighting at a vice-captain level like he said he was going to be. It turns out that Findor had just been testing him, and the Arrancar is able to power up further by breaking his own mask.
Kira meanwhile has his hands full with Avirama’s released form. Avirama is able to fire off heavy steel feathers from a distance, and so Kira has a hard time turning it into a close-quarters fight. Avirama is also able to split his wings so that he has four of them, and once he does so, he tries to attack Kira directly. Fortunately, this is exactly what Kira wants because it means that he can use his zanpakutou’s special ability to weigh Avirama down. After experiencing and hearing what Wabisuke can do, Avirama calls Kira dirty, but Kira reveals that it goes along with the ideals of the third division: battles are not heroic but rather are full of despair. Though Avirama manages to get up again, Kira knocks him back down and prepares to cut off his head with Wabisuke’s hook-shaped blade. Avirama tries to get him to stop, but Kira asserts that soldiers don’t beg for their lives, and he doesn’t hesitate to kill the Arrancar. Afterward, he bids farewell to his opponent and hopes that he’s not forgiven.
The battles this week weren’t too special, but the anime certainly chose a great spot to finish at. It was all from the manga, however this had much more impact because it was at the end of an episode instead of at the beginning of a new chapter. It gave a lot more emphasis to Kira’s lines, making him a much cooler character, and the piano piece they used there was perfect. They also surprised me by actually showing Avirama’s head come tumbling off, even if it was sort of blacked out. With the kinds of censoring in this show sometimes, I didn’t expect to see that at all. In short, I was quite impressed by the latter parts of this episode, and I can only hope that the rest of the arc will be as good. Next week should be the conclusion to the Shuuhei vs. Findor fight, and the preview has one oddly really well-animated shot, so maybe that’s a good sign.