After Findor powers up to what he calls the vice-captain level, Shuuhei has a hard time going head to head against him. None of Shuuhei’s attacks hit, and he gets slashed several times in the process. To add insult to injury, Findor taunts him for becoming exhausted, implying that Shuuhei isn’t strong enough to be a vice-captain. Findor then transforms via his resurrección, granting himself crab-like claws. In the subsequent clashes, Shuuhei uses his explosive armband in conjunction with a spell to try to restrain Findor, but the Arrancar still has use of his claw’s ability to shoot high-pressure water currents, and he’s able to break free. Shuuhei attempts to cut through the water currents, but in the end he’s forced to release his own zanpakutou. He tells Findor though that he doesn’t like it much and notes that it has the shape of something that reaps lives.
With it, Shuuhei is able to cut off part of Findor’s hair and also hit Findor in the back, and he observes that Findor isn’t able to read its movements. He thinks that Findor should be afraid of it like he is, and all this prompts Findor to break off most of the rest of his mask in order to unleash the rest of his power. Shuuhei reacts by slicing Findor’s right claw in half, and he then recites something that Tousen once taught him: a person not afraid of the sword he holds is not worthy of holding the sword. In desperation, Findor tries to fire a point-blank cero, but Shuuhei cuts through it and kills him. This victory is short-lived though because suddenly one of the pillars gets destroyed, and everyone is surprised to see that it was Ikkaku who was defeated.
Wow, and I thought last week’s episode was good – this week was way beyond what I expected. The fight was extremely impressive in its style, choreography, and animation quality, making it very intense and fun to watch. Even the choices of background music were superb, especially the one that played when the tide was turning in favor of Shuuhei. And like with last week’s episode, having all this animated gave extra emphasis to Shuuhei’s lines about being afraid of one’s own sword, making him all that much of a cooler character. In short, I can’t remember being this impressed by an action episode of Bleach since maybe episode 118 two years ago. It makes me wish that this group of animators could do all the big fights from now on.
Not surprisingly though, having such great production quality this week comes at a cost. If the preview is any indicator, the way the characters are drawn in next week’s episode will unfortunately be somewhat below par. Shuuhei looks like he has down syndrome or something.