Barragan isn’t too happy with the performance of his fracción and gets off his throne, but his remaining two fracción promise results and have him sit back down. Across the battlefield, Shinigami and Arrancar finds themselves matched up against each other and prepare to fight. Starrk’s opponent looks to be Kyouraku, and despite Starrk not really wanting to battle seriously, Kyouraku feels that he has no choice but to do so in this situation. Rangiku and Hitsugaya’s opponents are Harribel and her three fracción, and Rangiku sends her captain to fight the former while she handles the latter. Insulting them at first to get them angry, Rangiku watches as they gather in one spot to argue, and she notes that this means that they’ve lost their three against one advantage. She uses Haineko to surround them with ash, but unfortunately, they are able to break free using a combined cero. Elsewhere, Oomaeda is having trouble against one of Barragan’s fracción while Soifon isn’t having too much trouble with the other. She pins him down with a spell and then brings out Suzumebachi to finish him off.


I didn’t find anything particularly special about this episode. It’s mostly setting up several fights that’ll be going on all at once, and the action that was there wasn’t anything to call home about. It irked me that a relatively strong character like Soifon decided to bring her more powerful attack out first – that’s never a good thing in terms of the tides of battle of shounen series, and it’s so obvious that she’s going to struggle. This episode also made me really want to see the rest of the Starrk vs. Kyouraku fight, and it reminds me that this is how long ago the Harribel fight started (manga readers will know that it’s still going). Speaking of which, given how they’re still censoring her clothes right now and given the recent chapters of the manga, I wonder what they’re going to do for her resurrección. I can’t imagine them not changing it somehow, and I just hope they don’t butcher it completely.

Oh and if you haven’t already, be sure to check out the music videos for both the current OP and ED for Bleach. It’s good stuff.


  1. Too early to say. It seems overpowered at first, but I’m sure someone has a counter to it or will figure one out. I’d love to see Yamamoto do it, but I really don’t want any more good guys wasting any more special moves on the Espada. They still have Aizen and company to fight.

  2. but the shinigami’s backup isn’t there yet, i got a feeling that shinji will have his own score to settle also, i really would hate it if no shinigami captain would die. it’s a war after all. wouldn’t it be weird if one side lost their best troops while the other had theirs intact?

  3. @ AC?

    If you look at it, there are quite a ton of near identical faces throughout the whole series :p Just standard practice to keep on recycling elements… plus there is only so many ways you can draw huge eyes with a tiny nose :p

  4. It’s funny how they are censoring Halibel’s outfit but not jailbait Linette. I wonder if the vizard or Urahara is on Aizen’s side because even though he screwed them over they also have problems with soul society.I believe that even if they fight they still would not be accepted by soul society. If there are no secret alliances or backstabbing I can think of two ways the next chapters of the manga will be. The first is the captains cockily kill the Espada then turn their attention to the bromance trio. The second is that going by what Aizen said “we wont have to do anything” the trio is not actually in the fire and have already infiltrated soul society to make the key and that where Urahara and the vizards are waiting.

  5. roger something like that, they are obviously going to make the kings key, because kubo will want to show the readers the king and his realm and stuff, I mean there would be no point in mentioning that if he didnt want to show us, that would be retarded. . .hell thats the only reason im still reading this shitty manga

    ps this episode sucked great monkey balls

  6. three cheers for more kido demonstration!!! well I didn’t know it looked like that, manga-wise was different…

    as for the episode? haiz watch next episode better lah…

  7. After a Dragonballz like episode where there were a lot of standing and staring at each other, looking at the future episode list, it looks like they will slow the pacing of the show and drag when they can.

  8. what’s the problem with Sui Fong bringing her shikai out? It’s obvious she should do it. How else is she gonna kill him? She stopped his movement, now, it would be normal to go shikai and just use her double hit=kill technique. Even if she may not be able to succeed for now

  9. @Roger:
    Well, Roger, I could see Kisuke on the side of Soul Society, in spite of his issues with them. They trust him enough to assist them again, what with his work to prepare Karakura Town, as well as helping Byakuya, Mayuri, and Retsu to get into Hueco Mundo.

    As for the Vizards, part of me thinks they’ll help Aizen because of their being thankful to him for that power, in spite of Kisuke trying to give them a chance for normalcy.

    These next few fights though are like the problem I had with Izuru and Shuhei’s battles earlier; they start off to get intense where you don’t know who wins then BAM! It’s over. =/ And really, the better ones are Marechiyo vs. Nirrge and Rangiku vs. the chimera trio.

    I also wonder about Halibel’s release… XD Gonna be hard to figure out sorta.

  10. Omni, you made quite a fallacy in your writing and I felt the strong desire and need to correct that fallacy. Soifon did not bring her most powerful attack out… she brought her Shikai out. She has a bankai, which will be revealed in the next two chapters. So if you could fix that :L

  11. this was an OK ep. not as good as the previous three, but i guess the action is yet to start next week. if only there weren’t fillers 🙁
    just noticed this ep that halibel’s character design is quite awesome ^^

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