Soifon charges at her opponent with Suzumebachi drawn, but he breaks free with a cero and quickly counterattacks. He’s skeptical of Suzumebachi’s power because Soifon didn’t immediately kill him when she had the chance, and she now appears to have trouble matching his speed. After some more fighting and taunting, he introduces himself as Ggio Vega and transforms with his resurrección. This grants him tiger stripes and blades on both arms, and Soifon watches his subsequent power and actions carefully. Oomaeda meanwhile is unable to even put a dent into Nirgge Parduoc, and the Arrancar has no interest in someone he calls a fat dimwit. Nirgge ends up getting so annoyed with Oomaeda that he decides to finish things with his resurrección, thus transforming himself into a large mammoth-like creature. This puts Oomaeda on the run, but right as it looks like Nirgge is going to crush him, Oomaeda shows off his speed and turns the tables by jumping on his opponent’s shoulders. He uses his transformed zanpakutou to get a clean hit on Nirgge’s head, and it appears to knock the Arrancar out. Oomaeda gets close up to gloat, but he realizes too late that Nirgge is still alive, and he gets caught. Fortunately for Oomaeda, something hits Nirgge in the head at a high speed, and Oomaeda turns around to see Soifon lying in the nearby rubble.
Ughhh… I may be a little frustrated (warning, spoilers) with what’s going on in the manga right now concerning Soifon, but it’s frustrated in a good way. This episode, however, was just plain annoying. Oomaeda’s never been a very likable character, and devoting half the episode to him blabbering on and on made me wish that Nirgge had killed him before he could open his mouth. And however cool he managed to look for a moment was ruined by his gloating afterward. Nirgge’s not exactly a great character either, and that ugly green color made his transformation look ridiculous. Soifon vs. Ggio Vega was a little better fight-wise, but I don’t see why it takes her so long to observe and analyze his power. It’s energy she could be spending fighting someone else down the road. In short, I wasn’t too happy with this episode, and I really hope that next week covers more than just the conclusion of this fight. Having said that, in the greater scheme of things, this was probably still better than watching more anime originals.