Oomaeda is concerned about Soifon, but she finds him annoying and continues to fight Ggio Vega on her own. That leaves Oomaeda to deal with the still-alive Nirgge Parduoc, and he actually fights instead of running this time. When things start to look particularly bad for Soifon because Ggio has her pinned against a wall, Oomaeda realizes that he has to help her, but he finds himself in a bind too because Nirgge grabs his leg and tosses him around. This ends up working in Oomaeda’s favor though because he’s able to hit Nirgge while moving and continue onward towards Soifon and Ggio. He arrives just in time to block Ggio’s attack with his own zanpaktou, and he then wraps the Arrancar up for his captain. Ggio responds by charging up a cero at point-blank range, but before he can fire it, he gets kicked by Soifon.
Soifon isn’t grateful for Oomaeda’s help though and explains that she wanted to see the power of an Arrancar resurrección to prepare for future fights. When Oomaeda starts complaining, she smacks him in the face and reminds him that the way of their special forces is to attack from behind and to let their ally die if the enemy is too strong. She sends him back down to finish off Nirgge, and while he does so, she prepares to finish off Ggio. The Arrancar tries to power up further and bulks up greatly, but Soifon is able to kill him with two instant hits, one from the front and one from behind. Oomaeda thinks that she didn’t hit the same spot twice with Suzumebachi yet still got the same results, but Soifon reveals that she did indeed get the same spot because she pierced Ggio’s lung from both the front and back. With this done, the two of them now prepare to face off against the actual Espada, Barragan.
For an episode that covered only a little over a chapter, this wasn’t as bad as it could have been. The fighting was decent, as was the animation quality, and the stuff they added with Oomaeda sort of tied into Soifon’s lesson/reminder to him towards the end. I really wanted them to move faster through the material (it’s especially frustrating given the manga’s pace right now with Soifon), but I can understand that what they’re probably doing is pacing themselves so that when the season ends in a few weeks, they’ll be at the right stopping point (it’s only six or so chapters away) to move onto more anime original episodes or whatever. So I guess we should enjoy this while we can. As for next week, the story moves on to the next battle, and it irks me a little that the preview just gives away the fact that Hinamori will be showing up. So much for that surprise…