As Rangiku struggles with her three opponents, she’s saved suddenly by an unexpected ally: Hinamori. Both Aizen and Hitsugaya sense Hinamori’s arrival, and while Aizen feels that it’s of little consequence, Hitsugaya is bothered by it and wonders what she’s doing here. Hinamori ends up telling Rangiku that she’s okay now and comes as the vice-captain of the 5th Division, not as the subordinate of Aizen. In any case, their three opponents don’t see Hinamori as a big threat and are thus surprised when she catches all three of them in her kidou net and envelopes them in a huge explosion. Elsewhere on the battlefield, Kyouraku tries to get Stark to fight him seriously, but Stark has noticed that Kyouraku himself isn’t fighting seriously yet either. In particular, Stark has observed that Kyouraku is able to fight with his sword in either hand and carries two blades, and Kyouraku soon decides to fight with both. Nearby, Lilynette gets annoyed with how Ukitake is treating her like a child and tries to fight him.
Unfortunately for the female vice-captains, Apache, Mila Rose, and Sun Sun are able to recover from the blast by initiating their resurreccións. Hinamori tries to stop Apache’s ensuing cero, but Rangiku has to save her from the powerful blast. Things get worse when the three Arrancar decide to use a certain technique to settle this battle quickly. It involves them each taking off their left arms and combining them into a huge chimera-like beast.
The first thing I noticed about this episode was that the animation quality was pretty good. Not as awesome as the Findor episode a few weeks ago, but still pretty good compared to other recent episodes. Unfortunately, they couldn’t put it to good use in the final scene where Apache and the other two rip off their own left arms to make Allon because it got changed/censored and instead became this red beam combination. Of course, given the track record so far, it’s not entirely unexpected that they made this change, but it does bode poorly for the carnage that is in store next week. The single shot in the preview makes it hard to tell just how much of next week’s episode will be censored, but I’m almost positive they won’t show a certain something.
One last thing I want to mention about this episode is how impressed I am by Sakuma Kumi‘s voice acting since she does both Hinamori and Apache. It must have been kind of odd voicing two characters who were fighting each other, but more to the point, if I hadn’t noticed that both were voiced by her in the credits, I wouldn’t have been able to tell at all.