Ikkaku and Yumichika come to real world to go after a Hollow, but Ichigo won’t let them stay with him, and Urahara is away, so they’re forced to stay with Keigo again. Mizuho is delighted to see Ikkaku, but she drives him crazy, and nothing he says or does can keep her away from him. Yumichika thinks that if they get Ikkaku a wig, then she’ll lose interest in him because she prefers bald men, and Yumichika has a bit of fun himself by super-gluing the wig to Ikkaku’s head. The wig succeeds in turning Mizuho off of Ikkaku, but it also has the opposite effect where she starts to treat him extremely poorly, and he ends up storming out with Yumichika.
Mizuho becomes concerned enough to go out after them with Keigo, however before they can get very far, they’re attacked by the Hollow. Ikkaku and Yumichika come to her rescue, but it turns out that the super-glue that Yumichika used has a side effect of preventing Ikkaku from leaving his gigai. Ikkaku ultimately has to use brute force to rip off the wig, and he saves Mizuho just in time. Having lost consciousness, Mizuho wakes up the next morning and wonders if it was a dream, but she remembers Ikkaku carrying her home. She catches him just as he and Yumichika are leaving, and she offers to let him stay with her again next time. When Ikkaku throws off the wig for the final time though, everyone laughs at him because he’s grown a single hair.
Although this episode didn’t have any funky animation styles like the last Mizuho episode to make it stand out, it turned out to be a bit better than I was expecting. That’s not to say it was a great episode, but at least Ikkaku with all those different hairstyles was amusing. It was also interesting to see the anime’s writers push Ikkaku and Mizuho together again as a potential couple, and it makes me wonder if Kubo Tite will ultimately have those two end up together or if Ikkaku will be dead or something at the end of Bleach – if it ever ends.
Of course, probably the most interesting part of this episode was the preview for the next episode and arc which will feature the various zanpakutou and (I assume) their human forms. It looks and sounds like it could be good, but I won’t get my hopes up just yet. I am, however, looking forward to the new ED.