Zaraki’s appears just in time to save Kira, and almost everyone is surprised to see him. Wabisuke tries to attack him right away, but Zaraki is able to finish Wabisuke off in one swing, breaking the blade. Yachiru then explains that she and Zaraki were out in Rukongai and had gotten lost on their way back, and that’s why they’re so late. Since it’s apparent that Zaraki has his eye on Byakuya, Senbonzakura steps in and tries to use his bankai, but Zaraki dispels it with one huge blast of spiritual power by taking off his eyepatch. This also has the effect of scattering everyone so that just Zaraki and Byakuya remain at the center of where the blast was. Meanwhile, Yumichika continues to struggle against Ruri-iro Kujaku, but he manages to free himself from the vines by expending a lot of his own power. He then gets Ruri-iro Kujaku to bring out the vines again, and he successfully uses a spell to bind them so that he can get in the finishing blow. This wins him the battle, but he loses consciousness soon after. Elsewhere, Ichigo starts fighting Senbonzakura again, and Soifon faces her own Zanpakutou. Back in the main area, Zaraki attacks Byakuya, and the two trade blows. Zaraki is quite happy to be having this battle and forces Byakuya to fight seriously.
This episode was somewhere between awesome and over-the-top ridiculous. I mean, it was very exciting to see Zaraki and Byakuya fight, but I couldn’t stop myself from laughing over how overpowered Zaraki is made out to be prior to that. It only took one swing from him to finish off Wabisuke, a character I thought would have made for an interesting match-up against Kira, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be. And then Zaraki overcame Senbonzakura’s bankai with just a pure emission of power that was akin to a nuclear blast…at this rate he could probably take down every single Zanpakutou plus Muramasa on his own. All of it made me wonder how Ichigo ever fought him to a draw and how Byakuya is going to try to handle him now. That might have to wait though since the preview seems to indicate that next week will be more about Soifon’s fight and Ashisogi Jizou.