As it turns out, the Zanpakutou have returned to normal thanks to Kurotsuchi’s research. They start to take down the Gillians in the area with their respective Shinigami, but more Gillians then pour into the area through the Garganta. Byakuya and Senbonzakura try to close the tear and push back the Menos by blasting it with their petals, but their power alone isn’t enough. Once all the other Shinigami and their Zanpakutou join in though, the Garganta closes, and that crisis is averted. This still leaves, however, the giant dome that used to be Muramasa which has Ichigo inside.
As nice as it was to see all the Shinigami fighting alongside their Zanpakutou, they didn’t need to spend an entire episode on taking care of the Gillian problem because there’s really not that much interesting here that we haven’t seen already. Like I said last week, a couple of captains using their bankai should have been more than enough to do the job. That segment that had all the Shinigami combining their powers to close off the Garganta had me groaning out loud too because it was so silly. In short, I didn’t really enjoy this episode since it felt dragged out, and it’s a shame they wasted an episode like this when the story arc had been going fairly strong up to this point. Hopefully next week, which should be the finale of this arc and looks to have Ichigo vs. Muramasa again, won’t be so disappointing.