Shortly after Ichigo has his first run-in with a Toujuu in the real world, Hitsugaya arrives and fills him in on what’s going on. Rangiku and Haineko have come as well, but those two spend most of their time goofing off with Inoue. Meanwhile, in Soul Society, Sode no Shirayuki explains to Rukia that Kurotsuchi had restored her after she got broken during the previous incident. Kurotsuchi was also the one who returned the other Zanpakutou to normal, and he’s now working on this new case. Back in the real world, the Toujuu that escaped from Ichigo and Hitsugaya has been consumed and become fused with a Hollow, making it even stronger. When it attacks the girls, Ichigo has to save Haineko from it, and he then has to withstand a massive Cero. Fortunately, Hitsugaya helps out and defeats the creature, and afterward, the group acknowledges the new threat.
This was not such a great episode. The battles and animation quality had some high points, but the direction the story is headed in reeks of the writers having run out of good ideas. Combining Hollow and Zanpakutou…wait, wait where have I heard this one before? Isn’t this pretty much just another way to come up with Arrancar-like monsters, without actually calling them that?? I almost fell out of my chair when Ichigo said he’s never seen a Hollow wield a sword before. The preview doesn’t exactly make me look forward to next week’s episode either, but maybe there’ll be some decent character development for Renji.