Despite how all the other Zanpakutou get along with their Shinigami masters, Kazeshini is still trying to pick fights with Shuuhei. Shuuhei is able to handle him each time, but he refuses to settle this for good until Kazeshini faces him head-on. Kazeshini doesn’t give up though and tries to ambush Shuuhei during a Toujuu battle, forcing Shuuhei to protect some innocent bystanders. Shuuhei ultimately knocks Kazeshini out of the way however, and while trying to catch up, Kazeshini instead runs into a Toujuu killing a man. The Toujuu is no match for Kazeshini, but afterward, the dying man leaves his baby in the Zanpakutou’s care. The child gets in the way of everything Kazeshini tries to do, but he can’t bring himself to abandon it, so he carries it around with him everywhere. He finally finds a shack to put the baby in while it’s sleeping, but before he can attack Shuuhei again, the baby’s cries call him back. It turns out that a woman had found the baby in the brief period he was gone, and Kazeshini now protects both her and the child from another Toujuu. Doing so makes him realize the meaning of protecting someone, and after leaving the baby to the woman, he finally goes to face Shuuhei head-on. The two fight, and although the battle is fierce, Shuuhei ultimately wins. As he falls, Kazeshini can hear the baby’s cries in the distance and tries to tell it not to cry. Afterward, he asks Shuuhei what they’ll fight for now, and Shuuhei answers that they’ll fight to protect.
I was kind of dreading this episode based on last week’s preview which showed Kazeshini with a baby. Not only was there going to be an annoying baby character, but it was also pretty obvious that they were going to use it to soften Kazeshini’s character so that he could reconcile with Shuuhei. That’s exactly what happened, however they way they crafted this part of the story was surprisingly good. The baby was actually pretty cute, and I really liked the final part of the episode where they weaved together the woman’s lullaby, the battle, and Kazeshini’s feelings. It ended things on a very strong note, and so even if most of the episode was predictable and even if it had even crappier than usual monsters of the week (I swear they’ve stopped even trying in terms of monster design), this turned out better than I was expecting. Unfortunately, the preview has me dreading next episode again because it appears to be about Inoue and possibly Chizuru, two characters that I don’t think need any screentime this arc.