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After bungling a Toujuu hunt and having to be saved by Senbonzakura, Zabimaru goes to the Technology Development Bureau with the broken sword. Since no one seems to be there, the two try to sneak in and run into Senbonzakura who had also broken in. The three proceed to the room where the Toujuu are stored, but Senbonzakura starts to play with one the remote controls, causing an alarm to go off and trapping the three inside a container. Senbonzakura immediately tries to blast his way out, but that doesn’t work, so Zabimaru tries to have him to wait for the return of the guys who work there. Senbonzakura has very little patience, but luckily Ashisogi Jizou shows up, and although Ashisogi Jizou can’t hear what they’re trying to tell him, he eventually picks up the dropped remote control. Ashisogi Jizou, however, ends up breaking the remote, pissing off Senbonzakura and causing him to initiate bankai. This breaks the group free but also does tons of collateral damage and sets off another alarm.

The three escape down a hallway to a control room, and they find that they’ve now got remote access to all of the surveillance and equipment in Soul Society. Senbonzakura’s random pushing of buttons causes Renji’s bath to overheat, the urinals to explode, and various other accidents. To make matters worse, Ashisogi Jizou shows up again in bankai form, and Senbonzakura decides to fight him right then and there. He thus initiates bankai again, and this frustrates Zabimaru enough to initiate bankai as well. Zabimaru’s subsequent attack blows up the entire building, but Senbonzakura somehow manages to get out of it unscathed. When the captains and vice-captains arrive on the scene, Renji immediately blames Zabimaru because he saw his bankai flying around earlier. Zabimaru in turn tries to pin blame on Senbonzakura, but they can’t get anything to stick, so they get stuck with all of the paperwork and punishment. When Zabimaru later mentions Senbonzakura’s quick temper, Kyouraku and Ukitake reveal that Senbonzakura is actually very close to Byakuya’s true nature, and they recount how young Byakuya had a similar attitude. Meanwhile, back at the Technology Development Bureau, Kurotsuchi is shocked to find a crater where his buildings used to be.


Given how bad the recent episodes have been, I think it’s pretty easy to say that this is the most entertaining episode of Bleach I’ve seen in a while – even the after-episode segment was funny. Zabimaru and Senbonzakura made for a great comedic pairing, with Zabimaru as the straight man and Senbonzakura as the funny man, as odd as that may sound. I loved how they related Senbonzakura’s attitude back to young Byakuya at the end too since it makes total sense and is amusing in its own way. The animation quality was also pretty good this week, and there were some pretty funny facial expressions as a result: Renji looked like he was ready to have an aneurysm, and Kurotsuchi’s reaction alone was worth watching the episode. Of course, another reason the episode was good was because there was relatively minimal Toujuu involvement, so there was less of a monster-of-the-week feel to it. Hopefully that’ll be true next week as well in what looks to be a Katen Kyoukotsu episode.

As you may have heard, I am retiring from anime blogging at the end of this season, but I’ll be covering one more episode of Bleach before then. Please limit your comments on this post to those that are Bleach related.

March 23, 2010 at 6:18 am
  • March 23, 2010 at 6:35 amPLH

    Oh my sweet Jesus.
    Great episode or greatest episode?

  • March 23, 2010 at 6:40 amSleepingPanda

    Wonder what made them up the quality for this episode. Looks pretty funny. xD

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:32 amSomeKindaNick


    Those facial expressions were awesome!!!

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:34 amward

    WOW! Did they improved the visual quality permanently or is it for this ep only? Maybe my eyes are missleading me? 0:

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:50 ammegalith

    HAHAHAAHAHAHHA!!! SWEET LORD!!! What the hell happened to Renji. XD

  • March 23, 2010 at 8:24 amClaire Phoenix

    OMG, Senbonzakura mask drop and he looks so handsome.. *_*
    I wanna see his fulled face… >_< Really loved Mayuri expression.. XDD

    Thank you so much~

  • March 23, 2010 at 8:41 amsynkronized

  • March 23, 2010 at 9:36 amTorint

  • March 23, 2010 at 10:43 amDa5id

    Please…please…PLEASE, at least stop blogging at the END of the filler arc. Stopping right before just seems…anticlimactic.

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:10 amstarss

    You thought this was the most entertaining? From the screenshots, it sure doesn’t show it! It looks more schizophrenic than Ikkaku’s filler episode dealing with kendo (which I actually liked). But at any rate, it’s a weird choice to cap off your anime coverage with, and I intend to watch it sometime later today.

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:19 amStarshade

    SHIT what the hell happened to their faces? That’s beyond the borders of amusing or hilarious.

    Next week: the smaller Katen Kyokotsu! Wheeee.

    p.s.) Oh dang. Laughing as I read the post yet again brings me to the harsh reality of you leaving. These were good times indeed….

  • March 23, 2010 at 12:44 pmSilivious

    Omg…i lol’d…XD

  • March 23, 2010 at 12:45 pmdarktaurus

    holy crapppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    AWesomeeee hahahahaha
    just thinking about what happened in the episode is making me laugh hahahahaha rofl breaking something rofl

  • March 23, 2010 at 1:07 pmAznCoffee

  • March 23, 2010 at 1:48 pmSilivious

    23, and 32 are just epic.

  • March 23, 2010 at 2:25 pmUnknown-Man

  • March 23, 2010 at 6:35 pmAnonymous


    Did Gintama air early or something?

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:06 pmLalasayso

    Looks just hilarious.

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:29 pmLoz

    Bleach is still on fillers, like 100 weeks later. This is simply just ridiculous.

  • March 23, 2010 at 7:56 pmjlyn101

    “Normally I don’t write about Bleach right after it airs (I’ll post the summary later), but this episode was too good not to.”

    couldn’t agree more.

  • March 23, 2010 at 8:05 pmRoy Mustang

    I can’t believe this Bleach show will last longer than Random Curiosity. I think it’ll go on forever. I guess it’s true that all good things come to an end.

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:23 pmamado

    looks fun and too bad your retiring in blogging since I mostly see your blogs.

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:28 pmAdam?

    @Roy Mustang

    I guess that explains why Bleach will never end.

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:29 pmstarss

    Just as expected: that shot of Renji’s weird head is an in-between.

    Funny, fantastic episode! I wish they’d make more like this, and I wish Kubo would start writing humor again!

  • March 23, 2010 at 11:52 pmN

    … I think I might watch this episode.

  • March 24, 2010 at 4:24 amkaineng

    yeah omni don’t mention the closure of here, can’t bare to see it end…

    nice episode that got me smiling, didn’t laugh that much, next episode seems good, and the next would be better, and 266 WOULD BE THE BEST. Period.

  • March 24, 2010 at 6:39 amrs

    Wow bleach… WOW.

    Now THAT is how one does Quality Fucking Animation.

    Renji’s face there is going to give me nightmares. He looks like he can count to potato.

    Whatever drugs the writers are taking, I want some.

  • March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pmkenri

    Thank you very much for all of your hard work these past few years. I’v been following this blog for the longest time it feels. It will very sad not being able to follow your blog anymore. I will have to find a new source of finding new animes to watch as Random Curiosity has always been my go to site. I hope you have a very successful life. Thank you once again.

  • March 24, 2010 at 12:42 pmkenri

    Ha, the above psot was supposed to go into the other blog. Weird.

  • March 24, 2010 at 4:44 pmStarshade

    Uh, wait a minute. I checked on the new Random Curiosity and I noticed that the ones after FMA 49 (like this one) aren’t on there. So what happens to them when this one goes down?

  • March 24, 2010 at 5:33 pmCZ

    This was a good episode this and the baby episode were the only good episodes in the filler arc.

  • March 24, 2010 at 6:32 pmsigh

    this still didn’t feel really like a bleach episode, but still i laughed enough to forget it was a filler for a while.

  • March 25, 2010 at 12:29 amOmni

    Starshade: Divine will do another database update when this main server goes down in a few weeks.

  • March 25, 2010 at 1:38 amGuardian

    I’m glad to get a decent episode of Bleach after all the crappy fillers. The animation quality was high, the facial expressions were priceless (especially Mayuri’s), and the crappy monster of the week was barely even present. They did a good jorb with this one. And April’s almost here, and with it, Ulquiorra/Ichigo…

  • March 29, 2010 at 6:50 pmAlex4life

    Lol at renji’s face. XFD

  • March 30, 2010 at 1:32 amshinigami330

    I gotta say the graphics in this episode are really good! Bleach has come a long way from he graphics they had in earlier episodes.