Nanao wants Kyouraku to come with her to deal with Toujuu, but he decides to send his Zanpakutou instead, and only the younger half at that. Nanao tries to talk with Katen Kyoukotsu, but the girl doesn’t say anything and instead attacks when Nanao tries to touch her. Katen Kyoukotsu ends up running away, and when Nanao finds her again, she’s fighting a Toujuu. Nanao quickly notices that Katen Kyoukotsu is toying with the enemy, but when Nanao tries to interfere, Katen Kyoukotsu turns against her, and in the commotion, the Toujuu escapes. Despite this, Nanao refuses to give up on what she sees as her mission, and Rangiku comes in to help get Katen Kyoukotsu to open up. Unfortunately, none of the girlish activities that Rangiku tries to get Katen Kyoukotsu to do interests her, so Rangiku gives up.
Nanao eventually notices that Katen Kyoukotsu spends a lot of her time staring at tree blossoms, so she proposes a party. She doesn’t bond with the girl though until the two watch the last flower blow off a tree into Nanao’s hand, and Nanao ties the flower to Katen Kyoukotsu’s hair. While looking at more trees in bloom however, the two get attacked by the Toujuu from before. He injures Nanao and easily takes Katen Kyoukotsu’s sword because Nanao had made her put it down earlier, and in this state, the two struggle to fight against him. Luckily, Kyouraku arrives in time to save them, and he easily defeats the Toujuu. In the aftermath, all of the Shinigami enjoy a party under the blooming trees, and Katen Kyoukotsu pins a flower to Nanao’s hair.
There wasn’t anything majorly wrong with this episode, but there wasn’t much going for it either – it’s just a nice enough story about Nanao getting along with the younger half of Katen Kyoukotsu. What annoyed a little me was the foolishness in some of their actions. During the first battle, I don’t understand why Nanao decided to attack Katen Kyoukotsu first – she should have just finished off the Toujuu and then lectured Katen Kyoukotsu afterward. What she did put both of them at risk. That Toujuu wasn’t too smart either coming back for more – he should have just kept running, regardless of whatever immediate advantage he had on the girls. It was actually kind of cool to see Kyouraku show up and beat him in that fashion, and it was a little surprising that they didn’t go the more predictable route of having Nanao and Katen Kyoukotsu work together to defeat him. I do like though how they emphasized the playing aspect of Katen Kyoukotsu because that sort of aligns with what we find out about the Zanpakutou’s abilities later on in the manga.
In any case, it looks like next week is the finale of this Toujuu arc, and the week after that will be a return to manga material. However, as you probably know by now, this is the last Bleach post I will be making because I am retiring from anime blogging. I realize that it would be more fitting if my last post were next week to coincide with the story arc, but since it’s not proven to be one that I care a lot about, I don’t feel like I’m missing out (especially since I’ll still be watching it, just not writing about it). I would like to say though that I’ve still enjoyed following Bleach these past five years, and part of the reason is because I was always able to share the ups and downs with all of you readers out there, so thank you 🙂