Summary:

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.

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

69 Comments

  1. Looking forward for next weeks episode to be over. Nice to see Nanao in the focus for a change though.
    It’s a shame we won’t get to hear your opinion on the up coming arc. Especially with the promised Ulquiorra fight. Best of luck to you.

    Blaineo
  2. the episode seems kind of interesting…but it’s a filler…xDu..
    Wow…
    the ending day…
    came faster than i thought…
    thanks legendary Omni…
    for all this years…
    and see you later… =)

    Genesis Rhapsodos
  3. NOOOOOOOO!

    It just wouldn’t be the same anymore now that one of my favorite sites is about to end. *sobs*

    We’re going to miss you, Omni! Best of luck to your future career! T_T

    Strawberry
  4. Damn this is the end of the road huh?

    Thought we had much more time but it had to come sooner or later.

    All the best Omni, it was a pleasure reading your work on RC.

    Good luck in the future (and I hope we see you someday too)

  5. Ugh I can’t believe I typo’d that.

    *Abayo Tachiko.

    /on topic: I’m curious as how they’re going to make the transition from this arc back to the manga story. >__> I hope they don’t do that “magic portal” crap.

    AznCoffee
  6. Oh, so sad… the last post.

    Five years? I’m surprised, since that’s how long I’ve been following your blog. O_o

    Thank you for all your hard work, Omni. Best of luck in the future in all of your endeavours.

    Michiko
  7. Wow, last post huh?

    It truly is the end of an era. However, a new one will begin or has begun, and who can tell what the future will bring us. Along those lines, I want to say it was a real pleasure to read the great work you brought to this site everyday. I wish you the best of luck in all of your endeavors. Thanks for everything Omni, and may we see you again someday!

    Exia
  8. So it’s finally come down to your last post in this amazing blog. It’s very saddening to see you leave though. It’s become a daily ritual for me to visit this site to gett all the latest anime updates, summaries and opinions of yours.

    Anyway, I hope you will find success with your life, just as you have found with this blog. I wish you all the best of luck for your future endeavors, and I do truly hope you’ll come back now and then just to give the occasional opinion of yours in the new site (even though Divine and yourself have mentioned there’s little chance of that).

    Good luck for your future, my dear friend, and take care.

    Cyklops.

    Cyklops
  9. Omni thanks for all the hard work you have put in over the years in regards to this blog. Was the first anime blog I read and, if anything, was probably the main site that helped me develop and my likes and dislikes and shape my tastes as a fan of anime. So thank you, for all the expertly written material in regards to episode analysis, season previews, pv’s and daily doses. Good luck with your endevours, I’m sure you’ll succeed; and if Random Curiosity is to continue you’ve left it in the hands of a person capable of it.

    See you soon rather than see you around ;D

    robbiebizzle
  10. Thanks for your hard work, I will miss your weekly Bleach review especially since you are the only blogger who blogged about Bleach.

    Really looking forward for this arc to end and move along to the canon material and see some good fights.

    Giant
  11. Thank you for your hard work up till now! ๐Ÿ™‚ This was the blog that I checked every time when new seasons were about to come. I liked your episode guides as well and RC helped me a lot to create my own blog as well. Take care, bye! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Vabaka
  12. I’ve only been following RC since October 2007, but your dedication towards updating the site always impressed me, Omni. If you put the effort you’ve put into RC into anything you want to achieve, you will succeed. I wouldn’t have lasted more than a couple of weeks, let alone 5 years. Enjoy the new phase in your life, and thank you (and all of the others who have contributed) for the enjoyable posts that I’ve had the pleasure to read.

    Boznia
  13. Rather coincidentally, I’ve bid farewell to my school today too. One that I’d stayed in for six years. Goodbyes are always the same, huh? Goodbye, Omni.

    Let my last comment be concerened with the last post anyway. It was good to see the small Katen Kyokotsu for once. Such a moe. So attractive in many ways. Pity her only lines (if they count) are pantings and a single scream. (Or wait, does she speak in this episode? I haven’t seen it yet.)

    And now just two weeks to return to the original storyline. Yes, it’d be weird to watch them without seeing your comments on them first (actually, I’d often decided whether to take the pains to watch each episode after reading your posts), but it’s simply inevitable. So I’d rather not dwell on that so much. Anyway, it’s a good thing that we’re finally seeing the more epic stuff of the manga. This was the longest filler arc, I believe. It was rather tiring to wait, but I guess some of the episodes were actually worth the time.

    Starshade
  14. T____T

    I know this is a Bleach topic but…
    Last series you’ll blog(for now{I guess[though i hope u blog again after some time]})…
    Again thanks Omni and good luck on your next voyage!

    On a side note I wonder if Divine made any decisions yet on following up on a few blogging. It’s sad to leave FMA alone right now when it’s on the juicy parts.

    megalith
  15. thanks for blogging all these years. it’s gonna be difficult to stop the habit of visiting RC every day.

    on Bleach note, i can’t wait for them to go back to manga material. this filler is just as bad as the rest. the only good episode ever was last week’s ep263.

  16. Wow, this episode was more boring than the last one, yet it garnered twice the amount of comments in half the time! But it’s no wonder, considering this… is… your… last… post… for… real….. T____T

    We will miss you! It’s good that Divine has started a mirror blog though.

    starss
  17. I haven’t really posted on this site before, shame first post Ive done on the site is probably the last ๐Ÿ™ .Anyway it was great fun following the many varieties of anime all you guys blogged and all the best for the future!!!!

    Reza

    Reza!!!!!!!!
  18. well thanks back at ya! and bleach will probably finish by the year 2050 so it doesn’t matter when you stop hehe. maybe you should write like a final thoughts for these 5 years of bleach like you do for series finale even though bleach is not finished.

    ye4595
  19. It’s sad to hear that you’re retiring; your Bleach recaps has been a weekly staple of mine back when I was still in Manila. Still, I wish you all the best in your new endeavor! Well done, good sir, and thanks for everything!

    PurpleKatana

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