Shortly after Aizen left for Karakura town, Ichigo arrives where Ulquiorra is talking with Inoue. Ulquiorra immediately draws his sword, stating Ichigo is a entity that need to be destroyed, and they begin to fight. Ulquiorra draws first blood, and he manages to keep Ichigo on the edge. However, he manages to take a hit from Ulquiorra’s cero at point blank range, surprising Ulquiorra, who questions him on how he got stronger. Ichigo realizes he can keep up with Ulquiorra’s attacks now, and manages to land a hit on him too. He wonders if it means they have become more like each other, but Ulquiorra quickly steps up his attacks, and Ichigo is barely saved by Orihime’s Santen Kesshun.
Outside, Chad and Renji are fighting several hollows. A large sand-based hollow, Battikaroa, similar to one they had fought previously, shows up, and gives them trouble as it constantly absorbs attacks and regenerates body parts. They manage to defeat it however, by working together; Sado attacks as a decoy, and Renji destroys Battikaroa’s head with his bankai.
In other developments, Rukia is fighting the captain of the Exequias, who has just released his Resurreccion, Arbol, and Yammy looks like he will be entering battle soon.
Last week’s recap episode (266) was actually the debut for this OP/ED, so the screencaps will be posted here. Divine posted some thoughts so check it out if you haven’t already.
Quick word about last week’s episode: While we didn’t get to see anything new, the recap was definitely a necessary episode. After the long zanpakuto arc, I had forgotten some of what had happened. The fast paced coverage of all the recent events leading up to the current episode was quite exciting. Seeing Yamamoto cutting down Allon, Apache, Mila-Rose, Sun-Sun again emphasized his incredible power, and I am reminded of the fact that in a straightforward match, he would probably defeat even Aizen using Kyoya Suigetsu, though he does seem to lack the cunning of Aizen.
This chapter was relatively exciting fight-wise. It’s been a while since Sado has been shown fighting, and La Muerta is an impressive looking attack. Renji’s one sided bickering was also funny; I found myself taking a liking to Chad’s cannot-be-perturbed personality. As for their fight with Battikaora, I noticed that it’s ceros and Renji’s Baboon Bone Cannon were quite similar, being both large laser blast type attacks.
Development-wise, not that much advanced in this story. Ulquiorra did increase the level of his attacks against Ichigo though. His ultra fast attacks just seemed to be random thrusts, which may be how Ichigo could read his movements. Once he switched to random attacks from all directions (smart move in my opinion), Ichigo was quickly overwhelmed. He may release his Resurreccion soon, which would give Ichigo trouble, even with his hollow mask.
About Yammy, did anyone else notice he’s a bit like Sloth from FMA Brotherhood? (lazy, big, but hiding a lot of power and speed)
Sorry about the late post on this, episode 268 will be more prompt.