Ichigo comments on how talkative Ulquiorra is, and charges him. However, as in their previous fight, his Getsuga Tensho is unable to injure Ulquiorra, who manages to counter all of his attacks. Orihime backs off from the battle after saving Ichigo with Santen Kesshun, but is caught by Loly and Menoly again. Ulquiorra blocks Ichigo from saving her and Loly starts to abuse Orihime. Yammy shows up at the fight, but Ulquiorra refuses his help so he turns to Loly and Menoly instead, smashing the latter into a pillar. Yammy then approaches Inoue, but Loly attacks him, though to no avail, as she is quickly dispatched. Meanwhile, Chad and Renji are still bogged down fighting low level hollows. Luckily, Ishida shows up, and finishes off the hollows with a hail of arrows, and also saves Inoue (and Loly) just in time. Outside the tower, Rukia defeats more of the Exequias, but Rudobon’s Arbol spawns another batch of them.
Overall, this episode had no serious flaws. The fight between Ichigo and Ulquiorra was interesting, as they are both formidable opponents. It was a smart tactic for Ichigo to increase his attack power by boosting Zangetsu with Getsuga Tensho. However, Ulquiorra still seems to have to upper hand, easily blocking his attacks, and even firing off a cero at the same time. I do wish they would just go all out right from the start though, to speed up the pacing.
Inoue got into trouble again, with Loly and Menoly’s arrival (seriously though, can’t they do anything better than ripping off her clothes?). She should have just used Tsubaki to fend them off, but with her lack of will to fight, I’m guessing it would be better off if she didn’t. I did feel rather sorry for Menoly, who was reluctant to participate in harassing Orihime, but was still caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. It’s a good reminder to be prudent in choosing your friends. Loly did seem to have a change of heart after Orihime healed her injures (again); unfortunately in the end, she was no better off against Yammy. Her resurreccion, Escolopendra, isn’t a bad power; it’s a shame she doesn’t have the strength or skill to make the most out of it. I suppose it wasn’t completely useless, as she bought enough time for Ishida to show up and save the day (for now anyways).
On a final note, we have more confirmation that Renji’s spirital control is very weak, as Chad, Ishida, and Rukia could all easily sense the current situation of their friends, while Renji was completely clueless.