After Ulquiorra released his resurreccion, he easily overpowers Ichigo, cracking his hollow mask and beating him back with powerful attacks. Ichigo is unable to injure Ulquiorra and his mask is broken. Ishida, at the request of Inoue, then flies up with her to the dome of Las Noches. Though Ichigo is getting overwhelmed, he refuses to give up. Ulquiorra then releases the Segunda Etapa of his resurreccion, claiming he is the only Espada with a second release. After breaking Ichigo’s mask again, he fires a black cero through his chest at point blank range.
Not that much happened in this episode besides Ulquiorra’s second release. I suppose that was rather unnecessary though; the incredible power difference between Ulquiorra and Ichigo is obvious throughout the episode. Ichigo of course, has improved quite a bit—he was able to retain, repair his mask much more efficiently and could even pull out another one after his first one was destroyed. Unfortunately this was pretty much to zero avail, as Ulquiorra effortlessly dominated him.
Murcielago doesn’t seem particularly special and his abilities aren’t too interesting (besides his cero), but he makes up for this with incredible speed and attack power. I’m curious as to whether Ulquiorra is really only the 4th strongest Espada (considering he is the only Espada with a second release) but there doesn’t seem to be any way to make a reliable comparison of power with the other three so it will be hard to find out for sure. Releasing the second stage of his resurreccion was definitely unnecessary, but Ulquiorra wanted to drag out the fight in an attempt to make Ichigo feel true despair. What a depressing guy…
As for Ichigo, I was partly impressed at his courage; his willpower was probably the only thing keeping him standing. Of course, some people may question his “courage”, as he’s rather reckless and hotheaded, but given the situation, it’s probably better than despairing. On the other hand, Inoue and Ishida were completely foolish to fly up to the fight. The preview indicates they’ll be able to buy some time for Ichigo to recover though, so it seems to work out. On a side note, I was confused why Ishida suddenly began narrating (from a future viewpoint) when Inoue was asking Ishida to take her up to the dome; that part was rather abrupt.
About the summary: I keep the summary short, and I don’t intend to make it a synopsis. Therefore, details are mostly left out, focusing instead on the general things that happened in the episode.