Summary:
After Ulquiorra blasted a hole through Ichigo’s chest, apparently killing him, Inoue rushes to Ichigo and attempts to use her powers to heal him. Ishida attacks Ulquiorra in an attempt to buy time for Inoue, but his attacks are ineffective and he is quickly defeated. Ichigo, after Inoue cries out for him, suddenly revives and transforms into a new hollow form. This form is able to easily beat back Ulquiorra using various hollow powers. Though Ulquiorra is able to stay in the fight due to his regenerative powers, he still is unable to land a hit with his Lanza del Relámpago, and Ichigo fires a cero at point blank range.

 

Preview

Impressions:
I thought this was one of the most exciting episodes of Bleach in a while. While Inoue got on my nerves with her repeated crying for Ichigo, this was perhaps the natural response given the situation. I felt rather sorry for Ishida, who clearly tried his best. If only other characters would fight with their brains in addition to brawn, many Bleach fights might have ended differently. He can fire a impressive barrage of arrows and move at a decent speed; it’s unfortunate his arrows don’t have enough power and his deadlier attacks take too long to set up.

For a moment, I wondered what it would be like if Ichigo actually died, but it seems this series doesn’t deviate too far from shounen clichés. However, seeing Ichigo’s new hollow form was very cool indeed and I wonder if this was in any way related to Inoue’s powers. While her powers purportedly can turn back time, it is not clear whether it can reverse even death (since there was no noticeable healing with Soten Kisshun). Regardless, with this new form Ichigo pretty much completely turned the battle around 180 degrees, reversing the power difference (though I noticed Ulquiorra wasn’t crushed as badly as Ichigo had been previously). With a attack stronger than Ulquiorra’s best cero and coupled with incredible speed, I’m curious how well he (it?) would do against Aizen. The hollow form is clearly not just a berserker attacking blindly, instead using various tactics to complement its power.

I was disappointed that Ulquiorra didn’t manage to land a hit in with Lanza del Relámpago; I was wondering how much damage it could do Ichigo if it hadn’t missed (it looks as powerful as a nuke). This point might be null though, seeing as how he pretty much grabbed the lance and crushed it with his bare hands. And now with this battle coming to an end, we’ll be seeing more of Rukia, Chad, and Renji next week.

104 Comments

    1. i know right it has been agonizing waiting for this fight. I haven’t felt this way about a bleach fight since Byakuya vs Ichigo (Grimmjow vs Ichigo was kinda meh and followed my expectations which I hate…surprise me damn it.)

      abe
  1. I see the video changed a bit from what was released in Soul Carnival 4. I like it better. Especially Ichigo growling and roaring rather than shrieking.

    But I’m still disappointed with the quality of the animation. Although Ichigo is undoubtedly cool and badass.

    Starshade
  2. Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun! Kurosaki-kun!

    Also epic censoring on Ishida’s arm. In the manga it was ripped completely off, here he only broke it. There was some good use of the music and sound effects this episode.

    Random note: I find your choice of screens to be a bit odd.

    Noririn
      1. Well, his forearm up to his hand is more or less what I meant, not his entire arm. And it wasn’t exactly shown in the manga but I’m pretty sure it was ripped off rather than “sliced” as Ulquiorra has no sword in his final resurrection form.

        Noririn
  3. They could have made the fight a bit longer and better imo…

    Ulqi had no reason to go to his second stage other then just to show off. If they waited with that and Ulqi finished Ichigo in his first stage, we maybe could have a nice fight with Super-Saiyan 3 Ichigo and Second Etapa Ulqi..

    Now it was just the one dominating over the other the whole time…

    Nyte
  4. Seriously, this show could be much much better if wasnt censored, like the ol’ bloody episodes…i mean what the hell with that burnt arm, did Ulqoirra farted and made a fire?

    raklaron
  5. aah come on, the manga totally pwns the anime with this part, and here I was even looking forward to seeing the anime at this part.

    really, why do they censor the things that totally makes this series 10x better…

    Yusunoha
    1. Eh, I didn’t think it made much of a difference. I like the anime version because of how they extended the H2 Ichigo vs. R2 Ulquiorra fight which was way too brief in the manga.

      MegamiMiko
  6. i hopefully a remastered-uncut version will be realized like with DBZ. I will never understand why you would mess with something that is so popular. Everyone watches the anime to see what happened in the manga in motion. Cutting certain stuff out and adding stuff in (fillers) is stupid.

    abe
      1. Point out?
        You can’t prevent other people from being stupid if they already are.
        They’ll come up with new ways to fuck it up.

        He’s a miscast, every post he fucks something up. He shouldn’t be needing anyone to point anything out, he should use his brain instead and at least review what he just wrote before publishing.

        Waltz
  7. The animation team is really getting the hang of the battle choreography. It really looked awesome in the part where ulquiorra was looking up and we can see the moon then it moved ( ichigo punch him). There were all sorts of views like pan ups, pan downs, etc. Ive never seen Bleach be this creative since episode 219.

    ahelo
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    Vasto Lorde
    1. We still don’t have confirmation that it was actually a Vasto Lorde. Based on what Hitsugaya said you have to work your way up from the start as a Hollow, including consuming other Hollows and losing your original self.

      Grant
  9. I think PROOOF should really cut out those manga-thingy. I hold myself from watching manga to keep anime interesting. I came here just to see a few of comments and others’ point of view. If he keep spoiling, its not fun anymore. Please keep the manga spoiler to the manga part. Peace.

    sHaKz
  10. I felt rather sorry for Uryu in this fight, since he’s an archer losing one of his hands pretty much makes him back to being powerless. The censorship didn’t make much sense–it’s OK to sever Ulquiorra’s arm, but not to throw it at him or do the same to Ishida. Of course, I don’t think we’ll see Uryu leave the series in the manga or the anime thanks to his injury. In the manga we’ll just have to rely upon magic healing powers to give him his arm back from the elbow down … in the anime he’ll need a cast for a week or so. 😛

    Ichi’s Resurrecion was as awesome as I’d been waiting for. I figured his transformation would be the cliffhanger, instead we got to see a considerably expanded fight in SSJ3 (the manga felt like it was 4 pages between Resurrecion and Ulqui getting cut in half).

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Guardian
  11. Two things…

    First in light of what Aizen has said recently in the manga about how Ichigo became who he is we see the anime setting that up alot better then the manga did. Many of Ulquiorra’s comments and observations about Ichigo seem to reinforce that point. Show Spoiler ▼

    Secondly for as long as Bleach has been around there were 2 camps of people that wanted a pairing of Ichigo to either Inoue or Rukia. Clearly IF there will ever be a romance between Ichigo and one of the 2 female leads its going to be Inoue.

    Karmafan
  12. I liked the contrast in colors they gave them. powerful, Fiery red ichigo seemed like a war god while lightning fast, green and black Ulquiorra seemed like death itself. It was like a fight between death and war… War won.

    Will
  13. Usually the anime version is toned down from the manga due to “Imported” reasons.

    I expected this fight to be a bit longer but yeah I wish the shorten the role of Inoue in this episode. It feels like that’s the only one they extended it from the manga.

    Even though it is enjoyable I felt that there is more they can do to make it better than making it pretty.

    Unknown-Man
    1. Actually after comparing it with the manga version, they extended Ulquiorra’s fights with both Ishida and Ichigo with some pretty good filler. Nothing really new was added to Orihime’s bit. If you felt the fight was a little too short, it was in the even shorter in the manga. Though I think it’d cheapen the impact of how strong Ichigo became if he didn’t beat Ulquiorra quickly which was probably why it wasn’t extended by too much.

      kyosei
    1. That’s the point. It’s not a hollow hole, it’s the hole from the cero. It just looks like a hollow hole. A hollow gains it’s hole by losing it’s metaphorical heart.

      Shad_Phoenix
  14. Did anyone else notice on the Dattebayo fansub, for a split-second before “This Week on Bleach” they show a single frame of Hiyori? It looks like it’s from later in the season, specifically Show Spoiler ▼

    . Did something air in Japan right before the episode that a single frame got left over from?

    Guardian
  15. this was the coolest ep of bleach…ever! it was awesome to see ichigo totally just obliviate ulquiorra after the beating he recieved last week. and i loved ichigo’s hollow form — just totally awesomeness ^_^

    whatchamini
  16. This episode had me conflicted. On the one hand we had yet more of Ishida being absolutely useless, just like every other human in the entire series. In addition Orihime was even more useless, throwing away everything she said pre-Hueco Mundo about wanting to get stronger in exchange for ‘Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun, Kurosaki-kun’ once every five seconds.
    On the other hand, we finally have a fight equal to the fights with Byakuya or Grimmjow. Also someone FINALLY beats Ulquiorra.

    Grant
  17. Any one wonder about ichigo’s soul reaper form. Would it have internal organs anyways? I thought it was just a mass of spirit particles, so even if he got his chest blown out would he have a need for organs anyway?

    soldierx
  18. finally god i love you i could now die in peace
    pffff the only reason that i still watch this freakin anime is this fight
    now i could leave bleach in your hand guys will drop the anime and concentrate on the manga

    lilakou
  19. Utterly amazing that the one time I decide to read the first couple of comments on a Bleach post to see the reactions – since getting this part spoiled for me months ago – that the reply to the first post is another spoiler not using spoiler tags.

    Seriously, to people who don’t read the manga, this place is hell. You can’t look anywhere. Discussion in the comments isn’t possible because every other post is a spoiler, and even the front page manga posts always have a screenshot that ruins something.

    Discretion, guys?

    Ssenshiro
  20. I just hope Ichigo would get full control of that form. Like killer bee who was able to control the Hachibi with no problem. It would be exciting to see Ichigo get fool control of this form. My gut tells me that this is his ultimate form. Also, to people such as Torint, if your interested come here and read this little fanfic. If your a fate/stay night fan, you might enjoy this crossover. This guy plans to have a hollow IChigo story witten down.
    http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5591380/1/FateStay_BLEACH

    code fanboy
  21. Anyone get the whole point of Ulquiorra’s repeated ‘soul’ comments at the preview of the next episode? It was like ‘you have a soul, therefore you rage, you have a soul, therefore you steal…’ and then ‘I want you all to myself’

    Vzz
  22. they censored ishida losing his hand but they didnt censor ulquiora losing his arm?
    well it was still pretty good.
    though I like ichigoXorihime, I think I would like it better if she was a yandere, at least she would be more interesting(and probably helpful) and I like yandere more than tsundere.

    amado
      1. what I actually meant was that orihime would be more interesting as a yandere than a tsundere rukia(for me cause I prefer yanderes), then she would be more “useful” since yandere are creepy, smart and tricky when it comes to “protecting” their love interest.

        amado
    1. I think the only reason why they let the Ulquiorra arm bit go was because it doesn’t necessarily matter if he loses as he isn’t human and can regenerate it. It was also a story point/device i.e. his true specialty/power is hyper regeneration of any part of his body. In Ishida’s case he’s human. While having Orihime there would negate anyone really caring about losing limbs, I think the censors thought it would be too violent for the kiddies to see. This is after all showing on prime time TV in Japan.

      But yeah, even after saying all of the above, I still don’t really get the censoring criteria and why certain things slide sometimes.

      kyosei
  23. @Karis – I never hated this chapter. It was one of my favorites and having it animated was really rewarding. This is one of the best Bleach fights in the entire Manga/Anime

    animeE
  24. Hmm, I thought Uryuu suppose to lose his hands but it didn’t.. O_o
    Man, I really hate Ichigo now for doing this to Ulquiorra. >_<
    Thank you so much for the screencaps and the summary~

    Claire Phoenix
  25. At least the managa made sense in regards to Ishida. In the anime it makes no sense why Ishida didn’t use his Heavenly Wild Suit Puppet technique. If Ulquiorra only broke his arm then he should have been able to use that technique to continue firing arrows. I guess since it was all the way back in episode 44 the anime crew were betting on everyone having forgotten about that.

  26. Holy crap, it’s Krauser-sama!! This slow-ass plot advancement must have summoned him from Hell!!

    Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!! Go to DMC!!

    quigonkenny
  27. Ah was nice to finally see this part animated. There was a little bit of filler in this episode but it wasn’t too bad as it didn’t feel unnatural and it extended their fight slightly which was nice.

    kyosei
  28. yeah bleach, seemingly in anime failure yet again…

    why? everyone who reads the manga do not even need to memorise the plot to see the drag (ishida va ulquiorra, ichigo hollow form va ulquiorra), and the censorship (ishida’s hand, ulquiorra’s hand almost) specially made to NOT let the kids in the peak hours see the gore and more of the fun…

    anyways, looking forward more towards harribel liao, since they… have more powers to show us? YEAH…

    kaineng
  29. I saw this episode and i was Blown Away. The shock and awe.

    LOL . blown Away on the fact of how much this show sucks.I knew bleach was crap but when my 10 cousin said this show sucked it became offcail.

    I ROFL when Ulquiorra said “Impossible” and was sad at the same moment when Ichigo did his Total BS Plot Powered Up. Yeah i read the manga what a year ago but this was awful. Ichigo is one of the worst shounen main characters ever. Ulquiorra was to good for this show so is Urahara, Yoruichi, Byakuya, and my man Kenpachi(Kenpachi = awesomeness)

    I had the ability i would erase Ichigo from existence.(yea i know)

    Stigma0080
  30. Just watched 272! I have never missed an episode and never posted a comment but that is by far THE BEST episode so far. i really really mean it. i knew what was going to happen but so what, ef in AWSOME!

    Edouard
  31. nooooooooooo,
    plz ulquiorra dont die
    damn u ichigo and your stupid power-boost outa nowhere
    but it was cool to see something new in bleach
    they have been flying around for the past 50 episodes with nothing new
    just stupid bs fights after fights
    so far the dumbest fight was sado and renji vs the giant sand-guy episode 268
    i couldn’tbelieve they gave us that fight in the middle of the ulquiorra fight
    renji’s bankai has been reduced to be used side by side with sado

    goukison
  32. Someone kill orihime already. Maybe I might appreciate her character better that way, as an innocent casualty of war. My patience with this series is already stretched out and her
    screaming “kurosaki-kun” isn’t helping at all. I love the action and the adrenaline, I just wished there was more to the characters.

    lilacblue

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