Ukitake decides to help Shunsui and jumps in the fight against Starrk and Lilynette. After using several Ceros, Starrk figures out that Ukitake’s ability is to absorb attacks and return them while adjusting the power and speed. Though Ukitake and Shunsui finally seem to begin to gain the upper hand in the battle, a large Garganta opens and Wonderweiss steps out, followed by Fura. Starrk is surprised by their arrival, and states that Aizen must be tired of waiting. After Wonderweiss impales Ukitake through his back, Starrk strikes down Shunsui with a cero. Wonderweiss then screams, which shatters the prison of ice encasing Harribel and blows away the smoke surrounding Barragan. Fura blows away the walls of fire surrounding Aizen, Tosen, and Gin; however moments later, the Vizard also appear. Some flashbacks regarding the hollowfication of the shinigami who became the Vizard are then shown.
Though Ukitake justifies his involvement in Shunsui’s fight by claiming it’s only fair since Lilynette joined the fight, he’s not exactly correct, as Starrk and Lilynette are technically part of each other. Not only that, but Lilynette is a weak little kid who doesn’t really count as an opponent. Regardless, I don’t disagree with his decision, since war is by no means a one on one dueling affair. Just when Starrk is planning to release his “true abilities” however, the shit really hits the fan for the shinigami. With Wonderweiss and Fura’s arrival, not only are both Ukitake and Shunsui suddenly down (for the moment anyways), Aizen, Tosen, and Gin are also free now. Even though I think they could have gotten out of the prison of fire without help, it’s still a large blow to the shinigami’s morale. Harribel and Barragan are, unsurprisingly, also unharmed. With most of the shinigami down or injured, and Yamamoto still standing there like an idiot doing nothing, they are pretty much on the verge of defeat (no surprise considering their poor strategy).
Wonderweiss was able to create significant shockwaves just with his scream; no doubt this kid is quite powerful, even given his mental retardation. It was also interesting that the gigantic hollow, Fura, was the same one hiding in the Garganta back when Aizen, Tosen, and Gin escaped from Soul Society to Hueco Mundo. Even though I completely do not recall seeing the eye, it’s still nice that Kubo tied current events to something that happened quite a while ago. As for the arrival of the Vizard, hopefully the focus will turn to them, and we can look forward to seeing lots of new abilities. The Gotei 13 seriously needs a death though, it’s ridiculous seeing characters take lethal amounts of damage and still live or continue fighting. I vote for Soifon to be first (she again continued to act like an asshole in this episode). If you can’t appreciate someone saving your life many times, then they shouldn’t save your life at all.