101 years before the current events, Yamamoto picked Shinji, Love, Rose, Hachigen and Lisa to investigate the vanishing souls incidents. It is then revealed that Aizen, with Gin and Tosen as his subordinates, performed hollowfication experiments on the shinigami, including the eight who later become the Vizard. Shinji confronts Aizen but is overcome by the hollowfication. Urahara and Tessai arrive to save them, but Aizen easily blocks their attacks. The Central 41 then banishes Urahara and Tessai from Soul Society for performing illegal experiments and orders the victims of the hollowfication to be dealt with as hollows, but Urahara and Yourichi manage to bring them to the real world.
Back in the present time, Lisa speaks with Shunsui, telling him to get off the ground; Shinji goes to Yamamoto, stating that while does not consider the Vizard allies with the Gotei 13, they (the vizard) are here to fight against Aizen and his minions. Fura, the large hollow with Wonderweiss, then spits out a large hoard of Menos Grande, and the Vizard make short work of them. Shinji then attacks Aizen, though he is intercepted by Tosen, who then is in turn blocked by Komamura and attacked by Hisagi. Lisa blocks Harribel from attacking Toshiro, and Hachigen joins Soifon and Omaeda against Barragan. Love and Rose also face off against Starrk, and Mashiro destroys Fura in one kick.
I’m digging the new ED sequence, especially the first part of the song. It’s heavily synthed, but I still like the sound; it’s fairly different from what we’ve heard so far. The animation was nice in the front and end– the grungy look is okay but I don’t really know what the green bars scrolling across the screen were for.
I noticed that the Turn Back the Pendulum arc is mixed into the Vizard vs. Arrancar fights. While I don’t have a problem understanding what’s going on, it’s possible that anime-only viewers will be confused watching the disjointed revelations. I personally would prefer if arc wasn’t interrupted, but this order also seems fine as it makes each episode more exciting with more information being revealed.
With a large amount of characters suddenly joining in the fight, I found myself losing track of who was who. This episode spent a large portion of time showcasing some of the vizards abilities. With so many former captains and lieutenants, there is bound to be a plentiful parade of powers to be shown in upcoming episodes, and this is made even more interesting by the fact they all have hollow masks. With Harribel and Barragan completely unscathed, hopefully we’ll be right back to all-out battle. A three-way battle between Aizen’s crew, the Gotei 13 and Vizards would be epic, but strategically speaking it’s better to gang up on one common enemy first. Afterward however, I wish they would go right some of their past grievances with Soul Society.
Comments on Vizard:
Shinji: He shouldn’t have taken off his mask against Aizen; probably could have avoided that cut.
Hiyori: Her voice got a tad bit annoying after a while, but I like her fang.
Love: Their masks only last three minutes? looks like Ichigo surpassed them there…
Lisa: First thing I saw was her clothing (luckily no panty shots); kudos to her for waking up that lazy bastard Shunsui who was just sleeping on ground after Starrk’s cero.
Rose: His “symphony of death” is pretty cool but its kill speed is way too slow for stronger opponents.
Mashiro: Fura got completely smashed in one kick, which surprised me as I thought he would last longer than that; guess the thing’s size is just for show.
Pardon the late posts this week; I’ve just gotten settled down from some hectic traveling.