After smashing Fura, Mashiro kicks Wonderweiss to the ground and Gin comments about how Wonderweiss really liked Fura. Hiyori bickers with Hitsugaya, but eventually they team up with Lisa to fight Harribel. Love and Rose face off against Starrk, though he gets into an argument with Lilynette. Hachi attempts to seal Barragan with a kido barrier which he breaks down with Respira. Soifon is reluctant to work together with Hachi, but after he offers a deal to seal away Urahara for a month, she agrees to cooperate. After Hachi seals Barragan again, she fires her bankai through an opening.
Mashiro kick was the the highlight of this episode for me; after popping Fura, she goes straight for Wonderweiss. Charging up a cero?… no big deal just kick in his face first. To be honest I was expecting her to suddenly stop and gape at the cero, as many other characters do when facing new attacks, before dodging or getting blasted. How’s that for bad-ass. The rest of the episode was fairly annoying. Hiyori starts right off going into a high pitched rant against Hitsugaya. I get that he’s a fun one to tease, but the timing of it is just wrong. While humor in the midst of battle can work, here it comes off as misplaced and uncomfortable. At least Lisa got her head together, and Harribel seems to be just fine three versus one (the ice prison didn’t affect her noticeably either). Starrk was also bickering with Lilynette, fitting with his nonchalant attitude not caring much about the battle. Most of these people sure are taking the situation quite lightly… why so serious, Hisagi? It’s quite easy to survive being impaled through the chest and other mortal wounds. Considering that level one Getsuga Tensho could have taken off Urahara’s arm, a point-blank Espada-level cero should certainly do more than toast someone lightly, even with captain level spiritual power.
Moving on, Omaeda was also incredibly irritating, consistent with his character, but he is correct that petty pride doesn’t matter when you are neck-deep in shit. However, Soifon is still the only shinigami with a hostile attitude towards the vizard, Maybe because she is an assassin, she must really like working alone. Luckily, Hachi is a gentle person and so Soifon even got to have Urahara locked up for a month (what an opportunist). Regardless, it looks like Barragan is yet again unharmed even after Soifon detonated a nuke at close range inside Hachi’s barrier. Next week will feature how Barragan was “king” of Hueco Mundo. He certainly doesn’t act like a king though– with such god-like powers, it’s a waste of energy to keep taunting his enemies and bragging about his abilities, complete with the evil villain cackling. If he didn’t wait around waiting for his opponents to finish explaining their abilities and strategies in detail, he would have won already. Overconfidence is his downfall.
Production quality is iffy: fights often have very little animation, large portions of time are spent on closeups of a characters face talking, and an awful lot of backgrounds consisted of just the sky.