Love and Rose continue their fight against Starrk, who has become rather apathetic after Barragan’s death. With his zanpakuto Tengumaru and their masks, Love is able to beat down Starrk. However after talking with Lilynette, Starrk fuses with her and releases a hoard of wolves using both of their souls. Although Love and Rose destroy some of them, they reform and injure them by exploding at close range. When Starrk moves in the deal the finishing blow, he is suddenly frozen by something else. Nearby, Lisa, Hiyori and Toshiro fight against Harribel and also bicker continue to bicker among themselves.
Starrk’s wolves were definitely what I was looking forward to most about this episode. While they did look pretty cool lined up in the pack, it was disappointing seeing the limits of what they could do. The fact that each wolf is a warhead is alright, but I find it hard to believe that after Love and Rose got hit with dozens of them at close range at every angle, they would just be out of breath with a few scratches. For a Primera Espada, that is quite unimpressive especially compared to Barragan’s overpowered abilities.
Love and Rose themselves were fairly boring as well. Love’s giant club only reminded me that bigger isn’t better in Bleach, and Rose’s powers aren’t very intuitive. They managed to land in a few hits on Starrk while he was being lethargic, then almost immediately lost after Starrk used his wolves; at least someone showed up to save them. The random comedic bickering inserted at various points were unamusing and obtrusive to the flow. The switch between somber music and light-hearted music killed the mood quickly and failed to add anything interesting. The good guys don’t take the fight seriously, and perhaps this is for good reason, since they know they won’t die.
Animation and art was again, very crappy. Too much time is spent on panning over still shots with only one character’s mouth moving. Fights mostly show two opponents flying at each other, then locking weapons and having a stare contest. The huge pillar of fire often used for explosions never actually does that much damage and I couldn’t care less about what happens to most of the characters. For the large part, the current battles are failing to capture my attention. Next week luckily the fight will be more unique (from what I’ve read in the manga), so hopefully it will be more fun to watch. And of course, dual-wielding always looks cool.