Hitsugaya attacks Aizen with his bankai stating that he won’t let him get a chance to use Kyoya Suigetsu. Gin, observing from the side, comments that he has misunderstood Aizen’s power. The other captains and vizards attack Aizen as well, but he fends them off easily. Komamura, Love, Rose, and Lisa are defeated quickly. Ichigo stands on the side, frozen in fear. Soifon then faces off against Aizen, and with the help of Hitsugaya, lands two hits on him with her shikai. However Aizen reveals that his spiritual power is so great her abilities have no effect on him. Kyoraku stabs him through from behind and Hitsugaya, seeing a chance, charges in with Shinji reversing the direction. He apparently impales him through the chest, but then suddenly the illusion is revealed, and it is actually Hinamori who was stabbed. Aizen then cuts down Kira and Iba in one blow and states that he has been using Kyoya Suigetsu from the very start. Hitsugaya goes into a rage at the revelation that he had impaled Hinamori, but Aizen defeats him, along with Soifon, Kyoraku and Shinji.
Aizen could probably hold his own against all of his opponents without releasing. Hell he doesn’t even seem to be trying and yet fights just fine against all the good guys going all out on him. It’s pretty ridiculous seeing their best attacks getting smashed while Aizen barely flinches. Considering he is not using any kidou or powers, it is a sad sight to see. Komamura and his bankai were cut down in two swipes and his performance is not much better than his face-off against Aizen back in Soul Society. The vizard, even with their hollow masks, seem incredibly weak and they too are cut down quickly. All of Soifon’s trash talk didn’t help her either as even her powerful two-hit kill ability doesn’t work simply because— you are reading this correctly— Aizen is too strong. I think the main point why people find this so annoying is because of the lack of explanation for his strength. There is no reason why he would be this insanely powerful, and suspension of disbelief breaks down.
While Hitsugaya does remind one of Justin Bieber, I don’t consider myself a hater, but yet in this episode I could feel no sympathy for him as he was completely dominated. When he finally seems to defeat Aizen, the ironic twist is revealed. All the good guys are just about to celebrate their victory when Ichigo screams at them asking what the hell they were doing. The illusion breaks and they find out that Aizen had used his illusion to swap places with Hinamori who had been lying injured on the ground. He was quite smart here to activate his powers before the battle then let them kill each other unknowingly. Aizen is so overpowered, but I found myself cheering at the scene— perhaps because of the foolishness of the good guys. Combined with the ominous music playing, I was getting Death Note vibes as the rest of the shinigami and vizard got dispatched one by one within a matter of fractions of seconds. Really, it is only reasonable here if they all died. Next week, the Captain-Commander finally goes into action, which should be a treat to watch.