Gin reminds Ichigo of the first time they fought, when he cut Jidanbo’s arm at the gate. Ichigo states that he can’t read Gin’s heart and motives as he normally can with his opponents, and Gin calls him an interesting and creepy kid. He claims that his bankai, Kamishininoyari, can extend 13 km, and releases it. He literally cuts the surrounding town in half, but Ichigo is able to block and counterattack. He is surprised by the speed Gin retracts his sword however. Gin then reveals that Kamishininoyari is not the longest zanpakuto, but the fastest one. Ichigo becomes very nervous when fighting him, afraid that he will extend his sword.
As Isshin fights Aizen, Aizen states that he has reached his limit as a shinigami, and the Hougyoku is transforming his soul. He claims that the Hougyoku has a will of its own and that he is the master. The true power of the Hougyoku he says, is the ability to manifest the desires of those around it. That was why Rukia and Urahara, previous holders of the Hougyoku, and those around them had their deepest desires granted, but only those desires they themselves have the power to achieve. As Aizen begins to transform however, Urahara arrives and atttacks.
Nearby, Matsumoto Rangiku wakes up and murmurs Gin’s name.
Gin is a really interesting character; for one there is how he called Ichigo creepy (he’s certainly one to talk). It was also funny how Gin just went on rambling about facts about his sword and after each one Ichigo just went “don’t care”. It turns out it was part of Gin’s plan to mislead Ichigo, but he seemed to catch on quickly. Either way though, his bankai is boring and seems to only be good for cutting the town in half. They seem pretty evenly matched in this battle, although Ichigo did not release his hollow mask yet. There was a few black and white scenes in the fight, which gave off manga vibes. While everything seemed very intense however, the animation was crap, with the same images interlaced quickly over each other to give the illusion of Gin and Ichigo exchanging strikes at a blistering pace.
After screwing around with Ichigo last time, Aizen turns to messing around with Isshin as he spews loads of bullshit about the Hougyoku. It’s a good thing Ichigo did not hear Aizen’s explanation this time, or he’d probably drop dead in despair. Instead, another failed comedic moment was inserted featuring Isshin and Ichigo bickering. They did it last time in a middle of a fight as well; it’s no wonder Aizen looks down on them. Anyway, the whole Hougyoku desire-granting ability is poorly explained, has plenty of holes, and all around is just a cheap plot device pulled out of nowhere. With the evolution of Aizen’s soul beginning, we are also in for a lot more super-villain overpowered-ness.