Isshin tells Ichigo that in the Precipice World, time flows 2000 times as fast as the outside world, meaning that he could train 2000 hours inside and only have an hour pass in the real world. Isshin then seals the Restrictive Current, using his reiatu to give about three months for Ichigo to get the answer to the Final Getsuga Tenshou. For the first time, Ichigo uses “Jinzen” to meditate and communicate with his zanpakuto outside of battle. He enters his inner world which has been submerged in water, and meets a hooded figure who says he is Tensa Zangetsu (in bankai) and attacks Ichigo. Isshin states that Zangetsu, like his own Engetsu, will not teach him the technique willingly. Zangetsu states that he will not teach him the Final Getsuga Tenshou because what he wants to protect is different from what Ichigo wants to protect. He shows Ichigo the city representing his inner world, which has degenerated from one full of skyscrapers to a small town, showing how Ichigo has lost hope and willpower. He states that he will rip out the despair, and draws out his hollow form.
In the real Karakura Town (which had been moved to Soul Society), Keigo and Tatsuki wake up to find everyone in the town seemingly asleep. Tatsuki finds Chizuru and Michiru asleep and they move them to the school. She has also deduced that the town had been moved to another place, probably something related to Ichigo. Unfortunately they meet up with Aizen and Gin and although they don’t lose their existence, Tatsuki is frozen in place due to her proximity with Aizen’s reiatsu. She tells Keigo to flee, and suddenly another person arrives.
This week’s episode was just as intense as the last few as the plot steamrolls forward. Aizen is obviously aware that Ichigo will arrive soon with new powers which takes some element of surprise out of it, but again villains’ ego and overconfidence has always been their downfall. At this point however Ichigo is pretty out of it as his inner world visually portrays— he’s in utter despair. It’s clear where this is going of course, as Zangetsu/Hollow Ichigo will whip him back into shape and he’ll be back in the fight all charged up and ready to use his new powers. However as Isshin mentioned, there is a reason Zangetsu does not wish to teach Ichigo the final technique (manga viewers already know). Luckily Ichigo does have 3 months to try to force it out and the only problem I see is Isshin getting very bored waiting around.
As for Zangetsu, his younger form looks cool, albeit a bit androgynous; with his hood on he felt a bit like the Satan from the Passion of the Christ. I’m glad to see him around though as he is making things exciting. He is keeping a lot of pressure on Ichigo (as usual), even ripping right into his chest to pull out Hichigo in the full hollow transformation, which I inferred to mean that was the “source of his despair”. Back in Karakura Town, Ichigo’s friends are finally seen. It’s fairly clear they won’t be able to do anything to Aizen however and will just have to hold out until Ichigo arrives to save them.
Fillers next time again, as the anime is getting pretty close to the manga.