After battling hollows and getting severely injured, Ichigo is resurrected as the Frankenstein monster. When he meets Rukia dressed as a succubus near a castle, he realizes it’s dream like his previous Arabian themed one. In the castle, they find Ishida dressed as Dracula, Rangiku as a witch, Inoue as a ghost-like creature, Renji as a mummy pirate, and Hitsugaya as a werewolf. They discuss the arrival of monster hunters who are looking for the Yuuki Crystal, which has the power to turn monsters back into humans. When Ichigo tries to go fetch it, the hunters arrive and they are revealed to be Ryuken and Isshin.
Isshin battles Ichigo and Ryuken fights Ishida and Renji. Although they are overwhelmed at first, Ishida uses Sprenger to trap Ryuken, Isshin and Ichigo (who was accidentally caught in the middle). Matsumoto, Renji, and Hitsugaya do a combined attack, but Ichigo survives by using his hollow mask. However Isshin and Ryuken emerge from the smoke and they are forced to flee to the room where the crystal was hidden. When the hunters break in however, they realize the crystal is missing. Ichigo states that he will make a stand to protect his friends, and the hunters decide to leave. Rukia states that she is the crystal, and it is revealed that the dream actually belongs to Komamura.
The new ending sequence was pretty nice; it showied various scenes from Ichigo’s past, making it a bit sentimental. There isn’t much action but is still enjoyable to watch. The song is by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D, which I actually only know from Durarara, but the song fits very well with the animation and overall this is an ED I’ll probably watch every time.
This filler episode was actually even better than last time’s. It parodies elements from previous episodes and plays up personality quirks and I found it to be really funny. The episode seems to be based off the Halloween spread that Kubo drew but it also links with Ichigo’s previous filler dream and the Yuuki Crystal. There was a lot of stuff thrown in that results in random fun such as Byakuya dressed up as seaweed and Rukia’s obsession with her brother. The scene in which Ichigo pulls a hammer out of nowhere to fight his father was also really amusing, as was the screwed up versions of each characters’ powers (e.g. “Daiurufu Hyorinmaru”). The scene after Ishida’s Sprenger attack was hilarious, with the combination of the cheesy music and the soap opera acting, though that card does seem to be used quite often in fillers. Regardless, the final battle was even funnier watching Ichigo’s heroic speech and hearing Number 1 playing in the background. Thinking back, it was pretty much a parody of Ichigo’s early fights which was what made it interesting. Adding everything up, all the exaggeration and gags made the episode fairly enjoyable, and hopefully the following fillers will not fail.
Sidenote: It’s the 10 year anniversary of Bleach, with a special eyecatch to commemorate.
Also, I would mostly ignore rumors that Bleach is ending anytime soon, as that is very unlikely.