Hisagi kills off a hollow in Soul Society, then goes off to his job as editor in chief and approves a team budget sent by Kira. In the evening, they go to a bar and meet Unohana and some other female shinigami. Later as they drink, Kira teases Hisagi about trying to get Matsumoto’s attention, but Hisagi says that working hard can get the attention of anyone.
The next day, Hitsugaya sends Hisagi, Matsumoto, and Isane to investigate the disappearances in Rukongai. As Hisagi and Matsumoto are out in a field, Hisagi begins to fantasize about spending time alone with Matsumoto. They meet a woman who runs an inn nearby, and Matsumoto drags Hisagi to spend the night there. Hisagi offers to make the tea, but Matsumoto tells him to let the innkeeper do it, and he begins to think Matsumoto is jealous of her. He thinks Matsumoto is interested in him, and cannot focus on his mission especially after she goes to take a bath outside. When she invites him in, he struggles to decide what to do, getting very flustered. However it turns out the Matsumoto had just been wary of the suspicious , explaining Matsumoto’s actions all along. It turns out she is the hollow responsible for the disappearances and Hisagi manages to defeat it. Matsumoto explains that the hollow attacked handsome men so she brought him along as bait. By stroking his ego however, other shinigami take advantage of his “talents” to do their work.
I always wonder why are all the jobs in Soul Society are done by shinigami. They are death gods responsible for maintain order in several worlds but they all seem to have their own businesses, day jobs, etc. And why do they have to eat and sleep if they are just souls, and what happens when shinigami die? Maybe I ask too many questions and should just ignore this non-canon filler material, but a well-thought out and intricate world is much more fun to watch.
Anyway, this episode was not that good, not really funny or exciting, which is what I usually look for in filler episodes. Quality was pretty iffy too, and in general it’s just an average generic Bleach filler. The main point was Hisagi misunderstanding Matsumoto’s intentions and most of the humor comes from how he’s interested in her and thinks she reciprocates his feelings. For once, she actually is focused on the mission though instead of being her usual lazy self, while Hisagi is too desperate to get laid to pay attention. Matsumoto with shoujo bubbles was funny, but the whole episode was rather dull and I would prefer to read it as a manga omake rather than sit through 20 minutes of animation.
Next week finally returns to the main storyline, and it looks like we’ll be right back into the action and hopefully things will be more interesting.