Tatsuki and Keigo meet up with Mizuiro and Chizuru, who has taken a bunch of stuff from a convenience store and also procured tasers for defense, though Tatsuki tells them they are useless. Chizuru however is panicking as she is not aware of the supernatural phenomenon like the others are. As Aizen approaches, Mizuiro attempts various attacks but Aizen remains unharmed. Keigo and Kanonji decide to try to stand up to him, but Zennosuke interrupts them and takes his sword back. He uses his zanpakutou power to temporarily trap Aizen in stone, then tries to flee.
Gin arrives and tells Aizen that he killed Matsumoto, and Aizen notices that her reaitsu is gone. After Ichigo’s friends run off, Gin places his hand on Aizen’s sword then suddenly impales him through the chest. He reveals that the only way to avoid Aizen’s complete hypnosis is to be touching his sword before the power can be activated. Aizen tells him that he was expecting the betrayal and that he wouldn’t die to just that attack. Gin reveals that he left a piece of his sword inside Aizen and that the poison will destroy his heart. Aizen’s chest begins to dissolve and Gin takes the hougyoku and leaves, but not before Aizen destroys a part of his arm. However because the hougyoku continued to obey his will, Aizen resurrects and transforms into a butterfly-like creature, then slashes Gin across the torso. In a flashback, Gin reveals that he had planned to kill Aizen from the very start when he was young.
Bleach hasn’t been this action-packed in a while, and it was pretty awesome to see the fights this time as Aizen continues to power up and Ichigo’s friends struggle to stay alive. There was not too much stupid comedy this time around luckily, and everything is fast paced. I though Mizuiro is pretty awesome in how he is able to stay calm in the face of such an enemy, gathering supplies and even improvising a gas bomb. It’s too bad he doesn’t have any “real” power and couldn’t do any actual damage to Aizen. It’s fortunate for them that Aizen is taking his time toying with them, as the longer they can hold out the better chance they have (if Ichigo arrives in time).
Gin was the real star in this episode though, as he deals the deadliest blow that anyone has ever done to Aizen. He may have bought enough time for Ichigo’s friends until Ichigo himself could arrive, though I really wish the freak with the high heels and butterfly suit would just have been defeated right there. Gin actually drew quite a lot of blood and blasted a huge hole through his chest, and it was quite exciting watching them trying to one-up each other. It turns out Gin wanted to kill Aizen all along, and of course Aizen himself knew that too, but I myself still shed a tear when he failed. Damn the genre that mandates the main villain be reserved for the main character 🙁