Summary:
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.

 

Preview

Impressions:
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 🙁

45 Comments

  1. The manga was very ambiguous as to what happened with Aizen sending goons after Rangiku. Some folks guessed they mugged her for something, others thought they gang sexually assaulted her.

    I was kinda hoping the anime would flesh things out more to explain why Gin did all this and why Aizen wanted them to hurt her but unless it happens next week its probably not going to happen at all.

    Karmafan
    1. Somehow, I do not think Gin would be that angry over a mugging. Though, I believe it is possible (since he loves her so much).

      From what I have seen of Rangiku’s condition after Gin found her she was most likely sexually assaulted (cloths ripped, chest partially exposed, bruises, and her robe was basically wide open at the bottom and her legs were spread).

      I was also hoping the Anime would explain this more, but I doubt it.

      XxDestinyXx
    2. think a little, she was a rukongai girl, they have almost nothing of value if any money at all, the bad guys were shinigami, what we can call the high class of soul society, she didnt have anything aside her body that was any useful to them.

      arky
  2. I still think its complete bullshit they killed off Gin without really giving him much major spotlight.

    Even all the other freaking Shinigami Captains aside from Tousen, survived.

    YanDaMan
  3. From how the anime presented it, it seemed as though the thugs in the flashback attacked Rangiku to get some of her soul essence (they gave some glowing red thing to Aizen, who added it to the Hougyokyu). They may have attacked her because she had the potential to become a shinigami, but was still young and vulnerable. Hopefully they’ll go more into it with next episode’s flashback.

    RIP Gin … that was a hell of a backstab, and he damn near got away with it too. Damn I Win Button …

    Guardian
  4. Gin’s Bankai is truly instant kill but too bad it is limited to how long his sword is. You are a snake Gin (in a good way). I had this bad feeling that this was going to happen since I saw the newest opening for this arc. I found his reason for joining Aizen to be less delusional than Tousen’s reason; even if both were for revenge. Vendetta! Always a bad guy’s motive.

    random viewer
      1. Well theoretically about your spoiler:
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        UnknownVoice
      2. Theoretically, Gin also did the same, Aizen just survived it and powered up.
        No different with the other case, Aizen survived and begun to power up. In the end the thing that “won” the battle was not sheer brute force, but a plan. We can argue about what made it posibly to activete, but so can we about how fucked we would had been whithout it being there. And that is the more important part I guess.

    1. Erm,….. not really, this wa sto be expected frankly since it was already shown to us during Ulquiora’s fight that killing hybrids by stabbing them through heart will make them evolve from that very primal fear of death.

      Aizen is just repeated the stage Ichigo went through when he turned Ichigonator.

      UnknownVoice
  5. The Gin face-turn/redemption move was one of the dumbest things to happen in Bleach. All of a sudden he’s a good guy cause he turned on Aizen despite all the shinigami Gin killed and had a hand in killing while he was waiting for his moment to strike Aizen. It completely came out of the blue and Matsumoto didn’t even seem to remember her encounter with Aizen’s thugs. You would think that would be something that scarred her.

    EliteF22
    1. Dont misunderstand.

      Gin is not a “Good guy”. He is just an enemy of aizen. he is still a messed up sociopath, its just that his goals have been more simple than “ruling the world”.

      He is still a killer, he is still a back-stabber, he is still “evil”, its just that he decided to be all of that for the sake of this goal.

      As for Matsumoto – do you remember the fact that in bleach there are powers that can pretty much ERASE memories? Pretty much every shinigami can do that.

      UnknownVoice
      1. Supporting everything you said, I’d also like to add that it’s very likely the thing the thugs stole from Matsumoto (some part of her soul or spirit) contained her very memories. She also speaks of the first day she met Ichimaru as being the day she was born, marking down that day as her new “birthday.” Just an assumption, though. But it would explain why Ichimaru was so determined to regain something that Matsumoto doesn’t apparently seem to miss.

        Rashinban
      2. You’re all assuming that Kubo will even remember these small facts. Both of these characters are going to be thrown to the sidelines of the series (if they haven’t already), so alternate interpretations of them aren’t really go anywhere.

        Da5id
    2. “despite all the shinigami Gin killed”

      Who? The 3rd seat of the 5th division 100 years ago (probably an underling of Aizen. Heck, meybe he was one of these guys), and Hiyori… and… who else?

      You want a bad guy look for Mayuri.

  6. well, I’m not sure if anyone notices. But this seems to be the first time that Aizen sounded desperate. The dude always had a calm and steady voice, along with a calm face expression. Now, it is the oppisite.

    code fanboy
  7. It was done so well better then the manga itself. I was in awe by Gin snake like eyes. It just brought chills through every bone. Aizen cockyness is what make you hate him how he is some grandmaster or god. I truley enjoyed every last minute and the last minute ironically was the best.

    I wish I never read the manga now lol.

    Dragonite88
  8. Noo…Gin has been my fav. character 🙁
    Question: why does Aizen waste his time wandering around Karakuchou when he could just make it disappear already? Is he waiting for his final battle with Ichigo? Or is he waiting for his evolution?

    lilacblue

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