After Ichigo wounds Aizen, Aizen teleports a short distance away and Ichigo asks him why he backed away. Aizen becomes furious and his body cracks as the Hougyoku transforms him again. He fires a large attack at Ichigo which scorches one of his arms, then grabs him and attempts to make the finishing blow. However Ichigo breaks free and uses the “Final Getsuga Tenshou”.
In a flashback during his training inside the Senkaimon, Ichigo feels that Tensa Zangetsu does not intend to withhold the technique and was only feeling sadness. He then discards his blade and allows himself to be stabbed through, realizing that that was the only way to acquire the Final Getsuga Tenshou. Tensa Zangetsu then reveals that what he wanted to protect was Ichigo himself. To use the Final Getsuga Tenshou, Ichigo becomes Getsuga itself in an attack called “Mugetsu, sacrificing his shinigami powers in the attack.
Aizen is shocked at the possibility that Ichigo may have surpassed him, and Ichigo uses the technique, enveloping and disintegrating Aizen in a heavy black veil. However Ichigo’s powers begin to dissapear, and Aizen survives, declaring that Ichigo has lost. At that moment a seal within Aizen begins to activate, and Urahara shows up and reveals that he planted the kido inside another kido attack during their battle previously. The seal finally activated when Aizen was weakened and the Hougyoku stopped recognizing him as his master. Urahara says that he continues to work for the Soul King because without it, Soul Society would fall apart.
Around Karakura Town and Hueco Mundo, Ichigo’s friends realize the war is finally over.
After so many years, we finally get to the finale of the war against Aizen and I have to say it’s as good as Bleach can get. Within three episodes, Ichigo turns the insanely-powerful Aizen into a complete fool, albeit an invincible fool. It was cool seeing Aizen’s face of demonic rage, but it’s too bad that even after powering up then sacrificing all his powers in an all-in attack, Ichigo still failed to kill him. However for those who state that it was Urahara who defeated Aizen, I would say that Ichigo technically did defeat Aizen, because his attack caused the Hougyoku to turn against Aizen (perhaps also disintegrating his blade) and weaken his powers, which in turn allowed the seal to take effect. Even without the seal, it still seems like Aizen would lose all the abilities the Hougyoku gave him.
It was nice seeing the fight animated though, as the manga was a little hazy about the nature of everything. Mugetsu especially seemed a little unclear in the manga, but it turns out it’s just a huge black blade with incredible attack power. I also noticed the fight used a different soundtrack than I’m accustomed to, but seems suitable for the climax and gives off a different atmosphere. Art quality I feel is still lacking however, and a more detailed environment could contribute so much and enhance everything. It’s fun seeing things getting smashed and blown up but the animation is too simplistic to enjoy.
This episode wasn’t quite the end of the arc, as there are still some conclusions and loose ends to tie up. Although so many things are left unanswered, it’s still unfortunate that Bleach has a long way to go before ending. As I stated before Bleach has dragged on for too long and here is a good place to conclude it, but instead fillers have been lined up.