Omaeda wakes up from a dream and realizes that he overslept. In the forest, a hollow purses a kid Ryuzaburo with a purple ring, but Omaeda falls off a cliff and lands on top of the hollow, and he retreats. When the kid thanks him for saving his life, Omaeda blurts out that he is the captain of the second squad. In Rukongai, the residents thank him and treat him graciously as a “captain” and “hero”, and Omaeda decides to keep up the act to continue receiving the generous treatment. Ryuzaburo talks with his friends and reveals that he went to the hollows cave to retrieve the ring as a test of courage.
In the middle of the night however Omaeda suddenly remembers that he needs to get back to his squad barracks. He attempts to explain to Soifon, but she doesn’t care and puts him to work cleaning Sereitei. Near the gates, the kids try to get in to visit the “captain”, but Jidanbo refuses without permission. Ichigo and Yourichi happen to pass by and they decide to let the kids in. The kids don’t know Omaeda’s name and attempt to describe him, and Ichigo theorizes it’s Kenpachi. However they recall that Omaeda said he was the second squad captain. When they find him, Ichigo and Yourichi attempt to bust his act, but Omaeda begs them not to reveal it. Yourichi agrees, hoping to have some fun messing with him.
When they encounter Yumichika and Ikkaku, they bring them into the game. Rangiku and her underlings come along too and they end up taking all of Omaeda’s possessions. However, he then bumps into Soifon who starts lecturing him. The three kids then start yelling at Soifon for disrespecting the “captain”, but Yourichi and Ichigo pull her to the side and get her to play along as well and she starts following Omaeda’s orders. However the kids soon find out about the truth, and Ryuzaburo runs off, disappointed that his hero was a liar. The hollow he stole from finds him and gets his powers back with the ring. Omaeda arrives in time to save him. He battles the hollow, but the hollow uses his powers to suppress his movements. Omaeda attempts to run, but then decides to turn around and fight when he realizes the kids are still watching him. He defeats the hollow and redeems himself, but Soifon beats him up afterwards for his behavior.
Do hollows chasing civilians always end up cornering them against the wall, and the savior always arriving in the nick of time? The setup never differs much, and the fights were as formulaic as ever, but this episode was actually humorous in several parts. When the kids gave the description of the “captain” I burst out laughing, because it was pretty clear who the “big and pointy” captain was. It was pretty funny when Yourichi and Ichigo found out about his act as well, and it’s hard to feel sorry for Omaeda as he’s getting exactly what he deserves. His only redeeming traits really are extreme loyalty and stubbornness. I didn’t expect Soifon to play along as she doesn’t really need any more reasons to kick Omaeda’s butt; it was probably only due to her idol Yourichi that she agreed.
Yourichi is pretty awesome though, helping Omaeda dig his own grave while the fool enjoys it until the horrible end.
Moral: Lies snowball quickly