Renji and Ichigo duel each other during the 11th squad’s training session. Afterwards they bicker with each other, but eventually Ichigo agrees that Renji was the victor. Another member of the squad, Harugasaki Seizo, gives them some tea, but Ikakku seems to ignore him. Afterwards they head off to hunt hollows, and arrive in a town that was just attacked. Yumichika deduces that the hollows attacked as a group and ran off when they arrived. Seizo patches up the survivors, but the other members of squad 11 mock him for being a healer. Ichigo notices his quietness and asks Renji about him, who only says he doesn’t really stand out. Later Ichigo returns some medicine to him and Seizo tells him about the importance of having feet firmly planted in fights. He later uses this knowledge to beat Renji.
Ichigo asks Yumichika about him, and he says that because Seizo is physically weak, the squad 11 members treat him poorly. Yumichika explains how he used to be a promising shinigami and had skill with a sword, but never used tricks and always lost to Ikkaku. While they were hunting hollows, they had encountered a hollow would could suck away spiritual energy, and Seizo saved Ikkaku but lost most of his reaitsu in the process. Ichigo goes to talk with him again, and he says that he will be discharged soon.
The next day Ichigo asks Seizo to have a match with Ikkaku but he adamantly refuses because of his lack of strength. Ichigo then challenges him to doing some chores; if Ichigo wins, Seizo has to fight Ikkaku. Seizo wins easily, but Ichigo states that he will keep trying. However hollows attack again, and they head off to fight. Seizo and several wounded shinigami get trapped by the hollows. He remembers Ichigo’s words and decides to fight, taking out two of the hollows. Ikkaku suddenly arrives to fight with him and they defeat the rest of the hollows. Seizo thanks Ichigo and Renji, and the rest of the 11th squad also pay him respect.
This was one of those one shot filler episodes about a random character, and it wasn’t bad as far as those kind of episodes go. Like with all fillers however, it just has a “meh” feeling to it. I don’t expect my mind to be blown away but this stuff just isn’t that interesting. Seizo isn’t a bad character and we got to see a lot of what happened to him, but without excitement, emotions, humor or suspense the story really doesn’t have that much going. Even though it moved along at a pretty quick pace, one episode just isn’t enough to make me care.
There also was a lot focus on the 11th squad, but I was disappointed at the absence of Kenpachi and Yachiru. Kenpachi is pretty badass, but a bunch of weaker versions of him is just annoying. Unfortunately their treatment of Seizo doesn’t really help their image as violence loving assholes, and they only showed respect to Seizo after he suddenly resolved to fight and beat the hollows. Not really guys you want to be friends with.