「一護捕縛網!尸魂界を脱出せよ! 」 (Ichigo hobakumou! Souru Sosaetii o dasshutsu seyo! )
“Ichigo’s Capture Net! Escape from Soul Society!”

Summary:
After seeing Nozomi in the records, Ichigo wants to return to the real world. Yourichi tells them that they will break through the fake shinigami guarding the Senkaimon. They use inflatable gigais as a distraction, but the reigai Byakayu gets in the way and Yourichi stays behind to hold them off while Ichigo and Rukia escape.

In Karakura Town, Ishida confronts Inaba and tells him to leave. They fight and Ishida is able to bring him down, but Inaba gets up seemingly unharmed. He releases his sword and takes out Ishida in an instant. Inoue and Chad arrive to save them, but Chad is taken out quickly as well. Ichigo and Rukia arrive just in time. He uses his hollow form but is unable to overcome Inaba. The real captains and vice captains then show up, and Inaba and his Reigai retreat into the Precipice world. Before he leaves, he claims that with Nozomi, he’ll be able to use his true power and control all of SS and the real world.

 

Preview

Omake

Impressions:
Surprisingly, the developments in this episode got my interest, and the fights were pretty exciting, which is rare for fillers. The action was fun to watch and things moved a long at a decent pace as well. There’s a huge cast of characters featured, and the only main character I noticed was missing was Urahara. Now that a large number of shinigami have been cloned and control Soul Society, the protagonists can just go all out in large battles which is a nice departure from the usual one on ones. That’s not to say that cliches were avoided unfortunately. “Arriving just in time to save the day” is definitely an overused plot device, but it’s still kind of funny watching all the characters show up one after the other just when the previous people get defeated. I wonder if the villains ever think “if only I had one more second, I could have finished them off, saving me a lot of trouble in the future”.

The villain Inaba does seem to be quite strong though, and his powers also seem to deal with the manipulation of time. Just when Ishida gets his moment of glory, he gets cut down in a blink of an eye, which I saw coming quite a while off. To make a fair comparison however, Ichigo fared no better against him even with his hollow mask and bankai, due to his unstable reiatsu and it wasn’t until the very end with the arrival of all the real shinigami when they could claim a minor victory.

35 Comments

  1. This was very interesting up until all those shinigami appeared to save Ichi’s ass, should have only been Kurotsuchi and maybe 3 more captains. Chad was as useful? as always………….At least there’s a good reason why Ichigo couldn’t win even with the hollow mask. It would be good if Ichigo uses that final power up again to defeat Inaba.

    jingoi
  2. HOLY SH!T!!!! 3 for 3!!!! I’m happily grateful for being wrong, the quality of these last three eps are movie quality SHOCKING!!!!! I’m sure its expensive, so it cant last forever but heres hoping. btw-fighting hollows has always been whack, weapon on weapon fighting was always this series strong point!

    BROOKLYN otaku
    1. “weapon on weapon fighting was always this series strong point!”

      Agreed. Surprisingly, the writers actually created a good premise for such events to occur. With all the reigai, we can actually see all out battles, and see characters actually die (even if they are copies, it’s the closest to death we’re gonna get in Bleach)

      So far so good

      Kentaiyoshimi
  3. Best shonen filler I can remember.

    Really surprised to see the originals join in the fight right away like this, that basically doubles the potential epicness of the upcoming fights. I just really hope they don’t get too cliche with a bunch of me vs my clone 1 on 1 battles, or spending way too much time on people getting confused mid-fight and attacking the wrong person in a comical manner.

    Necromas
  4. I have to say that the producers doubled their outputs at the right moment.

    Because if they didn’t – like for example if they focused on the fillers between Aizen’s arc, who knows if I would still be watching right now.

    Kabayongtao
  5. Well color me surprised. Quality animation and engaging story in my Bleach filler?!?! Definitely pulling their strings right to subvert the mass dropage that otherwise would have occurred.

    While there have been several fights that I looked forward to seeing animated and didn’t disappoint, this is probably the most interested I’ve been in Bleach story-wise since the SS arc.

    Xin
  6. I know I fail when I haven’t watched this yet….

    Watchan now…

    Oh and btw promising filler. I’m starting to like Studio Pierrot whenever they throw in high budget for certain parts.

    megalith
    1. What are you talking about? 12 shows is a lot! And don’t forget that Wednesday is dead and Tuesday has like two shows. The vast majority come out all at once on Thursday, so that’s why there aren’t new posts every single day. Don’t blame the site, blame the schedules.

      innerchihiro

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