「自分同士の対決、一角VS一角！」 (Jibun doushi no taiketsu, Ikkaku VS Ikkaku! )
“Showdown of Mutual Self, Ikkaku vs. Ikkaku!”
Kyouraku meets with Ukitake in private and discuss what has happened so far. After the fake Mayuri and Kenpachi returned, they had reported that Ichigo interfered in the Precipice World, and produced Ichigo’s shinigami badge as evidence. Yamamoto orders his capture, sending a team to the real world. Kyouraku and Ukitake investigate the Precipice World records, but members of the 2nd squad arrive to arrest them on suspicion of modifying the records.
In Karakura Town, Nozomi runs off again and the shinigami look for her. Suddenly they feel the arrival of the fake captains. Meanwhile, Inaba enters a prison cell with an unconscious person, and tells Nozomi that she can’t run. Kon finds Nozomi in the forest, but she runs off when the reigai shinigami arrive.
Several of the reigai lieutenants discuss their mission, and the originals arrive. Omaeda fights a modified version of himself, and Yumichika, Ikkaku, and Shuuhei each fight their counterparts. Shuuhei and Omaeda are overpowered by their reigai’s aggression and flee into a tunnel. By working together however they are able to defeat the fakes. Ikkaku and Shuuhei are defeated by their reigai counterparts, and after Ishida arrives they leave to look for Nozomi.
We finally see some more clone vs shinigami action, though I wasn’t particularly impressed. Perhaps I’m expecting too much from fillers, but the whole thing could be much deeper. When I first saw this guy, I thought it was Isshin dressed as Omaeda, but then he just turned out to be a douche version of Omaeda with an even more obnoxious personality than the original. I’ll admit the more violent reigai do spice up the fights, such as the bloodthirsty narcissist version of Yumichika, but it just wasn’t that exciting on a whole. In addition, I’m also not too impressed with how Soul Society was so eager to hunt down Ichigo again, after suspicious accusations from the fake captains. Only Kyouraku and Ukitake saw something wrong, and I assume the rest were either replaced by reigai or fooled. Next week is Rukia vs. Rukia though, and I definitely am curious to see that. Of course there’s also the mystery with Nozomi and what seems to be a male version of her, and it’s hard to make out the relationship just yet.