「 激突!ルキアVSルキア!」 (Gekitotsu! Rukia VS Rukia!)
“Clash! Rukia vs. Rukia!”

Summary:
Kon chases Nozomi as she wanders around, looking for the place she’s supposed to go to. She refuses Kon’s pleas to go back, and tells Kon to take her to the mountain.

The reigai Kira fights Matsumoto and he releases his improved Wabisuke, which increases the weight of what it strikes by ten times. Using a ruse however, Matsumoto is able to defeat him and he fades to a cloud of dust. Elsewhere in the town, Rukia runs into her regai and they battle. The fake Nemu arrives and attacks her, but the real one defeats her quickly. At the same time, Rukia releases Sode no Shirayuki and also wins. However, she reveals herself to be the reigai, and turns on Nemu and Matsumoto, knocking them into the river.

In Soul Society, Kyouraku has been detained on suspicion of modifying the records, and Ukitake disputes it with the Central 46 to no avail. He meets with Unohana, though they are unclear about the conspiracy. Ukitake breaks out Kyouraku from the prison, but he turns out to be the reigai version and cuts down Ukitake.

 

Preview

Omake

Impressions:
Ukitake got it right: Central 46 are a bunch of thick-headed retards, and they should not have been replaced after Aizen slaughtered them. Since both the central leadership and the Captain Commander are no use and looking in the wrong direction as usual, it’s up to the shinigami to rescue Soul Society from this crisis. Unfortunately Ukitake was kind of in the dark about the situation so I can’t blame him for getting fooled, but Unohana did warn him. The reigai are using some good deceptive tactics, and manage to score quite a few victories. In the end, I guess it’ll be up to Ichigo again to save the day, though I think he’ll be tricked at least once too. There are some interesting dynamics with no one left to trust, but I guess the only real solution is to check for the weird bracelets and glowing blue eyes each time they meet. Also the reigai seem to be contained in some sort of soul candy, so I guess they aren’t really gone even after the body is destroyed (like in Madoka Magica).

30 Comments

  1. A Madoka reference! Nice. 🙂
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    “..and they should not have been replaced after Aizen slaughtered them.”

    Yeah, how do they replace all of 46, but they can’t replace some of the three vacant captain seats when they have two lieutenants who can use Bankai? (Renji and Ikkaku)

    And, for goodness sakes, can someone explain to me why there is a Rukia clone when she is neither a Captain nor a Lieutenant? Okay, maybe later we will see others, but for now she is the only one. All of the other clones are Capts or Lts. Don’t get me wrong, I like Rukia, but it just seems… weird.

    Ricalloo
    1. “Yeah, how do they replace all of 46, but they can’t replace some of the three vacant captain seats when they have two lieutenants who can use Bankai?”

      The Central 46 are chosen from the noble families of Seireitei. They are common politicans, not people with actual (or competent) spiritual power.

    2. Probably the same reason why there are clones of Ikkaku (3rd seat) and Yumichikan (5th seat). From the last battle with Ichigo (respect Ichigo because he defeated Aizen, blah blah), it seems that those who are likely to interfere are those who are made into reigai or alternatively it maybe that there is an ongoing process of replacing everyone but the pirority is on Ichigo’s allies.

      Meta reasons are, of course, because they can’t introduce new high seat characters unless the author okays it

      Zaku_Fan
  2. SS would be better off without Central 46 and they’re always useless. Central 46 isn’t even worth the trouble to be replaced by regai unless whoever’s making them is bored to death.

    KJacket
  3. How could they replace the central 46 with all useless morons again? If all the ruling families are such morons why keep making a new 46 every time?

    Another thing I found foolish also was the fact that the bad guy made copies that are much stronger then the originals. I can see their being more ruthless and violent as that makes sense but to amp up Kira’s sword tenfold? Why wasn’t that done already if it was possible with the original people?

    Karmafan
    1. The central 46 are not nobility but supposed to be wise men, but become a level on par with nobility by being nominated. Basically it runs like a sort of democracy.

      As for their reasoning, i think they explained it well in the anime itself. They want to imprison Kyouraku for trial and to allow them to gather evidence safe in the knowledge that Kyouraku will not be able to destroy it.

      As for amplifying the zanpaktou, i suspect it is the same reasoning why you can’t increase a human’s strength to that of a jackhammer but you can build a jackhammer. The zanpaktou are part of the shinigami so for all purposes, they are equal to an arm or leg.

      The new enemies are obviously not truly human, more like AIs so you can do much more with them

      Zaku_Fan
  4. Who didn’t see that coming? *looks around* No one? Was I the only one that did?

    First off, put a damn leash on Nozomi. The fact that she keeps wandering off, has lost it’s amusing novelty and has more or less just gotten annoying.

    Also the quick intro/departure of the three imposters and some of their original counterparts seemed a bit rushed and felt like a quick tack on.

    Snicket
  5. Good episode. Matsumoto’s use of the iron bar was very good rather than just standard bleach slashing.

    While watching, I suspected Rukia but not Kyouraku. I was thinking Kyouraku was going to get slashed in the back by a fake Ukitake. Good writing there. Really, Rukia had the initiative and still lost. She needs to go train in the mountains

    Zaku_Fan
  6. That’s the second arbitrary Madoka reference I’ve seen.

    Also, can anyone point me to a time besides Aizen’s imprisonment where Central 46 was actually good for something?

    Da5id
  7. “Ukitake got it right: Central 46 are a bunch of thick-headed retards, and they should not have been replaced after Aizen slaughtered them. Since both the central leadership and the Captain Commander are no use and looking in the wrong direction as usual, it’s up to the shinigami to rescue Soul Society from this crisis.”

    Just here for this golden line. More than 1000 years have not helped ol´Yama at all, just gave him some alzheimer.

    Sad but true, high ranking ineptitude is a form of plot device (like Sengoku in One Piece).

    Lectro Volpi
  8. You know Bleach is in serious trouble when 2 days after the new episode is out there are only 17 responses. The current manga arc is terribly boring and follows the same format as just about every other arc Bleach has ever had. Not a good sign.

    Karmafan
    1. I agree. Compared to the newest shows the rate of responses in Bleach is lower. I dropped Bleach a long time ago. I just watched this episode out of curiosity and check up what’s happening with Ichigo and company. It’s quite entertaining for an episode with all the fights but it really is predictable now. We all know this will have a happy ending. It has to go back to status quo at the end of this filler arc.

      conyo985

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