「瀞霊廷奪還へ!隊長たち、動く!」 (Seireitei dakkane! Taichou tachi, ugoku!)
“Recapture Seireitei! The Captains’ Move!”

Summary:
Urahara makes preparations for Hitsugaya, Byakuya, and Komamura. He explains that Kageroza doesn’t control the Cleaner, but instead manipulates the time inside the Precipice World. However his control isn’t absolute, and therefore the shinigami have a short window to travel through. Ichigo returns to the Urahara shop with Nozomi, and Kenpachi shows up with Yachiru. They then meet up with the other shinigami to travel to Soul Society behind the Cleaner. The Restrictive Current inside begins to flow faster however due to their high spiritual pressure. In Soul Society, Unohana talks with Inaba, who reveals that he can manipulate the time around the Restrictive Current. Komamura stays behind and uses his bankai to slow the flow, but he gets swallowed up. Hitsugaya, Byakuya, and Kenpachi/Yachiru make it through and split up to find Kageroza.

Kenpachi finds his reigai and they fight, both cutting each other up. Eventually the reigai cuts him down, but after Yachiru comes to him he stands up again. Both of them charge each other using a two handed attack, and Kenpachi manages to defeat the fake. Yamamoto also continues to battle the fake Ukitake and Kyouraku, giving them a difficult time. Elsewhere in Soul Society, Unohana tells Inaba that they are too strong to be defeated. However, Isane reveals herself to be a reigai, and Unohan’s own fake shows up as well.

 

Preview

Omake

Impressions:
Like Yamamoto, I still also find it amusing how the fakes talk, act, and fight like the real ones; the only difference is in their motives. As usual, watching strong characters in a battle is always fun and the purpose of this arc seems to be just that. Of course Yamamoto, Ukitake, and Kyouraku are among the strongest shinigami and they showcase a lot of their powers here. Yamamoto’s fire did seem weaker, but that could just be due to the rain dampening its effects.

Naturally, Kenpachi vs. Kenpachi was pretty exciting as I had thought, but it was also pretty funny at the same time. Something about two violence-prone muscle-heads smashing each other and enjoying the process is really rather amusing. There was the usual “stay standing for half a minute after taking a fatal hit” stance/final words too. I guess that was put in on purpose, to make his fight somewhat parallel the one with Ichigo a while back. It’s no masterpiece, but still is good fun for fans of the characters.

By the way, this week’s Illustrated Shinigami featuring the fake Isane and Unohana was absolutely hilarious and is definitely worth a watch.

26 Comments

  1. Okay, I stopped watching this at the arc where they were still fighting their way to Aizen. I think it was around 120 or so. When Ulchiorra was fighting Ichigo who was searching for Orihime and they were in Aizen’s realm. The episodes being covered lately look like they are fun to watch. (thanks Prooof)

    If I were to catch up, are there any episodes or arcs that I can/should skip? I was never really fond of the Bounty Arc or the Princess ones. 🙁 I’m watching like 30+ shows this season and [I’m thinking] there’s still plenty of time to marathon some Bleach.

    1. if you just want to watch the filler arc going on right now, you can start at 317 and you wouldn’t miss much continuity-wise since the arc is largely standalone

      Prooof
    1. I was hoping the same thing. She has to have some mad skills for everyone to fear her so much. But if she cut loose all the canon maniacs would hollar bloody murder that she showed her stuff in a filler arc and not the true canon episodes.

      Karmafan
      1. I think at this point, the canon maniacs are pretending the anime is canon and the manga is filler… or rather, that the manga stopped after Aizen was defeated. >.>

        Shiden
    1. I know of 3 Captains, that are very Old. Together with the General. Well, Unohana and the 2 Captains, that are fighting the General. They must be very “old”… Why? 🙂

      Germanguy
  2. It’s good that Konamura was taken out by the current instead of in a fight.
    Worst case he could have accidentally ko’ed himself using his bankai while fighting his reigai, too many laughs(for those who don’t care for him) and what the hell’s(for those who like him) to be had there.

    jingoi
  3. Actually it becomes disappointing that the anime cannot fully utilise Unohana as she has never been shown fighting in the manga. I’m guessing she will use kido or her fight becomes a “background” thing.

    The story could have been tightened by having Inaba mention that he has enough of their essence only for a single reigai else it begs the obvious question why there isn’t a few thousand kenpachis running around.

    Combat wise they could have made it more amazing for Kenpachi’s fight. After all this is the guy that sliced off buildings in a single stroke when fighting Ichigo. 2 of these guys fighting should have cause massive collateral damage with walls, ceilings, floors all sliced into pieces from each attack.

    However, I liked the way they tied up Kenpachi with his past, letting Yachiro be the reason he has to survive, in a link back to the time the both of them met.

    Zaku Fan
    1. *mass production kenpachi’s storm the seireitei*

      Ichigo: Well, we’re screwed. Nice show, everyone.

      Heck, if the current arc of the manga doesn’t go that well, that could be how they end the series as a whole!

      Da5id
  4. Kenpachi vs Kenpachi! Not as over the top as I liked but it was fun and the animation HOLY CRAP! Amazing!! Loved the fight with the rain effects very cool, does anyone remember weather happening soul society before? Don’t really remember much.

    Nice arc so far 😀

  5. This is the first time I’ve seen Kenpachi so mad or beaten up. In the coming episodes, I want to see an Unohana vs Unohana or even a Mayuri vs Unohana or something close to that. I’m just hoping that they wouldn’t do another Mayuri vs Ishida.

    aero

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