「生きたい…！望実の斬魄刀 」 (Ikitai…! Nozomi no Zanpakutou)
“I Want to Live…! Nozomi’s Zanpakutou”
Unohana heals Yamamoto after they retreat from the battle, and they learn from Renji that all contact with the captains have been lost. Unohana says that large amount of Hollows have been appearing, and Yamamoto orders Renji to prepare for the invasion force.
In the World of the Living, Ichigo asks his family to let Nozomi stay with them, saying that she lost her family and that Rukia is her only relative remaining. Isshin, Yuzu, and Karin agree, and later go out shopping, while Ichigo and Rukia leave to hunt a hollow. Chad and Inoue go to Ichigo’s house, and they notice that Kon’s attitude had become much more subdued after Nozomi revealed that she was the first Mod Soul.
Ikkaku and Yumichika see Ichigo after he defeats the hollow, and they go to his house. Rukia meets with Urahara, who explains his deductions, but also states that he doesn’t know why Inaba needs Nozomi Inoue and the others keep Nozomi company, and Ichigo goes off to fight another Hollow. Ishida shows up to help him fight it off, and Ichigo asks Ishida about Kon. Later, Renji, Ikkaku, and Yumichika tell Ichigo that they need to question Nozomi as to what exactly is going on.
That night, Nozomi slips outside and is attacked by a hollow. She considers whether it would be better if she wasn’t alive, but Kon tells her that it’s better to live. Nozomi’s zanpakutou suddenly materializes when she decides to protect Kon, and she is able to defeat the hollow.
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I may have marathoned the first few years of Bleach, but these scenes from way back in the Soul Society arc shown in the new ending sequence still feel quite nostalgic, and it’s nice seeing them again.
There’s a serious lack of communication, and I don’t understand why Ichigo doesn’t just tell his family the truth. Isshin is a shinigami and like Urahara he probably knows more than he lets off with the silly front. Keeping these kinds of secrets does nothing to protect his family, and makes them worry needlessly as well. There’s no need to lie, and I don’t think they completely buy it anyway.
With Nozomi settled into Ichigo’s home though, this was largely a calmer episode with a slight lull in the fighting. Inoue’s horrendous culinary creations are back, this time in the form of “Choconomiyaki” (though it does seem that she has found a new fan in Nozomi). There’s also a different, quieter, cooler Kon, and I do think that I like him better this way. He quickly reverts to his usual self of course, but his development with Nozomi also finally moves forward as they find camaraderie in their similarities. She barely gives any information to help the shinigami though, and even Urahara is in the dark about her significance to Kageroza’s plans. I don’t know if she just prefers to keep silent or if she simply doesn’t know, but it’s also a little annoying how she keeps getting herself into trouble. Finally though she busts out her shinigami powers, and it seems that all it took was a little effort. Now all she has to do is contribute some information to help deal with this reigai issue so no one else gets hurt.