「戦うために! 目覚めよ望実! 」 (Tatakau tame ni! Mezameyo Nozomi! )
“For the Sake of Fighting! The Awakening Nozomi!”

Inaba works on recreating some of the destroyed regai, and he tells the regai Byakuya that they will be attacking the real world soon. The fake Byakuya, Kenpachi, and Hitsugaya travel through the Dangai, but fall into Urahara’s trap, who plans to freeze time to delay their arrival.

The remaining shinigami meet in Ichigo’s room as they discuss what to do. Nozomi states that she also wishes to fight, saying that she thinks her zanpakutou can counter Kageroza’s. She can’t remember its name though, and the other shinigami tell her that she can’t fight just yet. Ichigo, Rukia, Ishida, and Chad train with her in attempt to awaken her zanpakutou. Ikkaku tells her to stop, saying that she would just die, but Nozomi states that she is willing to die fighting, remdinging Ikkaku of his own words. The reigai begin to break out of the trap, and Nozomi presses on with her training with the others. Yumichika states that they need to use stronger reiatsu and attacks against her, and Nozomi agrees. Ichigo releases his bankai and attacks her with Getsuga Tenshou. She is suddenly able to remember the name of her zanpakutou, Arazomeshigure, and is able to absorb the attack and release her shikai.

The regai Kenpachi arrives in the world of the living, and Ikkaku fights him to buy time. Other reigai arrive as well, and the rest of the shinigami go to stop them. However Ikkaku is beaten back easily, and he decides to release his bankai. This is still unable to defeat Zaraki, but Nozomi shows up and using her power she is able to blast him away, impressing Ikkaku.

 

Preview

Omake

Impressions:
This was a pretty high adrenaline episode with non-stop action, and even the training scene was intense. Nozomi finally releases her shinigami powers and becomes less of a liability, but I still somewhat doubt that Nozomi was suddenly able to defeat someone on Kenpachi’s level, unless he was somehow taken by complete surprise. The preview seems to confirm the suspicion that he’s still alright. My guess is that her power can absorb the reaitsu of attacks then use the energy for herself (like Ukitake’s shikai), but it’s still unlikely that the power from one Getsuga Tenshou would be enough to kill Kepnachi. Regardless, she is much stronger now; stopping bankai-level Getsuga Tenshou, even from a weakened Ichigo, is no easy feat, and she has a pretty cool attack too.

It’s really too bad the shinigami don’t work together with Urahara though. He’s quite the schemer and seems to always be on top of things, and coordinating their efforts would probably make things a lot easier, since he tends to work from behind the scenes though. I wonder if Soul Society is still holding those false accusations against him from a hundred years back. It looks like Urahara not doing all that much this time around though, and we’re probably going to be in for another round of the usual shinigami vs reigai fights.

19 Comments

    1. I’ve only been reading the blog posts since it hit filler but I can tell that the fillers are probably alot better than any of the others.

      It may be due to the minimal amount of new characters introduced for this arc and that most of the enemies are characters we all know and love, it’s not a uncommon storyline for shounen but after all, we don’t watch Bleach for its amazing depth. We watch it the girls are hawwwwt 😉

      The filler girl is A++ too.

    2. I think ur RIGHT sir! although this ep in da ARC was a little tame………..no one else said it so allow me, KENPACHI is SEMI-BiSHI with his hair down!! arguments??….i didt think so, LOL

      BROOKLYN otaku
  1. Having read bleach since before it even was an anime, the ending brings up some nostalgic tears for me… it also tells me I’m getting old…

    At any rate, am i the only one who saw her release, and instantly said “It’s Hanataro’s zanpakuto, except with reiatsu instead of battle damage!”

    DSSeraph
    1. Wouldnt it be kind of a mix between Hinataro’s and Ichigo’s. Since It Sucks up Reiatsu and Then Expels it in an attack kind of like Ichigo’s GetsugaTensho

      Sooper1337
  2. Ikkaku’s bankai is becoming more and more of a joke the more he uses it because he keeps getting smacked down even after he activates it. The repeating frames used for the training was too obvious, making it fall on the duuuhhh side.

    I hope regai Kenpachi removes his bracelet and eye patch. Would provide some lulz if after that he still fails (as he is required to by canon) to kill off all the vcs and seats

    Zaku Fan
  3. Hey, I noticed that they changed the ED sequence a bit to showcase a later part of the story. Any chance you can put that up along with each subsequent change to the ED, Prooof?

    Da5id

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