「最凶の霊骸、 現世に現る！」 (Sai kyou no reigai, gensei ni genru!)
“The Most Evil Reigai, Appears in the Real World!”
Nozomi blasts away the reigai Kenpachi with a powerful attack. After he gets up, Yumichika states that he will fight Kenpachi in order to avenge Ikkaku. Ichigo tells Nozomi that they need to get Ikkaku to safety, but she says that she wants to go help the others fight. All the shinigami ask her to fall back to safety though, and Ichigo tells her to take it easy.
Hisagi and Kira battle the powered-up reigai Hitstugaya. Omaeda fights the reigai Byakuya, but he is easily overpowered. Renji and Rukia attack him as well, and Byakuya releases his bankai. Matsumoto and Iba fight Komamura, and they are joined by Chad. Komamura however releases his bankai as well, and they are beaten back. Kenpachi cuts down Yumichika, then faces off against Ichigo.
All the lieutenants are overwhelmed, leaving Nozomi to face the reigai. She absorbs Hitsugaya’s attack with her zanpakutou, and is able to knock him out. Byakuya tells Kenpachi that they need to take out the surviving shinigami first, and he binds Nozomi. Ishida manage to save her, then accidentally attacks her, but Nozomi is able to absorb his arrows. They decide to charge her sword by directing their spiritual power at her. The resulting attack successfully pushes back the reigai, but Byakuya is able withstand it, though before he can do anything, Yamamoto’s flames engulf him.
These fights are starting to feel a bit rehashed, as this whole arc has been featuring all sorts of combinations of shinigami and reigai pounding at each other. This time it’s a lot of the lieutenants a few of the reigai captains. Luckily, it’s extremely fast paced (perhaps almost a little too much so), and shikai’s/bankai’s are pulled out within the first minute of the battle. The fights also feature a hyper-aggressive Hitstugaya and Komamura that’s quite different from what we usually see, and it’s pretty clear that the lieutenants cannot beat the powered-up reigai captains. At that point they definitely needed all the help they could get, and Ichigo/Nozomi probably should have joined in earlier.
As expected, Arazomeshigure’s power is to absorb the energy of an opponent’s attack and use it for it s own, which turns out to be a very troublesome ability for the bad guys. Nozomi’s attack is ridiculously strong, and it’s able to block a bankai-level attack then defeat a captain in one hit. Not only does it take out Hitsugaya, it can apparently also absorb the attacks of half a dozen shinigami at once, then defeat Kenpachi and a released Komamura all at once. While it’s cool that she’s so powerful, I’m having a lot of trouble believing it. Regardless, it looks like the rest of the reigai captains will show up soon, and there will be another epic battle against Yamamoto. It’s such a shame that this is filler and he won’t be able to releases his bankai.