Episode 346

「完現術の能力者·銀城空吾」 (Furuburingu no Nouryokusha · Ginjou Kuugo)
“The Fullbring User · Ginjou Kuugo”

Summary:
Inoue tells Ichigo that Sado hasn’t been coming to class, and says that she’ll go visit him. However, Sado does not answer the door. Ichigo wonders what is going on to the people around him, and he finally decides to meet up with Ginjou, who leads him into a run-down apartment complex converted into an elaborate hideout filled with the other members of the Xcution. He reveals that he only used Isshin as a pretext for getting Ichigo’s attention, and states that their goal was to restore Ichigo’s shinigami powers.

Ginjou begins his explanation, saying that they are humans born with special abilities called “fullbring”. They can draw out the souls of objects, including inanimate ones, and manipulate them and use that as a power, or even transform them into other things. He demonstrates his power, and has Riruka bring in Chad. Ginjou then continues to explain that all of their parents were attacked by hollows before they were born, and that vestiges of those abilities were left inside them. He states that they wish to use a person with both human and shinigami powers to rid themselves of their fullbring abilities, which a number of their previous members had already done. Ichigo however, demands to know what’s happening to him and his friends.

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Episode 346

「黒崎家に忍び寄る危機!?一護の迷い! 」 (Kurosaki-ke ni Shinobiyoru Kiki!? Ichigo no Mayoi! )
“A Creeping Danger in the Kurosaki Family?! Ichigo’s Confusion!”

Summary:
Ichigo leaves the Xcution’s hideout, and Ginjou tells his members that they really do need him, but that he is confident that Ichigo will give an answer. Riruka begins tailing Ichigo.

The man with a book that Ishida was pursuing approaches a soul close to turning into a hollow and stabs him. Inoue visits Ishida in the hospital again, but he declines her offer to heal him. She asks why Ishida was near Ichigo’s home when he was attacked, and he claims the two things aren’t related. They suddenly feel the presence of a hollow however, and Inoue rushes off to find Ichigo. The hollow disappears abruptly, and so she drops the issue.

At home, Karin feels a strange presence outside their house, but sees no one when she goes out. Ichigo suspects Ginjou, and the next day, Chad tries to convince him that he needs his powers back. Later, Ichigo sees the unknown man reading a book again and gives chase, wondering if he was the one near their house the other night. He runs into Yuzu however, who is suddenly attacked by a hollow. Ginjou shows up and defeats the hollow, saying that they can’t let him die. Ichigo decides that he wants his powers back in order to protect his friends and family, and agrees to work with the full-bringers.

Preview

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Impressions:
It’s not often we see Ichigo seriously losing his cool, and Ginjou has tell him several times to calm down and listen. Though he looks rather pathetic, it’s also somewhat understand as this is one of those rare times where he truly is completely helpless, and he knows it. Of course the “Xcution” taking advantage of his lack of options is also morally questionable, but the way Ginjou puts it, his deal does seem like a win-win situation. The hyperactive tsundere Riruka gets on my nerves in part because of her shrill voice, but she is the one character whose personality sticks out among the full-bringers (as much as her pink/magenta hair does). She’s even begun stalking Ichigo, which would just be funny if she wasn’t a bit obnoxious.

On a more serious note though, there’s the dude reading the book who constantly shows up but rarely speaks and remains cloaked in mystery. It’s heavily implied that he’s the main source of Ichigo’s current troubles (that will turn out to be mostly true). With all his friends/family at risk and several already attacked, Ichigo has no choice but to turn to the Xcution in an attempt to regain his powers. In some ways though I wish this was not the case, and that he could find some way to overcome the threat without using supernatural powers, or at least that his friends could rise up for a change and fight for him. Unfortunately now we’ll just have to go through the usual training arc, and hope that it’s more exciting when animated.

29 Comments

  1. As you will soon see, these Xecution guys are VERY powerful. So… where the hell were they when Aizen was rampaging? How come Soul Society never even mentioned such powerful individuals? How come Aizen never mentioned such powerful individuals? Reality bending is a power that would get the attention of both sides. Short answer: Kubo is pulling everything out of his ass with no concerns for continuity or plot consistence.

    DmonHiro
    1. Are you reading the manga? Because if you are, then you should have realised that Show Spoiler ▼

      And seriously, do you even consider anything else besides just nitpicking at the plot? Who would come out and join the fight when two armies are having a bout? Besides, the whole town was teleported to soul society while the battle was taking place. Besides, how do you know that they were in town at that time? Btw, did you know that Shinji was on the title page in the first chapter of the manga along with all Ichigo’s friends, but didn’t appear at all until the Vizard arc? True story. So, you gonna start complaining again?

      Next you’ll be asking why the other shinigamis from America didn’t come and help save the world. -_-; Look I know you’re venting, but the lack of positive comments on this page is just depressing, seeing as how none of the comments are related to these two episodes. So, please don’t mind.

      Dusk
      1. Except… Show Spoiler ▼

        Necromas
  2. I get that prooof has other stuff to do in his life, but his write ups are a few scant paragraphs of scattered thoughts/recap. Actually, most write ups in general are a few scant paragraphs of scattered thoughts/recap. The website is fun and a bleach section is fun, but it can only take so much effort, and it’s disappointing when the bloggers aren’t able to keep consistency with the shows they are blogging. Any given ep of anime amounts to 20some minutes of watch time. I don’t like it when people complain about free content either, but in this case it’s kind of justified because there’s honestly not much excuse for it. If you don’t have the free time for these brief blogs, hire one of the millions of people who do (these write ups aren’t exactly one of a kind).

    Life got in the way of watching a show for 20 minutes and then posting a cursory opinion of it? Did you get jailed for a week?

    blastsport
    1. unfortunately for me it’s very difficult to write meaningful things that I haven’t said already because of the fact I follow the manga
      in addition, bleach isn’t a series that there is a whole lot to talk about in general, so I supplement it with episode summaries (a holdover from omni’s time) which I hope you find useful, if not particularly insightful

      as for consistency, I’ll try to do better

      Prooof
    2. Blastsport what is your deal? Did someone kill your cat or something?
      You sound like you are so offended by the fact that Proof didn’t go out of his way to please you in particular? Chill out, first of all. If you don’t like the way he does things then don’t frequent this blog. Nobody forced you to come here and read his blog entries (which I think are quite adequate keep up the good work). Also, Proof I don’t think you need to change anything for him. I think that the few paragraphs of summary/opinion are fine and indeed they greatly resemble what Omni himself used to do with Bleach (perfectly acceptable!) PS Blastsport it takes time and effort to put up all the caps and even to write a few paragraphs so lay off.

      Allie
  3. The pace of the anime is a lot better than in the manga, and Hollows are way scarier when you can’t see them. Unlike in previous seasons when they were just mooks who died in two seconds.

    It also help mislead me as to how powerful the Fullbringers are. IF THEY CAN TAKE DOWN A HOLLOW, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO BEAT A THIRD SEAT AT LEAST, RIGHT?

    Show Spoiler ▼

    Da5id
  4. Hey let’s be thankful that Bleach is being covered at all in Random Curiosity. I don’t mind the late posts as long as Prooof is doing it; just fine the way they are BTW. I didn’t want to comment on this arc yet, but I just want to say that credit is given to those putting in effort.

    Pikachu
  5. Is this worth continuing guys? Kinda lost interest during the last arch, right around when that mod soul girl suddenly acquired shikigami powers. Also didn’t bother with the second half of the living sword arch, after that guy that was sealed in the three was defeated.
    (Don’t really care enough to look up all the names.)

    Snicket

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