「死神参戦!瀞霊廷もお正月SP!」 (Shinigami sansen! Seireitei mo oshougatsu SP!)
“The Shinigami Enter Battle! Seireitei Also Has a New Year Special!”

Hisagi puts Kira in charge of hosting a Soul Society New Year’s event. Though he initially wants to decline, Hinamori convinces him to do it. He has the squads fly kites, but it quickly degenerates into a kite flying battle as the squads attempt to take out each other’s kites. Hinamori gets tangled in a kite and as Hitsugaya tries to save her, they both get swept away. When Kira tries to stop the battle on a glider he crashes into Yamamoto’s quarters.

Later, Rukia meets with Renji to talk about a dance she has to do. He takes her to the 11th and 10th squad barracks in attempt to train her but his efforts are fruitless. They accidentally trip and spill ink on the kimono designed for the dance, and Rukia demands Renji to leave. She dreams of Kaien who gives her advice, and when she wakes up, she finds that Byakuya has left her the kimono her sister had used for the Celebration Dance. Byakuya tells her to practice, and later she invites Renji to come see her performance.

 

ED Sequence

ED: 「MASK」 by Aqua Timez
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Preview

Omake

Impressions:
I realize this was last week’s episode, and perhaps I was putting it off as long as possible. This was supposed to be a late New Year’s special, but to be honest I probably would have preferred not watching it. It’s not horrendous and doesn’t have any major flaws — aside from the fact that it was just very boring overall. I think it would have been better as bonus chapter in the manga instead of making viewers sit through 20 minutes of two mini-stories, one involving a kite-flying event and the other about the dance Rukia had to perform. There were funny parts scattered here and there, but overall things just weren’t that interesting. Rukia and Renji have a little bit of airtime together as they get into an argument and subsequently make up, but the first skit was probably better if it was a 20 second omake tacked on at the end.

The main highlight for me was the new ending sequence which is among the best I’ve seen in Bleach. The scene in the end showing all of Ichigo’s friends texting him pictures of the rainbow was a really nice touch. It helps that Aqua Timez is one of my favorite J-rock bands too, and I’ve enjoyed all their songs featured in Bleach. My advice? Skip the episode, watch the ending.

18 Comments

  1. Probably the main reason why anybody watched this episode was for the ending. At least for me it was. Better late than Never.

    Honestly, the only reason i was waiting for this episode to get blogged was for the ending. Thanks!

    Alex dino
  2. I’m finding silly fillers like this more enjoyable than FB arc haha.

    Rukia was very pretty in those kimonos. Glad to see Kaien again.

    Also the new ED, I like it 🙂 It really does show how Ichigo was during this arc. He was lost and was clueless about his identity (whether he is a Shinigami or not). Then we see Rukia and BAM! Light comes behind him and in the end his friends cheer him up. The animation was beautiful and the lyrics really suited Ichigo’s current situation.

    Corn
  3. Did anyone notice this weeks episode had an interesting comment…

    Inoue said her parents were abusive so her brother took her and they ran away and he raised her. I always thought her parents died in a car crash or some other kind of accident. I guess that means some day her parents might come back in an arc and want her or they knew she had powers and wanted to manipulate or exploit her powers?

    It might even be possible that she is the Sky Kings daughter or some other possible scenario explaining how she has such amazing powers to turn back time to heal folks. Perhaps her brother isn’t even a blood relative. She has orange hair and he had jet black hair so he might have been a bodyguard or something? Its also odd that Inoue and Ichigo have that orange hair when no one else does?

    Karmafan
    1. Her brother took her because her parents were abusive.
      Then her brother died in a car crash. I think… XDDDD

      Ummm orange hair…. lets see. Rangiku much? XD haha
      Also Karin and Ichigo are related but they have different colour hair.

      The theory is possible though.

      Corn
    2. The “abusive parents” is a plot point in her first “arc” is the main reason that her brother had to take her out from home… Parents making a comeback? Who knows, Tite is a big troll your “theory” can be true xD

      Kamui
    3. Nice idea it would actually be cool though. They still haven’t reveal the mystery behind ichigo’s mother. Was it really an accident? Is she really just a “normal” human. SS conspiracy to kill the said mother? But I kinda hate the imouto not related by blood Shtick!

      “Leave behind your tsundere childhood friend, throw out your little sister who’s unrelated by blood! Run past that beautiful mysterious transfer student until she fades into the distance!”

      1. I’ve always wondered where Ichigo’s Hollow powers come from? Is it possible that Ichigo’s mom was from the hollow side and her and Ichigo’s dad fell in love (like Romeo & Juliette) and they snuck off to the real world and had a family?

        There are lots of exciting possibilities here for good storytelling. Look at how amazinf Naruto has become over the years with storylines that lead back to day 1 of the series.

        Karmafan
    1. It’s hard to watch this show. Since you will get as many as fillers as an actual story. at least 95% of the people actually do watch, do because they like the characters/characters designs.

      leokiko

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