「哀しみの戦い!一護VS茶渡&織姫! 」 (Kanashimi no tatakai! Ichigo VS Sado & Orihime! )
“Kanashimi no tatakai! Ichigo VS Sado & Orihime! “

Summary:
Isshin and Urahara carry a sword glowing with reiatsu as they walk through the streets at night.

After Ichigo encounters Tsukishima at his home, he runs into Ginjou who takes him to another safe house. In frustration, Ichigo lashes out, but Ginjou tells him it’s nobody’s fault. Ginjou surmises that Tsukishima’s power allows him to manipulate the past, placing himself in the pasts of the people he cut. He tells Ichigo that their friends and family now think of them as the crazy ones, and that even killing Tsukishima may not necessarily revert the effects.

Yukio suddenly appears in their hideout though, and reveals that he had a tracking marker on Ginjou. Ginjou and Ichigo try to flee, but Yukio tells them to go back with him. Determined to kill Tsukishima, Ichigo agrees. They go to Tsukishima’s mansion, but when he goes in he finds all of his friends inside welcoming him. They continue to egg him to apologize to Tsukishima. Ichigo is unable to withstand the stress and runs upstairs after Tsukishima, only to find himself surrounded by the other fullbringers. Ginjou tells him that he destroyed the stairwell, allowing Ichigo to release and fight without restraint. He immediately charges Tsukishima, attacking him furiously.

Ichigo injures Tsukishima, but Inoue and Chad arrive and protect him. Chad tells him how Tsukishima had helped them save Rukia and Inoue, and defeat Aizen.

 

Preview

Omake

Impressions:
With these turn of events, we see a very different side of Ichigo — first, one of him in panic and horror, then one seething with a dark anger and determination to murder. I don’t blame him for wanting to kill Tsukishima though, as I certainly would have wanted to do the same if placed in his shoes. Tsukishima is seriously getting into the act though, and is deliberately trolling Ichigo by inviting him to his house where all his friends and family are gathered, telling him what a great guy Tsukishima is. Ichigo is quickly cracking as he’s backed into a corner, and all he can think of now is to kill him as soon as possible.

He soon gets a chance to put his new powers to the test, and does pretty well in a short period of time. Even though I’ve made clear my distaste for this arc, I’ll admit that things are a lot more epic when animated. A determined Ichigo is an effective Ichigo, but unfortunately there’s no way Tsukishima is giving him a straight fight, as Chad and Inoue have also fallen under his spell and now rush to his defense. That’s likely to be enough to shut down Ichigo’s attack as there is no way he could attack his friends, and if I remember correctly from the manga, things will continue to get worse for him.

15 Comments

  1. Remember that time Tsukishima gathered the pieces of the triforce, and saved Hyrul?
    Remember when he saved the Leaf village from Pains attack?
    Remember when he helped the Staw hats escape from Pacifistas?
    We owe him a lot.

    I love it, because he is like a not over powered Aizen. He uses active trolling to beat his opponent, not retardation.

    derp...
    1. Ichigo: Guys, look at Tsukishima in young Inoue’s flashback. Look at what Tsukishima looks like now. He doesn’t age!! Why can’t any of you see anything strange? Is it just me?!

      Dusk
  2. This episode definitely took me for a ride. I haven’t enjoyed Bleach this much since the very beginning with Ichigo’s first hollow “training”. Good thing Tsukishima was there to save him from initial hollowfication — too bad in this arc poor Ichigo has snapped.

    It’s obvious at this point somebody is inducing amnesia onto the Ichigo. I don’t know what Ginjou is playing at — but seeing as he’s shown his con-man skills repeatedly in the past, he’s obviously up to something. It just pains me to see the main character being taken advantage of like this, just because of his (yet-unexplained) amnesia.

    Looking forward to “Bleach 360” — full circle, you see.

    hoiut
  3. Tsukishima’s trolling was the best thing that came out of this arc (hey, it was actually good fun not to mention he did better than Aizen), otherwise the rest of the arc just feels like an excuse for Ichigo to get his powers back (what with Ginjou getting so little explanation behind his motives).

    ronri
  4. I’m actually really impressed with the way the anime has been handling this arc. The story is flowing much better, the battles are more exciting, the characters have more depth to them, hell everything about this feels so much more exciting than it did in the manga. Despite the censoring, I really have to admit that the anime version of Bleach is much better than the manga.

    Basically, Bleach is much more enjoyable and exciting if you read the manga as storyboards for the anime, and the anime as the final product.

    LaughingMan
  5. Why is Issen carrying a glowing sword?
    That blood is going to be censored once it’s dubbed.
    All they are showing is Tsukishima standing there in the flashbacks.
    The Omakes are just getting ridiculous with Chad in them.

    random viewer

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