「一護VS雨竜!?裏切り者は誰だ! 」 (Ichigo VS Uryuu!? Uragirimono wa dare da!)
“Ichigo vs Uryuu?! Who is the Traitor?! “

Summary:
Ichigo continues to fight against Tsukishima and Ginjou faces off against the fullbringers. Tsukishima explains his power is to splice the pasts of those he cuts into something different, and states that Ichigo is the only one living a false life. Ichigo tries to attack Tsukishima, but Chad and Inoue interfere again. They take their fight outside, where Tsukishima notes how Ichigo has increased his speed and has begun regaining old powers.

In another room, Ginjou defends himself, but Sushigawara breaks his sword hilt with a punch. He explains his fullbring “Jackpot Knuckle” as the ability to manipulate odds. As Ichigo’s fullbring is complete though, they state that it is time, and Sushigawara uses a punch to blast Ginjou outside. As Tsukishima is about to strike Ichigo, Ginjou intercepts his blade and falls to the ground. Initially he seems to be unchanged, and Ichigo is relieved. Ishida suddenly arrives on the scene however, and tells Ichigo to get out of the way as he reveals that Ginjou was the one who attacked him. However Ginjou immediately cuts down Ichigo, and Tsukishima slashes Ishida. Ginjou explains that he was never actually allied with Ichigo and that he had been cut twice by Tsukishima. He then stabs him with his sword and claims Ichigo’s fullbring as his own.

 

Preview

Omake

Impressions:
I don’t think I was imagining the soft whispering in the BGM I heard throughout the episode, but it definitely brought out the desired effect. There’s no surprise for manga readers here but this was definitely the biggest twist in the whole arc. While there were various hints that Ginjou wasn’t quite what he claimed to be, he always brushed them off convincingly, even to the viewers. And indeed it made perfect sense since Ginjou truly believed that Tsukishima was an enemy, much as Ichigo’s friends now whole-heartedly think of him as a friend. Not only does Ichigo have absolutely no allies now aside from Ishida, who is immediately defeated (their lack of communicate no doubt contributed to that), but now he finds out that he has been played all along and the whole fullbringer business was a sham using him as a pawn. I don’t really know if it was necessary to portray Ginjou and Tsukishima as the epitome of pure evil, but they sure as hell fit every stereotype, all the way down to the maniac laughing and the in-depth explanation of their master plans. So yes, Ichigo has been utterly crushed and defeated, but luckily for him, help is on the way, in the form of all of his shinigami friends. At least, those battles will be something to look forward to as the full-bringers get the ass-kicking they deserve.

34 Comments

  1. I honestly think the twist was quite good. It’s just the rest after this it felt like everything went kinda downhill for Ginjou. It’s just such a shame since he was turning out to be a decent bad guy. Now I just hope the anime elaborates on his backstory more than the manga, maybe then I can appreciate this arc more.

    ronri
  2. I WONDER WHO’S GONNA SHOW UP NEXT EPISODE

    I think I’m seeing a pattern here. Ichigo gets a Fullbring form, then uses it for 3 episodes, then gets a new form. Except this is the complete form, so…nowhere to go but down.

    And next episode, things get real. The peak of this arc’s story quality.

    And then they get weird.

    Da5id
  3. You know, I’ve got this funny feeling that the Bleach anime might be ending soon. When they finish this arc they will only have 8-10 chapter remaning! Also, I think the The Rock Lee Naruto spinoff is taking over Bleach’s timeslot.

    Shez
    1. This fullbring arc took a little more than one year (55 chapters) to be completed. Why do you think the last arc will last for just 10 chapters?

      This is actually impossible in shounen like this. Bleach will only end in 2013 or 2014. So, yeah, we still have more one or two years of Bleach.

      André
      1. A little later then that I think. Remember that the first chapter of the manga was 11 years ago. Kubo said the last arc will be longer then the entire Aizen thing, which started in ep 110 and ended in ep 342 (around 1/2 the entire series if not counting filler). We can assume then that with extending battles and 2 or 3 filler arcs (filler arcs are usually 20-30+ eps) Bleach will last for around 5-8 more years.

        SortedeVaras
  4. So how does one “steal” a fullbring power?Fullbring is a power ingrained into someone soul, caused by having some hollow in them, having a strong attachment to a particular abject, and super science/magic.

    How do you steal this attachment to an abject via sword suction?
    WHy does nothing in this arc make sense?
    Why is less cohesive then every single filler arc in bleach?

    derp...
    1. Well a soul can be removed from the body whether or not it has an attachment. The body then becomes lifeless. But stronger the soul like ichigo it is divided ie Hollow Ichigo and Reaper Ichigo.

      Look at it this way Ichigo is strong because of his connection so therefore his soul is limitless and these connections he has with friends family etc make up his power.

      Hope that made sense.

      Soul Mind and Body is what everyone says so this is my theory.

      Dragonite88
  5. I’m kinda glad I started to watch Bleach again post-time skip as it resets the series to the qualities that made me love the manga in the first place. This entire arc just supports this, the emotions and plot twists are just excellent.

    Ochan
  6. Yay I love all the captains’ new looks and to see it animated is so awesome.
    The cliffhanger showed the mansion split up, but did Ichigo forget that his friends and family are in there?

    random viewer

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