「復活!死神代行・黒崎一護! 」 (Fukkatsu! Shinigami daikou・Kurosaki Ichigo!)
“Revival! Substitute Shinigami・Ichigo Kurosaki!”

After seeing Ichigo’s insanely powerful Getsuga Tenshou, Ginjou tries to turn tail and run, but of course Ichigo won’t have any of that, especially after all the crap they put him through. Even without bankai, the fight was pretty epic, and regular Getsuga Tenshou hasn’t been this awesome since the first few times Ichigo used it. The fact that a bunch of high-ranking shinigami and former shinigami contributed their own reiatsu to him is probably why his power is even higher than before. I had hoped that this would also give Ichigo some new attacks or abilities, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. However, I am glad to see that the Gotei 13 (the Captain-Commander in particular) are finally willing to bend their traditions and rules to do what is necessary and rational.

Quite a bit happened in this episode, as Ginjou is revealed to be the first substitute shinigami. Tsukishima is still screwing around with Ichigo’s friends, and there’s an emotional scene as a confused and distressed Inoue runs to Ichigo. Urahara and Isshin finally act to take them out of action and prevent them from interfering with anything else, but I really do wonder why they chose to act so late. Urahara is usually on top of things quickly, and I really feel that Kubo chose to wait until things were more dramatic before bringing in the rescue squad.

I’m also not sure how Ginjou can just take and toss around Ichigo’s fullbring powers like a bag of drugged candy and share them with the other fullbringers. He essentially gives each of them a part of Ichigo’s powers, which manifest in the form of fancy gadgets that extend their own abilities. Yukio in particular gains the ability to manipulate the reality around him with his handheld console. It’s a stupid ability, and mostly just serves as a plot device to divide all the characters into separate battles. At least there’s not too much drag with dialogue initially in the fights as Kenpachi ends his fight before it really even begins. The part where he just slices Hulk Giriko clear in half was probably the single most satisfying moment in the entire arc for me, and at the same time we are saved from enduring a long speech boasting about his power and explaining his abilities in detail.

I did enjoy how the directors added a lot of additional scenes into the anime that were not in the manga. Seeing everything in color makes the battles much clearer and more exciting. Close-up shots also show that the character designs have changed in many subtle ways to reflect their long absence, and if you compare the designs in the early years of the manga to the ones now you can quickly see how much Kubo’s art has evolved over the years.

 

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14 Comments

  1. “It’s a stupid ability”
    😀
    “I’m also not sure how Ginjou can just take and toss around Ichigo’s fullbring powers”
    No one does, it’s a stupid ability. Why not give a bit back to ichigo, and then they can all be fullbring BBFs?
    What is even Ginjou’s plan? He said he was going to leave Ichigo forever. QHy did he need though powers?

    And what would happen if ichigo’s fullbring was instead something like making strawberries explode into juice? How did GInjou know it would be usefull enough to go through all of these problems.

    derp...
  2. It’s a shame that Ginjou’s powers and past won’t be explained even the slightest for the remainder of the arc, which would be the only proper time to do so.

    Anyway, who else is glad that the anime isn’t ending?

    Da5id
    1. Huh… Where did you hear that the anime isn’t ending? Or is that just a typo in your question?

      Cuz’ as far as I know, the Naruto spin-off is taking over Bleach’s timeslot on TV Tokyo on the 3rd of April. A week before that (March 27th), the final episode of Bleach airing on TV Tokyo will be Episode 366. With the Naruto spin-off in Bleach’s timeslot, Bleach Episode 367 will be airing on TV Osaka on the 3rd of April. That episode will mark the end of the Fullbringer’s Arc. After that, no more Bleach episode will be produced. Or at least, no plans has been announced yet.

      I got these info from the Japanese anime timeslot calender. I don’t think I got them wrong, but your question gave me doubts.

      Dusk
      1. Huh, I just assumed the channel change meant more episodes. All the news about it ending at 366 made me worried, then I found out there’s an episode after that, so I figured that meant they were continuing on until the manga’s end.

        I guess we’ll see, since now we KNOW there’s at least one more episode than we’ve been told. I’m glad at least this arc is gonna get an ending, even though it answers absolutely nothing.

        Da5id
    1. Well, that’s typical Bleach drama…You could defend saying Ginjou simply still didn’t quite get the fact Ichigo had regained his powers…And also he had never imagined he had been this powerful.

      Ginjou’s transformation…Wasn’t his hair supposed to be white in the manga? Not that I’m complaining; I found it quite stupid to dye his hair in the transformation…He’s outfit is quite silly, too…Go go go Skeletor!

  3. Nice post Prooof!

    I did enjoy how the directors added a lot of additional scenes into the anime that were not in the manga. Seeing everything in color makes the battles much clearer and more exciting. Close-up shots also show that the character designs have changed in many subtle ways to reflect their long absence, and if you compare the designs in the early years of the manga to the ones now you can quickly see how much Kubo’s art has evolved over the years.

    Total agree with that…Ichigo and Ginjou’s extended fight scene here was a good treat. The art is definetly what drives Bleach forward for me! Too bad it’s been so long since we last saw a good-budget-blown episode in Bleach (the last one I remember is the last fight of the Nozomi filler arc…That sh*t was insanely cool!)…Hope the studio saved the best for the last here!

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