Bleach returns this week with Ichigo forced to duel with Nnoitra, despite his injuries from his last fight against Grimmjow. Meanwhile, Renji, Uryū, Dondochakka and Pesche begin their fight with Szayel who has had time to redress himself for their second act. A flashback occurs, which shows the fight of Renji and Uryū against Szayel. He indicates his annoyance with the fight with such low-powered opponents and unleashes his released form, Fornicaras.
Szayel begins his attacks with splattering out some sort of liquid, which creates a clone of the person it has made contact with. Renji, Uryū, Dondochakka and Pesche try dodging it but fail. Szayel then reveals that the clones have the same abilities as their originals. He then releases the power limiter on the room so that they can fight their clones at full power.
The four rescuers begin fighting their respective clones while Szayel watches. Elsewhere, The fight between Nnoitra and an exhausted Ichigo continues. Attacks from Ichigo with his bankai are easily fended off by Nnoitra. Orihime is warned not to interfere by Tesla, who says her power belongs to Aizen who has allowed Tesla to destroy it if she attacks.
Tesla remembers that Ichigo’s companion, the arrancar Nel, has gone missing. He locates the trembling Nel hiding behind a rock and exposes her. Nnoitra recognizes the terrified child immediately by her broken mask and facial mark. He then reveals her real name is Neliel Tu Oderschvank, a former Espada.
Summarizing the review, this week’s episode was pretty impressive considering all the fillers that had just passed. It was not the best of Bleach, but it has gotten back on the right track, which is enough to know that we can begin expecting some epic battles. Bleach has started to use the same tactic as Naruto Shippuuden, where the anime plot progresses very slowly as compared to the older episodes. This is infact done to give time to the manga artist to actually get ahead.
Animation quality was good considering it is a Bleach episode. As I have not watched any of the filler episodes, the opening theme is new to me and fits perfectly with the shows theme. The ending theme on the other hand was not my cup of tea.
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