One word: SUGOI!!!!! Thank god Studio Pierrot retains the manga’s essence and spirit and adds on it more instead of ruining it (think Naruto and One Piece :( ). Although the rumours of a Bleach movie coming soon is making me a bit nervous. Hopefully the spirit of commercialization doesn’t affect Bleach T_T.
Definately the highlight of this episode was Yama-jii’s shikai release. You cannot deny that a lot of effort went into this part. A bit too long, yes, but still done with style and more dramatic than in the manga. Can’t wait also for the Yoruichi vs Soi Fong fight next episode. Shoujo-ai *hint hint* :)