The twist continues on… as Bleach heads for the end of the Soul Society arc.
The twist continues on, as Aizen shows off his l337 skillz and pwns both Ichigo and Renji easliy. As much as I’d hate to admit it, but he is seriously f**king evil and f**king cool at the same time. I’m pretty relieved that the action scenes this episode was really animated nicely.
Also, Aizen’s motives are nicely revealed in an anticlimatic mood after Ichigo and Renji’s defeat, with the revelation of Hougyoku and Urahara’s less-than-noble help of Rukia.In all, this episode covers Chapter 172 to 175 of the manga completely and perfectly.
One point to note also was the BGM arrangement of this episode, luring viewers into a false hope by playing “Number. 1” when Ichigo arrives to block Aizen’s sword and nicely ending the song just before the climax when Ichigo’s attack gets easily blocked by Aizen. Further in later, the BGM’s used during Aizen’s explanation really befits the story being told and truly, the musical team of the Bleach anime deserves praise.
In all, this was truly a fine episode of Bleach, continuing from the quality we’ve been seeing since episode 60. I have to admire the storytelling genius of Kubo Tite-sensei in producing Bleach, although at times it may seem to drag a bit. However, it is still true that the end of the Soul Society is in sight and I can only hope that the production team are able to produce material of this calibre, if they make a filler arc, but I’m not putting my money on them yet, judging from past experiences :P.