This is a one hour special, with half dedicated to recaps of what has happened and the other dealing with the aftermath of the Soul Society arc.
I’m actually impressed on how they pulled the recaps. It wasn’t all that boring and they focused on the most popular aspect of the show, the fights, nicely. Some people that I know *\*coughfuk-u-dacough*\* could do well to take lessons from the Bleach production crew.
The second half resolves the Soul Society arc, with not much chnages from the original manga material. Since the Arankal arc is still ongoing, next episode seems to start off a filler arc with the gang plus Renji facing off 3 gothloli villains. Somehow, from the preview already I’m not expecting good stuff to come out. Meh.. we’ll see next week.