Kurosaki and co. are lead to the museum, where upon the invitation of the girl, they play a game with her. They’re trapped in a sequence of seemingly infinite rooms sparsed with some random traps. Ishida, being the Conan of the group, figures out the trick of the room and breaks through the illusion. The baddie trio try to capture him, but Ishida has already figured out their secret and uses Ichigo’s Sprit Seal to reveal them as *kaizou konpaku* (modded souls) with the ability of illusion and space manipulation. The trio returns Chad and Inoue and leaves with a hint that they’re heading for their school.
At first, I thought this is going to be a really bad filler, but it’s not that bad now, especially with the ingenious idea of making mod souls the villains. This would certainly help tie it in with the main story arc later on. I’d totally forgotten about that aspect of the Bleach-verse.
But still, it’s not all that good. The episode was kinda boring on the “looping rooms” part and Ririn’s giggles are darn irritating. The whole execution is kinda clichéd too, with last episode’s “city marathon” and this one’s “loop room” of which have been seen in other animes. What happened to the fights man?!
Kon had his fair share of screentime thought, which would please some fan(atics) of him I know. Ishida’s “mods” supply this episode’s parody, with his Doraemon-esque “pocket” in Kon now. The short *omake* at the end of this episode was really funny too, with the deadpan narration throwing me off course. It was kinda funny to see Soi Fong toying with a cat as well :).
Next up would be the “oh-no-my-classmates-are-in-danger” episode. Expect cheesy melodrama. It doesn’t seem to be that bad though, as some flashes of Soul Society were spotted in the preview. Bleach7 did report a swift end to the filler arc anyways :).