The mystery deepens as Ichigo and Rukia break out of jail to figure out what's really going on in the Soul Society.
What They Say:
Ichigo is placed under arrest by the Soul Society under suspicion of being responsible for the disappearance of the Soul Reapers in the Precipice World. With Rukia's help, the two make an escape, when Renji and Ikkaku appear to do battle.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After the incident in the Precipice World and the changes that seem to be going on where the worlds themselves are now kept apart, Ichigo is getting into a lot of trouble on both of them. In the World of the Living, Kon has been taking care of his body and has ended up with an attractive young green haired girl that's now staying in his room and refuses to say who she is. If the family finds out that she's in there, Ichigo's sisters and father will crucify him, so there's some fun panic to be had there. In the Soul Society however, he's being held under arrest because of what's happened with the Soul Reapers that did disappear in the Precipice World. Ichigo just can't win, even if it's not really there.
Of course, considering what all has happened since Ichigo first became a Soul Reaper, it's hard to believe that he'd be involved in such things and that he'd be placed under arrest like that. What makes it all worse is that Rukia ends up breaking him out so they can figure out what it is that's actually happened, which only adds to the guilt. With what happened with Aizen and all that Ichigo did, it's a pretty big flaw in reasoning on the part of those that are insisting he be arrested and those that follow those orders, seemingly with much enthusiasm. Thankfully, there is a bit of discussion that goes on when Ikkaku and Renji show up to arrest him in the dark of night and they talk about how his combat pass was found there, but that it happened a few days ago whereas Ichigo and Rukia just came through recently. The pieces start to fit together, but it's all shelved in favor of some action.
What becomes intriguing is that all of these issues do start to get explained away when it's revealed that there are fakes in their midst, and that Renji and Ikkaku are among them as well as Rukia talks about how differently powerful they are after the fight and their escape from the pair. The action side is good, but it's the dialogue and exposition in this episode that helps the most as the general plot is slowly being teased out. With Ichigo in a different place power wise after the Aizen arc, and this being an original arc, they're doing a pretty solid job here of drawing us into a story that deals with the way events have boxed them in. Providing for different foes that are familiar and having a good spot of fun with Kon in the World of the Living, we get the right balance of humor and action.
Bleach has a very good follow-up from the previous episode as it shows what's going on in both worlds, but focuses heavily on the Soul Society with the revelations there about what's really going on. Kon's material with the green haired girl serves as interesting bookends that will become more important as the arc goes on, but I'll just admit that I'm glad to see Kon in action as Ichigo since I really do like his personality and the way he views the world. The girl has a lot of potential, but she's too much of a mystery at the moment to really say all that much about. Ichigo and Rukia make the episode what it is though and their journey provides a good bit of information and some action that works to support it, rather than distract from it.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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