This is not going to be a really profound post about Bleach, or Kubo. It is mostly (97%) fangirly type squeeing. Apologies, but I feel like sharing.
I have seen spoilers and stuff from the manga, and I think I've got a rough idea of what's to come in the anime, but still; I think Szayel is a bad bad Arrancar, and yet, I found myself kinda drooling over how sexy he is. Maybe it's the animation? I dont't know, I think the animation is ok for tha most part, but I don't read the manga, so I have nothing to compare it to. Maybe it's all his lithe sexy limbs? Hell, maybe I have at thing for pink haired men ( I do have a crush on Genso Gojyo and he looked fruiter than a picnic basket with that magenta hair!).
Ichigo (who is always smexy, even all googly eyed and drawn weird) looked especially delectable in this episode as well. And I kinda giggled when Ulqui said he thought Ichigo was all brawn and no brains. The poor kid has a reputation for being an idiot, doesn't he? I think it is cute. *squee*
Also, I just read a fanfic by someone and it featured Stark and... Ukitake, I think. It was a good fic (powerful and moving), even though I didn't know who Stark was. But now that I do... whoa. Also a yummy bad guy. (And what's with the prepubescent half nekkid chick all over him? Wow, Kubo, you pedo ~_^)
Then there's Ulqui, Aizen, Gin, Arroneirro (sp?) in his Kaien suit, Tesla (in a lap-dog type of way), and of course, Grimm. In the beginning, we are led to believe that the dudes of Gotei 13 are bad guys and then we are showered with lovely menfolk (and womenfolk- let's not lie, Rangiku, Yoruichi, Nemu, and Nanao are hot!) like Byakuya, Renji, Ikkaku, Shuuhei, Shunsui and Ukitake, and even Yumi in his pretty boy way. Then Kubo tosses in some random hottness in the forms of Urahara, Ryuuken, and even that turd, Ichinose. I mean, if that isn't fan service, I don't know what is!
In HM, I think that Kubo' is telling us that Aizen is a big man-whore and the Arrancar and Espada are his own personal harem. He's keeping Orihime for show. The Esapada numbers are really how he ranks them in the sack. I know this is not a revelation to many of you, but to me it is. I thought Aizen only had the WAFF's for Gin and Ulqui.
In conclusion, I think that Kubo really wants to write (and have animated) PWP yaoi, but can't so this is the best we are gonna get.