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19 August 2009 @ 07:45 pm
Quick Ep 233 Summary and Discussion  
Episode 233 has aired and it was... interesting.

Starts off right where episode 232 ended with Muramasa confronting Ichigo Quick switch to some building near Sokyoku where Senbonzakura is watching the fight from a distance. Rurio-kujaku and Hozukimaru asks what he's doing but Senbonzakura blows them off. Rurui-Kujaku gets pissed but Hozukimaru tells him to let it go and they'll get their revenge soon enough.Rurio-Kujaku proceeds to get happy at the prospect of revenge for his nickname. Back to Ichigo. Despite the apparent reconcilliation between Rukia and Sode no Shirayuki, Shirayuki remains under Muramasa's control and retreats under his orders. Muramasa then says that Rukia was allowed to escape so that he could lure Ichigo to SS so he could liberate all zanpaktou spirits (no mention of Urahara and co or the Visored).

Ichigo demands that Muramasa takes the fight elsewhere and Muramasa concedes. Arriving at some generic location they fight for a bit before Muramasa blocks a Getsuga Tensho and seems to vanish. The world then seems to scramble, turn sideways and gravity goes funny, pinning Ichigo to the floor. Muramasa then appears above him and proceedes to remove Zangetsu. Ichigo and Zangetsu fight briefly though Ichigo's heart isn't in it and he gets Getsuga Tensho'd through a wall.

The scene changes to the 4th Division's hospital wing with Unohana and Isane looking after Komamura. Nemu is explaining the results of Mayuri's research into the problem (with flash backs to Mayuri who has removed his headset and chinpiece while working). Unohana agrees to let Mayuri get some data on her in exchange for regular updates on Mayuri's research. Isane is understandably worried.

When the smoke clears Ichigo is still standing but with his mask half on and laughing in Shirosaki's voice (think during his fight with Byakuya) and proceeds to even the fight up while Muramasa's reaction can be summed up as WTF! Zangetsu explains that it is 'another soul that dwells within him (Ichigo) and the fight starts to go badly. Zangetsu gets a few cuts in but they heal almost instantly and after a particularly nasty blow Ichigo transforms into a Hollow like he did when training with the Vizard. Ichigo finally regains control, declaring he won't let Shirosaki have his body, pulls the mask off and his ordinary body returns. He's pretty dazed and starts calling out for Zangetsu, collapses and the episode ends with Muramasa staring down at him.

Next episode preview has Muramasa in Ichigo's inner world facing down Shirosaki, quick shots of Zabimaru's female half and Renji. The dialogue has Ichigo asking why Zangetsu turned agaisnt him. Zangetsu-ossan replies that he got sick of the scenerey and wanted to see some trees and get out into nature. Ichigo promises to plant him a garden. ^_^
In summary, I think Muramasa has just ibitten off more than he can chew.
Babyluwbabyluw on August 19th, 2009 10:46 am (UTC)
Do we know for sertain who Muramasa belonged to? cuz I can't help but think that it's Ken-chans...and about that, when will he return?! it's seems pretty obvious that they need him, right?

...and I can't help but hope on some Renji/Zabimaru fics to come, that kind of het I would probably want to read...
karkashan: KatanaFightkarkashan on August 19th, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
You know it's kinda sad when the anime filler is more exciting than the actual manga that it's based on.

I can't wait to see the Kazeshini Shuuhei and Zabimaru Renji interactions next week, but Muramasa versus Shirosaki takes the cake.
jiaolin on August 19th, 2009 12:18 pm (UTC)
Oh my, is it really? D:

I hadn't bothered with these fillers because I thought they would be weird, but everyone seems pretty excited about them. Maybe I should give them a chance? Bleach manga kills me these days. :x
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Kim!: Ha ha!spartydragon on August 19th, 2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
SHIROSAKI HELL YEAH! Might have to watch this.
secila80: Snorkelingsecila80 on August 19th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
Shiro must be delighted with this development -- I'm sure he has been wanting to beat down old man Zangetsu for quite a while.
Kylarakarenai on August 19th, 2009 03:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, THANK YOU for posting. *hugs* I didn't even have time to watch the episode yet.

How wonderful this comm is :inlove I'm so glad that the members are active and post. Thanks, seriously.

"Ichigo promises to plant him a garden"

ann89103: Hisagi: Chainann89103 on August 19th, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
As good as this episode was, the preview for next weeks has me quivering in anticipation. Shirosaki. Renji. Zabimaru. Hisagi. Kazeshini. Oh, yeah!
Bana: your cold (blue). touchvitiates on August 20th, 2009 03:14 pm (UTC)
Amen. Kazeshini. I'm just flipping out all over the place. I'm a complete Hisagi dork. XD
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karkashan: KatanaFightkarkashan on August 19th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Actually, at least in my mind, the fillers tend to focus on Ogichi more than the manga it's based off of.

Ichigo and Zangetsu would practically define 'bromance' if it wasn't for the fact that they barely get any screentime together.

navijinaviji on August 19th, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I really loved this episode. Very exciting, esp. the battle between Zangetsu and the complete hollow form. O___O I didn't even think he would go that far into that state, but it was a very intense to watch. I can't wait for next week
Kylarakarenai on August 20th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
The filler is really going for some very heavy hitting scenes, no? Rukia blowing up herself and Sode no Shirayuki, Ichigo turning into his complete Hollow form and reaching out for Zangetsu... makes me wonder what Renji's going through next chapter.
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Horusguard76: B - PunkShuuhei (cool)horusguard76 on August 19th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't expect much from this week's episode but it turned out pretty good. Just when I started to wonder about IchigoHollow-self, the good boy came out to play. It was pretty nice play too! (Do I even want to know how much Ichigo costs SS every year in terms of repairs and such? He is levelling buildings like no one else.)

I think it's pretty obvious from this point on that Muramasa does some kind of spell working. Cause seriously? A zanpakutou going to die when it stays with its wielder? And zanpakutou being afraid? (try another fairy tale)

I was a bit disappointed how easily Zangetsu left Ichigo, I had expected a tighter bond after all the interaction between those two. But ok, maybe we'll see that next week.

What I didn't get and found confusing was that on the one hand Muramasa knew about Ichigo and wanted him in SS to get his hands on Zangtsu but at the same time he has no frigging clue about IchigoHollow-self? Bad research, dude. :/ (or maybe I am too critical, after all IchigoHollow-self is somewhat of a secret.)
Bana: your cold (blue). touchvitiates on August 20th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hm. I'm not too surprised about Zangetsu leaving Ichigo. After all, they said that time strengthened bonds between zanpakutou and wielder, right? If Ukitake and Shunsui couldn't manage to hold onto their zanpakutou, than the odds of Ichigo holding onto Zangetsu would be...nil, actually.

PS. Your icon is hot.
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pony_rocks: pic#84544780pony_rocks on August 20th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
Overall, I really liked this episode.
I wonder what is Mayuri going to do with Unohana. Hopefully, she will slap his hand hard should he try something indecent.
secila80: Snorkelingsecila80 on August 20th, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
I finally had time to watch the episode -- very interesting, I agree. I think Senbonzakura was watching to see how Muramasa would handle Ichigo's hollow. Senbonzakura was the only zanpaktou to know about it, right? More importantly, he knew about it and did not tell Muramasa. Hmmmm, what is this dynamic they have.

Muramasa is seeming a delightful villain (looking cool doesn't hurt either). I'm looking forward to more of his scheming. Trippy power is trippy.
Kylarakarenai on August 20th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Fascinating observation on Senbonzakura watching to see how Muramasa dealt with Ichigo. Indeed, no one told Muramasa.

In other news, Senbonzakura is clearly fine, so I do wonder if he sucked Byakuya in somewhere.

Cassiemizukagami on August 20th, 2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
I dont think Muramasa belongs to Kenpachi...he seems to have more of the properties of something Aizen would have, but as far as that goes, Aizen is way off in Hueco Muendo so I doubt that he belongs to Aizen as well. I think this is just some plot device...you know, abandoned Zanpakuto, harsh-feelings, a desperately misunderstood situation on the bad guys behalf, thus he wishes to liberate the rest of his fellow Zanpakutou spirits, making them bend to his wishes until he fulfills his revenge...blah blah blah...

Though I must say, I too look forward to the most recent anime releases now than the dragging arse manga chapters...c'mon Kubo! Enough already! Give us a little more plot and character development...I might kick him if Orihime doesn't go further beyond the "Kurosaki-kun" crap...I also am sick of Soi-Fon always hating on Urahara because the woman she worshiped CHOSE to go to the real world with him. ARGH!

Next episode...Hisagi...*SQUEE*
kohi_no_torakohi_no_tora on August 20th, 2009 09:36 pm (UTC)
I know who Muramasa belongs to. Lelouch vi Britannia. The Geass symbol appears every time he summons his sword form, which also explains why he's able to control other zanpaktou so easily. He's geassing them! ^_^
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Kylara: violence is the answerkarenai on August 20th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
One of my fantasies is coming true, which is that the animators are including some relationships among the zanpakuto that stem from the relationship that their shinigami have. Hozukimaru and Ruuiiro Kuujaku hang out together XD

The fact that no shinigami except Yamajii have been able to keep their swords does not tell me that they have all been arrogant jerks to their swords. I think evidence is mounting that Muramasa is doing something with their own thinking. Rukia emphasized again this episode that she has never looked down on Sode no Shirayuki, and this actually makes *perfect* sense with her character. Like Ukitake would ever treat his sword like that either. No, Muramasa is fooling the zanpakuto, which means that sooner or later, they're going to realize it and turn on him. Yaaaay that will be fun.
カルラ (carla): ishida uryuu: quincygirls_are_weird on August 22nd, 2009 02:23 am (UTC)
i found this episode very funny. hilarious. i don't know why, and i don't think it's because it was bad or anything-- it was just funny in the most unexpected moments xD

_a bit of trivia for the ichiruki fans: how many times did ichigo worriedly exclaim: "RUKIA!" in that one scene they had together? ;)

_the first thing i thought when the world started going wonky around ichigo was: "crap. muramasa's gonna be aizen's zp after all." *eye roll*

_the song played during the mayuri flashback. i LOL-ed. xDDDDD

_muramasa: *stares at hollow!ichigo* ...what is that thing?
zangetsu-ossan: oh, that's another soul ichigo has inside him.
muramasa: *frowns* *sticks his hand into ichigo's stomach and pulls out the soul*
zangetsu-ossan: i don't think that's gonna be enough.
ichigo: *breaks out in shirosaki laughter*
muramasa: *frowns more* *sticks his hand into ichigo's stomach again and pulls out the soul*
zangetsu-ossan: no, i think there's still a few more in there...

(no, honestly, it's amazing how many things ichigo has been in his short and sweet 16 years).

_is hollow!ichigo supposed to be like... ichistein but before digivolving? they do say birds evolved from lizards... and ichistein was kinda feathery... its eagle feet and all...

_TEH PREVIEW: EEEEE, i see hot-girl!zabimaru being coy/teasing and renji being all wtf. and i see words being exchanged between shuuhei and kazeshini. EEEEE, NEXT EPISODE IS GOING TO BE EPIC. ♥

_awwww, the omake! x3 hahaha, shuuhei's crush on matsumoto is just the most adorable thing ever =P but i really didn't need to see iba wearing that... was that a fundoshi? *shudders*

anyway, fun episode! mostly convinced muramasa is holding the zp's by force rather than by their own will, no matter how much he preaches about them being separate entities from their shinigami...

Edited at 2009-08-22 02:25 am (UTC)
Lizzy, a harmless lecher and pyromaniac: $5 foot-longwicked_liz on August 24th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)