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10 November 2009 @ 09:34 pm
Anime Episode 245 (and Ishida fangirl) Squeeage  
Okay, I'm usually don't pay that much attention to the anime when it's in Filler-Land, but this filler arc has been pretty entertaining, and I'm totally IN LOVE with the latest one!

Why, you ask?



Okay, yeah, he was in Final Form at the time, but still. It kind of puts into perspective just how totally BADASS he was in that form. And while I know the anime isn't really canon, this episode referenced when Ishida got poisoned (and subsequently healed by Mayuri) in HM, so it's definitely tying itself into canon. I heard that Kubo had a lot more input on this filler arc, and after seeing this, I'd say that's no lie. Also, we now know this happens after the HM arc. (So Ishida does get his hand back, YAY!)

Other fabulous things about the episode?

Ichigo trying to get away from Mayuri and his shots and then getting pwned by Nemu. (Quite artistically, too.)

Suzumebachi tellig Soi Fon "Isn't Yoruichi the woman who made you depraved?"

Yachiru pwning Ashisogi Jizo and riding his freaky little ass!

Ichigo in a Godzilla costume.

And the Unohana/Mayuri face-off! OMG, between their teasing/veiled threats in both the manga and this filler arc, I totally expect to start seeing fics and art for this pairing to pop up.

Add to that all the Kenchan/Niisama action and poor Rukia and Renji trying to chase Bya down and it was 30-minutes of chase-away-the-blues fun!

Imma go watch it again!
infj23: snortinfj23 on November 11th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
The fact that Ashisogi Jizo was afraid of Yachiru made this episode for me. LOL!

I'd love to see what Yachiru's zanpaktou is like.
kaibasgirl on November 11th, 2009 04:30 am (UTC)
I LOVED Suzumebachi in this episode~

The only thing that killed it for me was how Soi Fon wouldn't listen to a word she was saying.

I was really hoping for more character development from this fight, especially for Soi Fon, but I was not happy at all. The only thing that made it okay was Suzumebachi's sharp and concise comments on her character.

And what the hell was up with the "I don't rely on my zanpakuto while fighting"?! Oh my freaking gd, if I hear this from one more character, I think I'm going to scream.


The only person who can HONESTLY, and I mean honestly say they don't rely on their zanpakuto is Yoruichi. Cause she never carries hers around.

But Soi Fon? The hell she doesn't rely on it. Yumichika? Maybe he doesn't rely on his swords shikai, but he DEFINITELY relies on fighting with his sword!

Ugggghhh, why must the anime continue mauling over my favorite characters?! Whyyyy?!

And the part with Yoruichi carrying her. Oh my gd, I wanted to break something! Wasn't FTB enough?! Yet again they have to constantly downgrade her character?! What was wrong with her just falling to the ground unconcious?! Yumichika did it, Ikkaku did it, but nooooo, they have to make her out into some damsel in distress, which is NOT Soi Fon's character at all!

But I was really happy with Hinamori this episode ^^ and I'm so excited, cause it looks like we'll be seeing some more of Tobiume in 246!

And--And, Sogyo no Kotowari is gonna make an appearence, YAAAAY! -is really happy-
kaibasgirl on November 11th, 2009 04:57 am (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to add.

Mayuri has the most epic rape face. Like, EVER. It's seriously gonna give me nightmares >>
aeriiluxe_love on November 11th, 2009 05:28 am (UTC)
Oh, I know what you mean about the whole Soi Fon and Yoruichi part.
That was waaaaaaaaay overkill. And the blushing! and the sparkles! o.O

Too bad Soi Fon turns a deaf ear whenever she hears criticism against her behavior towards Yoruichi.
kaibasgirl on November 11th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
Totally! It was like, gd, it didn't even belong there! Ugh! >___< I mean, seriously, if they HAD to stick in a YoruSoi moment, there were at least THREE different ways they could've done it, which would've made it a LOT more plausible, made it actually seem REALLY NICE, and wouldn't have butchered Soi Fon OR Yoruichi!

Cause I hate to say it, but Yoruichi just picking her up like that, it was really tacky, and it's not something Yoruichi would do at all. And then they went with the whole 'oblivious' act, where Yoruichi's just like, 'what?'

Gee, WHAT Yoruichi?! WHAT?! -smashes head repeatedly against desk-

I'm not sure if Soi Fon was totally turning a deaf ear, just that the truth is hard to accept. The way she kept swiping at Suzumebachi every time she mentioned another fault of hers said a lot. The truth hurts, so she was trying to shut Suzumebachi up so she wouldn't have to listen to her.

but this fight could've been a million times better! Stupid animators -kicks them-

I seriously want to write my own version of this fight. The anime was such a huge disappointment >__<
kohi_no_torakohi_no_tora on November 11th, 2009 07:48 am (UTC)
Maybe he doesn't rely on his swords shikai, but he DEFINITELY relies on fighting with his sword!

You know I thinking you're taking that phrase the wrong way, specifically you're being a bit too literal. It's not that they don't fight using their swords, it's that they're combat abilities aren't completely reliant on the special abilities granted by their swords released forms.

Yumichika is used to fighting without using his shikai's special ability.
Rukia, Byakuya, Momo and Kira are skilled enough with kido that they remain combat effective (to varying extents) without using their zanpaktou.
Soi Fon is one of the most skilled hand-to-hand fighters in Soul Society and can boost those abilities using shunko.
kaibasgirl on November 12th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
XD thanks for clarifying that.

what I meant to say was that the fact that Yumichika still keeps Ruri'iro Kujaku (as opposed to fighting using a blank katana or something) shows that to some extent, he still falls back on his powers when the need for it arises.

It's just the way all of them have been saying "I don't fight using my Zanpakuto" that ticks me off like no tomorrow. They make it sound as though it's a BAD thing for them to use their soul cutters altogether >>

It's true that for most of them, their combat abilities don't rely solely on their Zanpakuto, but there's only so far kido and hand to hand combat can really get you. Soi Fon would've been a dead man if it weren't for her bankai, and Yumichika would've died had he not released Ruri'iro Kujaku when fighting against Cuulhorne.
nahlackasexical on November 12th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)

Can I fangurl your entire comment here? Can I?
'Cause I totally, 110% million percent agree.

If the zanpakutos are being treated as the "repressed" sides of the shinigami, then when Suzemebachi tells Soi Fon point blank that Yoruichi is "making her rot," why would Soi Fon just dismiss her? SHE'S PART OF YOUR OWN SOUL. Your right, I guess the truth hurts. I know I keep ragging on Orihime for never getting character development beyond "Kurosaki-kun!" but then I have to watch it all over again with Soi Fon. Reminds me why I quit watching fillers in the first place. :/

Honestly, I love Soi Fon's character most when Yoruichi is not around. Yeah, I'll bite, sometimes their interactions are cute and all, and I like how Yoruichi is such a strong role model and friend to her, but how hard can they press the damn fanservice button? Sparkles and rainbows and bubbles and blushing?

I agree, the manga has had some wonderful YoruSoi moments that were sweet AND believable. But this? This was just embarrassing. And I was just loving how kickass they made Soi Fon in that last episode.

I cannot imagine Soi Fon would ever put her pride aside as a fighter to allow Yoruichi to carry her like a "damsel in distress" - just like in FTB. And I don't think Yoruichi would spoon feed her like that either. People seem to forget that Soi Fon is the woman who REPLACED Yoruichi - give her some credit! Of course, she isn't as strong yet because she has less experience, but does she have to melt into a gooey puddle whenever Yoruichi is around because the animators get a kick out of it?


P.S. This is jukeboxbars from BA lol
oh gallant piglet,: yachiruaizome on November 11th, 2009 04:54 am (UTC)
This episode was comedy GOLD. I'm still cracking up. Wish RC would get their caps up already 'cause I need to trim the 100+ I made down to a more reasonable number. But holy crap the faces! And Yachiru!

Also interesting that the featured characters parallel the manga's current featured characters, at least for the most part.
aeri: hiyoriiluxe_love on November 11th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
Yachiru chasing down Ashisoji Jizo has to be one of the funniest thing ever.

Nemu promptly pinning down Ichigo -- hahaha. There, there, Ichigo. It's just a tiny little shot. Mayuri'll give you a Disney Princess band-aid afterward and a lollipop, m'kay?

Unohana and Mayuri facing off also reminded me of some Unohana/Mayuri interaction in the manga... was it a couple of weeks ago? When Unohana put Mayuri in his place, comparing him to Urahara? I've already forgotten.

Quite a funny episode XD
aeri: ukitake and shunsui // double edgediluxe_love on November 11th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Also, I am very very very excited to see Katen Kyokotsu. After seeing what Shunsui's zanpakutou can do in the manga, I wonder if the anime will incorporate those new powers (new, as in new to us). Plus, I think that she just has a really cool character design XD

I can't wait to see what her personality is like!
nehalenia: shunsui lovenehalenia on November 11th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
Me too! She's my fave of the zans. Actually I'm intrigued by all the top three zans, but her most of all.
(Anonymous) on November 11th, 2009 05:32 am (UTC)
Yachiru is here !!! XD
I miss her so much
♀*La Muerte Chiquita*♀: Cool Ishidala_kalaka on November 11th, 2009 06:31 am (UTC)


O hell yeah!!! Come on, I love this it was like a kick in the face for all the ishida's detractors, And my face for that was like this


I've been fangirling from here to the eternity SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!
Iseliniselinka on November 11th, 2009 12:07 pm (UTC)
This episode was SO MUCH FUN!! XDD Yachiru owned Ashisogi Jizō. Priceless xD
good chaser: Bya-cutedoodlegood_chaser on November 11th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
Ha. Yachiru pwned Ashisogi Jizo XDDD (that little creature is creepily cute ♥) want to know Mayuri's comment about this! XDDDDD
Unohana/Mayuri, and Kenchan/Nii-sama <333
Thanks for the heads-up <333 *blow kisses*
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on November 11th, 2009 01:07 pm (UTC)

Yeah, I watched the raw stream of this when it came out BECAUSE I heard Ishida was in it, and it was hilarious watching Yachiru chasing around Mayuri's caterpillar. I can't believe how much I'm loving this filler. Every time an episode ends, I want another one--just like with manga chapters! Kudos to the studio for getting it right this time! (and for getting Kubo-sensei's help with this one!)
tamzin: nelboobsconquistadora on November 11th, 2009 01:13 pm (UTC)
Yachiru pwning Jizzy--Hilarious XD

Unohana vs Mayuri -- BRING IT! I WANT IT NOW! LOL

Soifon being cradled by Yoruichi OH HEY FANSERVICE HEEY <333



Rukia's omake where she cries out out for "Sode no Shirayuki!" like in some melodrama just ruined all the seriousness and tension of the Yama scene for me XDDD
Catwoman & bitch extraordinaireelfishscallywag on November 11th, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
Yamadramaomg :D

I adored Rukia's omake shriek. Her voice was just... Gold.
tamzinconquistadora on November 11th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
IKR It was so adorable, I just wanted to huggle her and tell her it would be alright XD
Catwoman & bitch extraordinaireelfishscallywag on November 11th, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
I adores this ep for it's funny moments and general dorkyness :D Yachiru absolutely made the whole episode and I love how they're obviously paralleling the manga.

I love how Sen appears to be so frustrated by Ichigo. I mean, the way he dove after him when Ichigo got away and was staring at Byakuya? He's like a more obvious and open Byakushi.

Dude. Actually, Ashisogi was rather cute,/i> this ep. Except. For. The. Fucking. Bankai. Keeps creeping me out, babies' heads just shouldn't be so big... Or have a giant caterpillar as body, for that matter. But yeah, cute. The spikes-from-the-chest thing that was so creepy with Isane was rather hilarious while he was helpless against Kenchan. I died during the Yachiru chase scene, loved how she was standing on one hand and everything during shunpo. That girl is beast.

I love how the 4th is happily collecting halfdead shinigami all over the place. "Madarame-sanseki was collected half-naked from fishing pond and oh, we found Ayasegawa lying somewhere behind Kuchiki Manor's rosebushes."

I love Unohana, for that matter. This arc is seriously playing up her badassery and I approve.

Finally, Ukitake and Kyouraku appeared! And we're going to see more of them soon, I think, with the previews featuring Katen, Sogyo and Minazuki. Can't wait!

Yeah, dude, why was Renji all over Rukia? And the animation kinda failed when she was lying there when Ukitake first talked to her, that looked so akward...

Oh Nemu you're such a babe :D This whole bit was hilarious, with Godzilla/Robot!Ichigo and Ishida the modified Quincy. And for all Kenchan's alleged not-caring, I find it funny to notice Mayuri would so have gotten Ichigo if he hadn't said anything till Unohana could show up.

Oh Yoruichi you looked seriously freaky in those last panels, but never mind you found the old man. Plotmovements, yay!

All in all, nice ep!
Msakurablosom on November 12th, 2009 02:57 am (UTC)
omg favorite part of the episode was the unohana vs. mayuri moment! "next time I will create a poison Captain Unohana won't be able to analyze right away." "I'm looking forward to it." rofl too funny!

do i sense a new pairing?? ;)

and of course kenpachi doesn't care what happens as long as he gets in his fight with ichigo.

will there ever be that ultimate kenpachi vs. ichigo rematch?? they totally could've done it in Fade to Black cuz they all had amnesia! i would LOVE to see that! XD