I'm surprised no one's made a post yet. I've had a lot of reactions, outraged and delighted, in the past couple weeks, but from the streaming raws this morning I'm just weary and disappointed once and for all. Ulquiorra's transformations were what I was looking forward to for a whole year and they're over, and while we have Daisuke Namikawa reciting the Lust poem in this week's preview (sexy, sexy--I guess that clarifies that he was the speaker of his own volume poem for any hold-outs who were still arguing to the contrary), I don't think I can watch next week's episode. My Ishida wasn't probably mutilated, you see. *cries* Studio Perriot did get his hand dirty, though. A Quincy with a dirty hand is going to look so noble in his lunge to catch a monster-reiatsu-blown Orihime and in stopping that beast with his UNdirty hand while making a quiet plea for his nakama's humanity.
Eh, I'm not going to get into the plot variations. Loly was OOC and this week's episode took perilous gambles with the manga sequence of events. Animation has been spotty throughout, ranging as usual in Bleach from bad to great, but the Ulquiorra bits have been good for the most part so as an Ulquiorra fan I've been about mostly happy. As a hardcore Ishida fan, I'm a very unhappy camper this morning.