How many more times do we have to hear the backstory of the Kariya and Bounts? I understand that since this is a filler arc the writers of the Bleach anime need to give the viewer as much information as possible of these villains in order to make them credible for this filler arc. Still it just feels that they are trying to stretch this arc longer than it should be. This episode would have been better off with this since we have already seen this enough over this 40+ episode arc.
While Kariya’s backstory hurt the first part of this episode the rest of the episode with Uryu and Kariya fight was very well done. I would have preferred it that the Uryu vs Kariya take up the whole episode since this was better than the last few episodes we have gotten. It was very cool to see that Uryu was able to learn from his fight against Yoshio and has finally mastered the Quincy item. Uryu is one of the strongest characters in the series and it was good to see that even though he does not have his powers back he is still able to use an item that still gives him a handicap and show off how strong he really is. It will be interesting to see how Uryu does get his powers back
Though I kind of wonder with the amount of spirit particles Kariya has absorb in this episode and the amount he will probably absorb in his fight against Ichigo in the next episode if he will overload like Koga did when he fought Hitsugaya. Overall this was a good episode that would have been better off without having to revisit Kariya’s backstory again. I look forward to Ichigo vs Kariya but am looking forward even more to this filler arc to be over and Bleach to get back to the material in the manga.
Episode Rating – 7.6/10