After having about 6 or 7 very good Bleach episodes this episode returns to the slow and boring episode we have seen in the past. This episode mostly dealt with the Bounts and Ichigo and the gang return to the Soul Society. We really don’t learn anything new in this episode that we already didn’t now about the Bounts or Soul Society. Even the fight Koga and Dalk had against the Soul Reapers wasn’t at all impressive because it didn’t feel like a fight and only a bully imposing his will against a weak person since the Soul Reapers didn’t really fight back, since they were defeated before they could.
The only real point of interest in this episode is that Yoruichi didn’t take everyone straight to the Soul Society since she does not trust them at the moment. This could make the interactions between Ichigo and gang with the rest of the Soul Reapers interesting just to see how much they trust one another now after what happened in the last arc.
Episode Rating – 5.8/10
After last weeks episode that mainly focused on Lelouch life at school and how he interacts with Suzaku this episode returns to the fast paced nature R2 has been known for. What is most interesting about R2 that R1 didn’t have as much is until the end is the sense of urgency each episode has. With so many characters now knowing Lelouch is or was Zero it really test how smart and manipulative Lelouch can be. The two conversations Lelouch has with Nunally, one as Lelouch and the other as Zero, gives the feeling that Lelouch may not be able to keep both his life as Lelouch Lamperouge and Zero separate as long as he did in R1.
While it will be interesting to see what Lelouch does in the future it was the action scenes that made this episode. I got to say this is maybe the first time were I thought Kallen was a badass character in the new Guren Mk II that is able to fly now. I always thought she was a cool character but now she is on a badass level of Lelouch, Suzaku and CC. I also continue to enjoy both Gino and Anya’s characters just because it is refreshing seeing Knightmare pilots that are on par with Suzaku and Kallen. Hopefully we will see the other Knights of the Round soon just to see someone that may be an even better pilot than Suzaku and Kallen.
I have to give much credit to those that made the score for all the scenes in this episode. Much of the excitement of the action scenes was given by the score to go along with the fight scenes made it so that when something was happening on the screen to feel breath taking, at least close to. So with great animation and a score to go along with it this episode continues to make R2 just as exciting as R1 was.
Episode Rating – 9.3/10