ALL THE FUCKING COOKIES.
So yeah, let's start.
Episode 296 starts how 295 ended: Recapping important events concerning Ichigo. This time we get Shinji showing up, Ichigo's initial fight with Yammy, his training with the Vizards, and his fights with Ulquiorra and Grimmjow. And again, Aizen's watching the whole time, all like "FOURTH WALL? WHAT'S THAT, I'M TOO FAB FOR THAT SHIT." Anyway, Ichigo says "That's not true... THAT'S IMPOSSIBLE," and Aizen says "Search your feelings, you know it to be true." Then Aizen talks about how he has known about Ichigo ever since he was born and all that, Ichigo gets some mind rape, but then, Isshin (Ichigo's dad) shows up.
Episode 297 picks up from there. Aizen talks about how the Hogyoku makes him invincible and ruler of all tacos or some shit, and we cut to Ichigo and Gin. Smileyface has a flashback to episode 17 or some shit when he sliced that big red dude's arm* and asks if Ichigo remembers that. Ichi says he doesn't remember Gin's "soul" or some shit, and Gin hypocritically says that Ichigo's "one creepy kid." He then explains how his Shikai is the length of 100 swords and says (with a raepface) that his Bankai is 13 kilometers as he releases it. However, Ichi blocks it, explaining that it's only logical that a Bankai could stop another Bankai, and rushes into the fight.
Episode 298 was released to commemorate Bleach Movie 4: Hell Verse. No seriously, Nanao actually tells us that at the start of the episode. So the Soul Society decides to celebrate with a film festival. Ichigo is forced into the Squad 4/7 movie and is eventually tired out from it. Then Squad 11 shows up and explains that their movie is just Kenpachi murdering everything. I would pay to see that shit. He tries to fight Ichigo, but Unohana scares him out of it. Let me repeat that. UNOHANA CAN MAKE MOTHERFUCKING KENPACHI BACK DOWN FROM A FIGHT. Shows just how badass she really is.
Episode 299 was also made to promote Movie 4, but actually ties into the story of the movie. We start with a Soul Reaper getting murdered by some masked thing. Then Urahara has Rukia deliver some new merchandise to his shop as he's closing up to go on vacation. That night, the afro Soul Reaper is getting attacked by the masked thing from earlier as Rukia freezes it. It breaks free and talks about how it wants revenge on Rukia or some shit and they fight for a bit before she realizes that the masked thing is Shrieker, that blue hollow with the little bug-larva-bomb-things from when the show was in single-digit episodes. It turns out he's escaped from Hell to get revenge on her and has been killing Soul Reapers for a while to lure her out. Anyway, nothing Rukia or afro-dude do works, but then Renji shows up and together, they defeat Shrieker and send him back to hell. We then cut to the Soul Society discussing how a Sinner could escape from Hell and all that and prepare to go into alert.
|I love how, considering stuff that I've done, I'll be going here.|
Finally, done. While the canon episodes here were good, episode 298 was just WTF. At least now that 299 is out, I can review Hell Verse!
...When I get it.
HBM, Signing Out!
*Weird thing here: Gin says that he sliced the guy's arm off, even though it was clearly just a deep cut. In the manga, it was cut off, but couldn't they have changed the dialogue to reflect the change? Anime studios, amirite?