Well, it's that time of the week again, I have no more energy for a smarta&# remark for an introduction, so on with the review.

Ok a short recap of the episode

We have a short recap of last episode, then we have flashbacks to Shinji revealing himself to be a visored. After that we recap the first arrancar invasion, and Ichigo's visored training. We also have short recaps of the final battles of Ichigo & Grimmjow and Ichigo & Ulquiorra. We then are brought back into the present, Ichigo is speechless, and pretty much tells Aizen that he is a liar and is for lack of a better phrase "is spewing out bulls*#t." Then the moment we have all been waiting for arrives. Isshin comes and literally "knocks some sense" into his son. Gin converses with Aizen and states that he really hasn't really had an opportunity or need to help Aizen. Isshin then does (in a badass fashion) what we have wanted to say to Aizen for years. The episode ends with Ichigo & Gin preparing to fight and those of you who have kept up with the manga, know what happens next. From the preview I know the first shot of Gin's eyes are in black & white, but I think they are going to have a close-up or a pan shot of his eyes in color, I just have a gut feeling that is what they are doing.

I know we get more flashbacks, but hey they were A LOT shorter this time. I love the idea Pierrot came up with by using the flashbacks. I love how they added little scenes in Aizen's perspective and man Aizen needs to be featured on cribs because with the "pimp thrown" and the upgrade on the monitors, I would totally hang out at Las Noches all the know if Aizen wasn't an evil, manipulative bastard. I love how Aizen told Ichigo that "there are no truth or lies, only hard facts," and people who believe in things like lies and truths are fooling themselves. I am so going to put that quote up on my userpage, because that is truly one of the most epic Aizen quotes. In my opinion it is right up there with "No one stands on the top of the world. Not you, not me, not even gods. But the unbearable vacancy of the throne in the sky is over. From now on...I will be sitting on it." I loved Isshin entrance and the headbutt was well done, Ichigo was at his comical best in this episode. I love the art direction in Bleach during the whole Fake Karakura Town arc/section of the Arrancar Arc, you can truly see the destruction of this town. You can see every piece of shattered glass, broken pipes and wires, it really look like a bomb went off(which is likely a reference by Kubo of his hometown of Hiroshima, plus the dome over Las Noches bears a strong resemblance to the Hiroshima Gembaku Dome, which was one of the few buildings that survived the atomic bomb). Plus the epic "finger-flip" (insert Aizen golf clap) BRAVO PIERROT, BRAVO! Then next episode is giving me the chills, and we are finally in Deicide. It feels like only a few short weeks ago we were reading this...oh wait we were. Plus the omake...classic! Ryūken did not say much, but by his facial expression you knew exactly what he was thinking.

Ok Final rundown

  • Animation-10/10
  • story- 8/10
  • acting- 10/10
  • music-10/10
  • omake-10/10

Overall I give Bleach 296 a 9.5 out of 10

Join me next week when I review episode 297. Also as I stated last week in honor of Bleach episode 300 and celebrating Bleach's 10th year of publication, share some of your favorite Bleach memories. Remember keep comments appropriate and NO TROLLING. See you next week. --Lemursrule (talk) 01:02, November 10, 2010 (UTC)

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