Bleach Episode 363 – Fierce Fight! Shinigami vs. XCUTION! Review / Thoughts

Episode 363 of Bleach is almost as memorable for the hilarious faces Ikkaku pulled as it is for the rest of the scenes, but even so, Bleach pulls out another fine episode here.

Last week we saw the start of Xcution vs the Shinigami, with only Kenpachi’s battle decided then and there. This week, we see the battles between Renji and Jackie, Hitsugaya and Yukio, and Ikkaku vs Shishigawara all concluded. Truth be told they were all very easy and the Xcution members were basically embarrassed by the far stronger Shinigami who took them out in no time at all without breaking a sweat.

As I already said, the faces Ikkaku pulled during his battle were nothing short of hilarious, I am actually disappointed I can only start the post with one picture as there are a couple of other deserving ones too. As for the actual fight, it was definitely the closest one between Shinigami and Xcution members, but Ikkaku still had little trouble, even telling Shishigawara that he was the worst opponent he could have fought and that he was out of luck.

Hitsugaya meanwhile spent more time looking for Yukio than he did fighting him, he gave out the classic line about Yukio liking to talk too much, and then smashed through a wall with a swing of Hyourinmaru and the blast of ice that came with it. Yukio created some monsters using his Fullbring, but they were no match for Hitsugaya either.

Meanwhile, Renji didn’t even want to fight Jackie because she’s a woman. Jackie asks if Renji has ever met a strong woman, but Renji says strength doesn’t come in to it, no matter what he didn’t want to hurt a woman as that’s the action of scum. Renji wouldn’t even draw his Zanpakuto against her, but Jackie attacked anyway after several warnings. Despite the attacks being strong enough to smash the giant boulders etc around the battleground, Renji easily blocked the attacks with his arm without taking any kind of real damage. After being attacked, Renji merely whacks Jackie in the stomach with the hilt of his Zanpakuto which leaves her conscious but unable to move. Renji then delivers the pretty cool statement about him having trained for the past 17 months to fight someone like Aizen, so in other words a challenge of this level was nothing in comparison. To Renji’s credit, despite Yukio trying to close down the game world with them both inside, thus killing his own teammate Jackie and Renji, Renji still refused to kill Jackie to save himself, instead saying he would use force to try and escape. Jackie though has seemingly killed herself so that Renji could leave, so that ended their battle.

There are still a few battles to come in the shape of Tsukishima vs Byakuya, Ichigo vs Ginjo, and Rukia vs Riruka. We get to see these 3 battles at least look to start in this episode, but no attacks or anything of note happened, that will probably be saved for the next couple of episodes.

That basically sums up what happened content wise, and it was pretty awesome. Ikkaku vs Shishigawara was surprisingly good, and the Shinigami came off as complete badasses with the way the made such light work of Xcution. Of course I can see why people would be mad about this since it’s basically trolling Xcution after all this build up, but at least take comfort in the fact the 3 remaining battles are all much harder and won’t necessarily go the Shinigami’s way. Next week looks to be focusing on Byakuya vs Tsukishima which I really can’t wait to see, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the next episode or two ends up being the best of the arc, so be sure to watch these few remaining episodes if you enjoy badass fights.

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