I hit what is clearly the plot point that everyone hates, and I... didn't hate it as much as I probably should have. I mean, I will probably hate the execution. But I actually like the idea.

I assume that's Orihime getting kidnapped by the Arrancar. I know, I know, she will undoubtedly just sit there and be rescued at great length. But here's what I like about it, at least in potential:

Orihime is doing something that none of the good guys ever seem to do (unless we're counting Urahara as a good guy), that is, at least attempt to come up with a coherent plan. Yeah, she should have told someone what was going on, but "I'll go with them and give my friends time to train and get stronger, while plotting to destroy the enemies from within" is not a bad plan, and shows more forethought than we've gotten from any other non-villain so far, again, unless you count Urahara.

Her leavetaking was really sweet! I loved the "I could eat at five Mister Donuts... and love the same person five times."

I was pretty boggled by the reveal of her power. No, it's not exactly a battle-power, but it's more potentially earthshaking than we've seen from just about anyone, up to and including Aizen and Yamamoto. If I understand it correctly, she could raise the dead. I don't know how far this will go, but I kind of like the idea of Orihime turning out to be more powerful than anyone.

I also loved the meeting of Isshin and Ryosuke, which was far too brief. And Urahara's exchange with Tatsuki and gang. Yes! I want to see Tatsuki unexpectedly rescue them all in the nick of time!

The undead, healing, vomiting, pesky Hollow toddler Nell is surprisingly amusing. I like how the nature of Hollows continues to be expanded.

On the bad side: all the battles are boring me. Especially since everyone's separated and can't bicker.

Finally, I cannot take Grimmjow seriously. Every time he gets all badass, I think, "I took off my arm because I don't need it to beat you!" and laugh.

Finally finally, were there some wonky moments with the scanlation? "Chocolate?" "Throat dick?" WTF?

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