Television BLEACH (Seasons 13-16)

BLEACH was a fun anime to watch, and for the most part, I even enjoyed the non-canon story arcs. In fact, some of them were more satisfying to watch than the final canon story arc which concluded the series (The Lost Agent).

Going into why the last story arc was unsatisfying, I would provide the following two reasons. First, while the story ended in a good place, I had wished there were more. The series had such great characters and so much more could have happened. Second, the entire arc itself seemed rushed. It would have been nice to have episodes going into each Fullbringer's backstory.

Perhaps the first reason is caused by the second. If the entire arc wasn't as rushed, then the finale would have felt conclusive. Instead, when previously versus battles would take up entire episodes, we now have several battles concluding within the course of a single episode (towards the end of the arc).

[20170226]

SEASON 13 ZANPAKUTO: THE ALTERNATE TALE ARC: BLEACH 230-265

BLEACH 231
What I don't understand is why they would all revolt. It seems to me as if some of the Zanpakuto would still be loyal to their former owners.
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BLEACH 232
I think its funny how the manifestation of the Zanpakuto wields itself.
As what Rukia sort of points out, it is weird, because the Zanpakuto spirit comes from the wielder in the first place. And yet it is its own sentient being.
Speaking of being stupid, maybe if you stayed in one place then Ichigo wouldn't have to go chasing after you.
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BLEACH 233
The inconsistencies are becoming worse. Both Zangetsu and Ichigo are wielding the Shikai version of Zangetsu.
Okay, in this episode we get the following: "Master Mayuri, aren't Zanpakuto and Soul Reapers different manifestations of the same soul?" He replies, "Normally, that is the case. But now they have become entirely separate entities."
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BLEACH 234
1a: The taller of Renji's sword manifestation is a female and the shorter one is a male.
1b: I guess from this episode, the Zanpakuto are all saying they are the Soul Reaper's instinct. In that sense, it's as if the Soul Reaper pours a part of their soul to create and isolate a source of power. It can also be thought to contain your evil side, because acting on instinct is associated with being childish and unreserved.
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BLEACH 235
Whoa! Renji released his shikai!
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BLEACH 236
Mind control!
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BLEACH 238
Lol. Hyorinmaru didn't know its own name or the name of its master? But Toshiro talks to it all the time.
Oh, it lost its memory.
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BLEACH 239
Although these episodes aren't canon, apparently Rangiku spotted Toshiro's capabilities.
Like Renji, Toshiro was able to release his Shikai independent of his Zanpakuto being separated.
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BLEACH 240
That's confusing, haha. (Byakuya)
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BLEACH 241
Damn. It'll be good to see how this all plays out.
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BLEACH 243
Off the top of my head, strong Kido users are Kira, Hinamori, Byakuya, Rukia, and Yoruichi. As classified by the Bleach Wiki, only Byakuya is a Kido master and the other three are listed as Kido experts. The other listed Kido masters are Aizen, Amagai, Isshin, Tessai, Ukitake, Unohana, Urahara, Hachi, Yamamoto, and Yushima (I don't know who this last person is).
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BLEACH 245
I was gonna ask, "When is she gonna use her Shunko?"
Lol, Mayuri just detonates his Zanpakuto.
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BLEACH 246
Hahaha. Yachiru cheers Kenpachi on.
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BLEACH 248
Damn, Old Man Yama's Zanpakuto is so powerful.
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BLEACH 249
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BLEACH 250
Ichigo tricks Uryu into thinking Ginrei Kojaku has materialized.
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BLEACH 251
Damn, Koga was so consumed with himself that his Zanpakuto no longer heard Koga's voice. And then doesn't even listen to his Zanpakuto's pleas.
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BLEACH 252
Lol. Ichigo tricking Uryu is one of the funniest shorts at the end of these episodes.
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BLEACH 255
Nooooo. Another short arc. ;_;
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BLEACH 256
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BLEACH 259
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BLEACH 260
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BLEACH 265
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SEASON 14 ARRANCAR: DOWNFALL ARC: BLEACH 266-316

BLEACH 266
Yay, finally the main arc resumes.*
I just realized, Toshiro must have really good eyesight, because the '3' was written on her breast, but they were so far away. How visible could the number actually be at that range.
Lol, actually even Shunsui could see it and he was further away from Espada numero 3 than Toshiro.
*This entire episode is just a summary, with a new opening and ending (which will play in future episodes), and a unique short.
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BLEACH 267
Huh. Okay, so Ulquiorra senses that Ichigo has gotten stronger, noting that Ichigo didn't even have to use his mask to take a hit from his Cero.
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BLEACH 268
Fifteen minutes or so of Ichigo whining was a bit annoying.
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BLEACH 269
Apparently Ichigo can't use his full power without crushing Inoue with his spiritual pressure.
In any case, watching Uryu's battle is much more interesting.
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BLEACH 270
Finally. Some action!
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BLEACH 271
Lol. It's like Harry Potter. Everything works better when you're louder.
From the horns. Awesome.
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BLEACH 272
This episode is hard to understand.
Ichigo, Uryu, and Ulquiorra have such different philosophies.
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BLEACH 273
1a: Lol. Clever plot twist. (0-9 instead of 1-10)
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*I remembered seeing the beginning of this episode but not the end of it, and so I watched the end of it.

BLEACH 275
Damn. That's intense. (Arm cut.) I guess that was just one more good reason he was around (for more than what he has done already)
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BLEACH 276
Damn. Soi Fon's Bankai is badass.
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BLEACH 277
Lol. "Isn't that cheating?"
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BLEACH 280
Lol. Mashiro takes one kick on the Hollow and one at the... whoever.
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BLEACH 281
He should have just transported a finger to each enemy. :p
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BLEACH 282
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BLEACH 286
So many fights have happened, hard to keep track of who's left.
Damn. I was wondering how Ichigo would suddenly beat Espada #0 when he could hardly beat Ulquiorra. But apparently he got a power upgrade with his mask on.
How do you wear half a shirt like that. Lol.
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BLEACH 287
Interesting side-episode.
Urio, Ori Mei, Chaido, and Chigo.
Glosses over the statement: "That's because all this is a dream."
Lol. The Lamp Society.
Lol. "A fishcake!?!" - Isane
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BLEACH 288
Lol. Taunts Mayuri before entering the Gargantua.
Mayuri, Byakuya, and Kenpanchi stay behind.
It's explained hat basically Ichigo's robe/shirt is more like a symbol of his spiritual power while in Bankai form.
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BLEACH 292
Apparently we'll have Captain Toshiro, former Captain Shinji, former Lieutenant Lisa, Captain Soi Fong, Lieutenant Omaeda, former Captain Rojuro, former Captain Love, and Captain Shunsui fight first.
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BLEACH 293
I don't get it. If Ichigo is not under the influence of the sword, why did he not say anything about Aizen and Hinamori's swapped places sooner. From one search, apparently it all happened so fast that Ichigo had yet time to respond. However, there must have been a physical switch somewhere that happens after Ichigo arrives, because we assume Ichigo was not affected and when he arrived had striked the correct person. Reading some more, it seems that we were watching what the other people saw and not what Ichigo saw. But it's still confusing. Usually that stuff is explained, but since it wasn't, I guess not even the author knew and just hoped it would go unnoticed.
BEST (but imperfect) SOLUTION: Ichigo comes and fights Aizen. Aizen moves away and the other combatants come to Ichigo's side. As they leave off to attack (this all happens very quickly), Aizen makes a switch between him and Hinamori, but they still think they are fighting Aizen. In this short time frame, they already attack and would Hinamori. Ichigo then makes this known and Aizen reveals it anyways. ULTIMATE BEST SOLUTION: Anime logic.
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BLEACH 295
"All part of the plan." Well. The best laid plans of mice and Soul Reapers...
Most of this episode just recaps old stuff.
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BLEACH 296
This episode is also quite repetitive.
Yay! "That's because you're a human and..."* "You talk too much, Aizen."
"D-Dad?"
*Apparently he says something more like "you're a Shinigami and..." [The answer is "Quincy"]
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BLEACH 297
Lol, finger flick.
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BLEACH 298
There have been four BLEACH movies?
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BLEACH 299
Apparently this is the start of the fourth movie.
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BLEACH 300
At this point, it's like this big game of chess that was half unknowingly played between Urahara and Aizen.
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BLEACH 301
Final Getsugatensho!
So I read the plot summaries for the rest of Season 15 and I can't stay up.
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BLEACH 302
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BLEACH 303
Two short stories for Lunar New Years.
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BLEACH 304
1a: Fell asleep halfway.
1b: I had fallen asleep the last time I watched this so I watched the second half of it. Funny end.
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BLEACH 305
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*I was sleeping while this episode played (on 20150223) and this was my first time watching it.

BLEACH 306
1b: Saw the entire episode.
1a: I woke up some time at the start of this episode. Er, well I saw parts of it.
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BLEACH 307
What a plot twist!
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BLEACH 308
Aizen is so blinded by the possibility that Ichigo's power is so great that it is beyond what he can feel.
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BLEACH 309
I was initially puzzled as to why Ichigo used Final Getsuga Tensho, but after some reading, it seems the answer is that while Ichigo was stronger than Aizen, he got the sense that he had to deal a finishing blow once and for all (as opposed to being reserved about power, which was the case when he came out from the Garganta and struck Aizen without his mask on).
One user pointed out that various captains didn't even use their Bankai. In contrast, Ichigo and Renji are always using their Bankai as a source of strength.
Another user pointed out that while Ichigo is forced to lose his powers, no one pays attention to how Isshin and Urahara
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BLEACH 310
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BLEACH 316
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SEASON 15 GOTEI 13 INVADING ARMY ARC: BLEACH 317-342

BLEACH 317
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BLEACH 318
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BLEACH 324
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BLEACH 325
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*Yesterday I took my contacts out and I couldn't read the subtitles and eventually I fell asleep. I rewatched it today and apparently I saw all of the episode except for the last couple of minutes.

BLEACH 328
That's a great plot twist. That Mayuri...
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BLEACH 329
Don't forget that you;re playing on my field.." Mayuri replies, "Don't forget that you completely pissed me off!"
Mayuri's poisons are so scary.
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BLEACH 330
Chokonomiyaki
whaaaaa... Zanpakuto!?! And a change a clothes.Last watched?
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BLEACH 331
1b: I don't remember anything about the storyline...
1b: Okay... starting to remember a little.
1b: Hehe. Says "Now that's pretty awesome" and collapses.
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BLEACH 332
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BLEACH 333
Kagerōza. Is this a side arc or an official arc? [Just anime.]
Kon's love can be annoying at times.
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BLEACH 334
A lot of recapping going on...
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BLEACH 335
Ichigo saved is past self from the cleaner.
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BLEACH 336
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BLEACH 337
"deceive your friends first"
Ha, Urahara guesses Kurotsuchi's password on third try
Hehe. The clone Omaeda isn't fat
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BLEACH 338
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BLEACH 339
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BLEACH 340
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BLEACH 341
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SEASON 16 THE LOST AGENT ARC: BLEACH 343-366

BLEACH 344
Jinta, Ururu, and Karin have different (older) looks [The BLEACH wiki calls it pre timeskip and post timeskip; 17 months after the defeat of Sosuke Aizen]
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BLEACH 345
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BLEACH 346
1b: I rewatch thiss episode, because I was so tired yesterday. I don't remember watching through all of it
1b: Yeah, I guess I barely watched up to him saying goodbye to Inoue
1b: "Our objective is to restore your Soul Reaper powers."
1b: Why does Ichigo overract all the time.
1b: Lol. "He's so hot!"
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BLEACH 347
I initially didn't really understand what Ginjo said. Conversation:
I: "Thank you. I owe you...big time."
G: "Hell with that."
G: "I didn't come to make you indebted to me."
G: "We can't afford to have you die."
G: "And besides..."
G: "It sucks to have the door slammed shut on us because we didn't protect something we could have protected."
But now I understand it. A slightly improved translation would be "It would have sucked to have the door slammed on us simply because we didn't protect someone we could have protected."
Lol, Ginjo makes a little lie about how he retrieved Ichigo's Soul Reaper badge.
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BLEACH 348
Lol. Paraphrase: Stop kicking the door in, because I don't want to see your panties.
Damn. "Time Tells No Lies" is such a powerful sounding power. [In fact, I wish that true limits were imposed, because otherwise... you could just set a timer on having someone die...; I like this comment on reddit: "Time Tells No Lies is literally the dumbest power Kubo has ever created."]
Hehe. What would Ichigo have done without Chad.
That's a cool looking activation. Wonder what will become of it. His sword?
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BLEACH 349
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BLEACH 350
Why would Inuoe have to lie about that?
A cat cafe.
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BLEACH 351
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BLEACH 352
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BLEACH 353
That's an awesome look.
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BLEACH 354
Lol. Paraphrase: "Admit it, every kid has thought about being in a video game." Ichigo finally says yes. Then he says he never thought about it.
"A father may rob his son's future."
Rukia!?!
That RPG ending was cute.
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BLEACH 355
A New Year's episode... so close to the end and there's a filler episode...
Lol. Failed Wabusaki strike.
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BLEACH 356
I guess Ichigo uses his blade like a blade. As opposed to something he can manipulate.
"Well done. It's complete." "What?" "The moment Fullbring is complete, somebody has to make sure to contain that power by putting their life on the line. Because the soul squeezed into the item is released all at once, without that person, the wielder's body cannot withstand the force."
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BLEACH 357
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BLEACH 358
So... if I were Ichigo, I'd just go ahead and destroy Tsukishima on the spot.
Ikumi Unagiya
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BLEACH 359
Ginjo addresses what I commented before. He says that the risk of killing Tsukishima is that it won't necessarily restore the victims' memories and hence whoever kills him would simply be viewed as a murderer to everyone else. He does, however, add that regardless Tsukishima should be killed to sever ties.
Well... Tsukishima might have targeted all these people, but there's certainly people out of this scope which could help (e.g., his dad, Urahara, anyone from the Soul Society)
His Fullbring still doesn't have a name
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BLEACH 360
Aww... his Fullbring was so cool.
Also I didn't see that coming. Well, I suppose there were moments where the foreshadowing was there and I thought, "Why does Ishida keep wondering if it's two different people or not?" but then the episode would take my mind away from that thought.
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BLEACH 361
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BLEACH 362
Lol. "Hold on, Kuchiki. That one looks stronger. Switch with me!" - Kenpachi to Kuchiki.
Interesting match-ups.
Apparently 'Time Tells No Lies' implicitly has limits. Giriko explains that the simpler the terms, the more powerful the contract. He asks for an increase in power and it only goes so far in increasing his power.
Lol. Kenpachi delivers the one-hit kill.
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BLEACH 363
Yachiru!!
Toshiro vs Yokio
Rukia vs Riruka
Byakuya vs Tsukishima
Shishigawara vs Ikkaku
Hahahaha. Popped his shoulder back in with his muscles.
Jackie vs Renji; that was fast.
Hahahaha. "I'm the luckiest guy in Squad 13!"
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BLEACH 364
One more...
Wow. The little story that Riruka shared was boring, but watching through that to watch Byakuya and Tsukishima's fight was worth it.
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BLEACH 365
I was confused by the part where Tsukishima mentions the benefactor bit. Apparently, even as he dies, he was trying to act on memories he inserted into Byakuya. Byakuya's answer is that nevertheless Tsukishima was Ichigo's enemy.
Hmm. Was it only us who knew that the combat pass was being used to monitor Ichigo? I thought he eventually learned this too...
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BLEACH 366
Lol. Ok just finish.
Hmm... so that's how it should end...
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20150214: BLEACH 229-234
20150215: BLEACH 234-249 <- High @ 16 episodes!! 20150216: BLEACH 250-255
20150217: BLEACH 256-259
20150218: BLEACH 260-273 <- Pretty High @ 15 episodes! 20150219: BLEACH 273-281
20150222: BLEACH 282-301
After Episode 297 I wrote the following: These last couple episodes really show who's top-tiered. Byakuya and Kenpachi easily take on Yammy. Isshin and Yamamoto can hold their own against Aizen. Shunsui defeats Stark. In previous episodes we know Shunsui and Ukitake don't falter under Yamamoto's spiritual pressure. Also we know Urahara, Yoruichi, and Unohana havegreat strength.
20150223: BLEACH 302-304, 306-309
20150224: BLEACH 304-306, 310-317
20150302: BLEACH 318-324
20150303: BLEACH 325
20150304: BLEACH 325-330
20170217: BLEACH 331
20170218: BLEACH 332-340
20170219: BLEACH 341-346
20170220: BLEACH 346-349
20170221: BLEACH 350-358
20170222: BLEACH 359-366

(Neon Alley / Viz) (Japanese audio, English subtitles)

Relevant Links:
BLEACH (anime) (Wikipedia.org)
My Comic BLEACH post.
My Television BLEACH (Seasons 1-5) post.
My Television BLEACH (Seasons 1-5) Take 2 post.
My Television BLEACH (Seasons 6-12) post.
My Television BLEACH (Seasons 13-16) post. (this)