Arrancar: Downfall arc

  • Episodes: 51
  • 266-316
  • Original run: April 13, 2010 – April 5, 2011

The fourteenth arc in the anime finally allows us to see the arrancar battle the shinigami. Thus 90% of the battles are focused on fights. Episode 266 just gives a breakdown of what has happened with the main confrontation between Aizen, the Arrancar and the Shinigami so far.

vlcsnap-2016-05-28-23h12m49s4Once it finally seems like the captains are getting the upper hand Aizen is freed from his fiery confinement along with Gin and Tousen. Along with his freedom a number of Arrancar are resurrected to once again battle the now exhausted and hurt captains. Just as things seem grim the Vizard finally make an entrance claiming they are not allies of soul society, but that Aizen is also their enemy. After brief reunions the fierce battle continues. The vizard join the captains in unlikely pairs. Since never fighting together and not really sure of each other the shinigami and vizard have issues trying to find the best way of fighting together without getting in each other’s way.  As the battles rage on and both sides suffering casualties Ichigo finally arrives to confront Aizen.

During this arc we learn what the different arrancar represent when it comes to human emotions.

Fights in this arc:

  • Ichigo vs. Ulquiorra
  • Renji, Rukia and Chad vs. Rudbornn Chelute
  • Ishida vs. Yammy
  • Renji, Rukia and Chad vs. Yammy
  • Kenpachi and Byakuya vs. Yammy
  • Hitsugaya vs. Harribel
  • Shinsui vs. Starrk
  • Shinsui and Ukitake vs. Starrk and Lilinette
  • Soi Fon and Omaeda vs. Baraggan
  • Komamura and Hisagi vs Tousen
  • Mashiro vs. Wonderweiss
  • Hitsugaya, Hiyori and Lisa vs. Harribel
  • Soi Fon, Omaeda and Hachi vs. Barragon
  • Rose and Love vs Starrk and Lilinette
  • Shinji vs. Gin
  • Kensei vs. Wonderweiss
  • Shinji vs. Aizen
  • Ichigo vs. Aizen
  • Yamamoto vs. Aizen
  • Yamamoto vs. Wonderweiss
  • Ichigo vs. Gin
  • Isshin, Yorichi and Uruhara vs. Aizen

I have left off a few fights since that would be too much of a spoiler. If you have watched this arc I am sure you know which main fight I mean. There were also some ‘minor’ fights that I didn’t mention.

Basically episodes 311 – 316 provide a break from the seriousness of the whole arc.

Okay the arc name basically gave away what would be happening in this arc, there was no surprise really in the outcome. However it was really amusing and interesting to see the various combined tactics and various fighting abilities and styles that everyone used. During this arc there are a few betrayels that leave you feeling sorry for the characters. It was fascinating to watch Aizen’s evolution as well as watch as his plans rolled out and how he handled each situation thrown his way. There were various ‘truths’ revealed that were hard to believe and some that were too easy to see as true. In short episode 295 and 296 are dedicated to quickly recapping Ichigo’s journey.  The only true annoying part of this arc is the random filler episodes thrown in.

This massive arc of 51 episodes only uses pieces of theme music. There are two opening songs and four closing songs. The first opening song is, “chAngE” by Miwa is used for episodes 266 to 291. The second opening song is, “Ranbu no Melody” (Melody of the Wild Dance) by Sid and is used from episode 292 to 316. The first end song is, “Stay Beautiful” by Diggy-Mo which is used from episode 266 to episode 278. The second end song is, “echoes” by Universe and it is used from episode 279 to 291. The third end song is, “Last Moment” by SPYAIR which is used from episode 292 to episode 303. The final end song is “Song For…” by ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D and it is used from episode 304 to 316.

Some of this arc’s epicness:

*If you have not watched up to this point the below images contain spoilers


If you watched this arc what did you think of it? I would love to know your opinions!


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  1. Mostly I just wanted this to resolve. As much as I love Bleach the fight, fight, fight nature of this arc was just so tedious that even the few outstanding moments couldn’t really help. Admittedly, if you have watched Bleach up to that point, you may as well keep going because otherwise you are never going to get how it ends.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. I was also waiting for the whole Aizen saga to wrap up. It was really dragged out, which wasn’t helped by all the fillers and the filler arcs.

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