Alright, so I read the issues of the manga this was from almost a year ago and I was really blown away by it, there were several moments that really struck me as powerful and I couldn't wait to see them in the anime. Well the episode finally came out and I have to say it does do an excellent job of capturing those moments, however it all seems a little dull.
In this episode Barragan continues his fight against Soi Fon and Omaeda, or I should probably say against just Omaeda. You see, at the end of the last episode, Barragan's aging powers turned Soi Fon's arm to dust and she was forced to have it cut off. So in this episode she just spent the whole time preparing herself to launch one attack. So that means Omaeda has to stall Barragan throughout the entire episode all by his lonesome.
Now don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Omaeda, he has his moments where he's fun throughout the series. However, in all honesty, how long can you watch a guy run away and still enjoy it? In the manga its a pretty quick read of him running from Barragan and trying to survive his attacks and coming up with different strategies, but here they have to stretch that out to last almost the entire episode and by about two thirds into his antics, you do begin to tire of it.
And as for Barragan himself, when he first appears in his Ressurecion form and cast his powers for the first time that age away Soi Fon's arm, you really do feel creeped out by how eerie it is and you really get a sense of how large of a threat he is. Too bad those two things happened in the last episode. Don't get me wrong, his presence and power still let you know how monstrous he is, but they lose a bit of their appeal since we saw it all a week ago. The only really new attack he uses here is his giant ax he pulls out, which looks cool and all but he doesn't actually use it.
However, I don't want people to think that I'm just badmouthing this episode, it did have some strong moments. For example, the "fight" scene between Ukitake and Lilinette was even funnier than it was in the manga, and you even got an extra sense of the feeling between her and Stark. And also, I have to say that when I saw Soi Fon's final attack in the manga I was impressed, but when I saw it here in the episode, I was blown away, no pun intended. They really went over the top on it, and I mean that in a good way. So overall, this episode could have been much better if they had combined parts of the last episode with this one and shortened Omaeda's antics a bit, but in the end its still a pretty decent episode, might be better if you watch it and some other one's all together rather than watching it by itself.