Actually, if you wanna get technical, we're going three weeks without Bleach.
Anyways, as for the upcoming episode, I'm not really sure what to expect quality wise. The animation looked pretty decent, but I wasn't so sure about the art. The preview only showed very brief glimpses of the action.
I can't frickin wait for this episode though it's a shame it's not 166 because of what's gonna be going down in that ep. Still from the preview this ep looks like the perfect action ep and is amazing to see quality like this after getting a ton of well animated fights in the last few months.
Well, I thought the scuffle between Grimmjow and Ulquiorra was pretty well done. The feeling I got when I read it in the manga was "swift", and thankfully, that feeling was kept intact here. Another good part was the second half of Ichigo vs Grimmjow. Once Grimm got his sword back, the animation and art got good again.
Well, for the most part, both the art and animation were pretty jerky during most of the episode. The first half of Ichigo and Grimmjow's fight was handled very well in my opinion.
Also, while I liked the part where Grimm charged up his Gran Rey Cero and fired it off, I didn't like where it went from there. What it was supposed to be was a huge ass Cero that looked like it would absolutely decimate the pillar Orihime and Nel were standing on. Instead, it just looked like a small blue blob that Ichigo just kind of smacked away. It was animated well, I just didn't like the way it was handled. Here's how it looked in the manga:
So yeah, kind of an average episode. Not bad by any means, but not all that great. Luckily, like James said, this was the least important part of the fight. Next episode, like I predicted, looks to be somethin really special. It's gonna be a long ass three weeks