With the last few episodes, they've been mildly creative in bringing out footage from the past as a way to pad things out a bit. Using the look back in time to the beginning to show how Aizen was manipulating events made sense, though I had wished for a bit more nudging in new animation to show him involved in it in a more direct manner. While Bleach did decently with that, they've had a few other full on filler episodes that played a bit in the meta form with the show that have worked well. This episode takes a break from the main storyline to deal with an amusing issue that's a bit out of sync with the story at hand.
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