Alright, I understand Japanese television doesn't do the whole "Rerun"/"Season Break" concept and just plows right through, year to year, with brand new programming. I can respect that.
I also understand that Manga-to-Anime productions will always be slaves to the Manga's production schedule.
That being said, I'm getting fed up with the current story arc's shifts to Filler without so much as an explaination. One minute Ichigo and Company are fighting for their lives against Aizen and his Arrancar Espada, the next...they're back in the real world dealing with a Soul Society noblewoman and her soccer tournament.
Now they're shifting the story 150 years into the past to deal with the Soul Society and many of the secondary characters. Which, frankly, I'm perfectly fine with - this filler actually looks interesting and has the potential to fill in a lot of background information prior to the final face off with Aizen.
The problem I have is that they're hiccuping the story to do it. If they'd gone from where they initially left off (Aizen, Tolsen, Gin and the top three Espada vs Yamamoto and the Captains of the 13th Court Guard Squad in the real world with Ichigo and company (Plus four Captains) against Ulquirroa and the remaining Arrancar in Herco Mundo) to this backstory filler I wouldn't have had problems with it. It's got the prospective to really flesh out the backstory. But they had to do the stupid soccer tournament two parter which, being it's filler nature, wasn't even serious and threw off the entire pacing of the story. That's not even accounting for the filler that took place right after the end of the Grimmjow fight (The filler in and of itself was not bad, it just totally killed the pacing of the main storyline).
It's making me miss the glacially slow Bount arc. At least that was a fully realized arc and a storyline of its own, and wasn't interfering with the goddamn plot!
"Take away a mans light, his clothes, his food, his friends, his air, and you leave him with nothing but himself. And for most that is not pleasant company."
~ Ramse Truman, "Decending"