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Ichigo Kurosaki (黒崎 一護) is a human who has Shinigami powers, and is also a Substitute Shinigami And Kamen Rider Kiva .
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Ichigo is the son of Isshin Kurosaki and Masaki Kurosaki. He is also the older brother of Karin Kurosaki and Yuzu Kurosaki. His two Best Friends are Tatsuki Arisawa and Yasutora "Chad" Sado.

Background

Young ichigo

A young Ichigo with Tatsuki Arisawa

Ichigo was born on July 15th as the son of Isshin Kurosaki, and Masaki Kurosaki. 15 years before he became a Shinigami. His sisters Karin and Yuzu were born a few years later. It was during this time, that Ichigo secretly overheard his father said that his name means "to protect one thing". This had led Ichigo to make a goal to protect his mother, and little sisters from harm.

When he was four Ichigo attended a karate dojo where he met, and befriended Tatsuki Arisawa. Even though Tatsuki beat Ichigo in every match they had. She would help Ichigo if he was being picked on by bullies, and cheer him up if he was upset. Whenever he was finish sparing in a match against Tatsuki, Masaki would always come to pick him up, leading for Ichigo to happily ran to her by smiling. While they were walking home, Masaki happily asked Ichigo why he was so interested to learn martial arts. Upon hearing this Ichigo became shy and embarrassed by telling her it was a secret. When his mother asked why he wouldn't tell her, Ichigo changed the subject by telling Masaki that the sunset he spotted just now looked pretty. Then when she asked him if he liked sunsets, Ichigo told Masaki that sunsets are alright but on the other hand. He admitted that he dislikes sunsets because it makes him feel sad. Upon hearing this response, his mother told him that sunsets aren't sad but nice.

Since Ichigo was able to see Ghost for as long as he could remember. He could see them so clearly as a child, that he couldn't even tell the difference between the living and the dead. This resulted in him appearing to other people to be looking at deserted places, and talking to himself. This caused people to say he could see ghosts, though when Tatsuki asked him about this, he denied being able to see them. But he started to laugh while Tatsuki was thinking that their classmates rumors were incorrect, when she stated this to him.

On June 17th, when Ichigo was nine years old. He and his mother were walking home alongside one of Karakura Town's rivers, which was swollen from heavy rain. Seeing a girl near the river, Ichigo thought she was about to jump into it. Unable to tell the difference between the living and the dead, Ichigo ran towards her to stop her. While being unaware that the girl was the lure of the Hollow known as Grand Fisher. Masaki tried to stop Ichigo, but he did not listen. After failing to grab hold of the girl, Ichigo lost consciousness for a long time. When he finally woke up, Masaki was lying dead on top of him, covered in blood. Then as soon as he got off of his mother's body, he repeatedly shakes Masaki begging her to wake up.

Starting the day after Masaki's death, Ichigo repeatedly skipped school to go to the riverbank where Masaki died. Tatsuki found him there, where he would stay from morning until night, wandering along the bank as if he is searching for his mother, squatting down if he was tired and then wandering some more. On occasion Ichigo stayed at the riverbank during a sunset, while sadly throwing pebbles in the river he said that this is why he told Masaki that he didn't like sunsets. Since he is still sitting at the riverbank, Ichigo asks his mother why can't u come back, and where are you now, alongwith why can't I find you anywhere. While he doesn't even know that his own father, and little sisters are deeply worry about him.

When Ichigo is ten years old while sitting at the riverbank, he is confronted by his remaining family. Ichigo asks Yuzu and Karin why they are smiling, but he sees Yuzu crying while Karin says that they were worried sick about him. But Ichigo asks them why. He then sees Isshin pat Yuzu and Karin on the head, prompting them to run and cry into his shirt. Extending his hand, Isshin states he knows Ichigo is trying to be strong, but sometimes he has to share his feelings with them. Putting a hand on Ichigo's shoulder, Isshin tells him to share the things which make him happy or sad with the ones he loves. For without this they are not a family, just alone. As Isshin begins to cry, Ichigo does as well and runs to hug his father.

Two years later when Ichigo was twelve years old, prior to the Kurosaki Clinic opening. He heard the bell ring, and answered the door to find a girl with her older brother on her back. He had been in a car accident, and was covered in blood. The clinic did not have the right equipment necessary to save him, and he died before an ambulance arrived to transfer him to the Karakura Town Hospital. Sometime later, he learned that same girl was Orihime Inoue. It was also during this time much to Tatsuki's annoyance, that Ichigo had officially stop referring to her as "Tatsuki-chan". Including that he also couldn't defeat her at playing video games in the arcade.

Ichigo and Chad

Ichigo and Chad decide to protect each other.

At the age of fourteen, Ichigo later entered Mashiba Junior High School. During this time, Ichigo finally defeated Tatsuki in a karate match, and hasn't had another match with her since. Ichigo regularly got into fights with thugs, due to the unusual color of his hair. During one of these fights, he received help from Yasutora "Chad" Sado. Ichigo then thanked Sado for helping him, and commented on how tall he was compare to him. When Sado introduced himself to Ichigo, he told Sado that he won't be able to remember his name because he has a hard time keeping track of names, but will call him Chad for now on because it's short, and easy to remember.

Shortly after, Ichigo returned the favor when he rescued Sado from two gang members roughing him up. After the thugs left, Ichigo learned a little bit of Chad's past, origins and why he protects his Lucky Coin that his late Grandfather gave him. When both of them saw that one of the thugs left his phone on the ground, Ichigo told Chad to throw the phone into the river instead of returning it. Later the same thugs abducted Sado for revenge but Ichigo found them, and knocked down their leader. Using Yokochini's phone to ring for an ambulance for each of the five thugs, he then beat up all of them while vowing to get Sado's Lucky Coin back from the thugs. After Sado was freed, they made a pact to protect, and fight for each other.

Shortly before Ichigo became a Shinigami, at the age of fifteen. He and Sado began attending Karakura High School, and their reputations preceded them. During a fight with a gang led by Reiichi Oshima, Ichigo and Sado met Keigo Asano and Mizuiro Kojima, saving the former in the process. While Keigo was initially afraid of Ichigo and Sado, both he and Mizuiro later became friends with them. Ichigo later met Uryu Ishida, asking him why he chose to attend Karakura and not a gifted school, as he would have thought that Uryu would want to follow in his father's footsteps and become a doctor. However, Uryu replied that he had no desire to become one.

Personality

As a child, Ichigo considered his mother to be the center of his world, always smiling when he was with Masaki and regularly holding her hand. Despite crying whenever he lost in a match at the Dojo he attended, Ichigo started to smile again as soon as he saw Masaki when she came to pick him up. At a very young age, Ichigo heard his father saying his name means "to protect one thing," which instilled in him a desire to protect his mother. When his sisters were born, he began attending a dojo for the sake of protecting them. Since then, the number of people he wishes to protect has continued to grow, causing Ichigo to risk his life to protect both the people close to him and complete strangers.

As a teenager, Ichigo is stubborn, short-tempered, strong-willed, and impulsive. Despite claiming not to care about what other people think about him, he attempts to maintain a detached and "cool" image. He generally keeps his face set in a near-permanent scowl, with his eyebrows drawn together. His outspoken, hot-headed demeanor is a trait Ichigo himself has acknowledged, and if somebody picks a fight with him, he cannot help fighting back. He coldly refers to his teachers as "instructors". He is genuinely compassionate and empathetic towards others, promising to bring a Ghost flowers or soothing others when they become upset.

Whenever he is not in class he offers to help out his father with the family clinic, but Isshin tells him not to. While preparing for New Years, he enjoys walking in town with his little sisters, but for their own safety. He also has fights or arguements with his father, rather if it's coming home late or having rules to follow in the house since his a high school student. Ichigo much like Karin even uses martial arts on his father, rather if he attacks out of no way or when he is sleeping.

He enjoys hanging out with Chad, Keigo and Mizuiro, but either if they are in class or having a lunch break. Ichigo does help Chad with fights, since they were in junior high together. Including that he also cares about Chad's well being. Ichigo does talk to Tatsuki since they were childhood friends, even telling her if his family got involved in something or why he was late for class. So far when it comes to Orihime Inoue, he barely talks to her but would offer to walk her home since he knows that her brother Sora is dead, and that she lives by herself. But he does care about her since he would come to protect her from hollows, including that his enemies would usually come after her due to her healing abilities. On a side note, he and Tatsuki are the only two who finds Orihime's food ideas to be disgusting. Even for Ichigo trying not to wonder what type of food she would make when she tells him what items she had brought.

Ichigo is a capable student, ranked 23rd in his first year at school (but in the manga, he is ranked 18), who studies regularly and does not neglect his schoolwork. He works as hard as he does to overcome the misconceptions many have about him based on his hair color and fighting. Ichigo hates fortune telling, horoscopes, feng shui, psychics, and anyone whose trade involves taking money from people for things they cannot see. He has difficulty remembering people's faces and names.

Ichigo becomes extremely shy and uncomfortable around nude or immodestly dressed women, a fact both Yoruichi Shihoin and Rangiku Matsumoto have teased him for. Ichigo is often disrespectful when talking to those older than himself, calling Genry Shigekuni Yamamoto "Gramps" and referring to several of the Shinigami captains by their given names without using honorifics.

When it comes to fighting, Ichigo has a complex sense of honor; he regularly seeks to exact revenge for the cruel actions of his opponent, such as instilling the fear of being murdered in Sheieker and cutting off the right arm of Yammy in retaliation for him ripping Yasutora "Chad" Sado's right arm off. He often taunts and belittles his opponents when fighting, sometimes attacking without warning.

Ichigo has a strong desire to win his fights, but in what he views as a legitimate manner. To this end, he has often refused the aid of his inner Hollow, even when knowing it would allow him to win. Ichigo's resolve in battle can waver at times, which can impede his fighting prowess, and goes into a state of depression and self-loathing when he loses a major battle or lets a friend down.

Ichigo despises those who mistreat their allies in any way, even if they are his own enemies. He is disgusted when an individual berates his/her own allies, such as when Yammy calls Ulquiorra Clifer, Nnoitra Gilga, and Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez "trash". He expresses anger towards those who go as far as attacking their own allies, stating he can't forgive those who murder their own comrades. So far his younger sisters Karin Kurosaki and Yuzu Kurosaki, have compare him to Raku the cat. Including that Chad and Uryu Ishida much to his own annoyance, have compared Ichigo to Renji Abarai. While Rukia and Byakuya Kuchiki have compare him to Kaien Shiba.

Appearance

Ichigo's most distinguishing feature is his spiky orange hair, a trait he has been ridiculed about for years on end. He is a fairly tall, lean-built young man with peach skin and brown eyes. He likes to wear tight clothes. He has a tendency to wear shirts patterned with the number 15 because his name is a homonym for the number. Since becoming a Shinigami, he has become noticeably more muscular, as noted by his sister Karin. When in his spiritual form, Ichigo wears the standard Shinigami attire, with the addition of a strap across his chest. Initially, it was a thick brown belt to hold his Zanpakutō sheath, but it later became a red rosary-like strap. It is shaped like a kite with a flat top and bottom. Ichigo's appearance has caused several people, including Jushiro Ukitake, to note a similarity to Kaien Shiba, the former lieutenant of the 13th Division.

After training in the Dangai, Ichigo's hair grows considerably, and he is noticeably taller, as stated by his friends. After Ichigo loses his Shinigami powers, his appearance reverts to the way it was before his Dangai training.

Hollow Ichigo

Hollow Ichigo

Ichigo's dark half, Hollow Ichigo.

Hollow Ichigo (虚 ホロウ 一護), sometimes called Zangetsu (斬月, Slaying Moon) is the manifested spirit of Ichigo Kurosaki's Zanpakuto spirit as well as his inner Hollow. He has been variously called The Hollow within Ichigo's conscience (一護の内面 (ないめん) の虚 ホロウ) or White Ichigo (白一護).

Inherited from his mother, Masaki Kurosaki, Hollow Ichigo represents the dark side of Ichigo's soul. He has stated himself to represent Ichigo's purest instincts.

Hollow Ichigo's most distinguishing features are his maniacal laughter and psychotic grins. He is brutal, arrogant, disrespectful, and sadistic. He has no name, and his only reason for existence is to take over Ichigo's power and body and use it to kill everything and anything he sees, as opposed to Ichigo's desire to protect. Though he taunts Ichigo as being a weak and unsuitable counterpart of himself, he relishes the idea of taking Ichigo's powers for himself. Unlike Ichigo, he battles like a berserker, ignoring injuries and overpowering his enemies with brute strength and force. He protects Ichigo's body when he is about to die because if Ichigo dies, he will die as well. He seems to respect the manifestation of Ichigo's Quincy powers to a certain extent.

Abilities

Expert Hand-to-Hand Combatant

Physically, Ichigo's Human body is in top form. Ichigo has been trained in martial arts since he was a small child, both professionally and by his father. He has repeatedly shown great agility and coordination in his attacks. In addition to having powerful kicks and punches, Ichigo is proficient in counterattacks, takedowns, and body locks. He has repeatedly caught an opponent's weapon strikes with a single hand. He effortlessly defeats multiple bullies and gangsters on a regular basis, and is a better martial artist than Tatsuki Arisawa, who is ranked the second strongest girl in all of Japan despite her fighting with a broken arm. He effortlessly knocked out three lieutenants in rapid succession, while bare-handed, with a single strike each. While he has stopped training, constant attacks from bullies and his father keep his skills fresh.

Enhanced Strength

Even while not in his Shinigami form, Ichigo is deceptively strong, smashing a man's head through a concrete road with a single kick, and later kicking Asguiaro Ebern from his bedroom into the street without injuring his leg from the man's Hierro.

Enhanced Speed & Reflexes

Even before learning Shunpo, Ichigo is a very fast and agile fighter. Ichigo possesses great reflexes, dodging a strike with no wasted effort and immediately counterattacking. He can strike quickly, without warning, and in rapid succession. His speed allows him to follow the movements of faster opponents to better analyze their movements, and block otherwise fatal strikes. Even when struck by surprise by Tenjiro Kirinji, who is fast enough to outpace Suì-Feng, Ichigo counterattacked and injured said attacker without anybody else noticing.

Enhanced Durability

While only a teenage Human, Ichigo is a highly resilient young man, safely breaking free from a binding spell (albeit a low-level one) and withstanding an assault from a large Hollow.

Advanced Growth Rate

According to both Aizen and Urahara, Ichigo's most astounding ability is his growth rate; he grasps the basic control of advanced techniques in days where it would take several years for even the most gifted Shinigami. Shortly after gaining Shinigami powers and with no previous training, he began learning advanced spiritual energy sensing techniques by sheer instinct. While it takes most Shinigami at least 10 years to achieve Bankai, he did so in two days (albeit with the assistance of a special device invented by Urahara which was originally intended for three days).[487][488] He gains considerable experience in the use of Shunpo while training with Yoruichi, which was done over the same period as his Bankai.

Besides his improvements in his Shinigami abilities, Ichigo greatly increased the time he could maintain his Hollow mask, from eleven seconds to considerably longer amounts of time. During his first fight with Ulquiorra, he is instantly incapacitated by one Cero blast, even with his Hollow mask (which broke within a second), but only a few hours later, he withstands another Cero from Ulquiorra without undergoing Hollowfication, and can analyze Ulquiorra's movements much better than before, when he had "felt like [he] was fighting a machine or a statue" and failed to predict and counter his attacks.

Keen Intellect

Despite his somewhat punkish attitude, Ichigo is analytical, perceptive, and deductive. In his high school, Ichigo's grades are almost always near the top, despite his work as a Substitute Shinigami. Aside from that, Ichigo can determine the pattern of his opponent's battle methods and form a proper counter-strategy to defeat his opponent's attacks.

Spiritual Awareness

Since he was a child, Ichigo has had an innate ability to clearly see spiritual beings and sense their presence. After becoming a Shinigami, his senses have continued to improve with time, learning various advanced sensing techniques, such as using a spirit ribbon to find Yuichi Shibata (in bird form). Even from a considerable distance, he can detect the condition of a being with spiritual power. During his intense fight against Kenpachi Zaraki, he clearly sensed and recognized Sado's energy signature even as it weakened, despite the considerable distance between them.

Blut Vene

Blut Vene (静血装 (ブルート・ヴェーネ), buruto vēne, Japanese for "Stilled Blood Guise"): One of two Blut abilities, Blut Vene is the defensive Blut. Ichigo's imprisonment by Quilge Opie transferred some of Quilge's Reiatsu to Ichigo, which awakened the memories within his Reiatsu left by his mother, who was a Quincy. This has given him access to the defensive Blut. He has used it to survive an attack from Yhwach's sword, which only left a small cut. This power can also be used to aid Ichigo against critical wounds that have already been inflicted, able to stop the severe loss of blood that would be caused from said wound.

Master Swordsman

In terms of fighting style while in his Shinigami form, Ichigo relies mainly on swordplay. Aside from his initial training with Urahara, he is essentially on a "learn as you go" training regimen; thusly, his skill has developed by fighting rather than formal instruction, becoming even more capable with every fight. His overall skill allows him to fight evenly against sword masters of Byakuya Kuchiki and Kenpachi Zaraki's caliber. While usually fighting right-handed, Ichigo appears to be ambidextrous, as he is proficient in wielding Zangetsu in his left hand.

Shunpo Expert

Though not particularly versed in its various techniques, Ichigo is proficient enough in the technique itself to keep up with and even surprise high-level Shinigami with his speed. Byakuya Kuchiki, one of the most proficient users of Shunpo in Soul Society, complimented Ichigo's growing mastery of the technique. During his first demonstration of this skill, he knocked out three lieutenants and grabbed his Zanpakuto before any of them hit the ground.

Immense Spiritual Power

Ichigo has been noted on several occasions to have tremendously vast levels of spiritual energy, well beyond most other Shinigami. His spiritual power is noted to be heavy, which surprised Renji Abarai. Ichigo constantly gives off reiatsu at the level of a captain. Even when worn-out in battle, he can continue fighting effectively while still using Getsuga Tensho or unleashing and maintaining his Bankai. Even at less than half strength, his spiritual energy is comparable to a Captain-level fighter. His energy is strong enough to hold back the Sokyoku, a halberd with the destructive force equivalent to one million Zanpakuto combined, using only his Zanpakuto. His reiatsu is light-blue in color.

Novice Reiatsu Control

Ichigo's spiritual energy is rather difficult for him to control, as he has no formal training in controlling it, and upon Hollowfication, his reiatsu fluctuates wildly, with it being unreadable at its lowest point and at its highest point greater than that of the 4th Espada Ulquiorra Cifer. Due to this, and him having far more spiritual energy than his body can consciously contain, it leaks out constantly, preventing him from hiding it and effectively making stealth impossible when dealing with other spiritually-aware beings. He has learned how to harden his spiritual energy and enhance the strength of his attacks, or use it as a barrier to reduce the impact of attacks on him, if not negating them completely. He possesses some skill in channeling his spiritual power, as destroyed the Arbor of the Sokyoku, a seemingly impossible feat which surprised the Gotei 13, by channeling his spiritual power through his sword into the execution stand.

Enhanced Strength

When he is in his Shinigami body, Ichigo's already impressive strength is greatly enhanced. He has knocked out three Shinigami lieutenants with a single punch each, one of which shattered one of their Zanpakutō at the same time. His strength is great enough to easily stop repeated axe blows from Jidanbō before shattering Jidanbo's axes in a single swing, and hurl Rukia a dozen meters into Renji's arms and send them both skidding several meters more, achieving both feats with a single hand. With a single kick, he can break down and launch a large chunk of a stone wall.

After regaining his Shinigami powers, one swing from his Zanpakuto produced a shockwave powerful enough to overwhelm Kūgo Ginjō, making the Fullbringer mistake it for a Getsuga Tenshō.[513] When fighting Quilge Opie, Ichigo grabbed one of his Heilig Pfeil with his bare hand without sustaining any damage, despite the considerable explosion it caused when Ichigo threw it back.

Immense Endurance

When in his Shinigami form, Ichigo's endurance is strengthened to the point where he can continue fighting effectively after receiving many injuries, and can survive attacks which would easily kill normal Humans. It was stated by Rukia a Shinigami's life force is their spiritual power. As such, Ichigo can withstand attacks which would be fatal to most Shinigami. Uryu once stated Ichigo was a monster in this regard, and Aizen commented on his ability to continue moving despite grave injuries.

Enhanced Durability

Ichigo becomes much more durable in his Shinigami form. During his last fight with Kugo Ginjo, he withstood a direct hit from the Getsuga Tensho created by his opponent, and the damage was only done to one of his arms and part of his face. When fighting Quilge Opie, Ichigo withstood the impact of several Heilig Pfeil fired at him, unharmed, despite the powerful explosion each one caused. Tenjiro Kirinji, a member of the Royal Guard, was amazed at Ichigo's ability to endure the unique healing properties of his "White Skeleton Pond" and "Blood Hell Pond" for so long after fully healing without rotting.

Shikai

After the Shikai form of his Zanpakutō is broken while in Bankai, Ichigo discovers he does not possess a true Zanpakutō, but instead wields one formed from his inherited fusion of his Shinigami/Hollow powers. Later, Zangetsu is personally reforged by Oetsu Nimaiya, using an actual Asauchi. In his inner world, Ichigo, coming to terms with his heritage and powers, gains access to his true Zanpakutō, which had been suppressed all this time. His actual Zanpakutō takes the form of two separate, purely black, blades. One is the size of his previous sword, once again in the shape of a khyber knife, with the grip at the base of the blade and a handle extending back from this about roughly the width and length of Ichigo's forearm. There is a thin, hollowed-out portion running along the back edge of the blade from the base to the middle of the blade. The second blade is relatively small, about the size of Ichigo's arm, and is similar to the first blade, but resembles a trench knife more than a sword.

Unlike its counterpart, it has an enclosed handle, with a portion acting like a hand guard. Both blades represent a different facet of Ichigo's powers: the larger blade represents his inner Hollow (the manifestation of his Shinigami/Hollow powers) and the smaller blade represents "the old man" (the manifestation of his Quincy powers). After gaining his new Zanpakuto, Ichigo wraps the hilts of both swords in cloth, and now carries the larger blade on his back and the shorter blade on his right hip.

Shikai Special Ability

Zangetsu's Shikai is largely used for melee combat, but possesses one known special ability.

Gentsuga Tensho

Gentsuga Tensho (月牙天衝, Moon Fang Heaven-Piercer; "Piercer of Heaven" in the English version): At the instant of the slash, Zangetsu, absorbing Ichigo's spiritual energy, releases highly condensed spiritual energy at the tip of the blade, which, magnifying the slash attack, flies forward. This slash takes the form of a crescent moon or the shape of a wave. Ichigo uses this ability without knowing its name several times, but masters the technique later on during his Bankai training.

As stated by Zangetsu, knowing the name of an attack heightens its power compared to its strength when the wielder does not know its name. The Getsuga Tensho is a powerful technique with great force, capable of causing large-scale damage and destruction. Ichigo has used this technique in several different manners, such as striking the ground, creating an omnidirectional blast which knocks away incoming attacks, or slashing at the ground, upturning it and crushing everything in its path. After Ichigo regains his Shinigami powers for the second time, his Getsuga Tensho is noticeably larger and stronger than it was before he lost his powers. A single strike from it cleanly cut off the top portion of Tsukishima's mansion and dispersed an entire rainstorm.

Bankai: Tensa Zangetsu

Tensa Zangetsu (天鎖斬月, Heaven Chain Slaying Moon): After being influenced by the remaining traces of Ichigo's Fullbring, the appearance of his Bankai changes. He wears a white undershirt beneath his black shihakushō, which is now open. Held together by three "x"-shaped marks, it ends in a number of coattails.

Ichigo wears black gloves, with white "x"-shaped marks appear on both the gloves and his forearms. Tensa Zangetsu's blade is much longer (roughly the length of his Shikai), and becomes more curved as it nears the tip, with three protrusions along the blunt end of the sword close to its tip. While retaining its manji-like shape, the tsuba becomes more curved and jagged. Tensa Zangetsu's chain is now longer, attaching to both the base of the sword's hilt and to Ichigo's glove, forming a wide loop.

Bankai Special Ability

Tensa Zangetsu, much like its Shikai form, is used heavily for melee combat, but also possesses a certain special ability.

Enhanced Getsuga Tensho

Tensa Zangetsu retains the use of Getsuga Tenshō and can be used in the same ways, but in an enhanced form. When used in Bankai, these potent blasts are black with a red outline, their path can be controlled, and they possess explosively augmented power and speed. During Byakuya Kuchiki's fight with Ichigo, he refers to this attack as a "Kuroi Getsuga" (黒月牙, "Black Moon Fang"), referring to the attack's darkened color. Ichigo has stated the Black Getsuga was originally Hollow Ichigo's technique, which has been proven, as Ichigo had no knowledge of it during his fight with Byakuya Kuchiki, and Hollow Ichigo stated all Ichigo was doing when he used the technique was copying his inner Hollow. Ichigo can keep Getsuga Tenshō within Tensa Zangetsu to augment his sword swings, or fire it from the tip of the blade as if it were a bullet.

Enhanced Spiritual Power

His already vast spiritual energy increases grandly and explosively. His reiatsu is so intense and rough, as well as thick and heavy, it can suffocate Humans who are in the general vicinity of his released Bankai. Ichigo's reiatsu is solid in his Bankai. Initially, when he activated his Bankai, he produced a white aura which shot high into the sky. Ever since Ichigo defeated his inner Hollow and affirmed his place as a Visored, he produces a deep black spiritual energy with a crimson outline, which emanates off of Ichigo's body when his spiritual pressure is exerted, replacing his white aura. After his training in the Dangai, Ichigo's ability to sense reiatsu has increased greatly, as he can now sense his sisters blocks away through various buildings and determine their current status.

According to Sōsuke Aizen, by achieving evolution into a dimension separate from Shinigami, both Shinigami and Humans have become unable to feel his reiatsu unless he voluntarily lowers his level and allows them to interfere, in the same way a two-dimensional being is unable to interfere with a three-dimensional being. In this same way, he surmises Ichigo is standing in a dimension even higher than the one he is in. After Ichigo regains his Shinigami powers for the second time, his Bankai activation reverts back to the way it used to be, shooting a white aura high into the sky. The released energy can break apart Yukio's chatroom, which is said to be indestructible.[553] While in Bankai, Ichigo's reiatsu turns black, with a blue outline.

Enhanced Bankai Duration

Since all of his energy is "compressed", usage of his Bankai does not expel as much spiritual power as other Bankai from the point of activation, allowing him to use Tensa Zangetsu for a much longer duration than any other Bankai users of his level. From his final encounter with Grimmjow in Hueco Mundo until Aizen's defeat, Ichigo continuously stayed in his Bankai state for three months.

Saigo no Getsuga Tensho

Saigo no Getsuga Tensho (最後の月牙天衝, The Final Moon Fang Heaven-Piercer): By using this technique, Ichigo becomes Getsuga (月牙, Moon Fang) itself. It is referred to as the Final Getsuga Tenshō because if Ichigo uses it, he loses all of his Shinigami powers. For the duration of the ability, Ichigo's hair becomes waist-length and turns black. Light bluish-gray bandages form around his body, tightly wrapped around his torso, right arm, and face, ending just beneath his eyes. Black flame-like markings spread across his chest and wrap around his left arm, and the remains of a tattered black cloak cover his lower body. In this form, Ichigo's body constantly emits smoky black reiatsu, most of which is focused around his right arm.

Being in this form allows Ichigo to use Mugetsu. Once it is used, the transformation dissipates. He will lose consciousness, accompanied by intense pain, with the loss of his Shinigami powers following. Any remaining reiatsu stabilizes, and he will awaken sometime later (roughly a month), followed shortly by the loss of his remaining Reiryoku. When Ichigo lost his reiatsu, a tiny portion of it accumulated in a single location inside of him over time, and he began to regain it slightly after a year and a half. While using this technique, Ichigo's reiatsu turns completely black.

Mugetsu

Mugetsu (無月, Moonless Sky): Generating a blade of deep black spiritual energy in his hand, Ichigo swings it at the target. Doing so causes a massive veil of black spiritual energy to erupt upwards and approach the target, darkening the sky and heavily damaging anything caught within the blast. The energy continues to rise, dissipating into the sky.

Zangetsu

Zangetsu (斬月, Slaying Moon): When Ichigo first becomes a Shinigami, his Zanpakutō was a standard-looking katana, but oversized, with an equally-oversized brown sheath hung by a strap across his back and over his right shoulder. It had a rectangular bronze tsuba with gently inward-curved edges, a stylized flame pattern on the long sides, and a simple decorative slit on the short sides. The hilt's handle had a red wrapping and two light blue tassels attached to the handle's base, which was decorated with a flame design on its short sides. The large size is due to the unfocused but immense amount of Ichigo's spiritual power, which he did not know how to control. As a result, the sword itself was rather weak, since very little spiritual power was used to create it. Nevertheless, it was powerful enough to subdue a Gillian-class Menos and lesser Hollows, completely blocking a Cero from the former. It could upturn the ground with a single strike.

Because of the weak nature of its spiritual energy, Byakuya Kuchiki easily cut off most of the blade during his first encounter with Ichigo, and Kisuke Urahara subsequently sliced it down to the hilt during their training, forcing Ichigo to learn the name of his Zanpakutō in order to release its true form. This sword is a result of Rukia's deprived spiritual energy and not a result of Ichigo's own power.

Bankai: Tensa Zangetsu

(天鎖斬月, Heaven Chain Slaying Moon): Ichigo points his Zanpakutō in a straight direction, using either a single hand or both of his hands, with the cloth of his Shikai surrounding his arm and tightening during the activation. His spiritual power surges, with the smoke obscuring his being.[580] It is considered completely out of the ordinary for any Zanpakutō. Unlike most Bankai forms, which usually create some sort of massive creature or effect, Ichigo's Bankai shrinks his sword down to a daitō (Japanese long sword) with a black blade instead. The cross guard has four prongs bent out to form the shape of the manji (which is the kanji for "ban," meaning "full," as in "full release"). The blade itself can endure even the strongest of attacks, making it quite effective in blocking and deflecting incoming attacks. It can withstand getting crushed by force. The blade is strong and sharp enough to cut clean through Kūgo Ginjō's sword. Commenting on the blade's strength and durability, Gin Ichimaru claimed it felt like his was about to break from hitting it.

Instead of the cloth his Shikai form had, a short length of chain with a broken link at the end dangles from the base of the hilt. In addition to his sword, Ichigo's robe is replaced with a long-sleeved, ankle-length black coat (or shihakushō) with red lining, which is closed at his chest and left to flare out into ragged ends, much like that of Zangetsu himself. This coat is part of Ichigo's Bankai, and the damage it can take is directly proportionate to the remaining strength and level of Ichigo's reiatsu.

After his training in the Dangai, Ichigo's Bankai takes on a slightly different appearance. While Zangetsu still takes the form of a daitō with a black blade, the four prongs on the cross guard extend out farther than they previously did. While still in the shape of the manji, the prongs become more abstract and slender in appearance. Ichigo's right hand becomes covered by a black glove, and the chain at the base of Zangetsu's hilt extends out further than it previously did, spiraling up the length of his sleeveless right arm, with the additional portion of the chain hanging down freely from his upper arm.

Initially, Ichigo's Fullbring powers focused on changing the form of his Substitute Shinigami Badge. By recalling the memories of his pride as a Shinigami, Ichigo causes the badge to release black reiatsu in the shape of the tsuba of Tensa Zangetsu. Like a tsuba, the weapon is used primarily for defense, particularly to block attacks. It can absorb most of the impact from a much larger opponent's attack. Like a real tsuba, it has no cutting power, and if Ichigo releases his hold on the badge, the reiatsu dissipates.

Later, his Fullbring powers evolve so they change his appearance, covering his whole body in a black reiatsu, and produce a dark blade, forming over his arm. His abilities are classified as a Clad-Type Fullbring because Ichigo is shrouded in his own power, which resembles a Shihakushō, much like his former Bankai.

After Ichigo's Fullbring is completed, it transforms into a solid outfit. It becomes a white armor covering his chest, arms, shoulders, and feet, with a stripe running across his face. Underneath this, he wears a completely black bodysuit. The badge grows a medium-sized, black, machete-like blade, with a silver edge, round hilt, simple white cloth-wrapping, and flat base. The badge itself becomes the guard, with a new black cross marking on it. It is hung across Ichigo's back in a white sheath.

Expert Swordsman

Despite only recently obtaining and completing his Fullbring, Ichigo showed considerable skill with its blade. During his test with it, Ichigo calmly and effortlessly cut down several virtual Hollows. Against Tsukishima, an opponent with much greater experience in using his Fullbring blade, Ichigo fought evenly and severed his left arm with a single strike.

Power Augmentation

While wearing the mask, Ichigo's Hollow powers supplement his Shinigami powers, giving him a vast increase in both strength and speed.

Augmented Getsuga Tensho

When Ichigo wears his mask, the power, speed, blast area, force, and size of the Getsuga Tenshō becomes drastically augmented, to the point of seriously harming a foe. When used with his Bankai and Hollow mask in combination, his Getsuga Tenshō is stated to be his ultimate attack. Ichigo's tremendous speed lets him to move faster than the Getsuga Tenshō itself, allowing him to fire multiple blasts from different directions.

Ulquiorra Cifer believes the Getsuga Tenshō is Ichigo's strongest attack, comparing it to a Hollow's Cero, particularly a Cero Oscuras. The black Getsuga Tenshō was first displayed by Ichigo's inner Hollow, and initially carried the risk of causing his inner Hollow to surface if used too much. With Ichigo's later control over his inner Hollow, this is no longer a problem. With the use of his new mask, he can fire a Getsuga Tenshō powerful enough to send Yammy Llargo falling down head first while he was in his much larger and stronger Resurrección state, and cut a high-rise building in half.

Bleach (Anime)

Agent of Shinigami arc

After scaring some skateboarders away from a dead girl's resting place, Ichigo, apologizing to her, promises to bring her some new flowers to replace those damaged by the skaters, telling her to go to heaven quickly. That evening, Ichigo, seeing Rukia Kuchiki in his bedroom, initially mistakes her for a burglar. But when Ichigo realizes only he can see the intruder, he accepts Rukia is a ghost. When he refuses to believe her explanation about Shinigami, Rukia binds him with Kidō. As a Hollow attacks the house, Ichigo, upon hearing his sister's pleas for help, breaks free and rushes to stop the Hollow. Surprised at its monstrous appearance, Ichigo charges at it with a baseball bat in an attempt to release the captive Yuzu. Rukia frees Yuzu, but Ichigo's reckless actions force Rukia to shield him with her body, severely injuring her. Seeing Ichigo's determination to protect his family, Rukia offers to temporarily turn him into a Shinigami by piercing his chest with her Zanpakutō and transferring half of her power to him. Absorbing almost all of Rukia's power, Ichigo, making short work of the Hollow, collapses afterwards.

The following morning, Ichigo is horrified when he discovers Rukia is now a part of his class, and she has altered his family's memories of the attack. She insists he must help her do her job while she awaits the return of her powers. When Ichigo refuses, Rukia, forcing his soul out of his body, takes him to a park where a Hollow is about to attack. She persuades Ichigo to perform her duties. After undergoing some training with Rukia to improve his combat tactics, a Hollow bursts into his room. Rukia, who has taken to staying in his closet, forces Ichigo's soul out of his body. He cuts off part of the Hollow's mask, revealing it to be Sora Inoue. Explaining the origins of Hollows, Rukia states Orihime is in danger, as Hollows often attack their relatives. They rush to Orihime's apartment, where Ichigo manages to stop the Hollow before it eats Orihime's and Tatsuki's souls.

At Orihime's apartment, Ichigo initially panics when he sees her soul separated from her body, but Rukia explains there is still time to save her. Still intent on eating Orihime, the Hollow attacks. During Ichigo's subsequent fight with Acidwire, Orihime, stepping in between them, gets bitten. Her influence temporarily restores Sora's conscience, prompting him to purify himself with Ichigo's Zanpakutō. Rukia explains to Ichigo Hollows defeated by a Zanpakutō are purified and sent to Soul Society. As Ichigo and Orihime talk, Rukia, healing her, erases her memory of the event.

At school, Ichigo fends off Mizuiro's suggestions of a relationship with Rukia and Reiichi Oshima's threats about his hair color. Ichigo notices Sado has a parakeet with him, and there is a spirit inside it. When Rukia confirms it is just a lonely Plus, which they should send to the Soul Society that night, Ichigo complains about missing another night of sleep. Upon returning home, Ichigo helps with the injured from a car accident, among them Sado. Ichigo notes the wound on his back was inflicted by a Hollow.[71] The next morning, Ichigo tracks the spirit inside the parakeet using Reiraku in order to find Sado. When they find Sado, he runs away from them. Telling him it is dangerous to be by himself, Ichigo is distracted by an ill Karin. At Rukia's behest, he brings her home. Karin tells him she saw the Plus' memories, and he saw his mother being murdered. After placing her in her bed, Ichigo, rushing to help Sado, reflects on how long it had been since he last saw Karin cry.

Ichigo arrives to take over fighting Shrieker. When Rukia releases him from his body, he, injuring Shrieker, notices small creatures nearby, and is told they spit out explosive leeches. After asking Shrieker if he was the one who killed the child's parents, which he confirms, Ichigo, catching one of the leeches, slams it into Shrieker's mouth. When the Hollow refuses to trigger them, Ichigo, ripping out its tongue, stabs his sword into Shrieker's leg. Asking him how it feels to be unable to move or fight and if he can savor what it is like to be murdered, Ichigo cuts through his head, and Shrieker is pulled into Hell. After Rukia explains about Hell, she tells the Plus they will send him to Soul Society, and Ichigo says he might see his mother there.

The following day, Ichigo, noting Sado's memory has been erased, receives a Gikongan from Rukia, who, after explaining its purpose, forces him to try one. Unconvinced by the artificial soul's personality, Ichigo is forced to leave it in his body when they receive an order from Soul Society. After defeating the Hollow, a concerned Ichigo, rushing back, sees his body jump out of an upstairs window and run away extremely fast. As they chase after him, Rukia tells him it must be a Mod soul. As Rukia explains what she means to an angry Ichigo, he, asking if Rukia is alright with the idea of the Mod Souls being created and killed all for Soul Society's convenience, wonders how the Mod Soul must feel about being persecuted and gaining his body. Receiving a warning about a Hollow, they, hurrying to its location, find the Mod Soul is fighting it. Rushing to his aid, Ichigo reminds him he is using his body. As the two continue arguing, they defeat the Hollow together. When Kisuke Urahara removes the Mod Soul from Ichigo's body, Ichigo, asking him what he is going to do with it, asks who he is. When Rukia gives the Mod Soul to Ichigo, he thanks her for not throwing him away.

After failing to find a body to place the Mod Soul in, Ichigo, placing him in a plushie, decides to call him Kon. On June 16th, Ichigo, woken by Kon, scrambles to hide him and Rukia as Yuzu comes into the room to say Mizuiro is waiting for him. Apologizing to Mizuiro, he, noting his memory has been erased, remembers Rukia had told him Urahara must have worked hard. As Rukia leaves, Ichigo, complaining about Isshin not waking him up as usual, notices the date. That night, the Kurosakis hold a family meeting to discuss their trip to Masaki's grave the following day. Ichigo asks Rukia if he can take the day off from the Shinigami work, as it is the day Masaki was killed.

On July 17th, the Kurosaki family visits Masaki's grave. Annoyed that Rukia followed them, Ichigo, becoming angry when she asks if Masaki was killed by a Hollow, notices the same girl he saw the night Masaki died, and, running after her, tells Rukia he killed Masaki. At Masaki's grave, Ichigo, watching his family's antics, reflects on his mother's death and its impact on his family.[85] Sensing the reiatsu of a Hollow, Ichigo realizes the twins are easy targets.[86] As the Hollow attempts to eat Yuzu, Ichigo, arriving, cuts the twins free. Demanding to know why the girl he saw when Masaki died is there, he asks if she is controlled by the Hollow. When Rukia tells him the Hollow is called Grand Fisher and it uses the girl as a lure to trick and devour Humans who have high levels of spiritual power, Ichigo, realizing Grand Fisher killed his mother, lunges at it. Stopping Rukia from interfering, he, insisting on fighting alone, instructs her to mind his sisters.

Struggling against Grand Fisher, Ichigo is subjected to the Hollow's Transcribe ability. Transforming his lure into an image of Masaki, Grand Fisher explains about his ability. As he pierces Ichigo's chest, Ichigo, stabbing the Hollow's chest. grabs his arm, saying he has finally caught him, and slashes open his chest.[91] Transferring its form into the lure, Grand Fisher escapes. As Rukia tries to convince Ichigo he cannot fight him any more, he, insisting he can and the Hollow is still not dead yet, soon collapses. Using most of her strength to heal his stomach wound, Rukia leaves his other injuries. When Ichigo awakens, in his Human body, in great pain, Rukia reminds him the wounds his soul receives will show up when he returns to his body. When Ichigo asks her if he lost, she tells him he won, since the Hollow fled and nobody died. Saying Grand Fisher is not dead, Ichigo walks off.

When Ichigo, at Masaki's grave, apologizes for not being able to avenge her, Isshin notes the time has gone by quickly, and it has already been ten years since Masaki died. When Ichigo corrects his error, Isshin states he was "so close". When Ichigo loudly complains about this, Isshin says Masaki can rest easily if she sees him being so lively. When he starts smoking a cigarette, Ichigo says he thought he quit smoking when Karin and Yuzu were born. Isshin explains he smokes on this one occasion, as the only time Masaki complimented his looks while they were dating is when she saw him smoking. When Ichigo asks why nobody blames him for her death, Isshin, dismissing the suggestion, says Masaki would be mad at him, and she would gladly die to protect her child. Reminding Ichigo he is the one the woman he loved gave her life to protect, he, telling him to live his life well, leaves. Asking Rukia if her powers are returning, Ichigo asks her to allow him to remain a Shinigami for a while longer regardless. He says he wants to become stronger so he can defeat Hollows, protect those who are targeted, and defeat Grand Fisher; otherwise, he will not be able to face Masaki.

While Yuzu and Isshin are watching Don Kanonji's Ghost Bust TV program one Wednesday evening, Ichigo asks Karin why she is not watching it with them. She tells Ichigo she can see spirits about as clearly as he can, and is not interested in the ghost show. Remembering she saw the Hollow who attacked the house when he first met Rukia, Ichigo realizes she might be able to see Shinigami too. The next morning at school, Orihime, performing Don Kanonji's pose as Ichigo arrives in class, asks him to do the pose with her. As Ichigo's friends all do the pose, Ichigo tells Keigo he is not going to the live recording of Ghost Bust at the abandoned hospital in Karakura, despite his attempts to convince him to go. The following Wednesday, Ichigo accompanies his family to watch Ghost Bust being filmed. When Orihime apologizes to him for trying to get him to do Don Kanonji's pose, he, telling her it is okay, reveals Keigo and Mizuiro know he despises it, but yet still do it anyway. When asked why he came, he, stating Isshin and Yuzu are huge fans of the show, says they would look pitiful if just the two of them went. When Orihime tells him he is so kind, Ichigo dismisses it as normal.

Telling him he must be tired from his dual life, Rukia instructs him to use this chance to relax. Surprised she is concerned about his health, Ichigo, asking if there really is a spirit in the hospital, says the Shinigami would have dealt with it already. Rukia says it is likely to be a Jibakurai, a soul on its way to becoming a Hollow. When Ichigo asks Rukia if they should perform Konsō on it to prevent it from becoming a Hollow, she says it takes months to turn into a Hollow. She says to do it after the show to avoid trouble in case of a struggle, but Ichigo is unconvinced. Meanwhile, Don Kanonji jams his staff into the partially open hole in the Jibakurai's chest. As Ichigo tries to stop him, he is caught by security. Urahara frees Ichigo's Shinigami form from his body, allowing him to knock Kanonji away from the Jibakurai. As Ichigo realizes the medium can see him, the Jibakurai vanishes in an explosion. As Kanonji promises to send Ichigo to heaven too, Rukia shouts at him to look up, where they see the spirit reforming into a Hollow on top of the hospital. As Ichigo and Kanonji bicker, the Hollow charges at them. Ichigo fends off its attack, and when the Hollow gets its head stuck in a wall, Ichigo drags Kanonji inside.

Ichigo insists they stay inside to avoid the audience being caught up in the fighting. When the Hollow attacks again, Ichigo's Zanpakutō becomes stuck in the ceiling. Ichigo realizes he never thought about the corridors being too confined to use his sword in. When the Hollow glues Ichigo's hands together, Kanonji, jamming its mouth open with his staff, frees Ichigo's blade. When Ichigo's sword becomes embedded in the Hollow's shoulder, it drags him up to the roof. Freeing himself, Ichigo takes advantage of the open space to defeat the Hollow. When Kanonji praises him, Ichigo, telling him to stop his antics, explains it is the same spirit Kanonji thought he had sent to heaven. Stating regretting it is pointless, as he did not know, Ichigo directs Kanonji to the crowd. Kanonji thanks him, complimenting his courage, quick wits, and strength, and asks that they work together in the future. When Ichigo agrees to help him once in a while, Kanonji forces him to take a Don Kanonji fan club card, signed "to my #1 pupil".

The following day, Rukia helps Ichigo and his friends get out of trouble for their actions at the abandoned hospital when they are brought before the principal and Kagine, who states their escapades were broadcast live nationwide. That afternoon, Ichigo, answering the door, meets Don Kanonji. Closing and locking the door, he demands to know how he found out about his house. When Kanonji reveals he invited Rukia along, Ichigo realizes it was her who told him where he lived. Seeing Kanonji, Yuzu knocks Ichigo over while opening the door. When Rukia's Denreishinki alerts her to a Hollow, they rush off to fight it.

After numerous incidents of arriving at the supposed site of a Hollow attack, only to find there is no Hollow, Ichigo and Rukia bicker. When Ichigo asks if there is another Shinigami defeating the Hollows before him, Rukia tells him Shinigami are strictly sorted, and it should not be the case. Ichigo tries to keep away from Rukia at school to avoid the rumors since their appearance on Ghost Bust. While discussing his high grades with Keigo and Mizuiro, Ichigo notes his orange hair causes him a lot of trouble, as older students pick on him and teachers watch him closely, so he studies so the school does not complain about him. Rukia drags Ichigo off, prompting him to complain about the rumors regarding them. When she tells him to complain later, as there is a Hollow, Ichigo tells her he will not forgive her if it is not there this time, but they find nothing. After another incident following school, Ichigo tells Rukia to do something about the problem as she drags his body from its hiding place. The pair are approached by Uryu Ishida, who asks Ichigo if it is correct he can see spirits, which Ichigo denies is even possible. When a new Hollow appears, Uryu, killing it, introduces himself, saying he hates Shinigami and Ichigo.

Though Ichigo ridicules the idea, Uryu succeeds in convincing him to fight him, and he uses Kon to free his Shinigami form. Using some Hollow bait to cause Hollows to gather in Karakura Town, Uryu states the one who defeats the most Hollows within twenty-four hours wins. When Ichigo, angered by this, demands to know why he is exposing the town's residents to such danger, Uryu tells him not to worry, as they will kill all the Hollows. As Ichigo tries to make him undo it, Uryu tells him Hollows will soon flood the town, and he should try to protect as many people as possible. When Uryu tells him Hollows tend to prefer people with high spiritual power, Ichigo runs off to find Karin. After slaying his third Hollow and saving a pair of Pluses, Ichigo, struggling to remember where Karin is, sends Kon to get Rukia's Denreishinki to aid in reacting to the Hollows. Defeating the Hollows between the Kurosaki Clinic and the last place where he saw Karin, Ichigo thinks it should be safe for her now.

Having found Uryu, Ichigo bickers with Kon when he arrives. Unable to attract their attention by shouting, Uryu fires an arrow at Ichigo, who, blocking it, insists it is a battle between him and Uryu, and the amount of Hollows they beat is irrelevant. As Kon points out there is a large crack forming in the sky, and Uryu begins firing arrows into the group of Hollows, Ichigo tells him there are too many, and they need to come up with a strategy. Asking him if he is afraid, Uryū charges towards the Hollows. When Rukia explains the fall of the Quincy at the hands of the Shinigami, Ichigo, running after Uryu, attacks several Hollows around him. When Ichigo, telling Uryu he does not know or care about whether the Shinigami or Quincy were right, expresses frustration at his methods, Uryu tells him he thought the Shinigami were correct until his sensei was killed in front of him. Telling Ichigo of his sensei's attempts to convince the Shinigami to work together with the remaining Quincy and how he died fighting a group of huge Hollows without achieving that goal, Uryu says he must prove the strength of the Quincy to the Shinigami. Pointing out his sensei's wish was to work together, Ichigo, asking if he will do that now, says fighting back to back is the best way to deal with the situation.

As the two begrudgingly work together, Ichigo, telling him his approach to their fight is endangering the people he wants to protect, says he will not forgive him for that. They agree to beat each other up after the Hollows have been dealt with, but as they prepare attack a horde of Hollows, a Menos Grande appears. As Ururu Tsumugiya, Tessai Tsukabishi, Jinta Hanakari, and Urahara arrive to fight the Hollows, Urahara tells Ichigo to concentrate on fighting the Menos.[121] Seeing its size, Ichigo, questioning if it is in fact a Hollow, is shocked to see it eating the nearby Hollows. Saying there is no way they can figure out how to fight such a monster and they will have to simply cut it repeatedly until it succumbs to its injuries, Ichigo, charging towards the Menos, attacks its leg, but is knocked back by the unfazed Menos.

Noticing Ichigo's power flows into his bow when he touches it, Uryu, planning to fire an enlarged arrow at the Menos, tells Ichigo to increase his power to maximum. Stating he never controls his energy output, Ichigo says it must be at maximum all the time. When the Menos starts to charge a Cero, Ichigo, rushing towards it, blocks the Cero with his Zanpakuto. His power increasing as he resists the Cero, Ichigo repels the attack, injuring the Menos in the process. As the Menos retreats, Ichigo, claiming victory, collapses as his Zanpakuto begins to destabilize. Noting it will explode, Uryu begins to dissipate the energy by firing arrows into the sky, injuring himself. Uryū tells him to make sure he lives so he can beat him later. The following day, when Rukia tells Ichigo not to pay attention to Uryu's injuries, Ichigo denies being worried. Later, when he overhears Keigo telling Mizuiro he saw Uryu talking to himself the previous day, believing it to be related to a theater, Ichigo is thankful Keigo is an idiot. Asking Uryū to join them for lunch, Ichigo later regrets it, due to the atmosphere which prevails over their meal.

That night, Ichigo, taking the leftovers from dinner to give to Rukia, finds she is gone. At 2:00 a.m., Ichigo, wondering whether she is going to return that night, notes it would be nice not to have Shinigami duties to carry out for once. Hearing a muffled noise, Ichigo finds Kon gagged and tied to the back of the toilet bowl. When Ichigo asks why he was tied up, Kon, saying Rukia is in big trouble, shows Ichigo a note she left on his desk. Confused by the message, which tells them she has to leave and they should go into hiding instead of looking for her, Ichigo decides to change into his Shinigami form and find her. Realizing he cannot change form without Rukia, Ichigo demands a reluctant Kon change him into a Shinigami. Appearing at the window, Urahara changes him into his Shinigami form.

As Lieutenant Renji Abarai attacks Rukia, Ichigo, arriving, attacks him. When Renji notes the size of Ichigo's Zanpakuto, Ichigo replies he thought it was large compared to Rukia's, but there had not been anyone else to compare it to. Realizing he is the Human who took Rukia's Shinigami powers, Renji, attacking him, asks Ichigo what the name of his Zanpakuto is. When Ichigo, stating he has not named his sword, asks if they actually give them names, Renji activates his Shikai, surprising Ichigo with the change of form of his Zanpakuto. Leaping into the air, he slashes Ichigo's shoulder.

As Renji, explaining about the Shikai form of Zanpakuto, moves to attack him, Rukia attempts to stop him so Ichigo can flee, but Ichigo's reiatsu increases, and he, injuring the surprised Renji, quickly overwhelms him. As Ichigo attempts to end the fight, Byakuya severs his sword's tip, leaving Ichigo stunned. As he prepares for Byakuya's subsequent attack, Byakuya, appearing behind him, stabs him. Falling to the ground, Ichigo, wondering whether he was attacked from the front or from behind, is stabbed again by Byakuya. As Byakuya and Rukia talk about Ichigo, he, grabbing Byakuya's leg, tells him not to talk about him as if he is dead. As Byakuya tells him to let go, Ichigo instructs the captain to look at him when he is talking so he can hear him. Kicking Ichigo's hand away from her brother, Rukia, telling him he should know his place, tells Byakuya she is ready to leave. As Ichigo protests, Renji tells him to stop making things worse. When Rukia tells Byakuya there is no point in deliberately killing Ichigo, as he will soon stop breathing on his own, Ichigo asks if this is a joke, prompting Rukia to state if he tries to follow her, she will never forgive him. As she tells him to conserve what energy he has left so he may live a moment longer, Byakuya, acquiescing to Rukia's request, states Ichigo should die shortly due to his injuries, but if he does survive, he will no longer possess any Shinigami powers. As they leave, Ichigo, noting he cannot move or speak, reflects upon how he came to protect Rukia, but instead she protected him again. As Ichigo contemplates his injuries in the rain, Urahara approaches him.

When Ichigo awakens in Urahara's shop, Urahara tells him his wounds are not yet fully healed, and if he moves too much, he may die. When Ichigo asks him about Uryū's condition, Urahara states Uryū's injuries were treated on the spot, and when he left, he was worried about Ichigo, stating Ichigo was the only one who could beat the Shinigami and save Rukia. When Ichigo says he cannot do anything, as Rukia has been taken to Soul Society and he cannot follow, Urahara reveals he can send Ichigo there if he trains with Urahara for the next ten days, revealing Soul Society typically allows a grace period of one month before executions. Saying Ichigo will die if he goes there in his current condition, he reveals he purposely allowed Ichigo to fight Renji and Byakuya so he would realize this after having fought them himself. He states it will take seven days to open the gate to Soul Society, leaving Ichigo with thirteen days in Soul Society to rescue Rukia. Though unsure if he can become strong enough in ten days, Ichigo agrees to Urahara's deal.

Giving Ichigo some pills to take every hour, Urahara, saying he will recover from his injuries by dinnertime, sends him to school for the final day of the term. At school, Ichigo notes how nobody appears to remember Rukia. As Misato dismisses the class for summer, Ichigo, noting Uryū's absence, thinks he would remember Rukia. As he walks home after dismissing Keigo's invitation to spend the holiday with him, he meets Orihime, who, asking him where Rukia is, notes everyone has forgotten about her, but she believed Ichigo would know. Explaining the situation to her, Ichigo is surprised she can see his Shinigami form. Noting Ichigo has already made up his mind to rescue Rukia, Orihime, telling him to go save her, insists she does not want her friend to die either. Thanking her, Ichigo, going to the Urahara Shop, shows Urahara his healed wounds. Telling Urahara he told Isshin he would be sleeping over at a friend's house, he asks Urahara to teach him well.

In Urahara's training area, Ichigo's soul form is freed from his body, and he finds it difficult to move. Urahara reveals Byakuya destroyed the source of his power, leaving him without any Shinigami powers, and he must restore these in order to fight the Shinigami. Explaining about Reiryoku, stating the more one's Reiryoku rises, the sharper the movements of their spiritual body become, he says if Ichigo can manage to move even better with his spiritual body than he can with his mortal body, they will have completely recovered his Reiryoku. Urahara has Ururu Tsumugiya attack Ichigo, and she lunges at him, creating a large cloud of dust and debris.[136] Emerging from the dust, Ichigo runs away from Ururu after another near miss. Realizing he is able to run away from her, Ichigo attempts to dodge her attacks directly. Successfully dodging, Ichigo attacks Ururu by trying to hit her headgear lightly, believing the weight difference will do the rest. When he hits and cuts her face, Ururu kicks him into a rocky outcropping. Catching Ichigo before he hits it, Tessai cushions him from the impact.

Congratulating him on clearing the lesson, Urahara asks if Ichigo is still having trouble breathing or moving, which he is not. As Urahara says he has successfully recovered his spirit energy, and the soul tends to gain the Reiryoku faster when it is in danger of being destroyed, Tessai, cutting Ichigo's Chain of Fate, pins him to the ground. Telling him the chain has already begun to corrode from the severed end, Urahara states if it reaches his chest, Ichigo will become a Hollow, but he can avoid this by becoming a Shinigami instead. The point of this lesson, which Urahara calls "Shattered Shaft," is to restore Ichigo's Shinigami powers. Dropped to the bottom of a shaft, he is bound with a Kin spell, and Urahara tells him to scale the vertical sides of the deep shaft. Revealing there is a gas at the bottom of the shaft which speeds up the corrosion process to at most 72 hours, he tells Ichigo to become a Shinigami and climb out of the hole before that, or else he will become a Hollow, and they will destroy him.

After the corrosion of the chain's fifth link, Ichigo notes the process alternates between a few minutes of painful corrosion and a few hours of dormancy. Only able to attempt to escape during the dormant phases, Ichigo unsuccessfully tries to run up the wall. Asking him if he is hungry, Jinta Hanakari explains a soul feeling hungry is a sign they will soon become a Hollow. Later, as Ichigo wonders how long he has been in the hole for and how he can get out of it, Jinta runs down the shaft's wall with a platter of fruit for him. When Ichigo, denying he is hungry, says the chain is still long, Jinta reveals it has been seventy hours since he entered the shaft, and the final corrosion phase is stronger than the earlier ones. As the remaining length of the chain begins to corrode, a hole opens in Ichigo's chest, and a mask begins to form over his face. Urahara explains the mask forming before his body reforms shows Ichigo is resisting the transformation.

Awakening inside his consciousness, Ichigo sees a man standing on a building. Surprised that Ichigo does not recognize him, the man says his name, but Ichigo cannot hear it. Stating it is sad, the man asks how many times he has to tell him his name before he is able to hear it, as he thought nobody in this world knew him better than Ichigo. When Ichigo falls from the building, the man, following him, states he should not worry, as Shinigami control death. As Ichigo tells him he is not currently a Shinigami, the man, telling him to focus the Reishi around him underneath his feet to stand on, urges Ichigo to remember a time when he stopped in mid-air as a Shinigami. He tells Ichigo Byakuya destroyed the powers given to him by Rukia, but Ichigo has his own Shinigami powers, which were hidden deep in his soul and awakened by Rukia's power. As the world crumbles around him, he instructs Ichigo to find it.

With the buildings of his inner world dissolving into countless boxes, Ichigo, falling through a fissure into water, wonders how he can find his own powers. Remembering Uryū stating Shinigami have red Reiraku, he uses this to find a box containing a Zanpakutō's hilt. Telling him this time he ought to hear his name, the man urges him to take the hilt. As Ichigo struggles to pull out the Zanpakuto, back in the shaft, the Kidō restraining Ichigo breaks apart. When Tessai activates the next stage of the Kidō, Bankin, an explosion erupts from the shaft. As the smoke clears, Ichigo, wearing a Hollow mask and Shinigami clothes, uses his still broken Zanpakuto to smash the Hollow mask. Congratulating him on his success, Urahara says he is now a complete Shinigami. Having sworn to kill Urahara when he got out of the shaft, Ichigo hits him in the eye with the sword's hilt. Urahara starts the third lesson, which is simply to knock the hat off of Urahara's head. As Ichigo proposes a five minute time limit, Urahara draws a blade from within his cane.

Overwhelming Ichigo, Urahara, revealing his sword is a Zanpakuto, activates Benihime's Shikai. As Ichigo remembers Renji using his Shikai during their fight, Urahara, telling him every Zanpakuto has a name, cuts through the remains of Ichigo's blade until just the hilt remains, saying if he continues to fight with just the hilt, he will kill him. As Ichigo, thinking he is going to die, runs away, Urahara continues to attack him. Ichigo sees the man from his inner world again, who, asking why Ichigo ran when he has not yet called him, reveals his name is Zangetsu. Stopping in his tracks, Ichigo, turning towards Urahara, calls out Zangetsu, activating his Shikai. Looking at the new form of his Zanpakutō, Ichigo, telling Urahara he might not be able to hold back, swings Zangetsu at him, who uses Chikasumi no Tate. As the dust settles, a hat-less Urahara, stating he would have lost an arm if it were not for Chikasumi no Tate, says he did not expect so much from one swing.

After completing Urahara's training, Ichigo has a relatively normal summer holiday while waiting for the gate to Soul Society to be opened. On the first of August, Ichigo and his friends gather for a fireworks festival, where they catch up. Isshin and the twins, running up to Ichigo, knock him down a bank. When Ichigo asks if they are drunk, Isshin reveals a juice seller used wine to dilute their juice instead of water. Telling the group they saved a seat on the opposite bank of the river that morning, Isshin heads off with the girls and several of Ichigo's friends.[149] Later that night, after complaining to a drunken Isshin about having to carry his sisters, Ichigo tells him he will be leaving soon, and he might not be back until the summer vacation ends.

Seven days after completing his training, Ichigo is summoned to the Urahara Shop. As he leaves, Ichigo says goodbye to his sisters. Isshin lends him an amulet, which he claims Masaki gave to him, stating it will bring him good fortune. On his way to Urahara's, Ichigo meets up with Orihime. Revealing he did not know she was going until Urahara mentioned it, Ichigo asks her if she is sure about it. When they arrive at the shop, they find Sado waiting for them, and Ichigo, asking where Uryū is, says he had heard he was coming too. When Uryū, arriving in a Quincy outfit, promises to show Ichigo how powerful he has become, Ichigo criticizes him for walking the entire way there wearing that outfit. Interrupting them, Urahara invites the group inside.

In the underground training area, Urahara, revealing the Senkaimon they will be using to enter Soul Society, removes Ichigo's Shinigami form from his body. As the others examine his body, Ichigo complains about them touching it freely. Explaining how the Senkaimon works, Urahara says it will only stay open for four minutes. If they do not reach Soul Society in that time, they will become trapped in the Dangai. When Yoruichi tells them only those who are truly ready for the task can go, Ichigo says everyone gathered there has already made their decision and will go to Soul Society. When Yoruichi tells him they will never return if they lose, Ichigo states they simply have to win. When the Senkaimon opens, Ichigo tells Kon to take care of his family. Entering the gate, Ichigo, Uryu, Orihime, Sado, and Yoruichi appear in the Dangai. As they run, Uryu's cape is caught by the Kōryū. Ichigo is warned not to use his Zanpakutō, as the Kōryū will trap it and he will not escape. After Sado frees Uryū, the group are chased by the Kōtotsu, and Orihime uses her shield to protect them from it, propelling them through the exit and into Soul Society.

Soul Society arc

As Ichigo tries to enter Seireitei, he is stopped by the gatekeeper Jidanbō Ikkanzaka. Facing the giant alone, Ichigo displays his new might by easily defeating him. Upon gaining access to Seireitei, he is repelled outside the gate by Captain Gin Ichimaru. After spending some time in Rukongai, where he encounters and briefly fights Ganju Shiba, Ichigo and the others are brought to Kukaku Shiba in search of a new means of entering Seireitei. There, Ichigo trains to operate the Reishūkaku they will being using to breach the protective barrier above Seireitei. Joining the group, Ganju helps Ichigo learn how to use the Reishūkaku. At dawn, they are launched from Kukaku's Kakaku Hō fireworks cannon. Despite Ichigo's struggle to control his power input to the Reishūkaku, they successfully break through the barrier, only to be separated from each other. Grabbing Ichigo, Ganju ensures a safe landing for them, but Ichigo is confronted by Ikkaku Madarame. Beating Ikkaku, Ichigo, sparing his life, learns that as the strongest of the intruders, he will be hunted down by Captain Kenpachi Zaraki.

Accidentally attracting the attention of more Shinigami, Ichigo meets up with Ganju again. Surrounded, they decide to take Hanataro Yamada hostage as they try to escape. Stuck with Hanataro, they take advantage of his offer to show them a shortcut through the sewers to Rukia's cell. Upon exiting the sewers, Ichigo is confronted by Renji, who gravely injures Ichigo in their ensuing battle. After a struggle, Ichigo, becoming stronger during the fight, defeats Renji with a Getsuga Tensho. Renji begs him to rescue Rukia. In the sewers, Ichigo is healed by Hanatarō, who discovers Ichigo's Hollow mask lessened the damage from what would have been fatal blows by Renji. After recovering, Ichigo, encountering Kenpachi, initially struggles to even cut the powerful captain. After Zangetsu helps Ichigo find his resolve, Ichigo manages to injure Kenpachi. Viewing Ichigo as his equal, Kenpachi decides to unleash his full power, prompting Ichigo and Zangetsu to work together to summon his full power. After the fight ends, with both of them incapacitated, Ichigo is rescued by Yoruichi.

After learning of Yoruichi's true Shinigami form and being partly healed, Ichigo rushes to save Hanataro and Ganju from Byakuya. Upon his arrival, he confronts Byakuya, but, knowing Ichigo is not ready to fight someone of Byakuya's caliber, Yoruichi, stopping the fight, incapacitates Ichigo, swearing to make Ichigo stronger than Byakuya in three days. After escaping, Yoruichi, taking Ichigo to a hidden area, tells Ichigo he cannot save Rukia with his present power, asking him to undergo Bankai Training. Upon completing this training, Ichigo stops the Sōkyoku from killing Rukia, and, after sympathetic Captains Shunsui Kyoraku and Jushiro Ukitake destroy the Sokyoku, Ichigo, freeing Rukia, gives her to Renji to protect. After stopping three lieutenants from pursuing them, he is confronted by Byakuya once more.

Coercing Byakuya into using his Bankai, Ichigo, unable to keep up just using his Shikai, reveals his own Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, and uses his increased speed to outmaneuver Byakuya's Bankai. After Byakuya counters with his Senkei technique, after a while, Ichigo begins to slow and weaken, giving Byakuya the chance to immobilize him. As he is about to be struck down, Ichigo's inner Hollow, surfacing, injures Byakuya. After regaining control of himself, Ichigo and Byakuya prepare for one final clash. When Ichigo demands to know why Byakuya will not save his sister, Byakuya promises to answer if Ichigo wins. After they clash, while Ichigo struggles to stand, Byakuya explains himself.

Through a message relayed via Kidō by Isane Kotetsu, Ichigo finds out the events in Soul Society were an elaborate plot masterminded by Sōsuke Aizen. When Renji, refusing to hand over Rukia, is wounded by Aizen, Ichigo arrives to fight against the treacherous captain. Joining forces to fight off Aizen, the pair's effort proves to be futile, and Aizen, blocking their attack, cuts through Ichigo's midriff, defeating him. As Aizen takes Rukia by the collar, Ichigo interrupts him, and Aizen tells Ichigo how he had planned every move from the beginning for his goal; obtaining the Hōgyoku. After Aizen defeats Captain Sajin Komamura, Ichigo is dumbstruck at the difference in power. Continuing his explanation, Aizen states Urahara, planting the Hogyoku inside Rukia's soul to hide it, gave her a Gigai which would ultimately reduce her to a normal Human. Ichigo helplessly looks on as Aizen, extracting the Hogyoku from within Rukia, departs for Hueco Mundo.

After being healed by Orihime, Ichigo and the others spend a week in Soul Society, where he, sparring with the 11th Division, learns from Rukia she has decided to stay in Soul Society. As they prepare to leave, Ukitake gives Ichigo a Substitute Shinigami badge which serves as a license, allowing him to hunt Hollows in his area officially.

Bounts arc

Ichigo, unaware he is unable to perform Bankai outside of Soul Society, faces three Modified Souls in a series of games, set by Urahara, which involve kidnapping Ichigo's friends, all unbeknownst to Ichigo. Ichigo undergoes training with three the Mod Souls, Ririn, Kurōdo, and Noba. After the training, which is unsuccessful, he, finding out about the Bount, confronts Yoshino Sōma. Unable to win, despite the help of Rukia, Ichigo is unintentionally saved by another Bount, Ryō Utagawa. Later, when Utagawa tries to eat Uryū's soul, a battle between him and Ichigo's group ensues. While visiting Uryu in the hospital, the group is met by water-manipulating Bount twins Hō and Ban. Ichigo fights them, but they prove to be tough to beat. He discovers when the twins are separated, their ability to control their Dolls is greatly reduced. With some assistance from Ganju Shiba, the group kills the weakened Dolls with fireworks. Ichigo and company infiltrate Jin Kariya's mansion in search of Uryu.

There, Ichigo engages Utagawa in battle, during which he obliterates a large portion of the house, surprising both Utagawa and Maki Ichinose. When Ichinose confronts Ichigo, the two fight until Kariya, taking over, overpowers Ichigo. As Ichigo is on the brink of defeat, Urahara and his assistants arrive to rescue them. Later, Ichigo fights Gō Koga and his Doll, Dalk, after the Bitto nearly kill Keigo. When Ichigo is beaten, his inner Hollow takes over. Managing to repel his inner Hollow, Ichigo succumbs to his previous injuries. When Izuru Kira, appearing, disables the Doll, Koga retreats.

As Ichigo invades the Bount hideout with Sado, Orihime, Rukia, Renji, and the Mod Souls, four Shinigami lieutenants, who had entered the cave earlier and fought Ugaki's Doll, Gesell, assist them. When Renji and Ichigo, continuing into the depths of the cave, find Ugaki, Renji decides to take on Gesell with his Bankai so Ichigo will have the strength to take on the remaining Bount. As the cave begins to crumble, Yumichika Ayasegawa convinces Ichigo to leave them behind and go further into the cave. When Ichigo finds the remaining Bount, they open a portal to Soul Society. Ichigo starts a battle with Kariya, who, defeating Ichigo, threatens to kill him with Zangetsu, convincing Ichigo to recover his will to fight and regain his ability to use his Bankai. As the fight continues, with both adversaries now evenly matched, they are interrupted by Uryu, who helps the Bount reach Soul Society, believing he will get stronger there and defeat the Bount.

In Soul Society, Ichigo's group, using Kukaku Shiba's house as a base of operations, splits up to search for the Bounts. When Ichigo asks Byakuya for assistance, he, declining the request, says Ichigo's job is in the Human World. Later, Ichigo, coming across Byakuya and Kariya fighting in a forest, joins in, but they are unable to beat the Bount leader. Ran'Tao, the Shinigami who created the Bounts, steps in and, taking Ichigo and Uryu back to her home in Rukongai, explains how her spirit powers were sealed, and how she was banished for creating the Bount.

After departing from Ran'Tao's home, they meet up with Toshiro Hitsugaya, Rangiku Matsumoto, and Renji, who are in the middle of a battle with Ichinose. Arriving, Kenpachi challenges Ichinose, allowing the others to pursue the Bount. At the SRDI, Ichigo and Sado, catching up to Kariya, are unable to stop him. Their battle inadvertently unearths the Jōkaishō, a massive energy source, which Kariya had been searching for. Absorbing the energy, Kariya, using its destructive potential as a threat to keep Ichigo at bay, gives the whole of Soul Society a day to think about their impending destruction. With permission from Matsumoto, Ichigo uses the 10th Division as a base of operations during this time.

The next day, Ichigo saves Uryu and Ran'Tao from Kariya. Their fight is interrupted by the arrival of Ichinose, who, initially attacking Ichigo, turns his sword on Kariya before being killed. As Kariya attacks Ichigo, whose inner Hollow momentarily takes over, Ichigo, regaining control of his body, tells Kariya he cannot absorb spirit particles to heal himself because Ran'Tao sealed his absorption ability. After Kariya attempts to detonate a Jōkaishō, Ichigo deals him a fatal blow, and he, questioning what will become of Ichigo in the future, dies. Ichigo, Renji, and Rukia return to the Kuchiki Manor to discuss Kariya, Ichigo remarking on how his life was changed when Rukia gave him her powers. Afterwards, they return to the Human World.

Zanpakuto Unknown Tales arc

In his inner world, Ichigo is asked by Zangetsu if he can hear anything other than his voice, which he cannot. When Ichigo asks what is going on, Zangetsu states all is well. Later, Ichigo encounters a seriously injured Rukia being pursued by the spirit of her Zanpakuto, Sode no Shirayuki. As Ichigo forces the spirit back, Rukia reveals all the Zanpakuto spirits in Soul Society were released from their ties with the Shinigami by Muramasa, and Soul Society is in chaos. Following Rukia back to Soul Society, Ichigo, briefly fighting Sode no Shirayuki, is interrupted by Muramasa, who tells Ichigo his goal is to "free" all Zanpakutō from the control of Shinigami. When he removes Zangetsu's spirit from Ichigo, Zangetsu attacks and overpowers a hesitant Ichigo, whose inner Hollow, taking over, defeats Zangetsu. As Ichigo regains control, he passes out.

Ichigo awakens in his inner world, where he finds Muramasa trying to gain control of Hollow Ichigo, who attacks Muramasa, leading him to bind it. Seeing through Muramasa's power, Ichigo, saving his inner Hollow, forces Muramasa out of his body. Exiting his inner world, Ichigo faces Zangetsu's Bankai. Telling Ichigo he cannot access his Zanpakuto's true power because it resides with Zangetsu, Hollow Ichigo offers to lend him his power as long as Ichigo agrees not to use his mask. As they fight, Ichigo learns Zangetsu wants to see how strong Ichigo can become, and if it is enough to defeat him. Using his inner Hollow's power, Ichigo defeats Zangetsu. After Muramasa disappears, Zangetsu, assuring Ichigo he has returned to normal, reveals Muramasa can forcibly unleash one's deepest instincts and warp them so one cares only about those desires, regardless of the consequences.

After Ichigo reports his findings to the captains, he and Ikkaku find Hōzukimaru and Gegetsuburi. They catch Gegetsuburi, but Hōzukimaru escapes, and Ichigo follows him. Ichigo's pursuit is stopped by Byakuya, who disappears. While trying to find Byakuya, he is hindered by Tobiume and Haineko, and later by Hyōrinmaru. Continuing to look for Byakuya, Ichigo, encountering Muramasa again, fights him, gaining the upper hand. Senbonzakura, intervening, fights Ichigo with his Bankai. Having fought Byakuya's Bankai in the past, Ichigo, holding his own against Senbonzakura, overpowers the spirit. Trying to fight back, Senbonzakura is stopped by Byakuya, who attacks him with Kidō. When Ichigo questions Byakuya's actions, Byakuya, revealing he is following his own inner desires, retreats with Muramasa and Senbonzakura.

Ichigo informs the others of Byakuya's betrayal. Later that night, Ichigo, sensing Renji and Rukia's distress, rushes to help them, arriving with Suì-Feng and other Shinigami to combat the numerous Zanpakuto spirits who have surrounded the pair. Ichigo squares off with Senbonzakura again, but when Izuru falls prey to Wabisuke's power, Ichigo frantically tries to come to Izuru's aid until Kenpachi defeats Wabisuke. After overpowering Senbonzakura, Ichigo rushes to Byakuya and Kenpachi's battle. While Ichigo is distracted by Byakuya, Senbonzakura, reappearing, launches Ichigo into Ashisogi Jizō's path. Poisoned, Ichigo, collapsing, is treated by the 4th Division members, and learns of Yamamoto's whereabouts from Yoruichi.

After being lead into a network of caves by Yoruichi, Ichigo voices his concerns about Byakuya. When the two are attacked by Haineko and Tobiume, Ichigo, at Yoruichi's instruction, carries on while she deals with them. Minazuki draws Ichigo in to the path of Kazeshini, and, after a short struggle, Ichigo, striking down the Zanpakutō, finds Yamamoto inside a barrier. Before Ichigo can do anything, Muramasa, attacking him, coerces Ichigo into using his full power. He uses this power to shatter the barrier surrounding Yamamoto, who, awakening, voices his dread at the turn of events. Ichigo learns the barrier was not Muramasa's doing, but rather something Yamamoto created to keep Muramasa from entering his inner world. Muramasa liberates Ryūjin Jakka, who, covering Muramasa's escape, traps Ichigo and the other Shinigami.

Upon learning of Muramasa's intention to free his former master, Koga Kuchiki, who is sealed in Karakura Town, Ichigo feels it is his fault the town is in danger. After several failed attempts to escape, Ichigo, freed by the arrival of Captain Hitsugaya, heads to the Human World, where he confronts Muramasa, who has just completed the release of Koga. Surprised at how powerful Koga is after being sealed for so long, Ichigo, shocked to see Koga stab Muramasa, listens as he explains his motive for doing so. As he tries to deliver a finishing blow, Byakuya stops him.

Senbonzakura reveals Byakuya had only been pretending to be in league with Muramasa to find and destroy Koga. When Koga destroys his sword, Muramasa, powers going out of control, releases all the Hollows he had absorbed. Understanding Byakuya was trying to restore his family's honor, Ichigo tells him to concentrate on Koga while he deals with the Hollows. As the amount of Hollows keeps increasing, Muramasa, absorbing all nearby Hollows, becomes a Hollow himself. After he is defeated by Ichigo, he transforms into a huge dome-like creature which engulfs Ichigo as it grows. Ichigo finds himself inside Koga's inner world, where he defeats the ailing Muramasa. After he escapes from the dome, Muramasa dies, and Byakuya sincerely thanks Ichigo for his efforts.

Beast Swords arc

In the Human World, after Ichigo briefly encounters a Toju, which escapes, Hitsugaya tells Ichigo and Urahara about the current situation in Soul Society. After the Toju is absorbed by a Hollow and the two fuse together, Ichigo, saving Haineko from it, battles the creature, which Zangetsu reveals is the same Toju from before. When Ichigo is thrown back by a Cero, Hitsugaya defeats it with his Shikai. Later, Ichigo encounters Renji and Zabimaru. Noticing the Hebi half is not there, he asks what is going on. Returning home to find Hebi on the floor, Ichigo mentions Renji, causing an argument which wakes Karin and causes Hebi to run off. Later, Hebi, bringing Karin to Ichigo, prepares to leave, telling him not to let her know what has happened. Waking up at home, she asks Ichigo where Hebi is, but he implies she just dreamed the whole thing up.


The New Captain Shusuke Amagai arc

Ichigo and Rukia are alerted to an abnormal amount of Hollow sightings. As they leave to dispatch them, Ichigo encounters Rurichiyo Kasumioji, who is attacked by Hollows. As Kenryu and Enryu take Rurichiyo away, Ichigo uses his Bankai to defeat the horde of Hollows pursuing them. The following day, the trio, moving into the house next to Ichigo's, become students at his school. Later, he learns their identity, and Kenryū reveals that despite her young age, Rurichiyo is the leader of the Kasumioji Clan due to her parents' death. They came to Karakura Town to protect Rurichiyo after several suspected assassination attempts on her by Gyokaku Kumoi, who wants to become the clan's leader. Kenryū asks for Ichigo's help in stopping Kumoi. Later, a group of Bakkoto-wielding assassins attack. Ichigo fights one of them, who gains the advantage by using his Bakkoto's mirror to blind Ichigo, but the assassins are stopped. When Rurichiyo goes to Soul Society on her own, Ichigo, Rukia, Kenryu, and Enryu go in search of her. Finding Rurichiyo, Ichigo attempts to defend her from an assassin.

After the group return to Karakura, Hanza Nukui leads another group of assassins to kill Ichigo, his friends, and Rurichiyo. Hanza fights Ichigo using the same mirrored Bakkōtō Ichigo previously fought against. After learning the Bakkoto, Saiga, becomes stronger by feeding on the reiatsu of its wielder, Ichigo is saved by Yoruichi, who reveals the remaining assassins have been defeated, prompting Hanza to retreat. Rurichiyo tells Ichigo others would frequently be blamed for her reckless actions, including Kenryū and Enryū. Sensing the arrival of Hanza and his minions, Ichigo and Rukia stay to protect Rurichiyo while the others go out to fight them. Fighting Hanza again, Ichigo, breaking Saiga's mirror, becomes engulfed in its light. He is sealed in a dream-like state, where he is forced to relive his childhood and his mother's death. As the fake Masaki tries to kill him, Ichigo breaks free by making peace with his mother. Donning his Hollow mask, Ichigo, overwhelming Hanza, forces him to allow his Bakkoto to absorb more of his energy. Ignoring Ichigo's pleas to stop, Hanza is consumed by his Bakkoto.

Rurichiyo returns to Soul Society on her own, and on the day of her wedding to Shū Kannogi, Ichigo and company enter the family compound to retrieve Rurichiyo, who does not respond to Ichigo's calls. When Captain Suì-Feng and her troops surround them, Enryu, using his Shikai, destroys the building, and in the confusion, Ichigo, reaching Rurichiyo, tells Shū of Kumoi's intentions, but is attacked by Rurichiyo, who is actually an impostor. As Suì-Feng begins to fight Ichigo, he and Rukia escape with Shu's help. The three decide to escape by having Shū pose as a hostage, which sparks a manhunt for them. Deciding to rescue Rurichiyo, the trio is attacked by Shusuke Amagai. Stopping the battle, Shu reveals the truth of Kumoi's intentions to Amagai, who agrees to help them.

Ichigo, Amagai, Rukia, and Shu, evading the patrols, make contact with the 3rd Division members and head towards Rurichiyo's last known location. Pursuing a pair of assassins with Rurichiyo, Ichigo and Amagai discover it is a ruse. The quartet head to the Kasumioji compound, which Captain Hitsugaya is guarding. As the others fight, Ichigo and Shu enter the compound. After discovering one of Amagai's men is working for Kumoi and has a Bakkoto, the hunt for them ends. Managing to catch up to Kumoi and Rurichiyo, Ichigo and Rukia witness Amagai striking down Kumoi. Amagai teleports away with Rurichiyo, leaving the dying Kumoi to reveal Amagai is behind the conspiracy. Ichigo arrives at Yamamato's office, where Amagai is facing off against the Captain-Commander. Armed with a Bakkoto which can negate all Shinigami and Zanpakuto powers other than his own, he fights Ichigo with his Bankai.

Despite hearing Amagai's allegations against Yamamoto, Ichigo is determined to stop Amagai, whom he states has selfishly caused innocent people to suffer. Unleashing his Bankai, Ichigo eventually uses his Hollow mask. As Amagai begins to attack Ichigo's mask, Ichigo hits Amagai with a Getsuga Tensho. Injured, Amagai, declaring he is willing to die for his revenge on Yamamoto, starts to draw more on his Bakkoto's power. With some well-timed maneuvers, Ichigo is finally able to strike and destroy the Bakkoto power-negation ability before defeating Amagai.[ As Amagai turns his attention to Yamamoto, Yoruichi, arriving, explains the truth about what happened between Yamamoto and Amagai's father as Ichigo listens. As Ichigo tries to stop Amagai from taking his own life, Byakuya makes Ichigo understand he needs to let Amagai repent the best way he feels possible. Later, Ichigo says he will help Rurichiyo whenever needed, but she says she will try as the head of her clan to handle it with her own power from now on.

Arrancar arc

After Ichigo returns from Soul Society, Isshin attacks him in bed. Ichigo blocks the attack, earning praise from Isshin. He returns the protective charm to Isshin, who, saying he does not want it, sews it to Ichigo's school uniform, leaving Ichigo to wonder if he lied about Masaki having given him the charm. At school, he realizes Tatsuki can see his Substitute Shinigami badge, which alerts him to a nearby Hollow, which he rushes to defeat. After having Uryu patch up Kon's ragged plushie, Ichigo realizes he has lost his Quincy powers as a result of going to Soul Society. That night, he is confronted by Shinji Hirako, who reveals both he and Ichigo are Visored. Ichigo shrugs off Shinji's repeated requests to join him. When Ichigo, seeming depressed, returns from school, he, brushing off his family's concerns, goes to his room, where he contemplates still being able to hear his inner Hollow, and how it has been becoming worse lately.

Interrupting his thoughts, Karin reveals she knows he is a Shinigami. As Ichigo tries to dismiss this notion, the arrival of two Arrancar in Karakura Town causes Ichigo to rush off. Upon seeing Sado injured, Ichigo, battling Yammy Llargo with his Bankai, manages to cut off his arm. Ichigo's inner Hollow, interfering, paralyzes Ichigo, allowing Yammy to injure both him and Orihime. Yoruichi and Urahara arrive to protect them, prompting the Arrancar to withdraw.

After his failure against Yammy, Ichigo becomes depressed that he cannot protect his friends. This mood lasts until the arrival of a Gotei 13 expeditionary force under the command of Tōshiro Hitsugaya. Rukia forces Ichigo to defeat a Hollow, all the while chastising him, and forces him to apologize to Orihime. Later that day, Ichigo, discussing the growing Arrancar threat with Hitsugaya's force, learns what the Arrancar actually are. After they discuss the mission, Ichigo, annoyed by their company, asks them when they will be leaving. When Renji tells him they cannot return to Soul Society until after the Arrancar threat is dealt with, Ichigo insists they cannot all stay at his house, and they eventually leave, except for Rukia, who convinces Isshin and Yuzu to allow her to stay in the girls' room using a cover story.

During the night, six Arrancar, lead by Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez invade Karakura Town, seeking targets with spiritual power. Rukia states one of them has already arrived at Sado's house. Sado is attacked by Di Roy Rinker, but Ichigo arrives in time to stops him. Ichigo tells Sado to let him handle the Arrancar, and Sado leaves.[205] When Rukia, arriving, asks Ichigo what he said to Sado, Ichigo tells her he told him to step aside and let him fight. Telling Ichigo to step aside, as he already exceeded his strength when he fought Yammy, Rukia transforms into her Shinigami form, which surprises Ichigo. Chappy, the Artificial Soul possessing Rukia's Gigai, restrains Ichigo while Rukia fights. As Chappy explains Rukia's Zanpakuto to him, they are confronted by Grimmjow.

As Rukia yells to Ichigo to retreat, Grimmjow impales her. Charging at Grimmjow, Ichigo, unable to harm him with his Shikai, activates his Bankai, but Grimmjow, blocking Ichigo's strikes unarmed, outmaneuvers him. Grimmjow continues to overwhelm Ichigo until he uses his black Getsuga Tensho to attack Grimmjow. Blocking it with his arms, the Arrancar takes minimal damage, and Ichigo realizes he is in danger of his inner Hollow taking over. The fight is brought to a close when Kaname Tosen forces Grimmjow return to Hueco Mundo. When an angry Ichigo demands Grimmjow finish their fight, Grimmjow counters by saying the only reason Ichigo is still alive is because he is leaving before their fight is finished. As the Garganta closes, Ichigo is left to ponder the events which have occurred. When Renji, arriving, asks Ichigo if he won, Ichigo states he lost, but Renji says since he is alive, it means he won. Telling him not to patronize him, as he would not be saying this if he were in Ichigo's position, Ichigo states he cannot protect anyone or even help the wounded.

Feeling unable to control his inner Hollow, Ichigo seeks out the Visored in order to gain control. At their hideout, Hiyori Sarugaki draws out his inner Hollow, which nearly kills her. The other Visored stop Ichigo, who is told he must force the Hollow into the very core of his soul. After a brief period of unappreciated training, Ichigo is sent in to his inner world to face his inner Hollow. While the Visored fight his out of control body, in his inner world, Ichigo, unable to damage the Hollow, is instead stabbed. After a brief discourse with his Hollow and another with a manifestation of Kenpachi, Ichigo learns he lacks pure fighting spirit, instead needing reasons to fight his opponents. His spirit rekindled by this revelation, Ichigo, subduing his inner Hollow, regains consciousness. Ichigo trains with Hiyori to increase the amount of time he can stay in his new masked form.

A month later, Ichigo once again fights Grimmjow, though he can only remain in his masked form for eleven seconds. As he overwhelms the 6th Espada, his mask crumbles when the time limit expires, and Grimmjow counterattacks. Pinning his hands to the ground, the Espada tries to kill him with a Cero, but Rukia freezes his arm. As Grimmjow tries to kill her, Shinji, stepping in, fights him until the Arrancar retreat. When tending to Ichigo's wounds, the Visored Hachigen Ushōda reveals Ichigo's spiritual power has been contaminated somewhat by Grimmjow's, and, at his behest, Rukia takes Ichigo home to recover. While in a deep sleep, he is visited by Orihime, who heals his wounds.

When Ichigo awakens, he realizes his wrist has been healed by Orihime. Hitsugaya brings him to Orihime's apartment for an emergency communication with Soul Society. Captain Ukitake tells them Orihime was taken by an Arrancar, and might have been killed. When Ichigo reveals she visited him to heal him the night before, Captain-Commander Yamamoto believes she has betrayed them. Silencing Ichigo's protest, Renji requests permission to go to Hueco Mundo to rescue her, but the request is denied. When Ichigo asks to go save Orihime by himself, Yamamoto, once again denying the request, states Ichigo is a significant asset to Soul Society. The Shinigami are ordered to return to Soul Society to fortify their defenses, leaving Ichigo alone.

While being confronted by Tatsuki over Orihime's disappearance, Ichigo learns Tatsuki can see him in Shinigami form. Trying to distance himself from his friends, Ichigo goes to Urahara's shop. Ichigo is joined by Uryu and Sado, and, after some convincing, the trio agree to help each other rescue Orihime. Urahara opens a Garganta to Hueco Mundo, and they enter the portal.

Hueco Mundo arc

As Ichigo, Sado, and Uryu enter Hueco Mundo, they are promptly attacked by two Arrancar, Demoura Zodd and Aisslinger Wernarr. Ichigo is told to stay back as Sado and Uryu engage the two Arrancar by themselves. Once they win, the room and passageway collapses around them, forcing the trio to race outside, where they see Las Noches. Seeing Nel Tu being chased by three Hollows, they, intervening, are surprised to learn the child is an Arrancar, and her pursuers are her two "brothers" and their pet are playing a game. Travelling toward Las Noches, the expanded group comes under attack by the sand-based Hollow, Runuganga. The Hollow is immune to their attacks, but the group is saved by Renji and Rukia, who defeat it.[230] Breaking into Las Noches, Ichigo and his group split up. Following Ichigo, Nel catches up to him just as he is attacked by Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio.

Trying to defeat the Privaron Espada without his Bankai, Ichigo is unable to do so. When Dordoni fires a Cero at Ichigo, Nel, intervening, absorbs the blast before firing it back at him. Dordoni attacks Nel, prompting Ichigo to use his Bankai to save her. Dordoni tries to convince Ichigo to use his Hollow mask, which he ultimately does, defeating Dordoni in an instant upon doing so. Partly healed by Nel, Dordoni attacks Ichigo, who, blocking the attack, runs away with Nel after Dordoni gives his life to keep the Exequias from stopping them. Upon sensing Rukia's defeat, Ichigo is confronted by Ulquiorra.

When Ulquiorra tells Ichigo that Rukia has been killed. Ichigo, attempting to leave to save her, Ichigo reasons with Ulquiroora that he and Ulquiorra have no reason to fight. When Ulquiorra successfully goads Ichigo into fighting, Ichigo delivers an extremely powerful attack, but Ulquiorra, suffering little damage, counterattacks, revealing himself to be the 4th Espada. Impaling Ichigo's chest with his hand, Ulquiorra leaves. Grimmjow, wanting to fight him at full strength, brings Orihime to heal Ichigo.

As their battle ensues, the advantage shifts between the two combatants. When Ichigo uses his Hollow mask to protect Orihime and Nel from Grimmjow's Gran Rey Cero, Grimmjow, seeing Ichigo is finally at his full strength, releases his Resurrección, fiercely attacking Ichigo. As both combatants are heavily injured, Grimmjow prepares to strike down Ichigo, whom Orihime begs not to get hurt anymore. Stopping Grimmjow's attack, Ichigo slashes him. Enraged at the injury, Grimmjow, impaling Ichigo through the stomach, uses his most powerful attack, Desgarrón. Overcoming this, Ichigo defeats Grimmjow. As the 6th Espada tries to attack once more, Ichigo stops him. Nnoitra Gilga, appearing, incapacitates Grimmjow and, attacking Ichigo, reveals he is the 5th Espada.

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Ichigo sees Nel in her true form.

As they fight, Nnoitra recognizes Nel as the former third Espada, Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck. As Nel denies this, Nnoitra attacks Ichigo again. Seeing Ichigo hurt, Nel, transforming into her adult form, battles Nnoitra, but eventually reverts to her child form. When Nnoitra kicks Nel, the enraged Ichigo, attacking again, is slammed into the ground. As Tesra Lindocruz moves in to kill Ichigo, Kenpachi, arriving, defeats Tesra. As Kenpachi and Nnoitra fight, Orihime heals Ichigo and Nel. As Orihime defends Yachiru Kusajishi, Ichigo, trying to stop Orihime, is stunned when he cannot break through her healing shield.

After Kenpachi defeats Nnoitra, Coyote Starrk recovers Orihime. Trying to stop him, Ichigo is unable to do so. Using Tenteikūra, Aizen, announcing Orihime's location, says he is leaving to destroy Karakura Town. After Kenpachi explains his duty as a Substitute Shinigami, Ichigo, telling Kenpachi his duty is to protect his friends, rushes to rescue Orihime. Upon arriving at the tower where Orihime is being held, he is attacked by the Exequias. Renji, Chad, and Rukia arrive to fight them so Ichigo can continue on. Ichigo finds Orihime under the guard of Ulquiorra, who draws his Zanpakutō to Ichigo Kurosaki & Uryū Ishida as their Final Fight against him.

Fake Karakura Town arc

As Ichigo's fight with Ulquiorra continues, Orihime, shielding Ichigo from an attack by Ulquiorra, is ambushed by other Arrancar, and Ulquiorra prevents Ichigo from helping her. When Yammy Llargo and Uryū Ishida battle, Orihime is removed from danger. Telling Uryū to protect her, Ichigo, donning his Hollow mask, gains the upper hand against Ulquiorra. Moving the fight to the top of Las Noches, Ulquiorra releases his Zanpakuto, Murcielago. Surviving his first attack, Ichigo quickly realizes how much stronger and faster Ulquiorra is.

After a series of attacks, Ulquiorra asks Ichigo why he will not give up. Revealing he always knew Ulquiorra was stronger, Ichigo states nothing he sees him do will stop him from fighting. Trying to make Ichigo feel despair, Ulquiorra, activating Resurreccíon: Segunda Etapa, completely overwhelms him before firing a Cero through his chest, seemingly killing him. Trying to heal him, Orihime pleads for Ichigo to help Uryu fight Ulquiorra. Hearing Orihime's desperate cry for help, Ichigo, transforming into a new Hollow form, quickly defeats Ulquiorra. After he injures Uryu, Ulquiorra manages to attack him again, resulting in Ichigo being restored to normal, the hole in his chest healed. Shocked by the devastation he has created, Ichigo looks on as Ulquiorra dies.

After recovering slightly from his battle, Ichigo saves Rukia from Yammy. While noting the strange feeling of his newly altered Hollow mask, he is attacked by Yammy. As Ichigo realizes he is unable to summon his mask again, Byakuya and Kenpachi arrive to take over the fight. As Byakuya tells him protecting Karakura Town is his duty, a Garganta is opened for him and Captain Retsu Unohana to travel to Karakura. On their way through, Unohana, replenishing his energy, explains about Aizen's Shikai, saying he is the only one able to defeat him, due to having not seen it, and he must maintain this advantage.

Jumping out of the Garganta, Ichigo, trying to defeat Aizen in one blow, is blocked by a barrier. As Ichigo thinks he should have used his mask, Aizen tries to unnerve Ichigo. As Ichigo begins to waiver, Sajin Komamura, appearing beside him, tells Ichigo not to be taken in by Aizen's words. As he states the Shinigami and Visored will not let him see Aizen's Shikai, they all gather around him. Reluctantly resolving to trust in his allies and watch for now, Ichigo waits for an opening as Aizen defeats some of the Shinigami.

When the captains and Visored are tricked by Aizen into attacking Momo Hinamori, Ichigo asks them what they are doing as they realize the truth. When the remaining Shinigami are cut down, Captain-Commander Yamamoto, engaging Aizen in battle, tells Ichigo to fall back.[290] At the end of their battle, Ichigo attacks Aizen with a Getsuga Tensho. As Aizen's wounds are healed by the Hōgyoku, which he has implanted in his chest, he, complementing Ichigo's reiatsu, says he has grown, just as he had planned. Listing various important moments in the development of Ichigo's power, Aizen tells him all of his battles have taken place exactly as he desired.

An angry Ichigo listens as Aizen, stating he believed Ichigo to be the perfect subject for his research, claims all of Ichigo's victories were by his own doing. Attacking, Ichigo states his claims do not match those he made in Soul Society. Asking why Ichigo believes he told the truth back then, Aizen claims responsibility for the events which have led Ichigo to this point. When Ichigo asks him when he came to the conclusion he would be a perfect research subject, Aizen, stating he has known about Ichigo from the day he was born, is interrupted by Isshin, who, taking his son away, says he will answer any questions later. Saying he has none, Ichigo, stating Isshin must have had a reason to keep things a secret, thanks his father and returns to Aizen's location, where he fights Gin Ichimaru.

When Gin asks if Ichigo remembers their previous fight, Ichigo, explaining his philosophy on battle, notes he could not feel Gin's heart in his blade when they last fought. As Gin releases his Bankai, Kamishini no Yari, Ichigo is able to stop his attacks, and as they continue exchanging attacks, Ichigo determines the speed of Gin's blade is its true danger, seeing beyond Gin's attempts to distract from this. When the Hogyoku begins to envelop Aizen, a shocked Ichigo asks Isshin what is occurring.

As Ichigo watches Urahara, Isshin, and Yoruichi battle Aizen, Gin stating his back is wide open, tells Ichigo to relax, and the two discuss Aizen and Ichigo's allies. Gin uses his Butō and Butō Renjin techniques, causing Ichigo to don his Hollow mask.[299] Telling him to run away, as he cannot win, Gin, moving to finish Ichigo off, is stopped by Aizen. Ichigo notices Urahara, Yoruichi and Isshin lying on the ground, and when Aizen and Gin leave via Senkaimon, Ichigo protests. Telling Ichigo to open a Senkaimon to follow them and defend the real Karakura Town, Isshin, struggling to persuade the despondent Ichigo to go, eventually succeeds.

In the Dangai, Isshin takes advantage of the absence of the Kototsu to allow Ichigo to learn the final Getsuga Tensho. Explaining about the Dangai's time distortion, Isshin, suppressing the restrictive current, says he can give Ichigo three months to get information from Zangetsu about this ability. Isshin explains about Jinzen, and Ichigo initiates it. Awakening in his inner world, Ichigo, finding himself underwater, is confronted by the spirit of his Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, who, calming him, notes it is natural for Ichigo not to recognize him, as it is his first time entering this world in Bankai, and attacks him. As Ichigo tries to stop the fight, Tensa Zangetsu, knowing what Ichigo wants, states he cannot teach him such a technique. When Ichigo says he needs it to protect Karakura Town, Tensa Zangetsu says what they want to protect are different.

Surprised at Tensa Zangetsu's reluctance, Ichigo listens as he notes the hope-filled skyscrapers which once filled his inner world now resembles Karakura Town, submerged by constant rain created by Ichigo falling into despair. Forcing Ichigo to confront the source of his despair, his inner Hollow, whom he believed had been defeated, Tensa Zangetsu states Ichigo will fight them together as they merge into one being, which, attacking him, tells Ichigo they are two parts of the same being and they are his power. As they fight, Ichigo, observing the merged spirit's actions, discards his sword, allowing himself to be impaled. Congratulating Ichigo on figuring it out, the merged spirit, crying, reveals all he wanted is to protect Ichigo, stating the essence of the technique will be conveyed to him directly from the blade. Telling Ichigo if he uses Saigo no Getsuga Tensho, he will lose his Shinigami powers, he bids him farewell.

Later, Ichigo, now taller and with longer hair from his time in the Dangai, arrives with his unconscious father in Karakura Town. Placing Isshin on the ground, he, thanking him, searches for his sisters' reiatsu to make sure they are safe. Greeting his friends, Ichigo, telling them to stay where they are, grabs Aizen and, bringing him outside Karakura Town, throws him into the ground.

As the two clash, causing significant damage to the surrounding area, Aizen, commenting on their changed appearances, gloats. Stopping Aizen's blade with his bare hand, Ichigo, asking Aizen if his feat is really that hard to believe, asks him if he is scared of what is in front of his eyes right now. When Aizen uses "Kurohitsugi" on him, Ichigo destroys the spell, explaining to a stunned Aizen he did not notice Ichigo is stronger than him, and moves in to strike.

As they fight, Aizen, transforming, fires an immensely powerful blast at Ichigo, who, surviving, sustains some damage. Grabbing him, Aizen gloats, but Ichigo slashes at his chest, forcing Aizen to release him. Tired of Aizen's logic, Ichigo, activating the "Final Getsuga Tensho", explains the technique, and, using Mugetsu, severely wounds and weakens Aizen. Watching as Aizen, his wounds healing once again, begins to revert to a more normal form, Ichigo, falling to the ground as his Shinigami powers weaken, looks on as Aizen is bound by Urahara's Kido. After the two converse briefly, Aizen is finally sealed as Ichigo looks away

After the battle with Aizen, Ichigo, asking Urahara where everyone is, asks if everyone's memories have been erased. Saying no, which relieves Ichigo, Urahara tells him Aizen's punishment will be dealt with by Central 46. Asking him if Aizen was really rejected by the Hogyoku, Ichigo, wondering if Aizen himself wished to lose his power, explains his theory of Aizen wishing to just be a Shinigami. When Orihime, Uryi, Rukia, Sado, and Renji arrive, Ichigo, greeting them, collapses, screaming in pain.

A month later, Ichigo, regaining consciousness, finds himself back home, surrounded by Orihime, Rukia, Uryu, and Chad. When Rukia reveals Urahara told them he has lost his Shinigami power, Ichigo tells Rukia he will most likely have to give back his Substitute Shinigami title. Revealing the first stage of loss brings intense pain, loss of consciousness, and a reverse flow of the time his body experienced in the Dangai, she further explains he lost his 'Shinigami powers at that point. In the second stage, his remaining reiatsu stabilizes, he wakes up, and the remainder of his spiritual power completely disappears. Saying he expected this to happen, Ichigo, asking if he can go outside, notes he can no longer sense spiritual presences any more, and it is becoming harder to see Rukia. As Rukia starts to fade before his eyes, Ichigo, asking her to give his best regards to everyone, says goodbye and thanks her.

The Gotei 13 Invasion army arc

One month after Aizen's defeat, Ichigo continues his duties as a Substitute Shinigami, with Rukia remaining in Karakura Town. One day, Ichigo is angered to find Kon has brought a sleeping, naked girl named Nozomi Kujo to the house. While Kon explains himself, Rukia, noting she cannot sense the girl's existence, realizes Kon found the girl near the location of a Senkaimon she had noticed earlier, prompting her to send a report to Soul Society. When new orders are received for Rukia to bring Ichigo before the SRDI, she is unable to contact them again. When they go to Urahara for help, they learn Yoruichi went to Soul Society three days previously and has not been heard from since, despite her intending to return immediately. Urahara advises Ichigo against traveling there, as his Shinigami powers will eventually fade away, and overexerting himself will quicken their loss. Ichigo and Rukia travel to Soul Society regardless, and while passing through the Dangai, they are chased by the Kōtotsu. As they run, Ichigo, dropping his Substitute Badge, uses his Bankai's speed to escape the Kōtotsu with Rukia. Upon arriving in Soul Society, Ichigo, feeling faint, falls to the ground, where he is arrested by the Gotei 13 as a material witness.

Later, Rukia, freeing him from his cell, informs him of the current situation. When hey are attacked by Renji and Ikkaku, their fight is brought to a close by Yoruichi, who seals Renji and Ikkaku with Kidō. As the three escape, Ichigo comments upon the strange behavior of Renji and Ikkaku. Stating they were not the real Renji and Ikkaku, Yoruichi, revealing they were Reigai, tells Ichigo she has no idea how many Reigai have infiltrated the Gotei 13, but speculates the 12th Division's SRDI may have something to do with it. Going to the 12th Division barracks, Ichigo and Rukia come across information regarding Nozomi, who was present in the Dangai.

Upon arriving at the Senkaimon, they discover the area is being guarded by Reigai copies of several high-level Shinigami, including several captains. Choosing to attack them directly, the trio, charging in, make use of Urahara's portable Gigai to distract the Reigai long enough for them to make it through the Senkaimon. When Ichigo shatters the gate with a Getsuga Tenshō, they almost make it through, but Yoruichi is flung back by Reigai-Byakuya Kuchiki. Making a stand against the Reigai, Yoruichi gives Ichigo and Rukia time to escape to the Human World, where Ichigo saves Orihime from the mastermind behind the Reigai incident, Kagerōza Inaba. After a short skirmish, where Ichigo's powers fluctuate due to him overexerting himself, the real members of the Gotei 13, arriving, save Ichigo from Inaba, who flees.

Ichigo and the Gotei 13 members, who are now trapped in the Human World, have a meeting, during which Mayuri Kurotsuchi informs them of Inaba's identity and what Nozomi's role in recent events may be. Ichigo assists in defending of Nozomi and Kon from an attacking Reigai. Later, when Nozomi runs away, Ichigo is among the group which searches for her. After separating from the group, he finds Nozomi attempting to seal herself away permanently in the Dangai, only to be stopped by several Reigai. Despite being outnumbered and having diminishing powers, Ichigo, refusing to let them take her, uses his Bankai to destroy them. After explaining his reasons for helping Nozomi, he convinces her to abandon her plans to run.

After a run-in with a Reigai, Ichigo, Kon, and Nozomi arrive at the Urahara Shop, where Ichigo, inquiring about the state of the injured Shinigami, asks Tessai to take a look at Nozomi. While bickering with Kon, Ichigo, beginning to get weak, falls back. Catching him, Orihime says she will treat him. When Ichigo brushes it off as nothing, Kenpachi kicks him away, "proving" it to be more than nothing. Angrily dismissing this, Ichigo asks why Kenpachi has not left for Soul Society yet. When Kenpachi, saying he is leaving now, refuses to allow Ichigo to accompany him, Ichigo tells Kenpachi not to die, prompting him and Yachiru to reassure him he will not die before he fights Ichigo again.

After Urahara reveals the captains have safely made it to Soul Society, Ichigo, pleading with Urahara to send him too, says he cannot sit idly by. Kon and Orihime try to talk him out of this. When Nozomi asks why everyone is trying to protect her, Ichigo, reassuring her, says if she does not want to tell, that is fine, but she knew something bad would happen if Inaba caught her, telling her she is not alone. After their conversation, Nozomi, healing Ichigo with Kidō, restores some of his reiatsu before collapsing. Helping her up, Ichigo asks once more to go to Soul Society, thinking it best to take the fight to them before his powers fade altogether. Agreeing to it, Urahara says this entry will be much riskier than his first. The group see Ichigo off as he leaves through the Senkaimon.

Arriving in Soul Society, Ichigo, noticing he is not where he is supposed to be, spots Inaba and, attacking, questions Inaba about many things before Inaba, backing off, says he summoned Ichigo there by tweaking the Dangai so he could erase his existence. Using his Shikai to envelop him in a portal, Inaba says Ichigo should not exist, as he is not Human, nor is he is pure Shinigami or Hollow. As he calls Ichigo an anomaly, saying since he cannot create a Reigai of him he is getting rid of a variable, Ichigo, swallowed by the portal, is trapped inside the Dangai.

In the Dangai, Ichigo, overrun by the Kototsu, awakens, floating on his back and surrounded in purple light. As a bright light appears above him, a mysterious figure reaches for him. Ichigo reaches up to grab their hand, but is too far away. Later, Urahara and Renji find Ichigo. As he wakes up in the Urahara Shop, Ichigo finds his friends sitting before him. When Nozomi becomes angry with him for not defeating Inaba, he says she should not be so tough on him, and at least he made it back alright. When he asks Renji if he had rescued him from the Dangai, Renji says he had not, leaving Ichigo to wonder who it could have been. Hearing he had been swallowed by the Kōtotsu, Urahara, stating what Ichigo did is impossible, says he will find out how it happened and reveals Inaba was after information about Mod Souls.

Some time after introducing Nozomi to his family using a cover story, Ichigo, encountering a Hollow, is unable to transform himself into his Shinigami form, and so evades the Hollow until Uryu kills it. Thanking him, Ichigo invites him over for dinner, saying Kon needs to be cheered up. Later, Ichigo talks with Renji, Ikkaku, and Yumichika, who want to question Nozomi, as they know too little about her. When Ichigo asks them if it is not enough that he protects her, he is told the Gotei 13 captains were defeated by Inaba's invasion force, which they will now have to face in Karakura Town. Ichigo tells them as long as someone is born into the world, they have a right to continue existing.

As Nozomi's powers are debated, Ichigo suggests that if her Zanpakutō is dormant, then they should awaken it. Along with, Rukia, Uryū, and Sado, Ichigo spars with Nozomi, who absorbs some of the incoming attacks. Activating his Bankai, Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō at Nozomi, who, attempting to block it, successfully activates her Zanpakutō's Shikai in the process. When Nozomi rushes off to help the others fight against the newly-arrived Reigai, Ichigo pursues her. Ichigo catches up to an exhausted Nozomi, who has seemingly defeated Reigai-Kenpachi. As she explains her Zanpakutō's reiatsu-absorbing powers, the Reigai emerges unfazed. Yumichika covers Ichigo as he retreats with an injured Ikkaku. After leaving him with Orihime, Ichigo, finding Nozomi, convinces her to retreat. When they are found by several Reigai, Ichigo, with his fluctuating reiatsu continuing to impair him, agrees to rely on Nozomi's Zanpakutō. Ichigo, his friends, and the Shinigami all direct their attacks on her, allowing her to absorb the power and release a powerful blast which defeats most of the Reigai, with Yamamoto finishing off the sole survivor.

As Ichigo and Rukia attempt to convince Yamamoto to accept Nozomi as an ally, they are attacked by two powerful Reigai. Hindered by his weakening powers, Ichigo, using his Bankai, continues fighting. Arriving, Inaba has the Reigai stand down while he finishes things. When Ichigo warns Yamamoto about Inaba's power to copy attacks, Yamamoto states he is aware of this. Volunteering to act as a decoy, Nozomi attacks Inaba. Finding an opening, Ichigo and Yamamoto launch two attacks from different sides, but Inaba manages to counter their attacks. Having reached his limit, Ichigo, collapsing, plummets to the ground, where he is caught by Renji.

After awakening to find an unconscious Yamamoto, Ichigo joins Renji and Rukia in defending him. During the battle, Inaba reveals Nozomi and himself were created from the reiatsu of the same Shinigami. Refusing to believe this, Ichigo, charging at Inaba, is beaten. As Nozomi escapes and is pursued by Inaba, Ichigo, following, finds them and gathers his remaining strength for a Getsuga Tenshō, which annihilates a duplicate of Inaba. The real Inaba strikes down Ichigo, knocking him out and draining the last of his reiatsu, which causes his shihakushō to turn white. Inaba leaves with Nozomi.

Roughly half a day later, a healed but powerless Ichigo awakens in Urahara's shop. After clearing his mind, he and the group discuss the best course to take. When Ichigo recalls how Inaba repeatedly used the Kōtotsu on him, Urahara speculates that by obtaining Ichigo's remaining reishi swallowed by the Kototsu, they can restore his powers. Urahara reveals because Ichigo has no reiatsu, he can move freely through the Dangai. Determined to rejoin the fight, Ichigo, entering the Dangai with a reishi collector, is swallowed by the Kōtotsu. He manages to find and collect his reishi, but before leaving, he is surprised to find an unconscious version of himself. Confused, he, grabbing his other self, escapes the Kōtotsu, only to find his other self has disappeared. After returning to the Human World, Ichigo tells the others about this. Surmising it was Ichigo from the past, Urahara realizes the present-day Ichigo saved himself during his previous encounter with the Kōtotsu. Satisfied with this, Ichigo wishes get on with restoring his powers.

Urahara brings Ichigo and Kon to the natural Senkaimon which Nozomi previously attempted to use to seal herself in the Dangai. Upon arriving in Soul Society, they, sneaking into the SRDI, find Inaba's lab, the technology of which Urahara uses to restore Ichigo's reishi in the form of a Mod Soul pill. He tells Ichigo it might put a serious strain on his soul. As the process nears completion, a trap in the system is set off, causing it to begin self-destructing. Before the explosion occurs, Ichigo ingests the Mod Soul, which restores his reiatsu. The process is incomplete, leaving his reiatsu very weak and causing his inner Hollow to start growing out of control. When Ichigo fears he might transform again, they go in search of another of Inaba's labs and his research so they can use it to stabilize Ichigo. As they leave the building, they are surrounded by several Reigai captains. Yoruichi and the real captains come to their aid.

Ichigo, Urahara, and Kon are able to escape, but Ichigo's inner Hollow begins to act up again, leading Urahara and Kon to insist he stay behind to be safe. After Ichigo half-heartedly agrees, Urahara makes an extra precaution of binding Ichigo with a Kin' spell, but Ichigo, transforming into a Hollow, breaks free. As he rampages through the area, several Shinigami, finding him, attempt to subdue him, only for Ichigo to easily overwhelm them. He notices a Shinigami, Ōko Yushima, behind him.

Ichigo attacks Yushima, who escapes. Later, he, finding Yushima again, attacks him, but Yushima binds him with Kidō. As Yushima prepares to finish him off, Rukia forces him back, and Ichigo's other friends arrive. Effortlessly defeating them, Yushima frees Ichigo in the process. As Yushima moves to kill Rukia, the Hollowfied Ichigo blocks the attack with his body. As Ichigo, gaining control of himself, loses the rest of his reiatsu, he realizes Nozomi is still alive inside Yushima. Defending him from Yushima, Ichigo's friends are defeated. Stopping Yushima from moving, Nozomi asks Ichigo to kill him, but he refuses, as it will also kill her. When Yushima regains control, the pair mock each other until Kon, posing as a Reigai bringing medicine to Inaba, kicks him back and gives Ichigo a compete Mod Soul pill of his reishi, restoring his Shinigami powers and manifesting Zangetsu. Ichigo activates his Bankai.

As the two begin fighting evenly, Ichigo's friends join in the fight, and Ichigo, finding an opening, exploits it by using his Hollow mask. Unable to absorb Hollow-based reishi, Yushima is completely overwhelmed. Ichigo reveals while his powers are not fully restored, his attacks are much stronger than their last encounters because he refuses to fight with regret from fear of losing his powers. Re-emerging, Nozomi begs Ichigo to finish her and Yushima off, but Ichigo still hesitates. When Kon tells Ichigo to strike for her Soul Chain to break the fusion, Ichigo attacks, but Yushima, regaining control, blocks and activates his Renzan Hajokuri technique to destroy all of Soul Society. Unable to break through the technique, Ichigo is aided by the Reigai, who, overcoming the technique, are destroyed in the process. As Ichigo's reiatsu weakens, he deactivates his Bankai. Emerging, Yushima attacks Ichigo, who, defeating him, ends the fusion and restores Nozomi and Inaba. After Inaba dies, Nozomi begins to vanish as well, having earlier stabbed Yushima's body with a reishi blade. Later, Ichigo, given back his Shinigami badge, returns home with his friends.

Days later, Ichigo's reiatsu falters again, and he becomes so weak he struggles against low-level Hollows and cannot to perform Shunpo. While knowing his powers are nearing the limit, Ichigo calmly continues his duties as a Substitute Shinigami and daily life as normal. One night, while struggling to fight a huge Hollow, Ichigo, realizing he is beyond his limit, summons his remaining strength to launch a Getsuga Tensho, which, destroying the Hollow, overtaxes Ichigo, causing him to faint. The next day, he wakes up, surrounded by his friends. Revealing he knew Rukia was ordered to prevent him from fighting any longer, Ichigo realizes he cannot feel the presence of anything. As Rukia begins to fade from his sight, Ichigo, telling her to give everybody his regards, thanks her before she completely disappears.

The Lost Substitute Shinigami arc

Seventeen months after defeating Azien, Ichigo, starting his third year in high school, notes ever since his powers disappeared, Karin's have been getting stronger. Since she has not asked him about it, Ichigo figures she is dealing with it well. At school, Ichigo, finding his Substitute Shinigami Badge in his bag, notes it has lost its abilities. Noticing Uryu running out of the classroom, aware he took over the Hollow extermination he used to cover, he notes to himself it is probably better for Uryu to handle it than Zennosuke Kurumadani. At lunch, Keigo and Ichigo discuss future careers. When Keigo mentions Ichigo's grades were good when he began high school, but started slipping during the second half of his first year, Ichigo states he still did well despite the interference of his Shinigami duties. When Keigo asks about Rukia, Ichigo, asking why he brought her up, states she is not assigned to Karakura Town any more. Ichigo insists he is fine with his now peaceful life.

As he walks home, Ichigo, stopping an armed thief, reflects on how he still has the body and reflexes of someone trained to fight and win. Returning the stolen property to its owner, Kugo Ginjo, Ichigo asks for him to keep his actions a secret. The next day, Ichigo has a dream in which he sees silhouettes of Renji, Byakuya and Rukia telling him to wake up. When he awakens to the sound of Isshin, who pounces on him, Ichigo dodges, sending Isshin through an open window. Dismissing Isshin's complaints, Ichigo says he would go to Soul Society if he died. Annoyed, Ichigo, blaming the weird dreams he has had recently on his father, demands he apologize to him.

At school, Ichigo rents his services to Satoda, a member of the soccer club. As Ichigo prepares for practice, he bickers with Tatsuki, who reminds him to call his boss, Ikumi Unagiya, or he will be scolded by her again. Rushing out to call Ikumi, Ichigo has a short exchange with her about being fired. As he hangs up his phone, a gang arrives at the school looking for him. Ichigo sees the thief he had previously beaten up with them. When the gang leader demands Ichigo come forth, Uryu confronts the group, prompting Ichigo to rush to him to prevent the incident from worsening. The two bicker at one another as they beat up the gang members. Before they finish, another gangster, Yokochini, appearing, asks Ichigo if he still remembers him. When he fails to remember him, Ichigo states he neither wants to nor cares about his past. Yokochini and his men are beaten by Ikumi, who, taking Ichigo away in a van, takes him to her office.

Inside the Unagiya shop, Ikumi, showing Ichigo a pile of work documents, says he seldom does them, yelling at him to get to work. When Kūgo enters the store, Ichigo recognizes him as the man whose bag he recovered. When Ichigo asks what he wants from him, Kugo, showing him a picture of Isshin, asks for background information on him. Ichigo says Isshin is his father, and he can tell him anything he wants to know. Questioning whether Ichigo even knows enough to answer, Kugo says he should not even know about his family yet. When Ichigo tries to ask him what he means, Ikumi, interrupting, says she is closing shop for the day and will consider the job. As he leaves, Kugo tells Ichigo to go to the Urahara Shop.

There, Ichigo, witnessing Karin leaving, wonders why she was there. Kugo approaches, calling Urahara a shady character. As Ichigo tries to defend Urahara, Kugo, questioning how much he knows about Urahara, warns him to act quickly to defend his family. Telling Kugo he does not trust him, Ichigo is given a business card. Ichigo goes home, where Yuzu greets him with the results of her first exam, which she excelled at. Congratulating her, Ichigo, telling her to show it to Isshin, asks where he is. When she tells him he is not there, Ichigo, going up to his room, states he could find Isshin if he still had his Shinigami powers. Visiting with some leftover bread from her job, Orihime asks him if something happened recently or if he is being followed, which Ichigo denies.

At dinnertime, Ichigo, rushing to Karakura Hospital, looking for the injured Uryu, finds Orihime is already there. When he asks where Sado is, Orihime tells him he did not answer when he was called. After Ryuken Ishida reveals the cause of Uryu's wounds, Ichigo asks what happened. After Uryu states it had nothing to do with him, Ichigo offers to walk Orihime home, but Ryūken, deciding to drive her home instead, tells Ichigo he should get home as well. After thanking him, Ichigo runs off, frustrated there is something going on which he can do nothing about. When he dials the number on the card Kūgo gave him, a voice welcomes him to "Xcution". Ichigo is given a complex dialing sequence to follow, which puts him through to Kugo. After Ichigo complains about the complicated nature of the phone call, Kūgo arranges a meeting on the following evening at an address in Naruki City. The following day, when Orihime asks Ichigo if he knew what happened to Sado, who is absent from school, Ichigo, stating he does not know, declines an offer to go to Sado's house with her.

That evening, when Ichigo arrives at the meeting place, he is greeted by Kugo. Ichigo tells him his friend was attacked, and he wants his help. When Kūgo asks if Ichigo trusts him, Ichigo says he is probably not a normal Human. Givong a vague answer, Kugo notes Ichigo has nobody else to count on. Inside the building, Kugo, jinges about his request to investigate Isshin, insists it was a ruse to gain Ichigo's interest. As they enter Xcution's hideout, where Ichigo sees some of the other members of the group, Kugo reveals they aim to restore his Shinigami powers. When Ichigo demands to know how and why they intend to do this, Kugo, insisting on taking their time, reveals the members of Xcution are Fullbringers, demonstrating their abilities. When a complaining Riruka Dokugamine enters the room, Ichigo asks Kūgo who she is. When he, introducing her, tells her to come in, she is followed inside by Yasutora Sado, surprising Ichigo.

When Ichigo angrily asks Sado why he is there and why he has not been going to school, Kugo tells him to calm down so he can explain everything. As Ichigo glares at him, Kūgo reveals a Fullbringer is a person who had a parent who was attacked by a Hollow before their birth. Traces of the Hollow's powers remain in their mother's bodies and are passed on to them at birth. These powers are more like Hollow than Shinigami powers. He further explains Fullbringers do not enjoy their powers, similar to the way Ichigo hated his Hollow powers. Kugo says he wants to erase his powers, and they have learned they can pass their powers on to someone who possesses both Human and Shinigami powers. Ichigo realizes he was not the first person born from a Shinigami and a Human.

Kugo says they have old allies who have reverted to being Human, and they will help Ichigo get his Shinigami powers back so he can help them become normal Humans. He explains Sado offered to help them because it meant Ichigo getting his powers back. Asking Sado to confirm this, Ichigo listens as he explains he sees the pain Ichigo feels at not being able to protect the people he cares about. He tells Ichigo he does not have to hide it, and his feeling this pain means this is who he is. When Kugo says they will restore his Shinigami powers and add their own powers on top of that, Ichigo accepts this deal.

After arriving home late for the last two nights, Ichigo returns to the Kurosaki Clinic late once again, to the delight of Karin and Yuzu, whom he urges to go to bed, as it is late. Later, Ichigo is called back to Xcution's hideout, where Riruka uses her Fullbring to miniaturize and place him inside a doll house. Ichigo is confronted by Mr. Pork, a stuffed animal, which he is instructed to defeat by using Fullbring. Mr. Pork, which has a yakuza man trapped inside it, attacks, forcing Ichigo to take evasive action. Shrugging off Riruka's complaints, Ichigo, saying he does not even understand the situation yet, asks how this will help him regain his Shinigami powers, and how he can suddenly use a power he has never used before. The yakuza says if he does not kill Ichigo within fifteen minutes, he will be trapped there permanently. After giving a brief explanation of Fullbring, Riruka leaves Ichigo, who, reflecting on what she said, thinks about how Kūgo transformed his pendant into a sword, concluding he should focus on something he regularly has with him. Arriving, Sado tells Ichigo to use his Substitute Shinigami Badge. Telling him he had just thought of it too, Ichigo holds his badge as the fifteen minutes expire and Mr. Pork, entering "Mad Beast Mode", grows in size.

Sado tells Ichigo it was pride which allowed him to use his Fullbring. When Ichigo thinks of times he was proud to be a Shinigami, his badge begins to take the form of Tensa Zangetsu's tsuba. When Kūgo explains the badge recorded every battle Ichigo ever fought, a shocked Ichigo, testing out a variety of ways to use this new power, successfully launches a large amount of energy shaped like a manji at Mr. Pork, which defeats him. Ichigo wonders if the power will help him get his Shinigami powers back. At Ichigo's behest, Riruka restores him to his normal size. Briefly hearing a voice coming from the badge which he recognizes as Rukia's, Ichigo wonders what is happening.

Listening as the yakuza tries to extort money from Riruka, Ichigo notes he looks exactly like the doll he was inside. When Ichigo asks if he is to stay for further training, he is told Fullbring puts more strain on the body than can be felt. Kūgo advises him not to push himself, as his body will fall to pieces if he wears himself out. Saying a few more days without his powers should be bearable after all this time, he promises to call him when he has recuperated. As Sado and Ichigo walk to Ssdo's home, the latter tells Ichigo that Orihime has been bringing him leftover bread everyday lately. Ichigo tells him she is worried about him, and he should call her. As Sado goes to give half of it to Ichigo, he, noticing something wrong with her reiatsu, states something has happened to her.

When Ichigo tries to call Orihime, Sado tells him not to, as it could distract her and lead her to her death. He says he cannot quite locate Orihime's exact location, but Ichigo can tell by the direction they are going she is at her apartment. Arriving to find Orihime kneeling in front of her door, they ask her if she is alright. Grabbing her shoulder, seeming distracted, Orihime, noticing Sado and Ichigo, asks why they are there. Hearing their explanation, Orihime tells them nothing happened, and she was with a friend before going into her apartment. As they leave, Ichigo asks Sado about Orihime. Stating he was probably sensing things wrong, Sado tells Ichigo not to worry.

Realizing Sado and Orihime will not tell him anything, Ichigo, going to the Xcution hideout, explains the situation, telling them he believes Orihime was attacked by the same person who attacked Uryu. When Kugo and Jackie Tristan both suspect it is Shukuro Tsukishima, Ichigo asks who this is, and Kūgo reveals Tsukishima is a Fullbringer and the former leader of Xcution, who came up with the idea to give their powers to a Substitute Shinigami. When they did so, he, killing the Shinigami and those who gave him their power, disappeared. Showing Ichigo a Substitute Shinigami Badge, he tells him he believes Tsukishima wants to keep Ichigo away from them, and is using his attacks on Uryū and Orihime to get his attention. He tells him to go home until they are ready for the next stage of training. While walking the streets, Ichigo, spotting Isshin meeting with Urahara in an alley, hides. When they leave, Ichigo, contemplating Kugo's warning about Urahara, wonders if he should follow them, but decides not to. Later, Ichigo returns to Xcution's hideout, where Riruka places him inside a fish tank to fight Jackie.

After an exchange of words between the pair, Jackie activates her Fullbring, Dirty Boots, and they begin to fight. Telling Ichigo he is too lax, and he cannot take his time getting into a battle, Jackie warns Ichigo because he is in a living body, he will die if he keeps taking her attacks with his body. Ichigo fires an energy blast at her, only for Jackie to easily shatter it. Revealing he knows his attack's weakness, Ichigo uses Fullbring to increase his speed and attacks her. After being asked who taught him to fight, Ichigo explains he first learned from Urahara, but he learned from his battles as time went on, saying even though he was only a Shinigami for a brief time, he probably has more experience in battle than Xcution.

As reiatsu from Ichigo's badge begins to engulf his right arm, Ichigo begins to tire. When Jackie says they will abort the training, as Ichigo's Fullbring is going berserk in a way she has never seen before, Ichigo is adamant in continuing. As Jackie calls for Kūgo to retrieve Riruka to end the training, Ichigo, pinning her to the ground, says his Fullbring is not going berserk and has always been like this. He believes this is his badge's way of telling him to hurry and get his Shinigami powers back soon. Believing it is too dangerous to continue, Jackie decides to stop him by force.

When Tsukishima arrives at the Xcution headquarters, he cuts through the fish tank, and Ichigo emerges, engulfed in reiatsu shaped similarly to his Shinigami shihakushō. Asking who he is, Ichigo clashes with him. When Sado attacks Tsukishima to protect Ichigo's new powers, Ichigo, learning he was being protected from the truth, realizes Tsukishima attacked both Uryū and Orihime. Managing to surprise Tsukishima in the subsequent clash, Ichigo is swiftly overwhelmed. Protecting him, Kūgo states he cannot let them fight yet.

When Ichigo refuses to cooperate, Kūgo, knocking him to the ground, tells him he is not fine if he can be dropped in his real body. As Ichigo tries to resume fighting, he is stopped by Sado, who tells him Tsukishima is too far ahead of him, and he cannot win in his current state. Disregarding this, Ichigo attacks Tsukishima, who, commenting on his rate of evolution, states he is becoming closer to the heights of his previous powers. Using his Fullbring, Yukio Hans Vorarlberna seals Ichigo, preventing him from interacting with Tsukishima. Later, in Xcution's back-up hideout, Yukio frees Ichigo, who asks what happened with Tsukishima. When Kūgo states he has fled for now, Ichigo asks what Kūgo is worried about. Stating if Tsukishima wanted to harm Xcution, he could have kept going, but it seems his objective is Ichigo, Kūgo tells Yukio to help with Ichigo's training. When Ichigo asks if it will be a live battle, Kūgo, saying that is what seems to work best with him, states he will fight Ichigo himself.

Yukio loads Ichigo and Kugo into his console. Seeing this, Ichigo realizes this is what happened to him before on the rooftops, and Kūgo explains Yukio's Fullbring. Activating his own Fullbring, Kugo, saying it would be great if they had rules like a video game, requests Yukio give them six HP each, prompting six crosses to appear above their heads. When Kūgo asks if Ichigo needs a tutorial, he, saying he understands, activates his Fullbring, and they charge at each other. Arriving inside Yukio's game world to find a badly injured Ichigo lying on the ground, Orihime begins to heal him. When Ichigo guesses Sado called her, Sado, arriving, confirms this, saying he knows Ichigo did not want to get Orihime wrapped up in this, but they will need her. When Kugo, growing impatient, asks Ichigo if he is ready to fight, Ichigo says yes, ignoring Orihime's protest. After Orihime blocks Kugo's attempted attack, they resume their fight.

Following Orihime's arrival, Ichigo's movements become sharper. As he attacks Kugo up close to counter the range of his sword, Kugo, fending him off, injures Ichigo's leg. As they fight, Ichigo notes he cannot feel anything from Kugo's sword, comparing it with his battle with Gin Ichimaru. He notes while Tsukishima did not look at him, he felt his killing intent. He wonders if he cannot feel anything because they are not using Zanpakutō, or if it is because he does not fully trust Kugo. Slashing Ichigo's eyes, Kugo notes when Ichigo lost his powers, he also lost his resolve.

Blind and confused, Ichigo, demanding to know what Kugo is doing, states he does not trust him, as he is not helping him as he had promised he would. Kugo states their deal was to get his Shinigami powers back, and if he did not trust him, he should not have agreed to his training. When Yukio prevents Orihime from interfering, an enraged Ichigo, attacking, tries to dodge Kugo's attacks by sensing the presence and sound of his opponent, but Kugo, further injuring him, leaves Ichigo lying on the ground, impaled with his sword. Walking away, Kūgo, telling Ichigo he is going to kill Sado and Orihime, further taunts him. Struggling for a moment, Ichigo, reflecting on his inability to see, move, or speak, sees a white shape in the darkness, realizing he is beginning to see Kugo's reiatsu. As Ichigo begins to manifest a new form, power explodes from him. Putting his life on the line to control the explosion, Kūgo expresses his pride in Ichigo's accomplishment, stating his villain act is not the best, and welcomes Ichigo to Xcution.

After completing his Fullbring, Ichigo is put through a new training regiment to increase his stamina to meet the demands of using Fullbring. When Kūgo asks if Ichigo saw something when he completed his Fullbring, Ichigo is shocked he knows this. Kugo says Ichigo saw him bathed in reiatsu, which is why he cut Ichigo's eyes, as that is proof Ichigo is beginning to regain his Shinigami powers. Kūgo explains when Ichigo lost his reiatsu, a tiny portion accumulated in a single location inside of him over time, which is why they used the reiatsu flowing from his badge to jolt that awake. He says all that is left to do is to beef up his new body and powers, and his Fullbring and Shinigami powers will fuse, giving Ichigo a power transcending that of a Shinigami. Taking his badge, Ichigo, trying out his new Fullbring, leaves Yukio's Fullbring, thanking him. Yukio states only 90 minutes have passed, thanks to his Fullbring's abilities. Going home, Ichigo is met at the door by Yuzu, who says they have a surprise guest. He finds Tsukishima, whom Yuzu calls cousin Shu, sitting on the couch. Tsukishima greets Ichigo.

Watching in disbelief, Ichigo, grabbing Tsukishima, demands an explanation for why he is there. As Karin and Yuzu try to pry him off Tsukishima, the doorbell rings. Asking Yuzu to get it, Tsukishima says it must be Keigo and the others. As Tatsuki begins to lecture Ichigo on staying out so late, Tsukishima, telling Ichigo he called everyone, starts to call Sado and Orihime as well. As he is on the phone, Ichigo attacks him, prompting Tatsuki to berate Ichigo for attacking his relative. As Ichigo states she is wrong, everyone asks why he is acting the way he is. Fleeing his house, Ichigo, wondering whether what is going on is Tsukishima's ability, runs into Ikumi, who takes him to her store to let him calm down and talk about it. As Ichigo decides against telling her about Shinigami and Hollows, as it would make her uncomfortable, Tsukishima arrives at the store, and Ichigo, fleeing once again, says he needs someone in their right mind. Finding him, Kūgo says everyone in Xcution has fallen for Tsukishima's trap.

Kugo takes Ichigo to a location, which he says no members of Xcution know about, to discuss what has transpired. When Ichigo wonders why everyone is acting the way they are, Kūgo tells Ichigo that, thanks to information Sado provided about Tsukishima's attack on Orihime and with what has transpired, his ability may be inserting himself into people's pasts. When Ichigo asks if it would stop if Tsukishima were to die, Kugo, telling Ichigo he does not know, asks if Ichigo could kill him despite this. Finding them, Yukio takes them to Tsukishima's mansion.

As Ichigo, angrily rushing towards Tsukishima when he spots him, reaches for his badge, Kugo, stopping him, warns Ichigo if he is correct about Tsukishima's ability, they will be in trouble if he is cut even once. Inviting them inside, Tsukishima says he only wants to talk. As a reluctant Ichigo enters the mansion, his family and friends, greeting him, tell a shocked Ichigo he should be happy Tsukishima is not angry, urging him to apologize. Kugo tells him not to worry, because even though they view Tsukishima as a friend, they still view Ichigo as their friend. It is too much for Ichigo to handle, and he flees the room. He wants to kill Tsukishima, but he cannot fight him where his friends and family can be dragged into it. Going upstairs, he comes across the other members of Xcution. As Tsukishima appears behind Ichigo, Kugo appears, having destroyed the stairs so Ichigo's family and friends cannot follow, and tells Ichigo he can now fight without holding back. Ichigo activates his Fullbring, and while Tsukishima is activating his, Ichigo cuts off his left arm. As Tsukishima expresses his surprise at Ichigo mastering his Fullbring in such a short time, Ichigo tells him he arrived to kill him. As Sado bursts through the window, he and Orihime shield Tsukishima.

As Orihime heals Tsukishima's arm, Ichigo is left unable to believe Sado and Orihime have become the same as the others. As Both Orihime and Sado say Ichigo was able to save Rukia and defeat Aizen because Tsukishima helped him do so, Tsukishima, appearing behind Ichigo, asks him if he understands, but Ichigo tries to attack him. As Tsukishima reveals the ability of his Fullbring, Book of the End, is to modify the past of those affected by it, Ichigo tries to attack him, but Orihime stops him with her Santen Kesshun. As Sado, trying to attack Ichigo, says he did not become strong to fight with Ichigo, he attacks again, and Ichigo is pushed outside from the force of the attack. As he, wondering why things turned out this way, says he only wanted to protect his friends, he asks what he got his powers back for. When Tsukishima appears above Ichigo, he charges at him.

As they fight, Tsukishima gets behind Ichigo to attack him, but Kūgo takes the attack instead. When Ichigo rushes to see if Kūgo is alright, Kūgo insists he is a comrade. When Uryū arrives, Ichigo questions his allegiance. Not wanting to fall for a trap, Ichigo is hesitant to listen to Uryu. As Uryu tells Ichigo it was Kugo who attacked him, Kugo attacks Ichigo, who asks if Kugo was turned by Tsukishima's powers. Revealing their allegiance was a ruse, and Tsukishima had just returned him back to normal by cutting him a second time, Kugo, merging the Substitute Shinigami Badge he had with his sword, tells Ichigo it is time to relieve him of his Fullbring, stabbing Ichigo through his chest.

Kugo reveals he was the one who actually attacked Uryu, and ordered Tsukishima to cut him, making them "enemies" who betrayed each other. Kugo further states Tsukishima's ability prevented Ichigo from suspecting him. As Kugo withdraws his blade from Ichigo's chest and Ichigo's Fullbring disappears, Ichigo thinks about how hard it was for him to go seventeen months without any power, and when he thought he found a way, he was so happy he could protect his friends again. When a distraught Ichigo asks Kugo to give his power back, Kugo states it was power he gave to Ichigo, and it belongs to him. Kugo says he will spare his life, and he should thank him.

After Tsukishima and Kugo leave, Ichigo is stabbed in the back by Rukia with a special sword containing the reiatsu of the Gotei 13's senior officers and other Shinigami. Ichigo emerges from the resulting explosion with a new Shinigami outfit and a slightly altered Zangetsu, ready to fight. Greeting Ichigo, Rukia, momentarily berating him, reveals Urahara told her about Tsukishima's ability. Reassuring him about this, she explains about the sword Urahara made to restore Shinigami powers to Ichigo. Returning, Kugo, disputing this, is cut off by the arrival of more Shinigami. Rukia tells Kugo he only stole a small portion of Ichigo's power, which had Ichigo's Fullbring, and Ichigo's Shinigami powers well up from deep inside; he could never take that from him. Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tensho at Kugo.

As Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho misses Kugo and Kugo tries to retreat, Ichigo, stopping him, attacks Kugo with another Getsuga Tenshō before asking if it was a crime to transfer Shinigami powers to a Human. As Renji reveals that Captain-Commander Yamamoto ordered all captains and lieutenants to put their reiatsu into Urahara's sword to help bring back Ichigo's Shinigami powers, Hitsugaya tells him he did this because Ichigo was able to change Soul Society through his actions, and he should accept it proudly. As Ichigo notices Kugo emerging from the dust below, Hitsugaya tells Ichigo that Yamamoto also gave the order to stop the original Substitute Shinigami, Kugo Ginjo. When Ichigo is confused about this, Hitsugaya, reminding him of when Ukitake gave him his badge, tells Ichigo the Substitute Shinigami law was created solely because of Kugo before stating they need to focus on Kugo right now. Thanking Ichigo, Kūgo says if he had not taken his powers, he would have been dead by now.

After Kugo grants the other members of Xcution part of Ichigo's Fullbring, Ichigo attacks them all. Using his Fullbring, Yukio, deceiving Ichigo, protects the Fullbringers from harm. Reminding Ichigo they received his Fullbring powers, which allows for them to wear their powers as a mantle, he says with Ichigo's help, his Invaders Must Die is now able to influence the world outside his console. After Yukio uses his Fullbring to split everyone up into individual rooms, Ichigo and Uryu finds themselves facing Kugo in a replica of Karakura Town, an environment which Kūgo says he picked so Ichigo could fight easier. When Ichigo asks if Uryu is hurt, the Quincy, saying Rukia healed him, apologizes to Ichigo, saying when he first saw the Substitute Badge, he had thought there were other Substitutes before him. He thought if the previous one was alive, they would have told Ichigo, and if he was dead, they would have said why, leading Uryu to believe Soul Society did not know. Kicking Uryu, Ichigo tells him it does not matter, as they could not have done anything anyhow, and he would have forgotten in a few days. The two momentarily bicker before returning their attention to Kugo.

While Ichigo and Uryu fight Kugo, they begin hiding from him. When Ichigo asks Uryu if he has a plan, Uryu tells him he was not trying to come up with one, but rather he was observing Kugo's reiatsu. Abruptly leaving to confront Kugo, Ichigo attacks him with a Getsuga Tensho, but Kugo, cutting through it with his sword, attacks him with a Getsuga Tensho as well, surprising Ichigo. Uryu explains Kugo, in addition to taking his Fullbring and reiatsu, must have taken Ichigo's full abilities as well. As Kugo and Ichigo continue to fight, Kūgo asks him what he is fighting for, which confuses Ichigo. Kugo confirms Tsukishima is dying, and if a Fullbringer dies, all traces of their ability disappear. He asks Ichigo what he is fighting for, but when Ichigo does not answer him, Kugo informs him of an enemy he should be fighting.

When Ichigo dismisses this as an attempt to shake his resolve. Kugo, stating the Substitute Shinigami Badge is given out whether the Substitute in question is beneficial to Soul Society or not, explains it has no authority, and its true purpose is to observe and restrict Ichigo's Shinigami powers while he has it with him. When Kugo says this scheme was designed by Ukitake to control Substitute Shinigami, an enraged Ichigo releases his Bankai, which shatters the pocket dimension. Dismissing Kūgo's words, Ichigo says he knew Ukitake was not trying to mislead him. After Kūgo activates his Bankai, the two clash. Eventually, Kūgo's sword breaks, and he, badly injured, slumps to the ground, unable to continue. As Tsukishima tries to attack Ichigo, Riruka blocks the attack with her body instead. Sometime after the fighting ends, he is at Urahara's shop, waiting for Riruka to wake up so he can make sure she is okay. He tells Riruka none of the other Fullbringers have been found.

Ichigo goes to Soul Society to acquire Kugo's body so he may bury it in the Human World. Upon arriving at the First Division, he finds the captains waiting for him. He is told to go inside the building by Kensei, whom he is surprised to see in a captain's uniform. After informing Yamamoto of his request, he dismisses Captain Hirako's words about forgiving Kugo, stating his friends and family are back to normal, and calls Kugo a "mere Substitute Shinigami". Yamamoto notes he must have thought carefully about using that phrase. Afterwards, Ichigo is asked about his Badge. But he, stating he trusts them, keeps it.

The 10 Thousand Year Blood War arc

When Ryūnosuke Yuki is attacked by Hollows, Ichigo saves him and along with Orihime, Uryu, and Sado, defeats the Hollows. Later, after Ichigo fights Asguiaro Ebern, who speaks of stealing Ichigo's Bankai, Yuki returns to Soul Society for Chojiro's funeral. Later, Nel Tu and Pesche arrive in the Human World in order to request Ichigo's aid. After Uryu declines to come with them, Ichigo, Orihime, Sado and Urahara travel to Hueco Mundo in order to investigate. Upon arriving, they witness the slaughter and destruction left in the wake of the Wandenreich. Coming across a Wandenreich camp, Ichigo and the others watch as the Tres Bestias intervene in the Wandenreich's selection of Arrancar soldiers. After the Tres Bestias are defeated, Ichigo fights Quilge Opie as Orihime tends to the wounded. Later, after Quilge activates Quincy: Vollständig, Quilge, who activates his Quincy: Vollständig the Tres Bestias regain consciousness and unleash Ayon against him. When Quilge absorbs Ayon with Sklaverei and begins to absorb Orihime and the others, Ichigo activates his Bankai and attacks him.

As the fight progresses, Quilge is overwhelmed by Ichigo and desperately attempts to steal his Bankai, only to discover he is unable to do so. Eventually, Urahara is contacted by Akon and informs Ichigo the Wandenreich is currently attacking Soul Society. As Ichigo travels through a Garganta opened by Urahara, Akon informs him of the situation in Soul Society. When Quilge traps him in a Reishi prison, Ichigo loses contact with Akon and is unable to free himself. Eventually, Akon frees Ichigo, who enters Soul Society and travels to a heavily wounded Byakuya's location. After Byakuya begs him to save Soul Society, Ichigo confronts Yhwach. Upon learning Yhwach is the one who ordered the destruction of the Seireitei, an enraged Ichigo attacks him, only to be taken down with ease. Upon stabbing Ichigo, a surprised Yhwach witnesses Ichigo using Blut Vene as Ichigo engulfs him in a blast of Reiatsu.

Emerging from this, Yhwach informs Ichigo that Quilge's cage was not meant to hold a Quincy. Hinting at a secret regarding Masaki, Yhwach attempts to subdue Ichigo once more, only to be stopped by "shadows". When Ichigo attempts to stop Yhwach from leaving, Jugram Haschwalth cuts the blade of Tensa Zangetsu in two. Afterwards, Ichigo visits a wounded Rukia and Renji in the hospital before being summoned to the 12th Division, After Mayuri reveals a broken Bankai can never be fixed, Ichigo witnesses the arrival of the Royal Guard, who take him to the Soul King Palace in order to reforge his Bankai. After being healed by Tenjiro Kirinji's hot springs and having his power restored and increased by Kirio Hikifune's food, Ichigo travels to Ōetsu Nimaiya's palace, where he and Renji are forced to fight the Asauchi in order to have their Zanpakuto reforged. Three days later, Ichigo has failed to defeat the Asauchi and is sent back to the Human World by Nimaiya. After Ikumi takes him in, Ichigo is found by Isshin, who tells him how he met Masaki and reveals the circumstances surrounding her death.

Afterwards, Ichigo returns to Nimaiya's palace, where he chooses an Asauchi who resembles Hollow Ichigo. Traveling to Nimaiya's forge, Ichigo watches as Nimaiya's bodyguards help him forge Ichigo's new Zanpakuto. When he questions Nimaiya about the nature of his forging, Ichigo learns the being who claimed to be Zangetsu is actually his Quincy powers and heavily resembles Yhwach from 1000 years ago. Entering his inner world, Ichigo demands answers from the being he knows as Zangetsu, who reveals Hollow Ichigo is Ichigo's true Zanpakuto, whom he has been mostly suppressing. Afterwards, he allows Ichigo to access the full power of his true Zanpakuto. In the real world, Ichigo grabs his new Zanpakuto while it is being forged, which Nimaiya allows. After a burst of heat, Ichigo stands with his new Zanpakuto, which is now comprised of two distinct blades, and acknowledges both his Quincy powers and the real Zangetsu as being his Zanpakuto.

Ichigo later contacts Urahara. When Kirinji asks him if he is ready, Ichigo, now wearing new clothes, confirms this. Looking around, a surprised Ichigo asks Kirinji and Senjumaru where the Tenchuren is, prompting Kirinji to reveal they are walking. As Senjumaru manifests a flight of spiral stairs below the platform they are standing on, Kirinji tells Ichigo he will have to use the stairs instead of the Tenchuren and waits for Ichigo to express shock, only for Ichigo to state this is okay. As Ichigo says it should only take him half a day to reach the Seireitei if he hurries, Ichibei laughs and notes Ichigo no longer overreacts before revealing the Wandenreich has already begun attacking the Seireitei. Launching himself down the stairs, an irritated Ichigo tells Ichibei to tell him about these things sooner.

Calling after him, Hikifune throws a package toward Ichigo and tells him it is a rice ball for him to eat if he gets hungry on the way to the Seireitei. Saying he will eat it if he gets hungry while fighting, Ichigo thanks Hikifune. Telling Urahara it will take some time for him to get there, Ichigo asks him to resist until he arrives even if the fight gets tough. As Urahara confirms this, Ichigo notes Urahara did not say anything about the Seireitei's current condition and states he must hurry before covering his right eye with the fabric on his forehead and rocketing forward.

While Giselle Gewelle, Liltotto Lamperd, Candice Catnipp and Meninas McAllon are trying to finish off the defeated Kenpachi Zaraki, Ichigo arrives in Seireitei and smashes through a nearby tower. Bypassing the Sternritter, he goes to Kenpachi's side and comments on Zaraki's condition. Zaraki asks him what he came there for, with Ichigo replying that he came there to help him. When Ichigo asks Kenpachi if he can stand, Kenpachi notes Ichigo should be looking out for himself. Candice attacks him, but Ichigo grabs her arm and throws her into a building before repeating the process with Liltotto, Meninas, and Giselle. As Liltotto notes she expected this kind of power from a Special War Potential, an enraged Candice proclaims she will never forgive Ichigo for ruining her appearance and summons her bow before using Galvano Blast, which fires a 5 gigajoule blast of electricity at Ichigo. However, Ichigo emerges unharmed with his cape missing, notes that he will not have as much trouble fighting the girls as he thought he would, and prepares to take them on.

After effortlessly repelling the Heilig Pfeil of all four Sternritter, Ichigo is attacked by Candice, who has activated her Quincy: Vollständig and created Reishi swords to clash with him. When Ichigo notes they are a perfect match because they both wield two swords, Candice claims she is actually using six swords and pushing Ichigo back before throwing her Galvano Javelin at him. In response, Ichigo unleashes a Getsuga Tensho, which cancels out the attack. Enraged by Ichigo's nonchalant facial expression, Candice summons a massive amount of electricity and tells Ichigo to save the smug look for when he survives her next attack before unleashing Electrocution upon him. However, Ichigo merely crosses the path of his sword swings and fires Getsuga Jujisho at the oncoming blast. When Candice attempts to counter his attack, Ichigo yells at her to get out of the way. Surprised when Bazz-B pierces Candice and the other three Sternritter with Burner Finger 1, Ichigo prepares to fight eight Sternritter at once before being startled by a column of light piercing the heavens behind him.

As Ichigo turns to face the column of light, Yhwach begins speaking to him and describes how Ichigo's new clothes are made out of the bones and hair of Royal Guard members, granting him immense defensive power that allowed him to break through the 72 barriers between Soul Society and the Soul King Palace. However, Yhwach reveals that these barriers will remain open for 6000 seconds after being broken, causing Ichigo to realize what he is planning. When Ichigo leaps forward, Meninas appears and drives him through several buildings before noting the Sternritter will not simply let him leave. Ichigo breaks free, only for NaNaNa Najahkoop to leap toward him and drive his fists into the ground. As Ichigo dodges, the Unnamed Male Sternritter puts his gun to Ichigo's head and commends him for surviving a direct attack from Meninas before firing. Ichigo manages to push his gun aside, but Bazz-B catches him and fires Burner Finger 1. However, Renji appears, deflects the attack with Zabimaru, and tells Ichigo to get to Yhwach, prompting Ichigo to leave as the Sternritter are intercepted by several other Shinigami.

As Ichigo rushes toward the tower where Yhwach is located, Uryu fires a Heilig Pfeil at him, prompting Ichigo to deflect it before realizing who fired it. Uryu tells him to go home as Ichigo expresses shock and wonders why Uryu is there. When Uryu states he cannot defeat Yhwach, Ichigo demands to know why he is there, but Uryu unleashes Licht Regen on him. However, Santen Kesshun blocks the barrage as Orihime and Sado emerge from a Garganta. As Uryu vanishes alongside Yhwach and Haschwalth in a flash of light, Ichigo continues to call out to him. When a massive explosion occurs at the site of the departure, Orihime shields herself, Ichigo, and Sado with Santen Kesshun. Upon seeing Ichigo's distraught expression, Sado throws him into a building and demands to know what he is doing before pointing out how Uryu must have thought deeply about his decision before making it, which calms Ichigo down. As Ichigo and Sado discuss how they will take Uryu back, they are interrupted by Urahara, who offers to take Ichigo to the Soul King Palace.

Urahara takes Ichigo and his friends to the basement of the 12th Division, where a replica of Kukaku's cannon has been built. When Urahara explains how Mayuri built it after predicting something like this would occur, Ichigo admits this is amazing before stating he just thought Mayuri was crazy. Ichigo expresses shock when Urahara reveals the replica will break after firing just once. Sado then points out Orihime's clothes to a shocked Ichigo, who states he thinks she is showing a bit too much. However, Yoruichi appears and slaps Ichigo before scolding him for thinking Orihime had a choice in the matter. When Yoruichi reveals a set of bottles underneath her cloak, Urahara explains to Ichigo and his friends how she collected a large amount of energy from closing the distortion between worlds before telling them to prepare to go to the Soul King Palace.

Soon afterward, Ichigo complains to Urahara about the noise, but Urahara feigns not being able to hear him before suggesting some background music, prompting Ichigo to realize Urahara can hear him as Urahara begins to count down to the launch.[481] However, the proceedings are interrupted by Ganju, whose motivations for coming Ichigo questions. When Ganju reveals he possesses an aerial map which the group requires in order to make it to the palace, Ichigo warns him of how the upcoming battle is going to be more dangerous than anything they have faced before and smiles when Ganju proclaims this is why he is coming. After Ganju gets into the fake Tenchuren, Urahara finally launches them, prompting Ichigo to express surprise at the pillar being propelled by a rocket on the bottom. When Orihime reminisces about the time they entered Soul Society to rescue Rukia with Uryu alongside them, Ichigo assures her that they will defeat Yhwach and take Uryū back.

Upon arriving at the palace, Ichigo notes it is very quiet before seeing Ichibe's head lying on the ground in front of him. As Orihime prepares to tend to Ichibe, Ichigo hears Ichibē's voice telling him to call his name and does so, causing Ichibe to reappear unharmed. After explaining how this happened, Ichibe asks Ichigo to stop Yhwach from killing the Soul King as Ichigo and his friends rush toward the main palace. Eventually, Ichigo and the others arrive at the main palace, where they confront Yhwach.

When Ichigo tells Yhwach that they have come to stop him, Yhwach confirms this before revealing that he saw it already, prompting Ichigo to ask him what he means and why his eyes have changed. After Yhwach explains his ability to see the future and reveals he has already attacked the Soul King, Ichigo leaps past him in an attempt to help the king, but is surprised when his right side is enveloped in Blut Vene veins upon touching Yhwach's sword. Yhwach explains how the Quincy blood within Ichigo's body will never tolerate the Soul King's existence and invites him to watch the destruction of Soul Society as Ichigo slashes the Soul King diagonally across the chest.

Ichigo wonders why he cannot let go of the sword and why he was forced to attack the king, prompting Yhwach to explain how he transferred the Reiatsu still present in his sword to him, which Ichigo's blood reacted to. Upon hearing this, Ichigo manages to dispel the veins covering his arm and grabs the longer sword of Zangetsu before attacking Yhwach, who effortlessly blocks him while proclaiming that there is no point in fighting him anymore because Soul Society will collapse regardless of what happens to him.

When Mimihagi appears and stabilizes the Soul King, Ichigo looks at it in shock. Yhwach attempts to destroy both of them, but Ichigo stops him, allowing Yoruichi to move in and begin the process of replacing the Soul King. When Yhwach asks him why he is doing this, Ichigo states he is here to protect Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and the Human World, prompting Yhwach to demand to know if Ichigo thinks only he can do this. Proclaiming that he cannot simply sit by even if he is replaceable, Ichigo blasts Yhwach out of the palace with a Getsuga Tenshō and tells Yhwach it does not matter if Yhwach's blood runs in his veins because he will not do Yhwach's bidding.

Yhwach claims that he has never tried to make Ichigo do his bidding, prompting Ichigo to ask him what he means. When Yhwach claims that all of Ichigo's fighting and growth up until now have been preparing him for killing the Soul King and that this has all benefited him because they share the same blood, Ichigo angrily attacks Yhwach and proclaims he still intends to stop him, only for Yhwach to ask him if his resentment toward him is truly justified. When Uryu arrives and shoots Yoruichi in the shoulder, causing her barrier to shatter, a shocked Ichigo demands to know what he just did before being blasted away by Yhwach. After throwing Yoruichi out of the palace, Yhwach places his hand on the Soul King, but Ichigo attempts to attack him, only to be distracted by another Heilig Pfeil from Uryu. As Yhwach rips Mimihagi off of the Soul King, Uryu tells Ichigo to not interfere with him, prompting Ichigo to demand to know what he is doing.

When Uryu moves between Yhwach and his friends, whom he tells to not move if they do not want to be shot, Ichigo attempts to move, prompting Uryu to shoot his sword. Ichigo asks Uryū if he does not know what will happen if Yhwach succeeds in killing the Soul King, but Uryu reveals he already knows, prompting Ichigo to demand to know why he is still on Yhwach's side. After claiming that being a Quincy is his reason, Uryu destroys the ground beneath Ichigo with several Heilig Pfeil, causing Ichigo to fall off the palace as Lille Barro fires another Heilig Pfeil after him. Ichigo manages to catch and destroy the Heilig Pfeil as Orihime catches him, herself, Sado, and Ganju with Santen Kesshun, which is suddenly pierced by black arrows as Yoruichi, having made it to one of the floating cities, prepares to bring them up. However, Kon suddenly bursts out of Ichigo's pocket in his muscular form, causing Ichigo to fall back, hitting his head on Orihime, rendering him unconscious.

Later Yoruichi wakes Ichigo up with a kick, causing him to wonder why he was the only one who passed out in the first place. After remembering what happened, Ichigo finds and grabs Kon who he begins tormenting, before being interrupted by Yoruichi. She asks him and the others if it is time to take their revenge. Ichigo wonders how they are going to get up to the palace, but Yoruichi tells him to not worry about this before having a Garganta open behind her to reveal Grimmjow, whose arrival shocks Ichigo.

Grimmjow greets Ichigo and leaps out of the Garganta before noting the scars he gave Ichigo have already healed. Drawing his sword, Grimmjow claims he has been waiting for all this time to get some payback as Ichigo picks up Zangetsu, but they are interrupted when Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck leaps over Grimmjow and tackles Ichigo. Nelliel explains to a shocked Ichigo that Urahara made her an armband that allows her to transform into her adult form. However, they are interrupted when a voice tells them to enter a nearby black box. As Ichigo ascends the stairs to the box, he is greeted by Riruka Dokugamine, the source of the voice, and Yukio Hans Vorarlberna, who points out that the box is one of his abilities. After everyone enters, Yukio locks the box as Ichigo demands that Yoruichi explain everything to him, prompting Yoruichi to explain how they are going to use a Garganta to infiltrate the palace.

After Yoruichi explains how they are getting to the palace by using a nail she put near the Soul King as a destination point, Ichigo confirms that he understands. Soon after, he asks Grimmjow why he is helping them, and is amused when Grimmjow claims he is only doing so because there will be no chance to fight him if Yhwach destroys everything. As Ichigo and the others prepare themselves, they are interrupted by Yukio informing them that he will not be leaving the box to fight. When Ganju confronts him over this, Ichigo stops him and agrees with Yukio's decision before telling Riruka to stay behind as well in order to protect Yukio. This prompts Ganju to note he has grown a lot, only for Ichigo to wonder what he means. Eventually, the group reaches the palace, and Ichigo watches as the Garganta opens to reveal the Wandenreich city. Ichigo is initially confused by this, but Yoruichi reveals to him and the others that Yhwach has reshaped the palace.

When Yoruichi senses Yushiro Shihoin's Reiatsu, Ichigo asks her who she is talking about. Upon learning that Yoruichi has a younger brother, a shocked Ichigo asks her why she never mentioned him while he and his friends imagine what Yushiro might look like. Upon sensing Rukia and Renji's Reiatsu, Ichigo attempts to go to them, only to fall off the side of the palace, forcing Sado to rescue him. After Yhwach creates his stronghold, Wahrwelt, Ichigo and his allies begin moving toward it while discussing their inability to create Reishi footholds. While Ichigo expresses confusion at Yoruichi's comparison of him to Yushiro, Grimmjow decides to move ahead without the group, prompting Ichigo to attempt to stop him. Grimmjow finds and attacks Askin Nakk Le Vaar up ahead, prompting Ichigo to express irritation at him attacking without a second thought before drawing Zangetsu.

Ichigo and his allies lose track of Grimmjow, which annoys him greatly. Ichigo then tells his allies to split up and look for Grimmjow. Soon afterwards, he bumps into Askin and demands to know what happened to Grimmjow. After hearing that the former Sexta Espada has been dealt with, Ichigo draws Zangetsu and prepares to attack Askin, but is interrupted when darkness suddenly surrounds them. Ichigo then begins to wonder nervously if the Reiatsu he is sensing really belongs to Shunsui Kyoraku. Shortly after Kyoraku and Nanao's fight with Lille, Ichigo is defeated by Askin and lies face down on the ground. Orihime and Sado rush toward them, and Ichigo warns them to stay back as Sado attacks Askin. Yoruichi intercepts Askin, and Ichigo eventually manages to stand up. Yoruichi tells him to go along with the others until she catches up with them, and Ichigo complies, but tells her to watch herself. Ichigo, Sado, and Orihime then run away from the battlefield.

Ichigo quickly reaches the palace and confronts Uryū.[503] Ichigo wonders what is going on with Haschwalth's eyes as the Grandmaster walks up to him and Uryu. Ichigo watches in shock as Haschwalth orders Uryu to prove his loyalty by attacking him, and dodges two of Uryu's arrows before clashing with his friend. Ichigo asks Uryu what he is trying to do as Uryu forces him back and shoots a hole in the floor right in front of him, creating an explosion that nearly sends Ichigo plummeting away.

Ichigo is caught and pulled back up by Sado, and asks Uryu why he joined the Quincies so he would at least know Uryu's motivation and bring him back to their side. Uryu tosses Ichigo his Sun Key, which could teleport them to the human world. Uryu tells him to take his friends and leave as he would stay behind and take down Wahrwelt himself. Ichigo argues against this plan, saying that they just needed to take down Yhwach, but Uryu says it is impossible and it is up to him to take down Wahrwelt as the detonating chips he placed can only be activated by his Reiatsu. Uryu tells Ichigo to go, but they are confronted by Haschwalth, who knew Uryu's plan.

As Haschwalth approaches them, he reveals that he destroyed the Sun Gate leading to the human world, and Ichigo prepares to fight him. However Uryu realizes that as long as Haschwalth possesses The Almighty, Yhwach is no longer omniscient or omnipotent. Uryu tells Ichigo to go up to the highest point of Silbern to confront Yhwach while he deals with Haschwalth. Ichigo tries to argue, but Uryu assures him he will not die as Ichigo, Orihime, and Sado run off. They climb up the stairs, and Ichigo notices Orihime is starting to cry. She tells him she was just glad that Uryu explained his allegiance, when they are suddenly ambushed by large Quincy statues. Ichigo pulls Orihime away from a statue's attack, and Sado blocks another attack aimed at them. The clash causes part of the walkway to fall away, separating Ichigo and Orihime from Sado. Sado tells Ichigo that he will stay and take care of the statues. Ichigo understands his friend's resolve and continues heading upward with Orihime.

They reach the entrance to the throne room and Ichigo tells Orihime that he is counting on her to act as his defense.[505] Ichigo approaches Yhwach, who can see his monstrous Reiatsu emanating from his body, and Yhwach wonders what Ichigo will do. Ichigo gets annoyed, knowing that Yhwach can see his next move, only for Yhwach to reveal that he does not have The Almighty activated as he wants to savor his reunion with his "son". Ichigo says that Yhwach is not his real father lambasts the Quincy for killing his mother.

As Ichigo attempts to attack Yhwach, Orihime shields her friend from the Quincy's attacks. Yhwach states that Masaki's death was necessary in order for him to gain power.[507] Ichigo races at Yhwach again despite Orihime's protests, and Yhwach blocks him with dark energy, chiding him for his recklessness and saying that his death is inevitable. As Ichigo makes yet another charge, Yhwach surrounds him in dark energy and states that Ichigo's powers are not rightfully his and it is time they return to their progenitor.

With Ichigo continuing to rush into his torrent of dark energy, Yhwach wonders why Ichigo is not revealing his true power and notes that he will destroy both Soul Society and the Human World if not stopped. However, upon seeing the tip of his blade turning white, Ichigo has Orihime shield him and reveals to her that he needed to awaken something with Yhwach's Quincy Reiatsu, hence his repeated and seemingly reckless headlong charges. An explosion of energy engulfs Ichigo, and he enters a new form with Hollow characteristics.

Ichigo confirms Yhwach's assessment that this is the form he takes on when melding with his Hollow powers before explaining how he reforged his Zanpakuto after his Hollow and Quincy powers came into balance with one another. Noting that they should logically come forth if that balance is disrupted, Ichigo states that his Hollow powers have always come forth when he exerted his Shinigami powers before revealing that he had to draw them out with the help of Yhwach's power. As Yhwach grins at this, Ichigo moves in front of Santen Kesshun while telling Orihime to keep up her guard before engaging in close range combat with Yhwach. Ichigo is pushed back by the Quincy and then forms a Getsuga Tensho and fuses it with a Gran Rey Cero before firing it at Yhwach.

Noting that a combined attack like this is fitting for a racial hybrid like Ichigo, Yhwach repels the attack and clashes with the young Shinigami. He activates The Almighty, noting that Ichigo's opportunity is now over. When Ichigo is impaled by a number of traps, Yhwach states that Ichigo should know that The Almighty allows him to see the future, but Ichigo reasons that there must be some limit to his precognitive ability.

As Ichigo lands on top of a pillar, he is stabbed by long shadowy blades from the wall behind him, causing him to grunt in pain as he falls to the ground below while wondering what is happening. Yhwach reveals that Ichigo made a miscalculation by believing that the future is linear and explains that it diverges in countless directions from a given point in time like grains of sand in the wind. As Yhwach tells him to keep fighting and not give in to despair, Ichigo decries the idea of falling into despair after he has broken through it so many times in order to reach this moment before activating his Bankai.

However, Yhwach immediately breaks off part of Tensa Zangetsu's blade and his horn, seemingly without moving. Yhwach continues to injure Ichigo despite Orihime shielding him, before eventually revealing that The Almighty lets him transform the future as well as foresee it. Ichigo listens as Yhwach states that The Almighty is no different from his and Orihime's powers because he can also influence only what he can see, which is the entirety of fate. Yhwach claims that Ichigo has only been able to overcome his despair and change his fate up until now because he was not present and declares that he will cut down any future Ichigo tries to create for himself. He tells Ichigo that he can begin despairing now, prompting Ichigo to begin screaming in anger.

Soon afterward, Ichigo coughs up blood after being attacked by Yhwach, who grabs him by the head while noting that he expected more of a fight from Ichigo. Noting that neither his sword nor Orihime's powers have any effect, Ichigo loses all hope of winning, prompting Yhwach to drop him while claiming that all Ichigo accomplished was providing him with some entertainment before preparing to take back the power Ichigo had inherited from him.[514] Black veins encompass Ichigo and the surrounding area as he realizes his Quincy and Hollow powers are fading away. As his merged Hollow form dissipates, Ichigo falls to the ground.

As Yhwach leaves through a portal, Rukia and Renji show up, with Renji trying and failing to attack Yhwach from behind despite Ichigo's silent protests. Soon afterward, despite Orihime's inability to restore Tensa Zangetsu, Renji hoists Ichigo up and declares that they will be confronting Yhwach, prompting Rukia to point out that simply charging in will accomplish nothing. However, they are all interrupted when Ichigo is stabbed through the shoulder by Shukuro Tsukishima, who reveals that he has altered the past so that Tensa Zangetsu can be fixed at Kugo's behest. When Tsukishima asks him if they are even now, Ichigo confidently stands up with his restored Bankai and confirms this.

Shortly after his Bankai is fixed, Ichigo and Renji begin running through the portal with Reishi footholds. Ichigo then questions if Renji tagging along was a good idea. After getting a sobering lesson from Renji, the two eventually reach Soul Society, and immediately attack Yhwach. However, Yhwach uses The Almighty to avoid the attack and breaks Tensa Zangetsu once more. After being pushed back by an energy attack from Yhwach, Ichigo glares at him as Yhwach questions why he did not have Orihime heal him before he came here. Ichigo proceeds to watch as Aizen takes on Yhwach while disguising himself as both Renji and Ichigo. When Aizen successfully tricks Yhwach into believing he has killed him, Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind before unleashing a powerful Getsuga Tensho.

As Ichigo cuts him in half, Yhwach dissolves into a mass of darkness, prompting Aizen to commend Ichigo for responding to his usage of Kyoka Suigetsu as quickly as he did. When Ichigo notes that he experienced a strange feeling similar to when Aizen used Kyoka Suigetsu on his allies, prompting Aizen to explain how he released it before Ichigo arrived and confirmed that it would work on Yhwach before revealing that Ichigo was the final component in his plan because he was unaffected by it. Suddenly, Yhwach's darkness engulfs Aizen as Yhwach himself notes that the power of Kyoka Suigetsu appears to have run out before reforming as he asks Ichigo if he really thought an attack of that caliber would be enough to kill him. Proclaiming that he can even rewrite futures where he dies using The Almighty, Yhwach bashes Tensa Zangetsu out of Ichigo's hand and engulfs him and the rest of the Seireitei in his darkness before declaring that everything will lose its form and become one before his power.

However, Yhwach is interrupted when Uryū fires the silver arrowhead through his chest, to the surprise of both him and Ichigo. Yhwach's darkness suddenly clears from his body as he briefly loses his powers, prompting Uryū to tell Ichigo to move now. With his cracked Bankai in hand, Ichigo leaps toward Yhwach, who is beginning to regain his powers and seemingly shatters the blade in his hand. However, the blade instead crumbles to reveal the original Zangetsu in Ichigo's hands, prompting a stunned Yhwach to realize that this is what Haschwalth was trying to warn him about with his dream as Ichigo cuts him in two. Yhwach grabs hold of Zangetsu and laments to Ichigo how the path is being closed to the world without fear and how thinks to Ichigo existence will continue as it always has in a cycle of life and death.

Less than ten years later, Ichigo marries Orihime and they have a son named Kazui Kurosaki. Ten years after Yhwach's defeat, Ichigo has a get-together with his Karakura friends at the Kurosaki Clinic to see Sado's upcoming boxing match on TV. Rukia and Renji come to the Kurosaki Clinic and Ichigo greets them at the door, inviting them inside. As Sado's match begins, Ichigo calls Orihime to the living room and asks her where Kazui is. She replies that he is probably upstairs, and Ichigo wonders if Yuzu is fine with him being in her room, which she affirms. Ichigo then asks Rukia and Renji about their child coming, and after realizing she has disappeared, Rukia flippantly guesses that she is getting into fights. Ichigo is shocked by Rukia's attitude and the two begin arguing.

Film Appearances

Bleach movie 1

In the SRDI, as members monitor a screen displaying the two worlds, 12th Division 3rd Seat Akon enters the room and asks a member what the status is. Stating the space is still expanding, the member says they have sent the Onmitsukidō in to investigate. As he states they will begin the infiltration shortly, Rin Tsubokura, saying he has found them, states they will pass through the Dangai in ten seconds and will enter the new dimensional space. As he opens communication lines, an Onmitsukidō member exclaims something has happened to the exit.

As the panels displaying the Onmitsukidō members' current status flip to reveal they are in danger, the member, saying they have an emergency, states infiltration of the target has failed. As the member calls for backup, Rin, saying they have received their SOS, states they are sending backup. As SRDI members shout orders to one another, screams are heard on the other end. As Akon asks if they can hear them and why they cannot get into the space, the panels slide again to reveal the Onmitsukidō members have been killed, leaving the SRDI members to stare at the screen in horror.

Meanwhile, in the Human World, as Humans go about their day, a female Plus runs through the trees as an unseen presence roars. As one of the Humans notices something, a tree falls over onto the sidewalk as Ichigo,Rukia, and Kon run towards it. As Rukia states it is coming, Ichigo, reaching into his pocket, pulls out his Substitute Shinigami badge as Rukia pulls out her Gikon dispenser. Running towards the dust cloud, Ichigo enters his Shinigami form and jumps as Rukia follows suit. As a Hollow emerges from the dust, Ichigo cuts its forearm off.

As they land on the ground, the Hollow leaps away, prompting Ichigo to tell it to come back. As the Hollow jumps from tree to tree, the curious Humans, unable to see it, watch from the ground. As the roaring Hollow continues to leap, Ichigo chases it and cuts its tail off in midair, causing it to fall and crash through several trees. As it continues to charge, Ichigo stands in its path and blocks its attack with Zangetsu. When it jumps back, Ichigo leaps into the air and cuts it in half.

As the purified Hollow fades away, Rukia, approaching with the Plus and Kon, states the Hollow was after the Plus. When Ichigo looks at the Plus, she recoils in fear, prompting Rukia to tell her he only looks scary. As Ichigo tells the Plus it is time to go, Rukia says Soul Society is not a scary place, and it is where all departed Souls go to live. When the Plus begins to protest, Ichigo says if she stays here, more Hollows will come after her. Putting the glowing hilt of Zangetsu to the Plus' forehead, Ichigo performs Konsō, turning the Plus into a ball of light which ascends into the sky.

As Ichigo, Rukia, and Kon walk down the steps, they are greeted by Chappy in Rukia's Gigai. Returning to her Gigai, Rukia tells Ichigo to not use his badge so recklessly and elbows him in the ribs. As he clutches his side in pain, Rukia grabs Kon and forces his lips to Ichigo's. As they both gag, Rukia reminds Ichigo he has Kon and states she is tired of him tossing his body all over the place and leaving her to take care of it. When Ichigo asks why, Rukia demonstrates how someone would react if they saw his body lying on the ground.

As Rukia says the commotion always means more work for her, they see an ambulance and a crowd of people around Ichigo's body, which is on a stretcher. As a doctor states he is going into cardiac arrest, Rukia says she told him so as Ichigo runs towards his body. Returning to his body, Ichigo bolts up, shocking the people around him, and says he is fine. As the doctors try to restrain him, an exasperated Rukia uses her Kikanshinki, which glows before creating an explosion of pink smoke.

As Ichigo, Rukia, and Kon run out of the park, Rukia states it is lucky they had the Kikanshinki. Calling Kon over, Rukia throws him at Ichigo, who asks why she did so. When she states it would be pointless if he did not keep Kon with him, Ichigo asks why he has to carry him. Kon complains about being stuck with Ichigo, who throws him on the ground, stomping on him, and tells him to shut up. Hearing her Denreishinki beep, Rukia pulls it out and sees multiple red dots on the screen.

When Ichigo asks if it is another Hollow, Kon jumps on his face, prompting him to state he got dog feces in his mouth. As Kon says they are even, Ichigo resumes stomping on him. When Rukia tries to get his attention, Ichigo says he is not done kicking him yet before feeling a large amount of Reiatsu. Running down the street, Rukia states it is near the station as Ichigo, carrying Kon, follows her. When Ichigo asks why there is such a large amount of Reiatsu, Rukia, saying she does not know, states she has never felt anything like it.

Arriving at the station, Ichigo and Rukia see a mass of white figures with pink, conical heads. When Ichigo accidentally bumps into one, it and several others look at him before moving away. When Ichigo asks what they are, Kon claims they are white ghosts. Noting the people at the station cannot see them, Rukia says they must be Souls. As Ichigo states they do not have Chains of Fate on their chests, Rukia states they have no choice and exits her Gigai once more. When Ichigo pulls out his badge, Rukia tells him to use Kon.

Pulling Kon's pill out of his plushie, Ichigo, wiping it off on his shirt, swallows it and exits his body. Following Rukia, he tells Kon to hide somewhere. Telling Ichigo to not just leave him here, Kon is surrounded by the figures. Contacting Soul Society, Rukia tells Ichigo to see if he can perform Konsō on the figures. As Rukia explains the situation, Ichigo draws Zangetsu and states he will give it a shot. When he presses the hilt against one of the figures, nothing happens, and the figure moves past him. As Ichigo tells Rukia it does not work, Rukia states she has lost the connection to Soul Society.

As the wind picks up, the heads of the figures turn red, and they begin advancing towards Ichigo and Rukia. Seeing Rukia being grabbed by one of them, Ichigo pushes them out of the way and runs towards her as Kon struggles to keep them back. Knocking the figures out of the way, Ichigo assumes a battle stance as Rukia wonders what they should do. As a tornado forms behind the figures, a female Shinigami moves through the crowd and cuts through the figures as Ichigo wonders who she is. As the Shinigami, jumping over them, lands behind them and continues cutting through the figures, Rukia asks what she is doing.

As the Shinigami is lifted into the air by a tornado, Kon frees himself from one of the figures' body and sees a man standing in front of him. As the Shinigami spins in midair, Rukia states she is going to release her Zanpakutō. As the Shinigami calls out the release command, Ichigo appears in front of her and attacks her, stopping the release. As Rukia calls out to him, Ichigo, asking the Shinigami what she is doing, states the figures are not Hollows. Telling Ichigo to be quiet, the Shinigami kicks him to the ground and begins to spin once more. As Ichigo yells at her for stepping on his face, the Shinigami releases her Shikai, Mirokumaru, and creates a tornado, which destroys the figures as it moves through the crowd.

Asking what is happening, Kon gets up, wondering where the man went, but is knocked down by the figures, who move over him. As the Shinigami continues to destroy the figures, her tornado creates gusts of wind, which affect the Humans nearby. As the wind dies down, Ichigo is surprised to see the figures are gone. As Rukia wonders what happened, the Shinigami, now in a Gigai, happily exclaims she got them before noticing Ichigo and Rukia. Demanding to know when she entered her Gigai, Ichigo asks what she is, prompting her to state she is a Shinigami.

When Ichigo says he knows this, the Shinigami states he should introduce himself before asking so many questions. After Ichigo introduces himself, the Shinigami introduces herself as Senna and prepares to leave. When Ichigo asks her why she wiped out the figures, Senna states it should be obvious. When Rukia asks her if she knows something about the figures, Senna runs over to a store window and states yellow does not suit her. When Ichigo tries to get her attention, she points out his body lying on the ground with three police officers next to it, one of which is reporting to the police station. As Ichigo notices Kon's pill on the ground, Senna states she has to get going. As Ichigo grabs her by the arm and pulls her along, Rukia calls him a fool.

In the Seireitei, 11th Division 3rd Seat Ikkaku Madarame, drinking sake, tosses the bottle to 7th Division Lieutenant Tetsuzaemon Iba and asks if he has had enough. As Iba tells him to not be ridiculous, Ikkaku asks if it is okay for a lieutenant to be drinking sake at noon, prompting Iba to state he has had so little he might as well be drinking water. When Iba shakes the bottle and states they are out of sake, Ikkaku says he told him he drinks too much.

When Iba tells him to calm down, Ikkaku grabs Hōzukimaru and asks if he wants to fight again. Saying the loser buys the next round of sake, Iba moves to the rooftop. As Ikkaku comments on him moving to high ground again, Iba states it is first come, first serve. Telling him to get ready, Ikkaku sees something behind Iba and stops mid-sentence, prompting Iba to ask what is wrong. Looking at the sky above Iba, Ikkaku, asking what is going on, sees a town through a hole in the sky which continues to expand.

At the fairground in the Human World, Senna, noting they have a Ferris wheel, states she wants to ride it next. When she asks Ichigo and Rukia what they wanted to talk about, Rukia demands to know which division she is in, prompting Senna to remind her she said she cannot keep track of things like this. As she tries to remember the number, Rukia, stating there is no doubt of her being a Shinigami because she wielded and released her Zanpakutō, says she must belong to a division, and there is no way she could forget which one she is in. When Senna asks why Rukia is here, Rukia begins to explain before Senna runs off laughing.

As Rukia tells her to wait, Senna states what division she is in does not matter. When Ichigo asks if she knows what the figures were, she, denying this, notices a dog and asks his owner if she can pet him. Petting the dog, Senna, stating she felt like she needed to do what she did, says it was a hunch. As Ichigo asks what is up with her, Rukia, telling him she is going back to Soul Society, states she cannot contact them and is concerned about the things they witnessed earlier. As she tells Ichigo to not let Senna out of his sight, Ichigo tells her to not order him around. As Kon begs her to not leave again, Rukia throws him at Ichigo and states she is counting on him.

As Ichigo wonders why she is acting so serious, Kon gets Ichigo's attention, prompting him to tell Kon to not shout in public, and points out Senna is gone. As Ichigo runs towards her, Senna says he is persistent and runs off as Ichigo tells her to wait up. As Ichigo chases her through the mall, Senna states Ichigo said if she answered his questions, he would listen to what she had to say. When Ichigo denies saying this, Senna decides to play tag as Ichigo states he never said anything like this.

Running into a pavilion with a small theater, Ichigo tells her to come back. Asking him what he is doing here, 10th Division Captain Toshiro Hitsugaya approaches him with his lieutenant. When Ichigo recognizes them, Hitsugaya tells him to address him as Captain Hitsugaya. When Ichigo asks what they are doing here, Hitsugaya says they have to talk. As a small child runs past, Ichigo says he is busy. As Hitsugaya walks away and tells him to come with them, Ichigo runs after him and tells Senna he will be right back. As a child points out Ichigo is talking to himself, Senna darts past him.

At the Urahara Shop, Kisuke Urahara, saying he understands, states Rukia went to Soul Society, and they just missed her. As he asks where they begin, Hitsugaya explains how a town in the Human World appeared in the sky above the Seireitei, the communications office simultaneously detected a massive disturbance in the Human World's spiritual waves, and one minute later, they lost contact with everyone. When Ichigo asks what this means, Hitsugaya expresses exasperation at him not knowing.

Telling him to calm down, Urahara states he will simplify it for Ichigo. As Teesai Tsukabishi holds up a sketchbook, Urahara explains how there are the two worlds, the Human World and Soul Society, and how the Dangai lies between them and keeps them from touching. As Tessai reveals pictures illustrating Urahara's words, Urahara, noting Ichigo has been in the Dangai before, reveals a new dimension formed in the Dangai about three days ago.

Stating it grew bigger and bigger until it connected to both worlds, Urahara says it now acts as a lens, leading to the Human World appearing in the sky above Soul Society. As he states it resembles a mirage more than anything, Hitsugaya reveals they sent the Onmitsukidō in to enter the new dimension, but the mission ended in complete failure. Saying the only option left to them was to investigate the influx of new spiritual waves into the Human World, Hitsugaya states he is in charge of this mission.

When Ichigo asks why he was chosen, Rangiku states all the other captains refused. As Hitsugaya states this does not matter, Ichigo says it must have been "them". When Hitsugaya asks if he saw something, Ichigo explains how they were overrun by the figures. As Urahara states he is referring to the Blanks, Hitsugaya realizes the Valley of Screams must be involved. As Tessai holds up the sketchbook once again, Urahara, going over the process of death and reincarnation, reveals some Souls have accidents while in the Dangai, and are thus ejected from the cycle.

Stating the Souls wander aimlessly until they inevitably reach a certain spot, Urahara says this gathering creates a new dimensional space known as the Valley of Screams. Stating Souls in the Valley of Screams have their energy and memories separated in preparation for returning to the normal cycle, he asks if Ichigo is still with him. When Ichigo confirms he is, Urahara reveals the figures Ichigo saw are known as Blanks, Souls which have been separated from their memories. When Ichigo asks where their memories go, Urahara reveals they merge into one entity and return to the Human World, and this entity is known as the Shinenju.

Stating the Valley of Screams' appearance is a naturally occurring phenomenon, Urahara, saying they have seen it happen many times, states this one is a problem because it is connecting the Human World and Soul Society. When Ichigo asks if this is really so out of the ordinary, Hitsugaya, saying he would not call two stars being connected ordinary, states this is the same thing. As Hitsugaya states someone is doing this intentionally, Kon hops down from Ichigo's shoulder and recounts seeing the man in the midst of the Blanks. As Hitsugaya notes Kon stating the man was wearing armor, Urahara asks Kon if he can remember the specifics.

As Kon tries to remember, Urahara puts on a Gokon Tekkō and knocks Kon's pill out of the plushie. Picking it up, Tessai tells Ichigo he will take it in for analysis. Thanking him, Urahara states if this was intentional, it is being done for evil purposes. When Ichigo asks what the perpetrators want, Urahara theorizes they are searching the Human World for the Shinenju. Stating he has got a feeling this is what they are doing, Urahara, saying they will work on learning about the enemy, tells Ichigo to continue watching over Karakura Town, for he is certain they will appear again, and to find the Shinenju if possible.

Later, Ichigo states this is easier said than done and bumps into a woman. Apologizing, he runs into a pavilion. As he wonders where he goes from here, Senna states he really did come back. Seeing her on the second floor balcony, he notes he still has a lot to ask her about. Saying he is "it", Senna runs off as Ichigo tells her to listen to him and runs after her. As he continues to chase her through the crowd, an announcer tells the crow to prepare to see an amazing feat. As a man drinks an entire bottle of juice, another man counts down from ten. When the announcer says this happened too fast, the two men pull off his jacket and pants.

Looking around, Ichigo sees Senna standing on top of a roof. As the strings of bulbs light up, the crowd below wonders what she is doing. Putting her foot onto one of the lines, Senna begins walking along it, prompting a nearby film director to order a man to aim the spotlight at her. Continuing to walk along the rope, Senna states this is nice before falling off the line. As the crowd watches in horror, a flurry of autumn leaves are stirred up where she lands. As people wonder where she went, Senna appears behind Ichigo and dances as the crowd cheers. As she asks the crowd how it was, Ichigo grabs her hand and pulls her away as the man on stage complains about them stealing the show.

At a restaurant, Senna eats a sandwich and says if Ichigo had told her he would treat her to dinner, she would have answered everything. Wondering if she has any money, Ichigo asks if she knows anything about the Blanks and the Shinenju. Stating this is the first time she has heard of them, Senna asks who the people looking for the Shinenju are. When Ichigo states this is what he wants to know, Senna asks why they want it, prompting him to say he does not know. When Senna asks what the Shinenju looks like, Ichigo states he has no clue, prompting Senna to state this will not work.

Saying Ichigo will have to wait for the Blanks to return, Senna states she will help him on one condition: he needs to take her for a ride on the Ferris wheel. As Ichigo states he is not going to fall for this, Senna stands on her chair, prompting Ichigo to note she likes high places. As Senna explains how everything becomes crystal clear when one is up high, Ichigo comments on her hair ribbon. When Senna says red looks better on her, Ichigo asks where she got it. When she states she tried it on in a store and forgot about it, Ichigo brings her back to the store, where he pays for the ribbon. When the clerk asks if it is for his girlfriend, Ichigo says this is not the case.

Exiting the shop, Ichigo offers the packaged ribbon to Senna, who, stating she cannot believe he went back and paid for it, says he is more virtuous than he looks. Tossing her the package, Ichigo tells her to shut up, for he hates stuff like this. Thanking him, she asks if they will go on the Ferris wheel. When he denies this, she calls him a cheapskate, prompting him to state high school students are not very rich. Walking away, she says she is going to the bathroom.

Putting the ribbon on in front of the mirror, Senna says Ichigo has his good points. Walking out of the bathroom, she, seeing a river through a window, recalls a girl running alongside the river towards her father. Welcoming him home, she reaches for him, but tumbles to the ground as he dissipates around her hand. Recalling a graveyard at which a funeral is being held for the man, Senna sees a family eating dinner together. Meanwhile, Ichigo, leaning against a wall, says she is taking too long. Trying to find her, he notes the place was crowded a moment ago before sensing something.

As a traffic light blinks, Senna enters the graveyard she saw in her memories. Walking through it, she, looking at the headstones, once again sees the funeral procession. Seeing her face on the portrait of the deceased, she realizes it is her funeral. As she notices her mother and father, a Blank tries to grab her. As she backs away from it, more Blanks materialize. Continuing to back away, she dodges a surprise attack from Jai. Back-flipping away, she asks who he is. As he says she is sharper than he thought, she exits her Gigai and asks what he wants.

When he states she needs to come with him, for their leader, Ganryū, commands it, Senna states she does not know who he is talking about. As Jai says she does not need to, Riyan says he told him to only say what was necessary. As Benin comments on him jumping out on his own, Jai states he will capture her in a second. As autumn leaves swirl around her, Senna clashes with Jai, who comments on her attacking without warning before punching her away. As she looks up, Jai lands on her as Benin tells him to not squash her. As Riyan tells him to hurry, Jai lifts Senna up by the throat and asks if she is ready to go.

Telling him to wait, Ichigo asks where he is going. As Jai asks where he came from, Ichigo draws Zangetsu and cuts Jai's arm off, freeing Senna. As Jai yells in pain, Ichigo asks Senna why she wandered off, prompting her to tell him she can do what she wants. Saying she cannot do so yet, for she has not kept her promise, Ichigo sees Jai struggle to his feet and apologizes for cutting off his arm. As Jai states he will not forget this and promises to get revenge, Riyan, telling him to stop, states the time has not come yet.

As he and the others vanish in darkness, Ichigo wonders what they mean by time as a cursing Jai vanishes as well. When Senna tries to move away, Ichigo stops her and asks her why she ran away after he treated her to dinner, prompting her to state she did not run away. When Ichigo asks why she is here, she reveals her family is buried here. As Ichigo tells her to quit with the stories, Senna, stating it is true, says she can remember it all. Stating they are memories from when she was still alive, she says her house used to be around here. As she promises to help him tomorrow and prepares to leave, Ichigo stops her and asks if she is going to ignore how she was just attacked.

At the Kurosaki Clinic, Isshin stands in shock as Karin states Senna being attacked by bad guys sounds fishy. Saying this is how it is, Ichigo said he told her she can stay the night. When Senna introduces herself,Yuzu introduces herself in return and welcomes her to their home. As Senna thanks them for letting her stay there, Ichigo walks up to his room and asks if Senna can sleep in Yuzu's bedroom and use their bath. When Karin asks Isshin what is wrong, he and Yuzu creep up the stairs as Karin expresses shock at Yuzu joining in.

As Ichigo states he will kick Senna out once they prepare her room, Senna, stating boys' rooms are boring, says Ichigo's family members seem like fun people. Comparing them to her father, Senna recalls a man grabbing her by the hair and hitting her. Noticing her pained expression, Ichigo asks if something is wrong, which Senna denies. When Ichigo asks why those men attacked her and if they said anything, Senna states they mentioned a man named "Gan-something" wanted her brought to him. When Ichigo asks if there was anything else, she, stating there was not, says if he had not come, she might have heard more. As she falls back and kicks her shoes off, Ichigo tells her to not sleep in his bed.

As they continue to argue, Yuzu, listening through the door along with Isshin, tells Karin how Senna said she would sleep in his bed. When Karin explains this by stating Ichigo is a guy, Yuzu puts her hands over her ears in horror while Isshin wonders if he should stop his son or let nature take its course. Pushing the door open, which sends Isshin and Yuzu flying, Ichigo demands to know what they are doing. As Karin notes he is angry now, Yuzu tells him the bath is ready, prompting him to tell Senna to take a bath and get to bed. When she does not respond, Ichigo looks into his room and sees her fast asleep on his bed.

Later, Urahara contacts Ichigo and asks if he learned anything about the Shinenju. Saying he did not, Ichigo reveals he ran into the people whom Kon saw, prompting Urahara to ask if he is hurt. Stating he is fine, Ichigo says they ran away as soon as he showed up. Saying they have learned a few things, Urahara reveals their analysis of Kon's memory led them to the true identity of the armored man Kon saw in the crowd of Blanks.

Stating they determined he belongs to a clan which was exiled from Soul Society after a territorial dispute, he says this explains their motives for attacking, but their true goal is still a mystery. Recalling Senna stating she has memories from when she was alive, Ichigo asks Urahara if it is common for Shinigami to retain their memories from their Human life. Stating it is exceedingly rare, Urahara asks Ichigo what this is about, prompting him to say he was just wondering.

The next day, at the station, Senna asks if the Blanks are going to appear again. Saying he does not know, Ichigo states their only clue is the Blanks appearing here. As Senna complains about it being boring, Ichigo notes there are many more people here than usual. As Senna walks away, Ichigo states it is usually quiet around this time and, recalling sensing something at the mall, tells Senna to stay close to him.

When he does not receive a response, Ichigo sees Senna is no longer there and calls for her until she appears at the corner behind him and calls him over. Running over to her, Ichigo tells her to not just run off before seeing a crying Plus. As he asks what is wrong, Senna stops him, introduces herself to the Plus, and asks what his name is. When he says his name is Tomoya, Senna asks him to tell her what is wrong. When he says his father is gone, Senna asks if he was with him, and Tomoya, confirming this, states they were driving to a festival, but when he woke up, his father was gone.

As Ichigo says his father must be in Heaven now, Tomoya, saying he is not, states his dad is looking for him, prompting Senna to say they should all look for him together. As Tomoya tells her where to go, Ichigo stops Senna and begins to tell her they cannot go because they are busy, only for her to state there are no more clues here. As the two head off, Ichigo sighs in exasperation and follows them. As they walk all over town and up a hill, Ichigo asks how long they will do this.

As he states there is no festival this way and Tomoya's father cannot possibly still be here, Senna, stating they will find one of them, says Tomoya will have to leave this world soon, and he has a long journey ahead of him. Stating it would be sad if they did not grant him one last wish first, Senna says she cannot perform Konsō on him like this as Ichigo recalls performing Konsō on the Plus in the park. Turning to him, Senna states she wants Tomoya's last memory to be a happy one.

When Tomoya calls to her, Senna asks what is up and runs over. When Tomoya pulls her into an enclosed area, Ichigo runs after them and sees a festival in the pavilion. When Tomoya points out his father is not here, Senna tells him to not worry and states they will keep looking. As they walk, Senna, saying she is glad it is still here, states she came here a lot when she was a kid. As Ichigo begins to say something, they hear a man calling Tomoya's name.

Realizing it is his father, Tomoya runs towards him and tearfully hugs him. Apologizing to him, Tomoya's father thanks Ichigo and Senna. As Senna states they are welcome, Tomoya's father says this is all thanks to her, prompting her to state she did not do anything. Noting she has not noticed, Tomoya's father reveals the souls gathered here led him to this place. As Tomoya notes Senna led him here in the same way, Tomoya's father says it is time to go, and they fade away as Tomoya bids them farewell.

Looking behind him, Ichigo sees the area has returned to normal, with Human shops and shopkeepers. Seeing a man walk by, Ichigo, confronting him, sees his face and is reminded of the Blanks. As he lets go of him, Senna, beginning to ask why people around her keep disappearing, tries to tell Ichigo the truth. Attempting to comfort her, Ichigo is distracted when a Senkaimon appears.

As Rangiku, Hitsugaya, Rukia,Renji,Sui-Feng, Jushiro Ukitake, and several Onmitsukidō members appear, Ichigo, asking Ukitake what is wrong, asks Rukia what happened. As Rukia begins to explains, Renji steps forward and, stating they have top-priority orders from the Central 46, tells Ichigo to hand Senna over. As Ichigo expresses surprise, Rukia reveals even after going through all the files of the Gotei 13, the Onmitsukidō, the Kidō Corps, and the Shin'ō Academy, they did not find a single person named Senna.

As Senna expresses shock, Rukia reveals her Zanpakutō, Mirokumaru, was lost in the Dangai 100 years ago when its owner was absorbed by the Valley of Screams. As Rukia states they no longer exist, Senna, asking her what she is trying to say, states she is a Shinigami, prompting Renji to ask her when she came to the Human World. Saying she woke up by the riverbank clearly, Senna states she remembers her name clearly.

Recalling how she used to play by the river as a child, Senna clutches her head and wonders why she was alone, prompting Renji to point out her head is full of all kinds of memories. Stating he cannot believe it, Ukitake reveals the Shinenju they have been looking for all this time is Senna. As Senna expresses surprise, Hitsugaya, stating it has been 24 hours since the Valley of Screams appeared, says Soul Society has determined Ganryū's ultimate goal is the destruction of the Human World and Soul Society, and the Shinenju is the key to his plan.

Addressing Senna as Shinenju Senna, Hitsugaya states she will be hereby be detained by Soul Society for an indefinite period of time. As Rangiku, Renji, and Suì-Fēng grab their Zanpakutō, Senna asks what they are talking about. As she tries to state what she is, Ichigo stops her and says he does not like this. As Rukia asks what Ichigo is doing, Ichigo says whatever Senna is, it does not change her being here now.

Stating she still experiences anger, happiness, and pain, Ichigo, asking if they are going to ignore all this and lock her up anyway, says if they do so, they are no better than the people trying to capture her. As he states he cannot hand Senna over to them, Ukitake apologizes and says this is not the time to discuss this. When Renji tells Ichigo to get out of the way, Ichigo moves in front of Senna and states he will not, prompting the Shinigami and Onmitsukidō members to prepare to attack.

As Ichigo notices something, the people from the graveyard appear once more. As Riyan fires several projectiles, Rukia wonders what this is. As one of the projectiles hits the ground and creates an explosion, Renji, Hitsugaya, and Rangiku emerge from the dust cloud. When Renji is attacked by Bau, Rangiku, calling out to him, is attacked by Riyan, who is attacked in turn by Hitsugaya. As the dust clears, Ichigo and Senna see the people around them transforming into Blanks.

As Ichigo notes it is them again, Senna tells him to watch out just as Jai attacks them. As they roll away, Ichigo swallows Kon's pill and enters his Shinigami form. Getting up, Jai, stating he is back, says he is taking the Shinenju this time. As Ichigo asks Jai if he wishes to lose his other arm, Senna calls out to him, prompting Ichigo to tell Kon he is counting on him. As Kon and Senna move away, Ichigo attacks Jai.

As Jai blocks with a chakram, several Blanks enter his right sleeve and form a new right arm. Creating another chakram, Jai attacks Ichigo. As Jai forces him back, Ichigo notes he is completely different from when he met him yesterday. Moving behind him with Shunpo, Ichigo slashes at Jai, who deflects the attack. Meanwhile, Suì-Fēng and Benin clash on a roof. Slashing at Benin, who jumps away, Suì-Fēng commands the Onmitsukidō members to defend the Shinenju.

As the Onmitsukidō members are overwhelmed by the Blanks, Hitsugaya releases his Zanpakutō, Hyōrinmaru, and slashes at Riyan, who draws his blade, which separates into three blades, and counters the attack by spinning the blades. He thrusts at Hitsugaya, who, moving behind him with Shunpo, is attacked by Riyan's projectiles, which explode as they follow him. Elsewhere, Renji, running from Bau, releases his Zanpakutō, Zabimaru, and slashes at him.

When Bau deflects Zabimaru with his tetsubo, Renji expresses shock. Leaping into the air, Bau smashes Renji down with his tetsubo. Elsewhere, Ukitake releases his Zanpakutō, Sōgyo no Kotowari, and blocks an attack from Mue while telling Rukia to go. As Kon tells the Blanks to move away, Rukia slashes one of them. As Kon hugs her in relief, Rukia uses Hadō #33. Sōkatsui, blasting multiple Blanks.

As Rukia, telling Kon to get off her, elbows him several times, Senna runs off, prompting Rukia to tell her to wait. Stating she is also a Shinigami, Senna, exiting her Gigai, jumps towards Ganryū. As she begins to release her Zanpakutō, Ichigo tells her to stop. As she completes the release, a smirking Ganryū punches her in the stomach. As she slumps over his arm, his companions stop fighting and return to him.

Stating it is true, Ukitake says they are the exiled members of a once-noble clan attempting to take their revenge. Stating he would not know, Ganryū says they are the Dark Ones. When multiple Blanks leap into the air and fly past the Shinigami, Hitsugaya, stating they are not getting away, is stopped when the converging Blanks explode. As Suì-Fēng dodges an exploding Blank, the Blanks surrounding the Onmitsukidō members explode as well, and Ukitake and Rukia move away, with Rukia carrying Kon.

Watching the explosions, Ganryū turns and says they will go. Rushing towards them, Ichigo, now in his Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, speeds through the group before turning around to confront them. As he states they are slow, Senna, regaining consciousness, starts beating on Ganryū's chest and demands he let her go. Calling out to her, Ichigo says he is coming and points his sword at the group, prompting the other members to attack.

Stating he will not let them take Senna away, Ichigo, outmaneuvering each member, moves in front of Ganryū and prepares to attack. As Ichigo says he has him, Ganryū reveals he is holding a spear, which, extending, impales Ichigo. As Senna calls out to him, the spear retracts, and Ichigo, reaching out to her, falls to the ground below. As Senna screams his name, Ganryū vanishes, and Ichigo continues to fall as the Shinigami move past him. Seeing him fall, Rukia catches him as he loses consciousness.

Later, Orihime heals Ichigo with Sōten Kisshun. As the aura fades, she tells Uyru, Jinta, Rukia, Tessai,Ururu, and Yasutora "Chad" Sado that he is okay. As they express relief, Rukia thanks Orihime and states her arrival saved Ichigo. As Jinta says he needs to stop slacking, Urahara enters the room and states not only was he ambushed, but even three captains were not able to fend them off, so this was inevitable.

When Rukia asks how the others fared, Urahara says they lost sight of the enemy. When Uryū asks if they have learned anything new, Urahara reveals the Dark Ones plan to somehow use the Shinenju's power to cause the Human World and Soul Society to collide. When Uryū questions how they can do this, Urahara, stating it is hard to believe, says it is the only theory which makes sense to him. When Sado asks what Soul Society is doing, Urahara states they are working on their next plan.

When Urahara reveals the Valley of Screams cannot be infiltrated from Soul Society, Orihime and Rukia express shock as he says there is no entrance, so there is no way in. When Sado asks if there is another way, Urahara states there should be an entrance in the Human World close to where the Shinenju first appeared. Asking if this is so, which surprises everyone present, Ichigo, sitting up with the help of Orihime, says they can follow them if they can find the entrance. When Urahara confirms this, Ichigo, stating he is going, gets up and grabs Zangetsu. As he walks out with Rukia following him, Urahara says they should start looking for it as well, which everyone agrees to do.

Elsewhere, Ichigo jumps from roof to roof with Rukia following him and arrives at the site of the attack. As a policeman states there is none of the normal residue which explosives leave behind, another wonders what happened here. Walking through the area, Ichigo sees something and runs towards one of the buildings as Rukia follows. Going up to the porch, Ichigo finds Senna's red hair ribbon on one of the crates. As he picks it up, Rukia begins to apologize before Ichigo says it is not her fault.

Stating Senna is too strong-willed, he says she moved out on her own. Noting she was trembling, Ichigo slams his hand on the crate and blames himself for not being able to save her when she was in such a vulnerable state. Looking at the ribbon, he recalls Senna's words regarding her hair ribbon and being up high. Wondering why she said this, Ichigo pockets the ribbon and walks away. When Rukia asks him what is wrong, he tells her to come with him.

At the Ferris wheel, Ichigo and Rukia stand in one of the passenger cars as it moves towards the top. Stepping forward, Ichigo, recalling Senna telling him her house used to be around here, sees something and tells Rukia to move to the river. Jumping off, they move to the bridge and see a large circle of light in the water. As Rukia wonders what it is, Ichigo sees a location filled with rocks in the circle.

As Rukia states it is the same place which can be seen in Soul Society, Ichigo says they can get in and tells Rukia to contact Urahara. When Rukia tells him he cannot go in alone, Ichigo states he will definitely rescue her. As Rukia calls after him, Ichigo, falling towards the entrance, draws Zangetsu and slashes at the circle, creating a hole which he moves through. As a large amount of water is sent into the air by the impact, Rukia looks on.

In the Valley of Screams, an unconscious Senna lies strapped to a post with several purple orbs rotating around her. As Ganryū, Riyan, and Bau approach, Senna, regaining consciousness, wonders where she is. When she asks if they wanted her to do something, Ganryū states they just need to use her to make their wish come true. When Senna asks what this means, Riyan, telling her to watch her tone, says Ganryū is a noble and virtuous man who will rule over Soul Society.

Telling him to relax, for there is no longer a need for formalities, Ganryū reveals when their clan was exiled from Soul Society 1000 years ago due to its unjust laws, they were forced to wander in the Dangai. Stating they were constantly forced to run from the Kōtotsu which absorbed anything they touched, he, saying they somehow managed to survive and taught themselves to use the Blanks as a power source, states they have an infinite number of them at their disposal.

Snapping his fingers, which causes multiple Blanks to swirl around Senna, Ganryū explains how the Blanks come together to form a new dimension known as the Valley of Screams, which consists of countless Blanks, and how the memories of the Blanks merge into one object and return to the Human World. Saying this object is the Shinenju, Ganryū states it is Senna, who reacts with surprise.

At a captains' meeting in Soul Society, 12th Division Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi reveals the Blanks' wandering is not entirely without purpose, for they seek out their own memories for a time. Beckoning with his hand, which creates a holographic projection of the Valley of Screams, he, saying the problem begins here, states putting the Shinenju in the center of the Valley of Screams causes the Blanks to push against one another in an effort to get closer, which makes them multiply rapidly. Saying the energy released is incredibly powerful, he states it could draw the Human World and Soul Society together and force them into a massive collision.

As Ukitake expresses shock, 8th Division Captain Shunsui Kyoraku says it sound dangerous. As Mayuri states this reaction has already begun, Ganryū forms a sword, which he raises above his head. As the 11th Division Captain Kenpachi Zaraki says they have talked enough and asks what exactly will happen, Mayuri states even though he is not sure, the collision of two worlds which must not touch would certainly result in the destruction of one or both of those worlds.

As the tornado around Senna intensifies by drawing more and more Blanks, Ukitake asks how much time is left, prompting Mayuri to say they do not have enough data to draw a scientific answer, but he would guess they have about an hour. When Suì-Fēng states she will mobilize her forces to enter the Valley of Screams immediately, Mayuri states this is a waste of time, for there is no Senkaimon in Soul Society which connects to the Valley of Screams.

As Senna is bound completely by the Blanks, which create a cocoon connected to the Valley of Screams by dozens of strands, Mayuri says they cannot enter, and no matter what they do, there will not be even a speck of dust left. As the cocoon unfurls to reveal Senna floating in a detailed gate, Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto states this is a top-level emergency. As Senna is struck by lightning, Yamamoto orders them to prepare to fire the Kidō Cannon.

As Senna screams in pain, Yamamoto says they must try to disengage the Valley of Screams from Soul Society by firing at the adhesion point. As the lightning intensifies, Ukitake states doing so will cause great damage to both worlds. As Ganryū smiles, Yamamoto states they have no other options. Hearing a commotion, the captains turn as a Shinigami outside the meeting room tells someone they cannot go in. As the doors open, Rukia struggles with the guards.

When Yamamoto asks what the meaning of this is and tells the guards to stand down, Rukia, getting on her hands and knees, apologizes and tells Yamamoto if he wishes to discipline her, she will accept it without question, but she has information she must share with everyone first. As she reveals Ichigo has found an entrance to the Valley of Screams in the Human World, Ichigo runs through the Valley of Screams as the lightning continues to intensify.

Revealing he has entered the Valley of Screams to save Senna, she begs them to send reinforcements to help him. When Yamamoto says he cannot fulfill this request, Rukia asks why he cannot. Stating he does not mean to belittle Ichigo's power, Yamamoto says they only have one hour left, and there no proof of the Gotei 13 being able to mobilize their troops, enter the Valley of Screams, defeat their enemies, and retrieve the Shinenju in this time.

Asking her to not think badly of him, Yamamoto, stating the meeting is over, proclaims the divisions will begin emergency procedures and prepare the Kidō Cannon. As the Kidō Cannon is prepared, Rukia, watching from afar, is approached by Renji. When she begins to say something, Renji cuts her off and says he is going too, for Ichigo should not get all the action. In the Valley of Screams, as the lightning dies down, the clouds begin to converge at a point and fall.

As more threads of Blanks surround Senna, Riyan tells Ganryū the Blanks are uniting. Noting this, Ganryū sees a large cut appear in the wall behind Senna as the threads are cut in two. As the Dark Ones move away, Ganryū states they have another rat as Ichigo calls out to Senna, who sees him standing on a pillar. Saying he is coming, Ichigo, moving towards her, is confronted by Ganryū, who slashes him.

Falling to the ground below, Ichigo attacks Ganryū, who asks if he has come for another crushing defeat. When Ichigo tells him to give Senna back, a smirking Ganryū forces him back as the rest of the Dark Ones appear. As Ganryū states she has finally been awakened as the Shinenju, dozens of Blanks rise from the ground behind the Dark Ones. As he says she will endure a great amount of pain and suffering because of Ichigo, Senna, calling out to him, is surrounded by more threads of Blanks.

As Ichigo calls out to her, Senna is further constricted by the threads. Telling the Dark Ones to get out of his way, Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō, which courses through the Valley of Screams. In the Human World, Sado, Uryū, Orihime, Urahara, Tessai, Jinta, and Ururu stand on the bridge near the entrance to the Valley of Screams. When Orihime asks if they have to follow Ichigo, Urahara states they cannot, for the Valley of Screams is a spiritual world like Soul Society.

As he says Humans cannot enter, a Senkaimon opens behind them as Rukia and Renji jump out. As Orihime and Uryū greet them, Urahara asks how it went, prompting Rukia to reveal Soul Society plans to use the Kidō Cannon to destroy the Valley of Screams' dimension. When Orihime begins to exclaim Ichigo will die if they do this, Renji states they will finish the job before the Kidō Cannon fires. As Rukia says they will do something, Hitsugaya states they do not stand a chance on their own.

As Orihime looks over the railing and sees Hitsugaya under the bridge, Hitsugaya, saying they have gathered several people, states they will finish the fight together. As Rangiku says she is coming as well, Hitsugaya states they are running out of time and tells them to go. As he jumps into the entrance, Orihime asks Rukia to take care of Ichigo, prompting her to say she will. Flipping over the edge, Renji and Rukia fall into the entrance.

In the Valley of Screams, Ichigo clashes with Jai and leaps away from an attack, prompting Jai to throw his chakram after him. Running past some Blanks, Ichigo deflects one of the chakram and dodges the other, only for them to attack him in midair. Landing, Ichigo is restrained by several Blanks. As he tells them to let go, Bau attacks him, only for Ichigo to leap away. As he lands, Ichigo blocks an attack from Mue and dodges throwing knives from Benin.

Preparing to clash once more, Ichigo hears laughter from above. Looking up, he sees a laughing Kenpachi falling from the sky. Glowing with yellow Reiatsu, he smashes into the ground, destroying the surrounding area. As Ichigo calls out to him. The 11th Division Lieutenant waves to him as Kenpachi tells him he is standing in a dangerous spot. Leaping to solid ground, Ichigo notices something.

Wondering who Kenpachi was, Riyan is attacked by the Shikai of Hyōrinmaru, forcing him to dodge. Snaking through the air, the ice dragon returns to Hitsugaya, who tells Ichigo to stop wasting time. As Ichigo sees the assembled Shinigami, Ikkaku Madarame tells Ichigo they are not letting him have all the action, and 11th Division 5th Seat Yumichika Ayasegawa states there has not been a "party" like this for a while, so they want their chance as well.

As Rangiku, saying she merely mentioned it and everyone got involved, tells him to leave it to them, Hitsugaya tells Ichigo to hurry. Thanking them, Ichigo runs off, prompting Bau and Jai to run after him. As Hitsugaya tells his companions to move out, the Shinigami move away with Shunpo. Running down a slope, Ikkaku releases his Zanpakutō, Hōzukimaru, and cuts through several Blanks.

Slicing through Blanks with her sealed Zanpakutō, Rangiku is confronted by Benin, who blocks Rangiku's sword with her dagger. Smirking, Rangiku releases her Zanpakutō, Haineko, prompting Benin to leap away as the ash cloud destroys several Blanks. Running along the side of a structure shaped like a window, 3rd Division Lieutenant Izuru Kira releases his Zanpakutō, Wabisuke, and strikes the platform four times, causing it to fall due to its increased weight.

Elsewhere, as Iba and 9th Division Lieutenant Shuhei Hisagi fight the Blanks, Benin aims a crossbow at Yumichika. Firing the bolt, which does not hit, she wonders what happened before having her attention drawn to Suì-Fēng, who holds the crossbow bolt in her hand. Asking if she is looking for this, Suì-Fēng breaks it in two. As she begins to draw her Zanpakutō, Benin throws a knife at her, which she dodges.

Discarding her haori, Suì-Fēng runs towards Benin with her Zanpakutō drawn. As Benin draws her daggers, the two clash. Dodging Suì-Fēng's attack, Benin slashes at her. Jumping, Suì-Fēng kicks at her, only to be blocked by her dagger. Continuing to fight, the two separate. Landing on a rock formation, Benin sees a Hōmonka appear on her midsection. As she leaps into the air, Suì-Fēng appears behind her and kicks at her.

In a tree-like area, Kenpachi walks along a thick branch with his Zanpakutō over his shoulder. Looking around, Kenpachi is surprised when his face is cut. Deflecting subsequent attacks, Kenpachi catches one of the projectiles. Seeing it is a shuriken, he says it is ridiculous and throws it. Seeing it fly past him, cutting the tree he was hiding behind in the process, a startled Mue steps back, only to bump into Kenpachi, who says even though he hates chasing people, he is not bad at it.

As Mue moves away and runs along a branch, a giggling Yachiru runs beside him. When he jumps away, Yachiru tells Kenpachi to get him. Landing, Mue sees Kenpachi, who asks if he can cut him yet. Leaping towards him, Mue stabs at Kenpachi, who catches the blade with his hand. Detaching the blade from the hilt to reveal a thin, segmented golden blade underneath, Mue slashes Kenpachi across the chest. Watching blood spurt from his wound, Kenpachi states he can have some fun with Mue as an orb of Reiatsu forms around him.

Leaping towards Mue, Kenpachi strikes at the branch he is standing on as he jumps away. As Kenpachi moves after him, Mue fires the segments of his blade at him. Deflecting them, Kenpachi catches Mue and punches him away. Landing on a branch, Mue holds up the hilt of his sword, which is attached to Kenpachi's Zanpakutō by a wire, and sends electricity towards Kenpachi, which results in an explosion. As the smoke clears, Kenpachi, having been shielded by his orb of Reiatsu, leaps towards Mue, destroying the branches around him in the process, and cuts him in half.

Elsewhere, Hitsugaya, releasing his Zanpakutō, sends the ice dragon at Riyan, who fires his explosive projectiles at him. As the ice dragon is destroyed by the explosions, a chuckling Riyan tells Hitsugaya to not try to outlast him. As Blanks flow into the rocketpacks on his back, Riyan says Hitsugaya's energy will not outlast his own. Stating he will fight as long as Hitsugaya likes, Riyan fires more projectiles at him.

When Hitsugaya jumps to avoid them, the projectiles follow him into the air. Destroying some with his sword, Hitsugaya moves away as the rest follow him. When Hitsugaya is enveloped in an explosion, a laughing Riyan forms more projectiles and fires them at him. As Hitsugaya runs, Blanks continue to flow into Riyan's rocketpacks while Riyan fires more projectiles. When one of the projectiles seemingly hits Hitsugaya, Riyan, saying he got him, is surprised to see he has activated his Bankai, Daiguren Hyōrinmaru.

Expressing surprise at Hitsugaya having this much energy left, Riyan realizes there is ice sealing off his rocketpacks. As he screams in terror, the ice dragon crashes into him, creating a large amount of ice. Getting up, Hitsugaya looks towards the tree in the center of the Valley of Screams. In Soul Society, a member of the Kidō Corps informs Yamamoto the 3rd Division is in place and preparations for firing are complete.

Stating the latest status reports indicate the dimension will pass the critical point within five minutes, he moves away with Shunpo. When Ukitake begins to say something, Yamamoto states they will wait until the very end. In the Valley of Screams, Ichigo dodges an attack from Bau. When Jai throws his chakram at him, Ichigo deflects them, only for Bau to appear behind him and smash him into the ground. As Jai says he will not get the Shinenju, Renji tells Ichigo to hold on.

As a tornado forms behind Ichigo, Renji's Bankai, Hihiō Zabimaru, lunges out of the top and hurtles towards Ichigo. Crashing into the ground where he is standing, it moves away with Ichigo clinging to the side of its head. As Hihiō Zabimaru moves past Bau and Jai, Ichigo looks back and calls out to Renji, who, standing next to Rukia, tells him to go. Ichigo jumps off of Hihiō Zabimaru, which turns around and crashes into Bau and Jai.

As Renji says he is not letting them go after Ichigo, he and Rukia jump to avoid Jai's chakram. As Rukia deflects the blades, Jai, running along the wall, attacks her and states they will just kill them first. Emerging from the dust cloud with Bau in its mouth, Hihiō Zabimaru slams him into a wall. As it moves along the wall, Bau emerges and smashes his tetsubo into the segments of Hihiō Zabimaru. As the rest of Hihiō Zabimaru flies towards him, Bau strikes its head, creating an explosion.

Landing on a branch, Ichigo looks at the trees in front of him and screams Senna's name. When Ganryū asks if he still believes the Shinenju can be saved, Ichigo says he is going to get Senna out of here. Jumping away to avoid a stream of Blanks, Ichigo watches the stream turn into another branch. Stating he is too late, Ganryū says the Shinenju has begun to merge with the Valley of Screams, and no one can stop it now. Telling him to shut up, Ichigo promises Senna he will get her out of here.

As Blanks emerge from the branches, Ganryū, asking if Ichigo cannot comprehend his words, states he speaks of the impossible. When Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō, Ganryū is revealed. As the branches behind him are cut in half, Ganryū curses Ichigo. Noting he has finally shown himself, Ichigo, pointing his blade at him, says he will beat him and save Senna. As Ganryū tells him to try, Ichigo tells him to get ready and activates his Bankai.

As the dust clears, Ichigo attacks Ganryū. Moving away, the two clash in midair. As Ichigo lands on a branch, Blanks trap his feet. Ganryū generates a stream of Blanks which, surrounding Ichigo, cracks and breaks when Ichigo attacks it. Moving behind him, Ganryū attacks Ichigo, who moves away. Following him, Ganryū continues to clash with him. When Ichigo moves away once more, Ganryū generates several daggers, which follow Ichigo.

Destroying them with his sword, Ichigo is hit in the abdomen by one of them, which pins him to a tree with a stream of Blanks. Landing on the branch on front of Ichigo, Ganryū recounts how his clan was forced to live in the Dangai for 1000 years and endured the hardship so they could obliterate Soul Society, a wish which is about to come true. As the other Shinigami notice the Valley of Screams shaking, Ganryū states he will not let anyone stop him and throws four more daggers at Ichigo.

As Ichigo, having been impaled by one of the daggers, coughs up blood, Ganryū asks why he is so desperate, for the Shinenju is simply a condensed mass of thoughts and memories, and to call it a living thing is too much. Saying this is not true, Ichigo states Senna is here now. Pulling one of the daggers out, he says she was nervous and scared, and wanted someone to help. Stating he swore on his soul to protect her, Ichigo releases a large amount of Reiatsu.

As a band of yellow light travels to the center of the tree, Senna regains consciousness and recalls her encounters with the Blanks. Finally accepting her existence as the Shinenju, she calls out to Ichigo as a bright light shines from her location. Continuing to release Reiatsu, Ichigo frees himself from the Blanks. In Soul Society, as a Shinigami says they will pass the critical point in two minutes, Ukitake wonders what the Shinigami in the Valley of Screams are doing.

Stating time is up, Yamamoto orders the Kidō Corps to fire the Kidō Cannon. Flames ignite around the Kidō Cannon, which fires blasts shaped like various animals at the Valley of Screams. As a section of the Valley of Screams is destroyed, dark ooze begins dripping through the hole as black lightning flashes. Saying it has been released, Hitsugaya states they have pulled the trigger, and the dimension is going to collapse.

Meanwhile, Bau expresses shock as Hihiō Zabimaru reforms. Saying his Zanpakutō is very thick-headed, Renji states if this is all Bau has, he will not even put a dent in him. As Hihiō Zabimaru rushes towards him, a screaming Bau is killed as the ground underneath him shatters. Elsewhere, as Rukia stands on a platform, Jai jumps towards her and says she is not getting away. When Rukia states she does not have to run, Jai says he will grind her to dust.

When Rukia releases her Zanpakutō, Sode no Shirayuki, Jai states it is no use as he dives at her. Using Some no mai, Tsukishiro, Rukia encases Jai in a column of ice, which shatters. Standing up, Rukia is surprised when the chakram in the air around her begin to bubble and transform. As they become copies of Jai, one of them says he told her resisting is pointless. As they move to attack her, Rukia, preparing to fight, notices cherry blossoms floating near her arm.

As two rows of giant blades rise up from the ground, 6th Division Captain Byakuya Kuchiki tells Jai to be proud about being destroyed by his Bankai and obliterates the clones with Senbonzakura Kageyoshi. Moving to Rukia, Byakuya states they are leaving. Elsewhere, Ichigo, moving towards Senna's location, calls to her while dodging streams of Blanks. As Ichigo lands on a branch, Ganryū does the same and creates a sword, which he points at Ichigo.

As Ichigo generates a large amount of Reiatsu, Ganryū does so as well and tells him to come. Jumping towards Ichigo, who fires a Getsuga Tenshō at him, Ganryū cuts through the blast and continues charging towards Ichigo, who generates a Getsuga Tenshō in his blade and leaps towards him. As they clash, an explosion rips through the branches around them. As Ichigo stands behind him, a bifurcated Ganryū fades away. Seeing Senna among the branches, Ichigo tells her she is awfully quiet.

When he asks what happened to her usual energy, a smiling Senna tells him to shut up. In the Human World, Uryū, Sado, Orihime, Urahara, Tessai, Jinta, and Ururu stand on the bridge next to the entrance. As Urahara notes they are coming, the Shinigami burst out of the water. As Orihime looks over the railing, Ichigo bursts out of the water with Senna. In Soul Society, a Kidō Corps member tells Yamamoto the Shinenju has been rescued and the Valley of Screams is collapsing.

As the Shinigami in Soul Society cheer, Ichigo, Senna, Renji, and Rukia land on the bridge in the Human World. As Orihime welcomes them back, Kon runs towards Rukia, who stomps on him. As Uryū tells Ichigo he did it and Sado gives him a thumbs-up, Urahara states they have all done well. As Orihime says she is glad they are all safe, Ichigo thanks Rukia and Renji, the latter of whom states he did not do it for Ichigo.

As Jinta says Renji did good for a freeloader and has earned his dinner tonight, Senna looks over the railing. Telling Senna he found her hair ribbon, Ichigo is surprised when it floats away. In the SRDI, Mayuri wonders why the alarm has not stopped. Revealing the Valley of Screams has expanded beyond the final critical point, an SRDI member says its gravitational pull has linked it to the Human World and Soul Society, and the three have started to merge.

As Yamamoto looks up in shock, Rukia is forced to her knees and wonders what the meaning of this is. As Renji realizes it did not stop, Orihime wonders what will happen. As Urahara states this is not good, Senna leaps into the air, prompting Ichigo to tell her to wait. Joining her in the air over the entrance, he wonders why this is happening. As whirlwinds tear through the Seireitei, Kenpachi notes they are in trouble now. As Hitsugaya wonders if they were too late, violent waves crash around the entrance.

Looking at the entrance, Senna grabs Ichigo's arm and tells him she is scared. As Ichigo expresses concern, Senna says she will not let this world go. Explaining her view of this world, Senna, telling him it will be okay, reveals the Blanks are still close to her, and if she uses their energy, she can return both worlds to normal. As Ichigo sees Senna in her Gigai clothes and expresses confusion, Senna states if the world ended, he would disappear as well.

Saying she does not want this to happen, Senna begins to glow. When Ichigo tells her to stop, Senna states she would rather sacrifice herself than let him die. As Senna is enveloped by a whirlwind, Ichigo yells her name and reaches for her, only to be enveloped by the wind. As a green column of light grows brighter, Rin reveals they have reports of countless spiritual explosions in the Dangai, and the Human World and Soul Society are both stabilizing, for the fusion has stopped.

As Senna says she has a favor to ask, Ichigo carries her on his back next to the river to the graveyard where they first met the Dark Ones. As he carries her through the rows of gravestones, Senna states she wants to check her family grave. Saying she said they were here yesterday, Senna states she knows she once lived in this town. Saying she had parents and was alive, Senna states her name must be on the gravestone.

Stopping, Ichigo asks her if this is it, prompting her to say it is four stones from the end. When Ichigo arrives at the gravestone, Senna asks if there is a name on it. As she states she has something in her eye, Ichigo sees two names on the gravestone, neither of which are hers. When Senna asks if it is there, Ichigo says it is. Standing up, he states she used to live in this town and had a family. Crying, Senna says she is happy. As she begins to fade, Senna states she feels warm and asks Ichigo if she will see him again.

As he says she will, Senna fades away completely. As Ichigo kneels, Rukia approaches him and states the Blanks' energy is about to run out, and when it does, everything related to Senna will disappear from their memories, for one cannot remember something which should not have existed in the first place. Getting up, Ichigo says even though it may only last for a few more seconds, he can still hear her voice.

Later, on the bridge, a strong wind causes the pedestrians to stop in their tracks. Walking along, Ichigo sees a red hair ribbon floating in the wind. Grabbing it, he realizes something as a girl tells her friend to shut up and states it will be the same either way. As her friend says they will be late, the girl says she will pass. Running past Ichigo, the girl bears a striking resemblance to Senna. Smiling, Ichigo continues walking.

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As a large cloud moves across the sky of the the Human World, a royal procession takes place inside, with guards walking next to carts and musicians playing instruments. As a carriage being carried by several men moves past. The 10th Division Lieutenant appears before three Shinigami and asks for a status report. When one of the Shinigami tells her there has been nothing out of the ordinary, Rangiku tells them it is an important assignment, so they must stay alert.

As the Shinigami agree, one of them asks what the Ōin actually is, and another states all they know is they have been ordered to guard it without being conspicuous. When he asks whose authority this operation is under, Rangiku reveals the orders come directly from the Royal Family, and in regards to the Ōin, they only know it is a treasured artifact, and only those within the Royal Family are permitted to see it.

Saying they do not know the extent of its power or how to use it, Rangiku states the Royal Family decides to change its location without warning once a decade. When she says it has the power of magic, the Shinigami express surprise, prompting her to state they are gullible, and in truth she does not know any more about it than they do. Saying the 10th Division having been assigned to this is the only thing which matters, Rangiku tells them to stay focused and moves away with Shunpo.

As the 10th Division Captain watches the cloud. Rangiku appears next to him and tells him all stations have reported everything being normal. When she states the procession is even more magnificent up close, Hitsugaya tells her there is always fanfare surrounding royalty. As a presence moves across the land, Rangiku tells Hitsugaya he will get in trouble if he says things like this. As the presence continues to move, Hitsugaya and Rangiku sense something.

When a ball of lightning crashes into one of the carriages, Hitsugaya tells Rangiku to alert the 10th Division as they move away with Shunpo. Sinking into the cloud, the carriage bursts into flames as the ball of lightning emerges and splits into two balls. Moving through the procession, the balls attack and electrocute the bannermen and carriage-bearers as the Shinigami emerge from the trees below and approach Rangiku, who tells them to attack the reformed ball.

As they do so, the ball reveals a whip which electrocutes the Shinigami upon contact, creating an explosion, before sending the whip towards Rangiku, who blocks with her Zanpakutō. As the whip wraps around the blade, the dust clears to reveal Yin, who bids Rangiku farewell before sending electricity down the whip towards her, prompting Rangiku to release her Shikai, Haineko, to counter it.

As the counterattack creates an explosion, Yin dodges an attack from Rangiku. Meanwhile, as someone calls for the fire to be put out, a ball of fire emerges from the damaged carriage. As it attacks and incinerates the bannermen and carriage-bearers, Hitsugaya draws his Zanpakutō and attacks it. As the smoke clears, Yang blocks Hitsugaya's sword with her own. As Hitsugaya tells her to identify herself, ice begins to cover her blade.

Leaping back as the ice shatters, Yang runs away as Hitsugaya tells her to stop before running after her. Moving to the top of the damaged carriage, Hitsugaya looks for her. Feeling an immense amount of Reiatsu, he looks down to see he has been stabbed. As he leaps back, a masked man emerges from the smoke. When Hitsugaya demands to know who he is, the masked man draws his sword and attacks him.

Running up, Rangiku asks where the Ōin is and is told they do not know. As Hitsugaya and the masked man continue to fight, Rangiku calls out to him. When they cross blades, the masked man tells Hitsugaya he has not changed at all, prompting Hitsugaya, who tells him to show his face, to attempt to take his mask off. As the man leaps away, Hitsugaya tells him to stop and begins to chase him before Rangiku calls out to him.

Looking at her with a sorrowful expression on his face, Hitsugaya moves away with Shunpo. As Rangiku calls out to him once more, the carriage explodes, forcing those present to shield themselves. As a Shinigami orders the others to put the fire out, another one tells Rangiku the enemy has escaped, and though they did everything they could, they suffered severe casualties. When Rangiku does not respond, the Shinigami asks her if she is alright.

The next day, Ichigo Kurosaki moves through the clouds in his Shinigami form and appears in the area where the Shinigami were stationed. Looking around, he puts his hand in front of him. When his hand touches a barrier, he puts his other hand on the barrier and wonders what is going on. Saying the last thing he needs is someone starting trouble close to his house, he unsheathes Zangetsu and cuts out a section of the barrier.

Looking through, he is shocked to see the aftermath of the attack on the procession. As he wonders what happened, several Onmitsukidō members appear around him. When they prepare to draw their blades, Ichigo tells them to calm down and states he is the Substitute Shinigami. As they advance, Sui-Feng tells them to wait. As they clear a path for her, she says she knows who Ichigo, but not why he is here.

As Ichigo recognizes her, she asks how he got here, for she had put a barrier up around this area. Asking what happened, Ichigo asks what all of this is, indicating the dead Shinigami and bannermen. As she states she probably should not tell him, for he is only a Substitute Shinigami, Uryū Ishida appears outside the barrier. Looking around, he sees the glow from the entrance Ichigo created and pushes his glasses up.

As Ichigo, having been told what happened, says he does not believe it, an Onmitsukidō member approaches Suì-Fēng and leans down to tell her something. Listening to him, Suì-Fēng says Ichigo is to notify her as soon as he discovers "his" location and performs a series of hand movements. As Ichigo tells her to wait, the barrier shatters, leaving him alone in the forest before Uryū approaches him.

When Ichigo asks him what he is doing here, Uryū reveals he has known this area was sealed off and placed under a special barrier since yesterday. When he asks what happened and if Ichigo found anything out, Ichigo begins to tell him what he learned before noticing falling snow. As he notes it is snowing, Uryū states "he" must have been concealing his Reiatsu. As Ichigo asks what he means, Hitsugaya walks towards them before collapsing.

Running over to him, Ichigo asks what happened as Hitsugaya whispers the name "Kusaka". In Soul Society, as the doors to the Captain-Commander's office close, the captains and Rangiku gather before Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto. When Yamamoto asks if this is all Suì-Fēng has to report, she confirms this and says even though they sealed the area off and her division covered every inch, they were unable to find any trace of the Ōin.

Stating they believe whoever is responsible for the attack possesses it now, she says Hitsugaya pursued the attacker and is currently missing, based on the reports they received on the 10th Division. As Suì-Fēng states he concealed his Reiatsu to avoid being found, Rangiku tells her to wait and states she makes it sound like Hitsugaya purposely abandoned his post. Saying it is the only possible explanation for his actions, Suì-Fēng states he broke regulations and disobeyed his orders.

As Rangiku says he would never do this, Yamamoto tells them to stop and states the 10th Division is to be confined to their barracks until further notice. As he says he is prepared to shut down the 10th Division based on the outcome, Rangiku, asking if he is saying he is willing to disband the 10th Division because of this, states the members of the 10th Division have done nothing wrong and asks him to let her accept the consequences instead of them.

Telling her this is enough, Yamamoto says she is misjudging the magnitude of this situation and tells her to remember her place. As she kneels once more, Yamamoto states their top priority is the retrieval of the Ōin, and it is also critical to find Hitsugaya and take him into custody so they may assess his involvement in this incident. As he states this is to be considered an emergency order, Rangiku looks down somberly.

At the 10th Division barracks, 1st Division Lieutenant Chōjirō Sasakibe says the 10th Division is to remain confined to these barracks until further notice on Yamamoto's orders. As the division members begin talking among themselves, Chōjirō reveals until Hitsugaya is apprehended, they are all considered to be co-conspirators, and therefore are required to surrender their Zanpakutō. As the division members voice their dissent,Rukia and Renji approach.

As Chōjirō says Yamamoto's orders stand, the division members ask Rangiku to say something, prompting her to hold out her sheathed Zanpakutō. As a Shinigami takes it from her, Rukia and Renji enter. As the rest of the division members hand over their Zanpakutō, Rangiku tells Rukia and Renji it is what it is. When Rukia states taking such drastic actions without any evidence seems very odd, Rangiku says the Ōin which was stolen must have been very important, or otherwise they would not be doing this.

When Renji states he is sure Hitsugaya will return soon and sort this mess out, Rangiku says she supposes he is right, but she is not sure why everyone left without saying a word. When Renji states Hitsugaya is nothing like Gin Ichimaru, Rangiku looks away, prompting Rukia to reprimand Renji. When a Shinigami tells Chōjirō all of the division members have surrendered their Zanpakutō and they will keep them in the stockade for safekeeping, Chōjirō tells the members to return to their barracks and await their sentence.

Apologizing, a Shinigami tells Rukia and Renji he has orders to lock down the barracks, and everyone must be cleared from these quarters, so he must asks them to leave. As Renji says he understands and they are leaving now, Rukia apologizes to Rangiku. As they begin to leave, Rangiku grabs Renji's arm and tells him to wait. When he looks over his shoulder at her, Rangiku states she wants him to check on something for her.

As Rukia and Renji walk out of the barracks, Rangiku tells them Hitsugaya was chasing a man on the night he disappeared, and she cannot help but think they are connected, or else Hitsugaya would not have left his post. In the past, a young Hitsugaya sits at a table and stares out of the window at the Shin'ō Academy. Approaching him, another student says he must be Tōshirō Hitsugaya, the boy genius whom everyone has been talking about.

As he and the boy clash, Hitsugaya asks who he is and says he plans to become a Shinigami and devote his life to Soul Society. When the scores for the students are posted, the boy states when he saw Hitsugaya's score, it confirmed he was a genius. As the two cut through dummies in combat training, the boy says he is not going to let Hitsugaya beat him next time. As the boy asks if they are friends, he is wounded, and as his Zanpakutō fades, Hitsugaya wakes up.

Getting up, Hitsugaya wonders where he is. As the door opens, Ichigo greets him. Recognizing him, Hitsugaya asks where he is, prompting Ichigo to reveal he is at his house because he found him unconscious by the side of the road and did not want to leave him lying there. As Hitsugaya apologizes for any trouble he caused him, Ichigo sits down and asks if he knows he has the entire Onmitsukidō looking for him. When Hitsugaya says he figured as much, Ichigo asks if this is all he can say.

Asking why the Onmitsukidō is looking for him, Ichigo states he at least owes him this much. When Hitsugaya says he should forget about this because it does not concern him, an irritated Ichigo states he did not care anyway. When Hitsugaya says he will get "it" back, Ichigo expresses confusion, prompting Hitsugaya to reveal the Ōin was stolen. As he states it is far too complicated for a Substitute Shinigami to understand, an irritated Ichigo says he cannot believe how obnoxious Hitsugaya is.

When Hitsugaya begins shivering and sweating, Ichigo gets up and asks if he is alright. Stating it is nothing, Hitsugaya says he will be fine if he can get some rest. Stating he will call Orihime in the morning, Ichigo tells him to sleep until then and leaves. In the morning, Hitsugaya leaves the Kurosaki Clinic without letting Ichigo know, leaving his captain's haori on his desk, and stands outside the house wearing a tattered cloak.

Bowing towards the house, Hitsugaya walks away, only to be stopped by Ichigo, who stands before him in his Shinigami form. Telling him there is no need to sneak around, Ichigo says he does not see why Hitsugaya is skulking around in the shadows like he is ashamed of something instead of walking out the front door like a man. Thanking him for his help, Hitsugaya states he appreciates it, prompting Ichigo to ask why he is trying to do this alone.

When Ichigo asks what is bothering him, Hitsugaya says he does not know what he is talking about. When Ichigo asks if this has anything to do with Kusaka, Hitsugaya expresses shock as Ichigo asks who he is. When Ichigo theorizes he is the one who attacked Hitsugaya and took the Ōin, Hitsugaya states he is someone who was killed a long time ago. When Ichigo asks who killed him, Hitsugaya continues walking past him, prompting him to attempt to stop him.

Drawing his Zanpakutō, Hitsugaya slashes at Ichigo, who jumps back and asks what is wrong with him. When Hitsugaya tells him to not interfere, Ichigo asks if he is supposed to leave him alone after finding him on the verge of death. Seeing Hitsugaya's shihakushō covered in blood, Ichigo tells him he can either turn himself in to the Onmitsukidō or come back to his house. Staring at him, Hitsugaya sees a fireball hurtling towards them.

As they jump back from the explosion, Ichigo asks who did this. Looking up at the sky, he sees Yin and Yang. As Yin tells him to hand over Hitsugaya if he does not want to get hurt, Yang says he will be eliminated if he gets in their way. When Ichigo asks Hitsugaya what is going on, Hitsugaya attacks him, forcing him to draw Zangetsu and block. As Hitsugaya pushes him back, Ichigo asks what is wrong with him.

When Hitsugaya asks him to let him go, Ichigo expresses surprise. Pushing his blade aside, Hitsugaya slashes him away. Flying through the air, Ichigo sees Yang throw a fireball at him. As the fireball hits Ichigo and creates an explosion, Yin generates electricity along her whip and zaps Ichigo's location. As the smoke clears, Ichigo stands in the middle of a crater with blood running down the side of his face.

Seeing this, Yin fires a ball of lightning, and Yang combines it with two blasts of fire, creating a fireball crackling with electricity. As the attack hurtles towards him, Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō, countering it, and fires another one through the smoke. As the two Arrancar dodge the blast, Yin notes Ichigo countered their attacks even after they combined them and wonders who he is.

When they move away with Sonído, Hitsugaya begins to move after them, only for Ichigo to tell him to wait. Falling to his knees, Ichigo pushes himself up with Zangetsu and asks what this was about. Asking where Hitsugaya is, Ichigo watches him move away with Shunpo before collapsing. Later, as Rukia tells Ichigo to wake up, Renji states he knows something which will rouse him and punches him in the face.

As Ichigo bolts up and clutches his face, Renji says he knows the fastest way to get his attention. When Ichigo angrily asks why he hit him, Renji states it is his own fault for lying in the middle of the street. As Ichigo says he should beat Renji up, Rukia asks him what happened here. Looking around, Ichigo curses and clutches his head. Saying his head is killing him, he asks how long he was unconscious and where Hitsugaya went.

As Rukia and Renji express surprise at the mention of Hitsugaya, Renji asks if he was here, and Rukia asks if he is serious. When Renji asks where he was and when Ichigo saw him, Ichigo states this must be serious. At the Kurosaki Clinic, Ichigo holds up Hitsugaya's haori. As Rukia notes it is definitely Hitsugaya's, Renji grabs him by the shirt and asks why he let him leave. Telling him to back off, Ichigo says he tried to stop him, but he was chasing after two girls.

As Renji expresses surprise, Ichigo states they looked like they were Visored or Arrancar, but he could not determine which. Asking if Hitsugaya talked about anything while he was here, Rukia asks Ichigo if he can remember anything he said. Stating he said something about getting the Ōin back, Ichigo says he mentioned someone named Kusaka. As Rukia expresses confusion, Ichigo states Hitsugaya had said he was someone who had been killed.

Stating he had a strange look in his eyes, Ichigo recalls Hitsugaya attacking him as Rukia tells Renji to return to Soul Society and find out everything he can about Kusaka, for it is possible he has something to do with the man Rangiku saw attacking Hitsugaya. When Renji asks why she does not go, Rukia states they are far more likely to allow him to visit a lieutenant than her. Taking the haori from Ichigo, she says this needs to be taken back.

Taking the haori, Renji says he is not looking forward to this. In the past, a young Hitsugaya stands before the Central 46, who declare they have no need for two Shinigami. As the boy from before manifests his Zanpakutō, the Central 46 proclaims they must decide, and there can only be one Shinigami and one rightful wonder. When Hitsugaya asks them to let him abandon Hyōrinmaru and end this, the Central 46 states it is not his choice and tells him to not question them.

As they say their decision is indisputable and absolute, Hitsugaya calls out to the boy as the latter's Zanpakutō fades. Waking up, Hitsugaya sees the moon through the window of an abandoned factory. Attempting to get up, Hitsugaya falls over before getting to his feet and stumbling towards the exit. In Soul Society, the masked man looks over the Seireitei as Yin and Yang kneel behind him.

When the masked man asks how Hitsugaya was, Yin says they have been observing him, and he has made no attempt to contact the Gotei 13. When Yang asks if he would like them to capture him before they take him into custody, he declines and states he wishes to see how this all plays out. Stating there is no place for him here as long as they wield the same power, he says he will have no choice but to submit to his will.

At the Urahara Shop, as Yoruichi Shinion watches in her cat form, Rukia tells Ichigo, Orihime, Uryū,Yasutora "Chad" Sado, and Kisuke Urahara what she knows about Hitsugaya. When she states she knows he grew up with 5th Division Lieutenant Momo Hinamori, and they are very close. Uryū says they should contact her and see if she knows anything. Stating she is in the hospital right now, Rukia says Momo told her Hitsugaya does not like to talk about his past, so she would not be much help.

When Urahara states he especially does not like to talk about painful events, Rukia notes this is true and says this is just the kind of person he is. When Orihime asks if he is strong, Ichigo denies this and states he would not hurt the people who really care about him if he had any strength. Pouring some tea, Urahara, drinking it as Yoruichi walks out, says they will not find him by sitting around and talking. Getting up, he states he will do some research on his own, and in the meantime they should go out and look for him.

In Soul Society, Rangiku looks at a rock garden through a slat in the wall, but is startled when she hears a guard telling someone she is not allowed to have any visitors. As she whirls around upon hearing Renji's voice, Renji says he is only asking for a couple of minutes. Walking up to him, 2nd Division Lieutenant Marechiyo Ōmaeda states he has direct orders from Suì-Fēng and Yamamoto. Turning away, Renji says he used to think Ōmaeda was a reasonable man.

When Renji states he is just a pinhead, Ōmaeda angrily asks what he said and puts his hand on his Zanpakutō. When he asks if Renji insulted him, Renji denies this, prompting Ōmaeda to say he just called him a pinhead. As the two continue to argue, they are interrupted by the arrival of Shunsui Kyoraku, who asks what all the shouting is about, and his lieutenant, Nanao Ise. Asking if it would be okay if he went in with Renji, Shunsui wonders if he trusts him.

Inside, Rangiku states she has not heard Hitsugaya mention the name Kusaka before. As Renji thanks her, Rangiku notes even though she is his lieutenant, she does not know very much about Hitsugaya. Nanao notes this leaves them with several mysteries to solve, namely how Hitsugaya is connected to Kusaka, who he is, and if he has anything to do with the theft of the Ōin. When Shunsui wonders if they are all connected, Rangiku says they know very little.

When Nanao states they will have to start looking, Renji asks how they will do this. Saying it being impossible for one person to know everything about someone is the first thing he has to understand, Nanao states it is not always easy, but in order to find the information they want, they have to investigate. When Shunsui chuckles, a confused Nanao asks if she said something wrong, prompting Shunsui to say she is dead-on, and they knew they could count on her to figure this out.

As Nanao stares in bewilderment, Renji bows his head and begs her to help them. When Rangiku states this means a lot to her and thanks Nanao, Shunsui says he will drink to this. When he asks who is buying, Nanao states she is sure he wants to help Rangiku as much as anyone, so he will be helping. When Shunsui asks if she is referring to him, Nanao confirms this. As she stands there with a stern expression on her face, the others begins laughing, and eventually she does as well.

Stating there is something else, Renji brings out a package. Inside the house, Rangiku opens the package and lifts up Hitsugaya's haori. When Renji says they thought she should have it because Ichigo said Hitsugaya left there, Rangiku sees blood on the inside and realizes Hitsugaya is hurt. When Renji states Ichigo told him he was hurt very badly, Rangiku, wondering why he disappeared and left this behind, says she is not sure if she should be happy because he is alive or upset because he left his haori behind and disappeared.

Stating this is a mess, Shunsui notes he must know they are all worried about him and wonders what he is up to. In the past, in a snow-covered land, the spirit of Hyōrinmaru lands before the boy and introduces himself. When he asks if the boy believes he is capable of mastering him, the boy says he does and raises his hand. As he commands Hyōrinmaru to obey him, he is surrounded by snow, and the sealed Zanpakutō of Hyōrinmaru appears in his hand.

As the snow-covered land fades, leaving the boy in a cavern, the boy states he did it. When Hitsugaya gets up, the boy realizes they both obtained the same power and says it is incredible. Waking up next to a stream, Hitsugaya uses Hyōrinmaru to push himself up. Walking on a bridge as a train speeds past, he walks up a flight of stairs and past a villa as a plastic windmill spins.

In a library in Soul Society, Nanao states even though she has searched through the last fifty years of the registry, there is no listing for a division member named Kusaka. When Shunsui asks if she went through the records for the Shin'ō Academy, Nanao confirms this and states there is no record of a student with this name. Saying there is something unusual about the student registry for they year Hitsugaya graduated, she reveals it is missing a name, and the missing student appears to be from northern Rukongai.

When Shunsui asks if she checked to see if there is anyone named Kusaka listed in this district, Nanao states there is one named Sōjirō Kusaka. When Shunsui looks at the registry and notes he is dead, Nanao reveals he is not in the Shinigami registry and asks if this could have been a mistake. Denying this, Shunsui says these kinds of mistakes do not happen, especially when someone is dead.

When Nanao states they have at least disproved the theory of Kusaka having anything to do with the events which transpired, Shunsui crosses his arms and says they cannot list a person as dead until it is confirmed their Reiatsu has been extinguished. When he states he must be dead but hesitates, Nanao asks what is wrong. Getting up, Shunsui says he is going for a walk and asks Nanao to try to figure out the cause of death, prompting her to call after him.

As Shunsui walks away from the library, Yin steps out behind him. As he continues walking, she follows him. Noticing her, Shunsui runs into an alleyway. As she runs after him, he sees snow falling and puts his hand on his Zanpakutō. When the masked man steps out, Shunsui demands to know who he is. When the man does not answer, Shunsui states it is rude of the man to not introduce himself.

Saying Shunsui's name, the man states his cavalier attitude disguises his keen intellect and shrewd disposition. When he states he has an exceptionally sharp mind with no equal, so it is no wonder he was the first to figure it out, Shunsui says he will take this as a compliment and states since he seems to know a lot about him, the man should tell him more about himself. Revealing his blade, the man states it would be a waste of time because he is about to be killed by Tōshirō Hitsugaya.

Drawing his blade, the man slashes the ground in front of him, generating an overflowing wave of ice which rushes at Shunsui, who expresses surprise. As the ice pins his kimono to the wall, Shunsui comments on the power the man is using before clashing with him. Knocking his mask off, Shunsui expresses shock upon seeing the man's face. In an abandoned shrine, Hitsugaya wakes up and looks through the slats to see dozens of Shinigami surrounding the building.

As they move into position, 3rd Division Lieutenant Izuru Kira and 9th Division Lieutenant Shuhei Hisagi appear. Addressing Hitsugaya, Hisagi says this is an executive order and states he must return to Soul Society immediately. Pushing the doors open, Hitsugaya emerges, saying he has no intention of doing this, and puts his hand on his Zanpakutō. As the Shinigami prepare to fight, Hitsugaya attacks Hisagi, who blocks with his half-sheathed blade.

Trapping Hitsugaya's blade with his sealed Zanpakutō, Izuru begs him to not do this, for he will be accused of treason. When Hitsugaya tells Izuru and Hisagi to back off, Hisagi apologizes and states he has orders to take him into custody. Saying he will die, which alarms the lieutenants, Hitsugaya kicks him away, disarming Izuru with a single slash, and attacks Hisagi again. As Hisagi blocks, the force of the attack creates a shockwave and sends Hisagi flying away.

Regaining his footing, Hisagi moves to the top of the gate and uses Bakudō #62. Hyapporankan. As Izuru clashes with Hitsugaya, Hisagi throws the rod, which splits into a hundred more. Seeing this, Hitsugaya moves away with Shunpo. As the rods hit the ground leading to the shrine, Hitsugaya is hit by one of them. Falling against a crate, he pulls the rod out of him. As Izuru begs him to not resist any further, Hitsugaya releases his Zanpakutō.

As Ichigo senses this from far away, the ice dragon formed by the Bankai of Hyōrinmaru attacks. Meanwhile, in the Sōgō Kyūgo Tsumesho, as Shunsui breathes slowly, 4th Division Captain Retsu Unohana tells the 4th Division members to set up the purification barrier and prepares to operate. In the hall, as a sobbing Nanao states it is all her fault, 13th Division Captain Jushiro Ukitake says it is not her fault.

Approaching with his 3rd Seat,Kiyone Kotetsu, he states Nanao knows how strong Shunsui is, so he was either caught completely by surprise or overpowered by someone much stronger. When he asks if he is correct, Nanao begins to blame herself again, prompting Ukitake to say she is not responsible. Revealing the 6th Division is investigating the scene right now, he states they will find who is responsible and capture them.

At the scene of the attack, Renji picks up a piece of Shunsui's kimono, which, to his surprise, crumbles away in his hand. Saying there is no doubt about it, 6th Division Captain Byakuya Kuchiki states it was Hyōrinmaru. Asking if they are sure, Ukitake says he doubts it is the only news the Riteitai has brought. Kneeling before him, the Riteitai reveals Izuru and Hisagi tracked down Hitsugaya in the Human World, but were badly injured while trying to arrest him, shocking those present.

At the shrine, as another Riteitai vanishes after reporting to Rukia, Uryū expresses surprise at Hitsugaya being able to defeat all of them while Orihime states she cannot believe Hitsugaya would attack his own men. Saying this is not all, Rukia reveals Shunsui was also injured. When Sado asks why this is happening, Rukia states everyone who tried to attack Hitsugaya was badly injured by Hyōrinmaru.

When Ichigo asks Uryū if he can track Hitsugaya's Reiatsu, for he is good at this, Uryū says he cannot do so at this point. As Ichigo curses, Orihime falls to her knees, and Sado notes the sun is coming up. When Ichigo suggests they all go home and get some sleep, for they can meet up later this afternoon, and helps Orihime to her feet, Orihime states she is not tired, so they can keep looking. Saying Ichigo is right, Rukia states they will have a better chance of finding him after they rest.

In Soul Society, at another captains meeting, Yamamoto says they have evidence of Hitsugaya being guilty of treason, and as such, he is upgrading the priority of his capture to an execution order. When Unohana asks if he really thinks the situation calls for such extreme measures, Yamamoto states it has been decided. Saying the search for the Ōin shall proceed uninterrupted, Yamamoto proclaims Hitsugaya's case will now be their top priority, and they must execute him by any means necessary.

In the Human World, as Ichigo's alarm clock beeps, Ichigo grabs it and turns it off. Hearing a beep, he turns as Rukia bursts out of his closet and states Renji has told her they have ordered an execution. When Ichigo asks what she is talking about, Rukia reveals it means they have orders to execute him on sight. Saying she has to be kidding him, Ichigo grabs her by the shoulders and asks why they would do something like this.

As Rukia states there was no time for anyone to argue the decision and the order cannot be revoked, Ichigo sits on his bed and says this is crazy. Attracting Rukia's attention, Renji reveals they have learned who Kusaka is. When Rukia asks if he heard, Ichigo confirms this and asks her to turn up the volume. As she does so, Renji states his name is Sōjirō Kusaka, and he was one of Hitsugaya's classmates, but he died shortly before Hitsugaya graduated from the Shin'ō Academy.

When the wall behind Ichigo is destroyed, sending debris flying into his room, Ichigo and Rukia emerge from the hole in their Shinigami forms and move to the sky, where they confront Yin and Yang. As Ichigo recognizes them, they reiterate their previous statement of killing him if he got in the way before the masked man approaches. When Ichigo asks who he is, Rukia notes his Reiatsu is incredibly powerful. Chuckling, the man draws his sword as its sheath fades, which Rukia recognizes as Hyōrinmaru.

In Soul Society, as Byakuya, Nanao, and Ukitake stand around the wounded Shunsui, Ukitake notes he is usually the one lying on a hospital bed surrounded by visitors. As he apologizes, Byakuya states there is something about this which bothers him. Revealing forensics determined the time of the Hyōrinmaru attacks, he says they also know when the search party encountered Hitsugaya. As Nanao and Ukitake express surprise, Byakuya states the time between the attacks was insufficient to travel between the two worlds.

As he begins to theorize how Hyōrinmaru could have been used in both attacks, the masked man releases Hyōrinmaru as Yang attacks Rukia. As the ice dragon hurtles after them, Yin attacks Ichigo, who knocks her away with his sword. As the chain of Hyōrinmaru wraps around his wrist, the ice dragon turns to attack him. When he moves away with Shunpo, the masked man yanks on the chain, pulling Ichigo towards him.

Hurtling towards the man, Ichigo asks why he is doing this, prompting him to say he is doing it because he is the master of Hyōrinmaru. As they clash, Ichigo sees a young Hitsugaya calling out to someone. As he pushes the man's blade away and wonders what happened, 12th Division Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi asks Byakuya and Ukitake if they just mentioned twin Zanpakutō. Stating a Zanpakutō is born directly from the consciousness of the Shinigami, Mayuri says the Shikai is like a binding contract between the two.

When he states it is impossible for a Zanpakutō to be tied to more than one Shinigami at a time and would not even be a Zanpakutō by definition, Ukitake asks if he can verify for certain something like this does not exist and can absolutely prove there are not two Hyōrinmaru. As Mayuri expresses surprise, Ukitake begins to theorize how it could have two owners. Realizing something, Mayuri says he now understands why they are here.

Stating they have come to the right place, Mayuri turns to his computer and says sneaking into the inner recesses of the Daireishokairō archives is child's play to him. As he presses several keys, causing the Daireishokairō to light up, Ichigo slashes Yin away. As Rukia attacks her, the masked man lunges at Ichigo. When Yang kicks him from behind, he moves away with Shunpo just as the masked man stabs at him.

Landing on a telephone tower, Ichigo demands to know who the masked man is, prompting him to state his name is Sōjirō Kusaka. As Mayuri finds something, Kusaka says he is the one who was forced to fight in the Central 46 assembly hall and was murdered by Hitsugaya. As Ichigo stares in shock, Kusaka states Hitsugaya no longer has a home to return to because of Soul Society branding him a traitor, so the only obstacle left in his path is Ichigo.

Saying he will die, Kusaka rushes at Ichigo, who leaps towards him. Flying towards each other, the two clash in a flurry of sparks. In the past, Kusaka and Hitsugaya stand in a misty canyon next to a river. As the two recognize each other, the canyon fades to reveal the Central 46 assembly hall around them. Stating the Central 46 has reached a decision, a voice proclaims two Shinigami are not allowed to wield the same Zanpakutō, and Hitsugaya and Kusaka shall duel to determine the rightful master.

When Hitsugaya asks if they are saying the only way to settle this is to fight to the death, a man states it is the council's decision, and a woman says it is to see who is deserving. Stating Hyōrinmaru is strong and requires such a test, another man tells them to consider it an honor. When Hitsugaya says he would rather surrender Hyōrinmaru than kill Kusaka, the Central 46 vehemently states he cannot.

When he asks why they cannot wield the same Zanpakutō, he is told it is an ancient law which has been in place since the beginning of time, and he cannot disobey the law. As the Central 46 tells them to fight, an ice-covered Kusaka stands before Hitsugaya. As he shrugs the ice off, several Onmitsukidō members appear around them and begin walking towards Kusaka. When Kusaka asks why they are interfering, one of them reveals the council has decided Hitsugaya shall be the one master of Hyōrinmaru.

As Kusaka states the fight is not over and he is the rightful master of Hyōrinmaru, the Onmitsukidō member says it is the decision of Central 46. As the Onmitsukidō members raise their blades, Kusaka begs them to give him one more chance before being stabbed by several of them. As two Onmitsukidō members restrain Hitsugaya, he calls out to Kusaka, who asks why they have done this and why he must die before another Onmitsukidō member slashes him.

Panting, Kusaka states he dedicated his life to Soul Society as Hyōrinmaru fades from his hand. As Kusaka falls down, Hitsugaya screams his name while running to him. In the present, as Ichigo clashes with Kusaka and sees these events, Kusaka takes off his mask, revealing his eyes have turned red and he has gained a large scar. Knocking Ichigo back, Kusaka generates a large amount of water, which freezes as it pushes Ichigo away.

As Ichigo regains his footing and catches his breath, Kusaka lands before him and states Hitsugaya will walk the same path he did, and no one will interfere. As purple ice gathers around his blade, he releases Hyōrinmaru and creates a purple ice dragon, which flies towards Ichigo before attacking him. As Rukia calls out to Ichigo, the dragon crashes into the ground, creating a large amount of purple ice, which Ichigo is frozen inside of.

As Rukia stares in shock, Kusaka notes his power is growing stronger. Putting his mask on, he says he will leave the rest to Yin and Yang and leaves. As Rukia charges towards them, Yang clashes with her while Yin slashes at her with her whip. Dodging with Shunpo, Rukia uses Hadō #33. Sōkatsui. As they continue to fight, Ichigo awakens in his inner world and sees Zangetsu.

As Ichigo gets up, Zangetsu states it has been quite a while since he last saw him. When Ichigo asks if the events he saw were an illusion, Zangetsu reveals they are a resonance, for Zanpakutō resonate with each other, and this allows the past to be revealed. As Ichigo realizes what this means, Zangetsu states it is the indisputable truth. Angrily stating Soul Society did not want two Hyōrinmaru, so someone had to die, Ichigo asks why they would do this.

Saying this is the way it has always been, Zangetsu jumps down from his post and states the preservation of balance is the most sacred and revered of all laws in Soul Society. When Ichigo asks if the life of someone means anything to them, Zangetsu asks why he would ask this and says one's life becomes insignificant when placed against the fate of the world. Asking if he thinks it is any different in the Human World, Zangetsu notes his Human parts question themselves.

As he states they all become susceptible to fear and fall into the depths of evil in time, Ichigo says he is wrong and they are not this weak. When he states Hitsugaya would never allow this to happen, Zangetsu asks what makes him so sure. Recalling his mother's death, Ichigo says he looked at the world after his mother died in the same way Hitsugaya did. Stating he had many emotions locked up inside of him, Ichigo says he did not want to burden anyone else because they were his feelings.

Stating it was his duty to handle them alone, Ichigo recalls Yuzu,Karin and Isshin approaching him. Saying he was stupid. Ichigo states he realized he was not only hurting himself, but those around him as well. Recalling how Hitsugaya had the same look as he did back then, Ichigo says he is trying to bear the whole burden by himself. Standing up, Ichigo states he finally understands what Hitsugaya has been trying to do.

Thanking Zangetsu, he jumps away. Telling him to not stray once he knows the truth, Zangetsu returns to his sword form and tells Ichigo to go forth. In the real world, as Ichigo's eyes glow, Rukia continues to fight against yin and Yang. As she blocks an attack from Yang, the ice begins to glow, and red-black Reiatsu emanates as Ichigo yells. As the ice around Ichigo shatters, Ichigo stands on the ice in his Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu.

Leaping towards them, Ichigo slashes at Yin, who dodges. When Rukia asks him if he is alright, Ichigo says he is fine and asks where Kusaka is. When Rukia reveals he got away, Ichigo curses and states they should deal with the Arrancar girls before going after him. As he says he finally figured out what Hitsugaya is doing, Yin states she is surprised he is still alive. When Yang says he does not know how to roll over and die, Yin states he might need some help.

Turning into their ball forms, Yin and Yang rush at Ichigo and Rukia, who dodge. Saying there is no time to waste, Ichigo charges at them as he states he has something which Hitsugaya needs to hear. Meanwhile, in an abandoned factory, Hitsugaya pushes a metal door open and leans against the wall. Tightening the fabric on his arm, he walks down the many flights of stairs. Walking along the floor, he steps in a puddle.

As the sound echoes, Kusaka says it took him a while, but Hitsugaya finally found him. Stating he has been waiting for him, Kusaka takes his mask off. As Hitsugaya recognizes him, Kusaka reveals he stabbed Hitsugaya with Hyōrinmaru to send a message. Asking what better way there is to prove he is alive, Kusaka notes life has led them on a strange journey to bring them to this point, prompting Hitsugaya to ask what he means.

Chuckling, Kusaka says Hitsugaya knows what the Gotei 13 are like, and has seen the kinds of things they are capable of, but he stayed with them regardless. When he asks if he did so because of his childhood friend, Hitsugaya states Momo has nothing to do with this and demands to know where the Ōin is. Holding up a glowing seal, Kusaka says he is holding it in his hand, and its power makes it the perfect tool to help them realize their dreams.

As the Ōin begins to glow, Hitsugaya demands to know how he knows about the power of the Ōin and what he plans to do with it. Telling him to not get so excited, Kusaka states he will know soon enough. As Hitsugaya is drawn towards him, Kusaka holds up the Ōin and laughs as they are transported across space. Meanwhile, as Ichigo fights Yang, he feels an intense Reiatsu and asks Rukia what it is. As Yin dodges her attack, she says she does not know, but it is not a normal Reiatsu.

Stating it is more pure and powerful, she says she has never felt anything like it. As Yin and Yang laugh, Yin states it is the power of the Ōin, and Yang says Kusaka and Hitsugaya have begun to take their revenge on the Seireitei. As Ichigo expresses disbelief, Yang states he is a bothersome obstacle which must be eliminated as hundreds of Hollows appear behind them. As Yin says they will not allow him to interfere with Kusaka's plans, they order the Hollows to attack.

In the Seireitei, as lightning crackles above Sōkyoku Hill, the Shinigami below wonder what is going on as they gather. When a Shinigami informs Rangiku of the Reiatsu of the Ōin appearing above Sōkyoku Hill, she exits the room to see what is going on. As the rest of the 10th Division gathers, Ōmaeda tries in vain to get them to return to their barracks. Turning around in shock when they all gasp in unison, he wonders what is going on as Rangiku realizes Hitsugaya is there.

As a Jigokuchō flies through the air, an announcer informs all Shinigami of Hitsugaya and Kusaka appearing on Sōkyoku Hill. As the announcer tells them to prepare for battle, Kiyone and 13th Division 3rd Seat Sentario Kotsubaki stop fighting, Suì-Fēng and several Onmitsukidō members rush through the corridors, 11th Division Lieutenant Yachiro Kusajishi alerts her captain, Kenpachi Zaraki, and 7th Division Captain Sajin Komamura suits up.

As her lieutenant, Isane Kotetsu, approaches, Unohana wonders how they could have penetrated their defenses so easily. Theorizing the enemy knew the forces of the Gotei 13 were short-handed, Isane states they must assume the worst and apologizes. On Sōkyoku Hill, as the lightning around Kusaka dissipates, Hitsugaya recognizes their location. Revealing they are at Sōkyoku Hill, Kusaka says he is witnessing the incredible power of the Ōin.

Stating whoever masters the Ōin is empowered with the ability to transport any type of matter to other dimensions, regardless of space and time, Kusaka reveals the power of the Ōin not only allows them to be transported to a different physical location, but he can also move attacks to another dimension, and he can reverse any of his wounds to a time before he was injured, prompting Hitsugaya to realize this is how he is still alive.

Confirming this, Kusaka reveals his fading soul was bathed in the light of the Ōin, transporting it to Hueco Mundo and resurrecting him. Saying he has spent every waking day since in search of the Ōin, he states he will finally have his revenge on the Seireitei. Holding the Ōin out, Kusaka tells Hitsugaya to cut it in two, for he knows his Bankai has the power. When Hitsugaya asks why, Kusaka reveals everything will be purified once he cuts the Ōin.

As Kusaka laughs maniacally, Renji, 11th Division 3rd Seat Ikkaku Madarame, and 11th Division 5th Seat Yumichika Ayasegawa appear above Hitsugaya. Landing, Ikkaku says it appears they are the first ones to arrive. As Yumichika agrees, Renji asks Hitsugaya what he is trying to prove, prompting Ikkaku to state it makes no difference, for they have an executive order from Yamamoto to arrest Hitsugaya and Kusaka.

Saying Ikkaku's name, Kusaka notes his immense physical power and expert swordsmanship make him valuable to the Gotei 13. As Ikkaku states flattery will not save him, Kusaka says he is still no match for him. Jumping towards him, Ikkaku slashes at him, only to be blocked by Hitsugaya. As they land, with Hitsugaya stumbling, Ikkaku notes he must really want to save Kusaka if he is willing to protect him while wounded.

When Renji demands to know what Hitsugaya was thinking, Hitsugaya states he is in his way as he begins to breathe heavily. In the Human World, as the Hollows rush towards Ichigo and Rukia, Ichigo notes there are too many of them. As they surround them, Uryū calls out to Ichigo and destroys the Hollows around him with Heilig Pfeil. Saying he thought Ichigo said he would contact them if anything came up, Uryū fires a barrage of arrows, destroying the other Hollows.

Revealing his Ginrei Kojaku fires 1200 arrows per second, Uryū states regular Hollows are useless, no matter how many they summon. As Orihime asks if Ichigo is alright, Ichigo berates Uryū for attacking while he was still there. As he says he would not make the mistake of hitting him, Yang generates a large fireball. As Uryū prepares to fire and Ichigo tells him he has got this, Sado uses El Directo, which destroys the fireball.

As Sado tells Ichigo to get going, Orihime tells him to hurry to Soul Society. As Uryū reveals Urahara has set up a Senkaimon, Sado states he can leave Yin and Yang to them. When Orihime says he has to save Hitsugaya, Ichigo tells Rukia they will go. As they leap away, hundreds of Shinigami and Onmitsukidō members appear on Sōkyoku Hill, and Suì-Fēng, approaching with Komamura and Byakuya, says this is far enough and tells Hitsugaya to throw down his weapon.

As Komamura tells Kusaka to do the same, Kusaka states this is ridiculous and laughs. As Komamura says Kusaka is under arrest, Kusaka asks Hitsugaya if he has endured enough. Telling him to teach the Shinigami a lesson, prompting them to draw their swords, Kusaka states this is their revenge for all of the suffering they have endured and raises the glowing Ōin above his head. As he tells Hitsugaya to cut the Ōin, Suì-Fēng orders the Shinigami to seize them immediately.

As the Shinigami and Onmitsukidō members run toward them, Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō in front of them, stopping them in their tracks. As Byakuya wonders what is happening now, Ichigo lands in front of the Shinigami and tells them to stop. Saying the only way they know how to solve problems is to fight, Ichigo states none of them really wants to kill Hitsugaya. As he says they should think twice before drawing their sword against a friend, even if it is an order, Suì-Fēng tells him to stay out of this.

Stating it does not involve him, Suì-Fēng says they are under Yamamoto's orders and have sworn to carry out their superiors' orders, for it is their duty as Shinigami. When Ichigo states their orders do not make any sense, Suì-Fēng says he is just wasting their time, and if he continues to resist, he will have to die as well. As the Shinigami and Onmitsukidō members draw their blades, Yamamoto commands them to halt.

As the Shinigami bow, Rukia notes it is Yamamoto as Kusaka grins. As he approaches with Rangiku and Nanao, who is supporting Shunsui, Ukitake notes Shunsui is back on his feet, prompting him to state he would not have been able to live with himself if he had let an innocent man be executed. As Yamamoto notes Kusaka really is still alive, Kusaka asks if he thought they had killed him off and apologizes.

When Yamamoto theorizes the Ōin brought him back to life and gave him a second chance in Hueco Mundo, Kusaka confirms this and says he will use the Ōin to take his place as the king of Soul Society. When Yamamoto states he is arrogant for wanting such a thing, Kusaka says he of all people would know about arrogance. Raising the Ōin above his head, he tells them to take this as a lesson as the Ōin glows.

Leaping towards him, Hitsugaya attacks him, forcing Kusaka to block. When he forces Hitsugaya back, the other Shinigami express surprise as Rangiku runs towards him. Telling her to stay back, Hitsugaya states this is his fight. Asking what the meaning of this is, Kusaka says the Shinigami are the ones he should fight. When Hitsugaya states Kusaka is evil and it was never his intention to be on his side, Mayuri wonders why Hitsugaya deserted his post if he did not intend to betray to Gotei 13.

Suì-Fēng wonders why he attacked them when they tried to arrest Kusaka, who asks Hitsugaya if he wants to to fight him. When he asks if killing him once was not enough for him, Hitsugaya says he is just trying to make amends for the mistakes which he has made. When Kusaka asks what mistakes he is talking about and if he thinks killing him will purify his soul, Hitsugaya attacks him once more. As they clash, Rukia states she thinks she understands.

Saying Kusaka was once a noble man who swore his loyalty to Soul Society, she states he would have been a great Shinigami if it were not for the twin Zanpakutō, but because of his duel with Hitsugaya, he lost not only Hyōrinmaru, but his honor and his life. Confirming this, Ichigo says Hitsugaya blames himself for everything which has happened, and Rukia states Hitsugaya could not bear the thought of destroying him again because he had attained everything Kusaka wanted by becoming a Shinigami captain.

As Rukia says it was too painful, Ichigo states seeing Kusaka again must have been devastating, and he was so racked with guilt, he deserted his post and went after him in an attempt to settle things, knowing he would be accused of treason and it could cost him his life. As Hitsugaya and Kusaka cross blades, Kusaka says Hitsugaya knew all along it would come to this, which Hitsugaya confirms. Stating he thought Hitsugaya was more intelligent than this, Kusaka says he was wrong.

Forcing him back, Kusaka states he will just have to do this himself as the Ōin glows. As Kusaka tells the Ōin to answer to him. Hitsugaya tells him to not do this. Saying he was unable to open the power of the Ōin with his Bankai until now, Kusaka states this has changed, and he can do it now. As Yamamoto expresses surprise, Kusaka tosses the Ōin in the air and cuts it in half, creating a column of yellow energy which extends into the sky.

As Hitsugaya calls out to Kusaka, Ichigo appears before him and says there is no need for him to suffer by himself anymore. As Hitsugaya tells him to move out of his way, Ichigo states he is not the only one affected by this, he is not the only one who has suffered, and he is not the only one who feels pain, so he has to let them help. When Hitsugaya says he is no longer a captain, Ichigo punches him in the face, knocking him down, and states he has tried to endure all of this alone.

Saying his friends want to help, but he will not let them, Ichigo asks if he has thought about how this makes them feel. as Hitsugaya looks up, Ichigo states he was like him once, thinking he was being strong, and refusing to depend on others. In the past, as a young Ichigo asks Yuzu and Karin why they are so excited, Yuzu begins to cry as Karin asks why he is smiling. When Yuzu says they were worried sick about him, Ichigo asks why.

Crouching down, Isshin pats Yuzu and Karin on the head, prompting them to run and cry into his shirt. Extending his hand, Isshin states he knows Ichigo is trying to be strong, but sometimes he has to share his feelings with them, for they are a family. Putting a hand on Ichigo's shoulder, Isshin tells him to share the things which make him happy or sad with the ones he loves, for without this, they are not a family, just alone.

As Isshin begins to cry, Ichigo does as well and hugs his father. In the present, Ichigo says he learned if someone keeps their emotions inside of them, it just makes them weak. As Hitsugaya gets to his feet and wipes the blood off of his mouth, his division members call out to him as Rangiku looks at him. Looking around, Hitsugaya tells Ichigo to prepare to fight, for he is coming. The tornado around Kusaka dissipates, revealing he has transformed into a humanoid dragon made of purple ice.

As Kusaka revels in his new power, Kenpachi runs towards him, surrounded by yellow Reiatsu. As Ichigo calls after him, a laughing Kenpachi stabs Kusaka's midsection, destroying it. As the Shinigami express surprise, a disappointed Kenpachi wonders if this is it before Kusaka grabs his Zanpakutō and generates a large amount of ice. As the ice breaks, a cackling Kusaka flies off the edge of the hill, bringing Kenpachi with him.

As Kusaka states Kenpachi's attacks have no effect on him and he is invincible, a chuckling Kenpachi says he is starting to like him and states they will have some fun. As he repeatedly attacks him while falling, Kusaka slashes him across the chest, leaving him to fall to the ground below. Saying he is a nuisance, Kusaka fires a barrage of ice projectiles after him, which embed themselves in the ground below. Laughing, Kusaka flies away.

As he lands on a post, the area underneath him is encased in purple ice, which grows larger, and his legs merge with the ice as his wings grow in length and size. As he states his power is incredible and unstoppable, Yin and Yang appear. As they land on the ice platform, Kusaka asks what is wrong with them and says it looks like they have taken a beating. When Yang states they beg his forgiveness, Kusaka says he does not think so and encases them both in ice.

Glowing, Kusaka roars as Ukitake notes he is becoming even more powerful. As the ice forms an enormous tree, the branches of which pierce the ground, Yamamoto tells the Shinigami to stand their ground, for they cannot retreat, and Kusaka must be destroyed. As the Shinigami move forward with Shunpo, Byakuya releases his Zanpakutō, Senbonzakura, and attacks Kusaka. When his attack is blocked by ice, Renji releases his Zanpakutō, Zabimaru, and attacks as well.

Catching the blade, Kusaka pulls Renji to the ground. When several Shinigami appear around Kusaka, he states they are in the way and releases an omnidirectional energy blast, which knocks the Shinigami away and cracks the ice tree. As the ice begins to shatter and fall apart, a dark orb with two intersecting band forms around Kusaka and begins to expand outward. As Isane wonders what is going on and says it looks like it is taking over the Seireitei, 12th Division Lieutenant Nemu Kurotsuchi asks Mayuri if he thinks the Ōin has released all of its power.

When he states the power of the Ōin has in fact gone out of control, Ukitake asks if he is sure, prompting Mayuri to reveal they are witnessing the Reiatsu of the Ōin increase as it spreads out, and if it continues, it will engulf all of the Seireitei and destroy everything. When Shunsui says this is unbelievable, Mayuri reveals the Reiatsu of the Ōin can influence time and space within a limited area upon being released into the atmosphere, and every phenomenon of reality can be manipulated by it.

Stating the wielder of the Ōin possesses the all-encompassing power of a god, Mayuri reveals Kusaka is unable to access the full power of the Ōin or control it because he has not mastered the Bankai of Hyōrinmaru. Walking forward, Yamamoto says this puts them in a grave situation. Inside of the orb, Rangiku pushes a chunk of stone off of Hitsugaya. As she states she is alright, Hitsugaya gets up and pushes the stone over.

When Hitsugaya asks what she was doing, Rangiku states she was told it was a lieutenant's duty to protect their captain no matter what. Freeing Rukia, Ichigo asks her if she is okay, prompting her to say she is fine. Stating it looks like they are not the only ones, Ichigo says it looks like Hitsugaya and Rangiku survived as well. Calling out to Rukia and Ichigo, Renji appears. When Rukia asks him what is wrong, Renji tells her to look around.

Looking up, Ichigo is shocked to see an enormous stone statue towering over the building. Stating it seems Kusaka has built himself a castle, Renji says they are trapped in some sort of spiritual wall. When Ichigo asks what they should do, Renji states he is asking the wrong guy as Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng appear. Saying there is not much time, Yoruichi states they need to work fast as Suì-Fēng reveals Yamamoto is doing everything he can to suppress the expansion, and they have been sent with orders to find and eliminate Kusaka.

When Ichigo asks how they can get to him, Yoruichi suggests they start climbing. As Ichigo expresses confusion, Yoruichi says they will have to cut through the main tower when they reach the top, and they should attack as soon as possible since Kusaka has stopped moving temporarily. As Ichigo agrees, Ikkaku tells them to wait. Jumping down, he states he did not get his invitation, so he hopes they do not mind if he crashes this party, and Yumichika says to not forget about him either.

As they hear a roar, Yoruichi states they have company. As the underside of the statue glows, hundreds of Hollows appear. When Ichigo prepares to fight, Yoruichi tells him to forget about the Hollows and leaps towards them as Suì-Fēng discards her captain's haori and follows suit. Activating Shunkō, they begin destroying the Hollows. As Ichigo says they have to go straight up to reach their goal, Rangiku approaches Hitsugaya and holds out his captain's haori.

Putting it on, he tells Rangiku to watch his back and throws his cloak away. As they run toward the statue, Hitsugaya states they will form two groups. Confirming this, Ichigo takes Rukia and Renji with him. When Rangiku wonders why she always gets stuck with Ikkaku and Yumichika, Ikkaku tells her to shut up. As they leap over a pit, Ichigo, Rukia, and Renji run up a narrow path. Seeing a large Hollow, Ichigo wonders what it is.

When the Hollow blasts a fireball at them, Renji tells them to leave it to him and leaps into the air. When he slices the fireball in half with Zabimaru, the two halves turn around and attack him, creating an explosion. As Ichigo and Rukia call out to him, Renji activates his Bankai, Hihiō Zabimaru, and embeds it into the side of the statue, creating a path. Saying it is time for them to quit messing around and get into this fight, Renji states they can use Hihiō Zabimaru to get to the top.

As they run up the skeletal snake, Hitsugaya's group climbs the tower. Moving behind them, another Hollow fires two balls of electricity at them. Noticing this, Hitsugaya tells them to look out and releases Hyōrinmaru, which melts upon attacking the balls. Elsewhere, Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng run up the side of the fire-generating Hollow, destroying Hollows as they do. As the Hollow rapidly blasts fire projectiles at them, Yoruichi tells Suì-Fēng to do it now.

Telling Yoruichi to leave it to her, Suì-Fēng leaps up the front of the creature and stabs it with Suzumebachi before stabbing it in the same place once more, activating Nigeki Kessatsu, which seemingly destroys the Hollow. As Yoruichi compliments her, the Hollow reforms behind Suì-Fēng and fires a Cero at the two. Moving in front of Suì-Fēng, Yoruichi blocks the blast with Shunkō and notes the Hollow can use High-Speed Regeneration.

Meanwhile, as Ikkaku cuts a ball of electricity in half with Hōzukimaru, it explodes, knocking Yumichika back and forcing Ikkaku to dodge with Shunpo. As the Hollow fires more electric blasts at them, Rangiku's footing is destroyed, causing her to fall down. As Hitsugaya moves to Rangiku, the group feels the statue shake. As yellow Reiatsu surges up the side, which cracks from the power, Rangiku wonders if the statue can move, prompting Ikkaku to tell her this Reiatsu belongs to someone else.

The statue's leg is lifted, revealing a maniacally laughing Kenpachi without his eyepatch on. Saying this is fun, he slashes at the statue, cutting the leg in half. When Ikkaku calls out to him, Kenpachi states he is in his way before slashing once more. As Hitsugaya tells them to get to the top, they move away as the leg splits apart. Meanwhile, as the Hollow continues to fire Cero at Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng, Yoruichi tells Suì-Fēng to do it now.

Elsewhere, running to the top of the statue, Ichigo and Rukia see Kusaka's tower surrounded by Gillians. As Rukia notes they can summon Menos as well, the Gillians approach as one fires a Cero. As the group dodges, another fires a Cero, prompting Hitsugaya to activate his Bankai, Daiguren Hyōrinmaru, to stop it. As Ikkaku and Yumichika cut through Hollows, a Hollow fires spikes at Rangiku, who releases Haineko and destroys it.

As Rangiku notes they are close, Rukia is confronted by two Hollows. As one of them punches the ground, Rukia releases her Zanpakutō, Sode no Shirayuki, and uses Tsugi no mai, Hakuren, encasing the Hollows in front of her in ice, which shatters. As another Hollow appears, it is bifurcated by a Bankai-enhanced Getsuga Tenshō, but reforms afterwards. As they stand back to back, Rukia asks Ichigo if he sees the tower in front of her.

When he confirms this, she asks if he could use the speed of Tensa Zangetsu to get to the top if they opened a path. As Hitsugaya expresses surprise, Rangiku states there is no other way, and if she, Ikkaku, and Yumichika pool their strength, they should be able to create an opening. Appearing behind them with Yumichika, Ikkaku says it sounds like a great idea and Rangiku has got it right, but he should be able to handle the opening by himself.

Stating he would like to see this, Yumichika moves away as Ikkaku assumes a battle stance. Saying they cannot tell anyone, Ikkaku activates his Bankai, Ryūmon Hōzukimaru, as Ichigo bifurcates Gillians with a Getsuga Tenshō. As Renji attacks dozens of Hollows with Hihiō Zabimaru, Rukia uses Some no mai, Tsukishiro, encasing several Hollows in a pillar of ice, which shatters. As she avoids a Gillian's footsteps, several Hollows fire projectiles at Hihiō Zabimaru, which encircles Renji.

As several Gillians fire their Cero, the group is encircled by several rows of glowing swords, shielding them from the blasts. Inside, they see Byakuya, who tells them to prepare themselves, for Yamamoto and the others are all being pressured on the outside. Outside, Yamamoto has discarded his haori and released his Zanpakutō, Ryūjin Jakka, while Komamura and Mayuri have activated their respective Bankai, Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō and Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō, all of which are holding back the expansion of the dome.

As Byakuya tells Ichigo to hurry, Ichigo asks if Renji is ready. As Renji confirms this, Byakuya envelops the surrounding Gillians in his Bankai. Meanwhile, Ikkaku spins his Bankai to build up power before attacking as Renji uses Hikotsu Taihō, sending a beam of energy through the crowd of Gillians. As Hitsugaya flies to the tower, Ichigo dons his hollow mask, and launches himself towards the tower.

As Hitsugaya flies up the side of the wall, Ichigo joins him. Roaring, Kusaka fires ice blasts shaped liked the ice dragon of Hyōrinmaru at them. As Ichigo dodges the dragons, Hitsugaya generates his own ice dragon, which collides with Kusaka's dragons in an explosion of ice. Reaching the top, Ichigo attacks Kusaka, who fires a beam of yellow energy at him, stopping his attack. As Ichigo tries to push through, Hitsugaya's ice dragon breaks through the ice platform.

Constricting Kusaka, the ice dragon bites his neck. As Kusaka's forehead glows, a rotating ring of symbols appears above him. Coming down in him, Ichigo stabs his forehead and fires a Getsuga Tenshō, which goes through Kusaka's head and comes out the back as his wings shatter. Meanwhile, the Hollows on the ground stop moving as everyone looks at the tower. Standing in front of the headless Kusaka, Ichigo removes his Hollow mask and lowers himself to the ground as the ring fades.

As a pillar of blue light extends from Kusaka's neck into the sky, the rest of his body shatters. As the blue light begins to erode the dome, Yoruichi states Ichigo did it as the Hollow she and Suì-Fēng were fighting finally shatters. As the Gillians dissolve, the ice tower begins to break apart. Moving to Ichigo, Hitsugaya deactivates his Bankai. As the dust clears, revealing a panting Kusaka, Ichigo tells Hitsugaya to take it from here.

Assuming a battle stance, Hitsugaya says it is over. Pulling his sword out of the ice, Kusaka assumes a battle stance as well and tells him they will end it. Running at each other, they stab at each other. As their blades grind against one another, Kusaka recalls pulling out his sword in the Central 46 chambers and telling Hitsugaya Hyōrinmaru should belong to him. As Hitsugaya begged him to not do this, Kusaka charged at him, forcing him to pull out his own sword and block as an ice dragon emerged from the clash and froze Kusaka.

In the present, as light begins to shine through the clouds, Kusaka's Zanpakutō falls to the ground and breaks. Stating he guesses it is true, Kusaka says Hitsugaya is the chosen one as blood stains the latter's haori. Stating he was ordered to kill him once, Kusaka says he succeeded again, but he will not die easily, for he will justify his existence. As he begins to disperse into blue energy, due to having been impaled, Hitsugaya tells hims they will always be friends.

Thanking him, Kusaka states he needed to know this and disperses completely. As Hitsugaya bids him farewell, the blue energy rises into the sky. As Byakuya says it is finally over, Yumichika asks Ikkaku who he thinks won. Telling him to not be stupid, Rangiku asks if it is not obvious. As the blue energy ascends into the clouds, several streams of yellow energy converge at one point, and the Ōin reforms. As it descends to the ground, Ichigo picks it up and notes it did all of this despite its size.

Seeing Hitsugaya standing still, Ichigo walks over to him. When Hitsugaya thanks him for his help, Ichigo states he does not think Kusaka has any regrets. Tossing Hitsugaya the Ōin, Ichigo says he got a fair chance to settle things this time. Stating it sometimes seems like life is not giving someone a "fair shake", Ichigo says no one can tell them how to get beyond this, and they must figure it out themselves.

As Hitsugaya looks at the Ōin, Ichigo states Kusaka got a second chance, and he decided to come back here. Saying he could have let someone else do it for him, he states he wanted to settle this fight for himself. As light breaks through the clouds, Ichigo says he stayed true to his feelings and notes he put all of them through a lot of trouble. As Hitsugaya chuckles, Ichigo tells him they should head back. Agreeing, Hitsugaya looks at him and tells him to address him as Captain Hitsugaya.

After the Gotei 13 begins recovering, and Urahara informs Ichigo's friends of his victory. Hitsugaya visits a gravestone with his bloodied cloak in front of it. Placing Kusaka's broken Zanpakutō in front of it, he bids farewell. He apologizies to Rangiku for putting her through all of this, and thanks her. As she expresses surprise, he states they should head back. Protesting this, Rangiku asks if they can call it a day, and says she knows of a great hot spring nearby. When he tells her she can go alone, she tells him to not be a "stick in the mud", prompting him to tell her to cut it out as they walk away.

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In the Seireitei, as 12th Division Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi presses dozens of keys, several gauges fill up, and pipes expel steam. Continuing to type, Mayuri leans toward his computer as he notices something and puts his finger to the screen. As electricity crackles from the system, Mayuri turns around and watches as a flower-like machine emerges from the ground and opens to reveal a vial. Appearing next to the flower with Shunpo, Mayuri states he has completed it.

Laughing, he picks up the vial. When the electricity goes out, Mayuri demands to know who is there. As he looks around, a scythe-wielding figure appears behind him and slashes through him. As Mayuri stumbles, the vial drops from his hand and falls to the ground, losing its glow. Looking up, Mayuri sees a massive machine and wonders what it is. Calling out to him, 12th Division Lieutenant Nemu Kurotsuchi runs up to him and asks if everything is alright. When Mayuri demands to know who she is, she expresses confusion and begins to approach him.

Telling her to stay back, Mayuri says she came here thinking she would apprehend him and runs out of the room as Nemu calls after him. Running through the hall, he trips and falls as Nemu asks what is wrong. Screaming in horror, he tells her to stay away and runs to his computer. As he turns around and tells her to stay away, the scythe-wielding boy smiles as the vial glows in his hand. When the power comes back on, Mayuri backs away in confusion as someone stares at him from an alcove. As the system crackles with electricity, Mayuri grabs his Zanpakutō and releases its Shikai, Ashisogi Jizō, as Nemu appears behind him and grabs him. As she asks what he is doing, Mayuri tells her to let him go. Slashing at the air in front of him, he breaks free and stabs his Zanpakutō into his computer. As several loud pops are heard, a voice states abnormally high levels of Reiatsu have been confirmed inside of building seven of the SRDI. As the voice says destructive activity has been detected on the top floor and an extremely dense cloud of Reishi is currently spreading throughout the area, dozens of Shinigami gather around the building.

As the voice requests emergency assistance from all of the available Shinigami of each division, 6th Division Lieutenant Renji Abarai runs up to 9th Division Lieutenant Shuhei Hisagi and asks what this is all about. As Hisagi states he does not know, a white substance oozes from the clouds above and coalesces into a snake crackling with electricity, which attacks the Shinigami below. As more snakes form and attack, creating blobs of white ooze everywhere they strike, Hisagi tells the Shinigami to retreat as Renji wonders what the snakes are. As they move away with Shunpo to dodge an attacking snake, 7th Division Lieutenant Tetsuzaemon Iba tells the others to get back and destroys the head of one of the snakes.

Continuing to slash at the snake, he is enveloped by the ooze. As the Shinigami flee from the spreading ooze, several SRDI members surround Mayuri. As one of them begs him to put down his sword, Mayuri tells him to not come near him. Slashing at them, he demands to know what they are trying to do to him. As he pants, 11th Division Captain Kenpachi Zaraki greets him. Turning around, Mayuri slashes at Kenpachi, only for Kenpachi to block with his Zanpakutō.

As Mayuri continues to attack him, Kenpachi says he always wondered when Mayuri would finally lose his mind. Screaming, Mayuri leaps back and activates his Bankai, Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō, which extends blades from its chest and attacks Kenpachi. Blocking, Kenpachi is forced back before being pushed out of the building. As several snakes approach, a grinning Kenpachi sees Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō become covered with the ooze and wonders what happened before seeing the snakes coming at him. Slashing them away, Kenpachi is dragged down by the encased Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō.

As the ooze swells up from where Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō hit the ground, Kenpachi lands and becomes stuck in the ooze. Calling it a nuisance, he looks up as several snakes crash down on him. As the ooze pours through the streets, more snakes rise from it and crash into sections of the Seireitei. As the Shinigami run away, the snakes move toward the center of the Seireitei. Running down the stairs, Rukia Kuchiki wonders what is going on. Putting a piece of paper in her shihakushō, she begins to run before hearing a girl's voice stating she cannot go. Turning around, she put her hand on her Zanpakutō and demands to know who is there. As she begins to draw her Zanpakutō, a girl rises up from the ledge in front of her. Floating in front of Rukia, she says they came to erase her existence. As she moves away, the scythe-wielding boy appears behind her. As she turns around, he slashes through her.

As Captain-Commander Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, 4th Division Captain Retsu Unohana, 8th Division Captain Shunsui Kyoraku, 13th Division Captain Jushiro Ukitake, 7th Division Captain Sajin Komamura, and their lieutenants and 3rd Seats watch the ooze spread, the snakes attack more Shinigami and destroys several buildings. As 6th Division Captain Byakuya Kuchiki watches this as well, the girl and scythe-wielding boy appear on top of a building, with the boy carrying Rukia under one arm.

Crouching down, the girl states it serves them right and she hopes every Shinigami dies. Saying all the Shinigami have ever done is take and all the two of them have ever done is lose, the boy drops Rukia, whose pupils have grown larger. In the Human World, as Ichigo looks out of his window, he senses something. As he states something seems odd tonight,Kon looks at a piece of paper. When Ichigo asks what is so fascinating, Kon reveals he is reading a letter which Rukia left behind.

As he says he has no idea what is written because it is in some kind of code, Ichigo takes the letter and states he will take a look. Saying it is a bunch of gibberish, he asks if the drawing she provided is her clue and states it is ridiculous. When he tosses the letter away, Kon grabs it and tells Ichigo he needs to treat Rukia's message with more respect. When he says it could be something important, Ichigo tells him to not be stupid and asks who this "Rukia" person he keep referring to is.

Expressing surprise, Kon asks what he is talking about and states Rukia is Rukia. When he asks if Ichigo has lost his mind, Ichigo says Kon is the one who has lost his mind and states he is tired. As he says he will call it a day and turns off the light, Kon tells him to wait a minute and states he is not done here. As he says Ichigo cannot just ignore this, Ichigo knocks him off of the bed, sending him flying into the corner.

Lying down and closing his eyes, Ichigo sees Rukia and recalls the time he spent with her. Remembering how he saved her from her execution and how she gave him her Shinigami powers, Ichigo bolts up. Stating he remembers, Ichigo turns the light on and tells Kon to wake up. When Kon tells him to leave him alone and asks what he wants, Ichigo takes the crumpled note from him and looks at it.

Saying he remembers, Ichigo states he has gotten messages like this from Rukia before, and the drawings were used to decipher the code. Reading the decoded message out loud, he says Rukia is returning to Soul Society to take care of some business, and she will be back in a few days. As Kon looks at him, Ichigo expresses confusion. At the Urahara Shop, Ururu Tsumugiya gives Ichigo a cup of tea, which he thanks her for.

As a blushing Ururu takes the plate and leaves the room, closing the door behind her, while Jinta watches. Kisuke Urahara states Ichigo wants to know about someone, whose name he does not recognize. When Ichigo says her name is Rukia Kuchiki, Urahara pretends to recognize her before asking who she is. When Ichigo asks what he is talking about, for Rukia is one of his best customers, Urahara asks if he is sure about this, for the name is not familiar to him.

Pulling out his customer list, Urahara states there is such a name on the list. As Ichigo says he told him, Urahara apologizes and states he really does not recall any such person. As Ichigo wonders what is going on, Kon says he does not know and reminds Ichigo he forgot who Rukia was for a period of time. As Ichigo states something may have happened to Rukia, Urahara says he is not sure if this has anything to do with Rukia, but something incredible happened in the Seireitei last night.

As Urahara reveals Mayuri went crazy and destroyed his own lab, Jinta, Ururu, Yoruichi Shihōin, and Tessai Tsukabishi listen outside the door as Urahara states a massive amount of Reishi was released as a result, and a third of the Seireitei has been heavily damaged. Saying he is wondering if the two situations are somehow connected, Urahara states it could explain why their memories are being affected, for they may be under attack.

As Ichigo expresses surprise, Urahara asks what his relationship is with Rukia. When Ichigo asks if this is important, Urahara stares at him. When Ichigo says she is a very close friend of his, Kon climbs up to his shoulder and tells Urahara to help them. As he states they are wasting time and need to go to Soul Society, Ichigo grabs him by the head and pulls him off. When he asks Urahara to open the Senkaimon, Urahara agrees to do so.

In the Seireitei, 1st Division Lieutenant Chōjirō Sasakibe approaches Yamamoto and reports the unusual leakage of Reishi has finally settled. Saying they have begin investigating, Chōjirō states each of the Gotei 13 has begun deploying inside of the grounds. As a hole opens in the sky, Ichigo and Kon fall out. Screaming, they plummet towards the ruined section of the Seireitei, creating a small dust cloud on impact.

As the dust clears, Ichigo coughs as a screaming Kon lands next to him and is propelled away. Spinning several times in midair, he hits a pillar of the solidified ooze and slides down it. Saying he hates this, he sees a screaming face in the ooze and realizes the pillar he hit was an arm, prompting him to run around screaming and calling for Ichigo. When Ichigo appears, Kon tells him to look at this, for it is terrible.

As Ichigo agrees, Kon wonders what happened here and sees a wall composed of the ooze and trapped Shinigami. Telling Ichigo to look, he wonders what kind of joke this is. When Ichigo states it is not a joke, Kon asks if he thinks everyone has been killed. As Ichigo says it does not look good, Kon asks if Rukia is alright. Stating he does not know, Ichigo tells him to stay quiet and says they will try to find her. Moving around a corner, they see a mountain of solidified ooze.

Meanwhile, 2nd Division Lieutenant Marechiyo Ōmaeda and several Shinigami guard one of the four gates. As the boy and girl appear with Rukia, the girl notes they have troops in front of the gate. As the boy states it is too bad for them, Ichigo and Kon approach a group of Shinigami. When Ichigo sees Hisagi and begins to move forward, Kon asks if he knows him. Saying he is a familiar face, Ichigo calls out to him and asks what happened here.

The girl tells the boy to do it, prompting him to shake his scythe, which has the vial attached to it. As the vial glows, electricity crackles in Mayuri's lab. As Ichigo walks towards the Shinigami, the ground rumbles as a ball of ooze floats into the air before turning into a snake. As the snake flies towards them, the Shinigami wonder what it is as Hisagi tells them to get ready. As the snake attacks, Hisagi uses Bakudō #62. Hyapporankan, which embeds itself in the snake.

Continuing to move unhindered, the snake crashes into the group of Shinigami and moves towards Ichigo. Activating his Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, and donning his Hollow mask, Ichigo cuts the snake in half with a Getsuga Tenshō. Crashing into the buildings behind him, the snake reverts to ooze before two more snakes emerge. As Ōmaeda states it is coming, the other Shinigami run away in fear.

Telling them to come back here, he runs away as the snakes crash into the gate, blowing it off of its hinges. As the door crashes into the buildings on the other side, the boy and girl appear with Rukia before the destroyed gate. As the boy says their future with Rukia awaits them, the girl states they will go and walks forward. When Kon asks what the snake was and says it was weird, Ichigo agrees as several Shinigami surround them.

As Kon wonders why they are doing so, the Shinigami draw their Zanpakutō, prompting Kon to asks what is going on here. When Hisagi tells Ichigo to identify himself, Kon states he thought the Shinigami were Ichigo's friends. Removing his Hollow mask, Ichigo asks what the problem is and says his name. When Hisagi tells the Shinigami to seize him, Ichigo dodges several attacks before jumping in the air and launching a counterattack.

Landing on the back of a Shinigami, he proceeds to disarm and incapacitate five more before being confronted by Hisagi, who attacks him. When Ichigo blocks the attack, Hisagi slashes and stabs at him. As Kon asks how Ichigo's enemies treat him if these are his friends, Ichigo blocks another attack from Hisagi. Stating he does not want to fight him, he pushes Hisagi's blade to the side and leaps away. As Hisagi tells the Shinigami to stop him, Ichigo runs away.

As Ichigo runs through the corridors, Zabimaru crashes down on him, forcing him to block. Retracting the blade segments, Renji says he has caught him. Running up with several other Shinigami, Hisagi tells Renji to not let Ichigo get away. Pointing Zabimaru at him, Renji asks if he is responsible for all of this. When Ichigo asks if Renji recognizes him, Renji states he does not know what he is talking about and attacks him. Blocking, Ichigo tells Renji to stop messing around.

When Ichigo says he does not want to fight him, for he is his friend, Renji asks how he knows his name. Pushing Ichigo's blade aside, Renji slashes at him, forcing him to jump back. As Zabimaru cuts into the ground, Ichigo tells Renji to listen to him and states Rukia is in trouble. Saying he does not know anyone by this name, Renji asks who she is. Expressing surprise, Ichigo states he does not understand what is happening here and asks if Renji does not know Rukia.

Repeating the name, Renji recalls going to the Shin'ō Academy with Rukia. When Ichigo says there is no way he could forget about her and tells him to try to remember, Renji tells him to shut up and stop babbling before extending Zabimaru towards him. As Zabimaru crashes into a building, Ichigo lands on top of a roof as Kon wonders what is going on around here. As Ichigo states this is what he would like to know, Renji jumps up and attacks him.

As Ichigo leaps away with Renji following him, Hisagi tells the Shinigami they will follow him. As Ichigo runs, Kon asks what they are going to do, prompting Ichigo to say they will run away for now. Landing in front of him, Komamura tells him to surrender. As Ichigo recognizes him, Renji, Hisagi, and the other Shinigami approach from behind. Telling Kon to hang on tight, Ichigo launches himself into the air with his Reiatsu.

Cursing, Komamura activates his Bankai, Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō. Seeing the enormous warrior, Kon tells Ichigo to get them out of there as Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō swings its blade at them. When Ichigo dodges, the blade crashes into the buildings below. As Ichigo looks down, Kon tells him to watch out, prompting him to move away in order to dodge the giant's hand. Reappearing, Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō, which knocks Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō back.

As Ichigo continues to fire Getsuga Tenshō at the giant, Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō slashes at Ichigo, sending him flying away, before collapsing, forcing the Shinigami on the ground to run away. Elsewhere, Rukia wakes up and clutches her head. Looking around, she gets up and looks out of the window. Seeing she is in Rukongai, Rukia says she remembers this place and recalls helping Renji and his friends steal water by tripping their pursuer and helping them get away.

As she states she grew up here, the boy and girl appear as the girl tackles and hugs her. Asking what her problem is, Rukia tries to push her away and asks who she is. Seeing she is crying, Rukia asks who they are, prompting the boy to tell the girl Rukia will not recognize her if she cannot see her face. Saying she knows this, the girl sits up and tells Rukia to look at her. As she asks if Rukia remembers her now, Rukia expresses surprise.

At a captains meeting in the Seireitei, Yamamoto states he needs a damage report from each captain, prompting Ukitake to reveal the destruction from the Reishi leak covers two hundred spirit miles, centered in the east-west direction, and extends over a third of the Seireitei. When Yamamoto asks what the status of the casualties is, Unohana says they have never seen anything like it, for the victims were enveloped by the Reishi and turned into petrified stone.

As she states they cannot even confirm if they are dead or alive, Yamamoto asks what Mayuri's status is, prompting Unohana to reveal he appears to be in some sort of daze, for he cannot remember anything about the current situation or even important facts about himself. When she says he appears to have lost a portion of his memory, but they are not sure how it happened, Yamamoto tells Komamura he was told he confronted an unidentified intruder wearing a shihakushō.

Confirming this, Komamura states the intruder was wearing a Hollow's mask, and his Reiatsu was equivalent to a captain's. When Shunsui says this is impossible, Komamura states he is sure of it and says he was struck by the intruder's demeanor, for he seemed very familiar with them. Stating it was as though he belonged here, Komamura says he identified himself to Renji and spoke as though they had a history together.

Stating they questioned him, Byakuya says he was adamant about not having seen the intruder before and him being a complete stranger. When 10th Division Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya states this is very disturbing, Ukitake asks what is wrong, prompting Hitsugaya to say they are missing something here. Stating there is a crisis at hand, Yamamoto tells them to consider this the most serious threat in the history of the Seireitei and says all divisions are to coordinate their efforts to find the intruder.

Elsewhere, inside of a well, 4th Division 7th Seat Hanatarō Yamada heals Ichigo. When Ichigo wakes up, Hanatarō apologizes and begs him to not kill him. When Ichigo asks where he is, Hanatarō reveals they are in an underground sewer passage, and he was cleaning down here when Ichigo fell from above. When Ichigo thanks him and states his healing powers are as effective as ever, Hanatarō expresses confusion and asks how Ichigo knows about him.

Looking at his hands, Hanatarō says he may have treated him before. When Ichigo expresses surprise, Hanatarō apologizes and states he probably just imagined it, prompting Ichigo to lean back in exasperation. As Ichigo clutches his head from hitting the wall too hard, Kon, lying on the ground nearby, tells Hanatarō to not get their hopes up. Saying he has got it, Hanatarō theorizes Ichigo is very troubled right now. When Ichigo says he is surprised Hanatarō can tell, Hanatarō states he is good like this.

Saying he touches a person's soul when he touches them with his palms, Hanatarō states he can feel the pain in their wounds and their heart. When Ichigo gets up and says nothing will get resolved by staying down here, Kon asks if they are leaving. When Ichigo confirms this, Kon climbs up to his shoulder. Thanking Hanatarō, Ichigo states he appreciates his help and leaves. Telling him to not mention it, Hanatarō wonders how he knew his name.

Meanwhile, the girl ladles soup into a bowl, which she gives to Rukia. When she tells her to drink it, for it will make her feel better, Rukia does so. When the girl asks if it alright, Rukia says it is great, prompting the girl to state she is happy. Pulling out the paper in her kimono, Rukia states she has the feeling she knows the two of them, but she does not know why this would be. Reading the paper, Rukia says it states they will be waiting at the castle ruins and asks if they wrote her this.

Confirming this, the girl says she mimicked the drawings which Rukia used to make for them. As she states she was sure Rukia would get the message immediately, Rukia asks why they did not write their names. When the girl says they do not have any, Rukia expresses shock at them not having names. When the girl states Rukia promised to give them names, Rukia expresses confusion and asks if she is the one who made them this promise, which the girl confirms.

Saying children in the Human World are always given names by their parents, the girl asks if she does not remember and states this is why Rukia said she would gave them names. When Rukia asks if she promised to name them, the girl confirms this. In the past, two children run indoors on a rainy day. Drying them off, Rukia asks what they have been doing out there to get so wet. Grinning, the girl says they ran over as fast as possible and asks what Rukia wants to tell them.

As the boy asks what it is, Rukia states she remembered neither of them have names yet, so if they would not mind, she would like to name them, for not having names can be quite difficult. When the girl starts to cry, Rukia says they do not have to if they do not want, prompting the girl to state they have always wanted Rukia to give them names, for they love her. As the girl thanks her and the boy tells her to name them, Rukia says she has some names if they are ready, prompting the children to dance before hugging Rukia.

Stating it is all coming back to her now, Rukia says she remembers them, for they lived near her when she was young. When the girl asks what names she gave them, Rukia asks if they never got the names she picked out. Recalling being attacked by a possessed Shinigami, Rukia falls to her knees and clutches her head. As the girl asks what is wrong, the boy asks if she is in pain. Stating it is alright, Rukia says she cannot remember anything clearly.

As the girl apologizes, Rukia states she is confused about what she has been doing. As the girl begins to explain, the boy says Rukia was sleeping, and has been doing so for a long time. As Rukia expresses confusion, the girl tells Rukia she was hurt and sleeping, but she does not have to worry because they are here now. Stating nothing will ever separate them again, the girl tells Rukia she can relax, for they will always be together from now on.

Walking into his chambers, Byakuya stops, prompting his attendant to ask if something is bothering him. Saying it is nothing, Byakuya goes through several rooms in his quarters. Seeing a desk with papers on it, he sees one of Rukia's drawings on the wood. Standing in front of a shrine, he looks at a portrait of Hisana. As he looks behind him, Kon states this picture is of Rukia. Turning around, Byakuya tells him to keep his voice down.

Apologizing for bothering him, Ichigo says he is trying to not cause a commotion here. Stating this is a picture of Hisana, Ichigo says she looks a lot like Rukia. As Ichigo asks if Byakuya has noticed something strange is going on, Byakuya's attendant sees him and moves away. When Byakuya asks what Ichigo is talking about, Ichigo tells him to not play ignorant and states Rukia is Hisana's sister, which Byakuya should know very well.

When Byakuya says her name, Ichigo states she is his younger sister-in-law, whom he tried to protect even if it meant breaking the rules. Walking up to Byakuya, Ichigo says he does not remember her either. Turning to the shrine, Byakuya asks how Ichigo knew his wife's name was Hisana. As Ichigo begins to answer, the other doors in the room open, revealing Shinigami standing behind them. As they move in, Ichigo moves outside with Shunpo.

As Byakuya tells the Shinigami to stand down, Renji calls out to him and asks why Ichigo is here. As Renji jumps down, Ichigo tells him to wait. Telling him to shut up, Renji sends Zabimaru at Ichigo, who deflects it. As he jumps in the air and states he should have remembered Renji was never the type to listen to reason. As Renji sends Zabimaru at him once again, Ichigo dodges it and says he will have to force Renji to listen to him.

Jumping off of Renji's back, Ichigo lands behind him and activates his Bankai. As the Shinigami shield themselves, Ichigo asks what is wrong. As Renji curses, Ichigo asks if he will release his Bankai, prompting Renji to state he has never had a Bankai. When Ichigo says he trained to develop one in order to save Rukia, Renji states he has no idea what he is talking about and sends Zabimaru at Ichigo, who deflects it once more.

As Ichigo appears behind Renji and tells him to remember, Renji slashes at him, forcing him to block. As the segments of Zabimaru grind across the blade of Tensa Zangetsu, Renji demands to know what Ichigo is trying to make him remember. Pushing Zabimaru away, Ichigo says he is trying to make him remember his life and raises his sword above his head, a pose which reminds Renji of the end of their final fight.

Striking at Ichigo, Renji is blown away by Ichigo's attack, which creates a large dust cloud. Unsheathing his Zanpakutō, Byakuya utters the release command. After a tense moment, he reveals Hisana was born in the 78th district of Rukongai, Inuzuri. Thanking him, Ichigo vanishes. Meanwhile, Rukia sits on a roof. As she sighs, the girl calls out to her and asks if she can join her. When Rukia states she can, the girl moves to her.

When the girl asks if something is wrong, Rukia says even though she has come home to this town for the first time in many years, she feels like a stranger because she knows almost nothing about herself. As the girl puts her head on Rukia's shoulder, Rukia states they waited for her and the names she promised to give them for many years. As the girl looks up with tears in her eyes, Rukia promises she will give them those names. As the girl thanks her, the sun rises.

Looking at the sun, Rukia gets up, prompting the girl to ask what is wrong. Seeing a hill, Rukia remembers standing with Renji beside the graves of her deceased friends on this hill. As Rukia says she remembers it now, the girl whispers her name. Meanwhile, in the infirmary, Renji feels his wounded shoulder. Putting a hand to his head, he wonders what is wrong with him. As he recalls his fight with Ichigo, the spirit of Zabimaru materializes.

Noting Renji did not use Bankai, Zabimaru asks why Renji hesitated. As Renji expresses confusion, Zabimaru states Renji is intimidated and asks if he has no confidence in them after all this time. Saying he is a pathetic man, Zabimaru states he has forgotten everything which he has been taught and says he has become a pathetic warrior. Asking what they are talking about, Renji stops in shock. Elsewhere, at a park, Byakuya sits and recalls his past with Hisana.

In the past, Byakuya and Hisana walk over a bridge. When Byakuya asks if Hisana went to Rukongai again today, Hisana confirms this and apologizes. Stating it is alright, Byakuya says he knows why she keeps going, but he is concerned about her health. Apologizing, Hisana states it is something she feels she has to do. When she breaks into a coughing fit and falls to her knees, Byakuya expresses concern, prompting her to say she is alright.

Stating she is not, Byakuya says she needs to get some rest. Smiling at him, Hisana states she must continue her search, no matter how far she pushes herself. In the present, Byakuya notes she was searching everywhere, but he does not remember what she was searching for. Getting up, he pulls back a panel to reveal a bookshelf. Pulling one of the books out, he reads through it and expresses surprise at something. Meanwhile, Suì-Fēng enters Yamamoto's office and says she is reporting in.

When she reveals the Hakutōmon has been breached, Yamamoto asks if it is due to the intruder. Confirming this, Suì-Fēng states they already have a team made up of the 10th Division and other volunteers in pursuit. Expressing approval, Yamamoto wonders how the intruder became so familiar with their base. Meanwhile, in Rukongai, Kon stops running and asks Ichigo if he is certain this is where Rukia lived. Confirming this, Ichigo says this is what Byakuya told him.

As Ichigo walks past two men gambling, Kon states there is no way Rukia would be in a place like this. As Kon sniffs the air and hops onto Ichigo's shoulder, Ichigo says he felt Rukia too and runs towards the hill. Meanwhile, Rukia visits the graves of her deceased friends atop the hill. As she states this is the place where she grew up with her friends, Kon calls out to her as Ichigo runs along a path to her. Reaching her, Ichigo says he is glad she is alright.

As a crying Kon states he was worried, Rukia asks if she is supposed to know them. As Kon asks if she is serious, Ichigo asks if she does not recognize him. As he says it is him, the boy and girl appear in front of Rukia. When the boy asks what Ichigo came here for, Ichigo demands to know who they are. Walking past the boy and girl, Rukia tells them to stay there. Approaching Ichigo, she asks who they are, why they are looking for her, and how they know her name.

As Ichigo expresses shock, Kon asks if she remembers him. When Rukia tells him to shut and calls him a "fuzzy-faced little freak", Kon expresses shock and faints. Asking if she really does not remember him, Ichigo tells Rukia to remember. When he states his name, Rukia recalls giving her power to Ichigo and Ichigo saving her. Beginning to recognize him, Rukia clutches her head in pain, prompting the girl to rush to her aid. Holding her, the girl says it is Ichigo's fault.

Cursing, the boy vanishes and reappears in front of Ichigo. As Ichigo tells him to wait, the boy slashes at him, forcing Ichigo to dodge. Continuing to dodge his attacks, Ichigo asks why he is doing this and tells him to stop. As Ichigo calls out to Rukia, the girl tells the boy to destroy Ichigo as dark Reiatsu emanates from her. As Ichigo states he told him to stop it, the girl's Reiatsu increases, and the boy disappears.

As Ichigo wonders where he went, the boy reappears behind him and slashes at Ichigo, who blocks with Zangetsu. Struggling with the boy, Ichigo notes he did not use Shunpo. Cursing, he demands to know who they are. As the boy says they are his enemy, the blade of his scythe glows, and he begins to cut through Zangetsu. Noticing this, Ichigo moves away with Shunpo and wonders what he just felt, for it felt like the scythe was passing through Zangetsu.

When the boy vanishes, Ichigo tells him to stay and fight as the girl disappears with Rukia. In the Seireitei, Urahara holds a canister and walks along a corridor towards Mayuri's cell. As Mayuri asks who is there, Urahara arrives at the cell, prompting Mayuri to state he has not seen Urahara's face in a long time. When he states it is an unpleasant face, Urahara thanks him and says he does remember him, and it is always a pleasure to see him, prompting Mayuri to ask what brings him to his "lovely abode".

Stating Urahara did not come here to exchange hugs and kisses, Mayuri says there is always something else up his sleeve. Stating he is right as always, Urahara reveals he came down here to interrogate Mayuri a little bit. When Mayuri asks what will happen if he refuses, Urahara smiles and says this will not be an option. As Mayuri expresses surprise, Urahara states Mayuri's memories became confused, and their memories of a particular person disappeared shortly after this.

When Mayuri asks what he is talking about, Urahara says he believes Mayuri and this other person were both attacked at some point, and both became victims of the same enemy. Holding up the canister, Urahara asks if Mayuri knows what he is holding. Stating he had to search very hard before he could find this in Mayuri's room, Urahara presses a button which opens the canister, revealing a brain connected to several tubes floating inside, and says Mayuri probably has a difficult time remembering this in his current state.

As the bars recede, Mayuri looks at Urahara, who states he thought so and says they will begin the process of regaining what they have all lost. Meanwhile, walking around Ichigo, who is sitting on the porch of a ruined house, Kon concludes all of the weird things they have seen were caused by the strange people they saw earlier. Stating they are the only wild cards in the deck, Kon says they took Rukia away and are probably responsible for her loss of memory.

Asking if Ichigo can believe she does not know them, Kon states it breaks his heart. When Ichigo does not respond, Kon expresses surprise and tells him to say something. Saying he does not know what to do, Ichigo states Rukia and Renji are the same, for in their minds, he simply does not exist. As Kon expresses concern, Ichigo lies down and says he kept hoping Rukia would be different and not affected, prompting Kon to kick him in the face.

As Ichigo expresses anger, Kon headbutts him in the chin. Landing, Kon asks what is wrong with him and why he keeps acting so depressed. Asking if he hit his head, Kon states Ichigo knew Rukia was in danger even when he was in the Human World, and he was the only one who remembered her, even when everyone else had forgotten about her. When Kon says they were still connected despite what anyone did to try and break this bond, Ichigo narrows his eyes in response.

Stating he does not need Ichigo anyway, Kon says he will save her alone, for even if she has forgotten about him, she is still his best friend. Jumping down the steps, Kon states Ichigo can sit there forever because he is not waiting around for him to make up his mind. As Kon runs away, Ichigo hunches his shoulders. Elsewhere, the boy and girl return to their house. Wondering who Ichigo was, the girl runs over to Rukia and asks if she is alright.

Saying she knows Ichigo, Rukia states she can feel it somewhere in her memory. Saying she knows him, Rukia grabs the girl's arm and demands she tell her the truth. Stating she was not asleep this whole time, she asks what she was doing up until this moment and why she knows Ichigo. As the girl says she has no idea, the boy tells Rukia to stop as Rukia states the girl is lying. Saying it is the truth, the girl states they have been gone for a long time.

As Rukia expresses confusion, the boy moves to the girl and says they finally made it back. Saying they came back to see Rukia, the girl states it took them one hundred years. As Rukia asks if they did this for her, the crying girl hugs her as the boy says all Shinigami are alike, for all they do is take things away. Confirming this, the girl states they took everything away from them, including the happy things, the fun things, and Rukia.

As Rukia remembers more of her past with Ichigo and begins to cry out, the girl asks what is wrong. Freeing herself from the girl's grasp, a Rukia clutches her head in agony and falls over. As the girl asks how they can help her, Rukia continues to writhe before falling unconscious. As the girl says this happened because of the Shinigami, dark Reiatsu flares up around her. Meanwhile, Ichigo reads Rukia's letter and recalls his past with her.

In the past, Ichigo reads a book while Rukia draws. When Ichigo asks what she is doing over there, a startled Rukia tells him to not look over here. Stating he did not look, Ichigo asks why she thinks he was asking, prompting her to say she cannot tell him because it is a surprise. In the present, as Ichigo continues to look at the paper, Kon runs up and states he was looking all over for this letter. Jumping onto Ichigo's leg, he takes the letter and asks how Ichigo stole the letter when he was not looking.

As Kon says Rukia is too good for a loser like Ichigo and hops away, Ichigo calls after Kon and apologizes. As Kon expresses confusion, Ichigo walks down the steps and states he never thought Kon could teach him anything. As he says he has a lot to learn, Kon demands to know what changed his attitude and tells him to come back here. As Kon states he is not done yelling at him yet, Ichigo thanks him, prompting Kon to blush and say he is glad he finally got through to him.

As he points out Ichigo forgot about Rukia when this all started, Ichigo sees Hitsugaya, 11th Division 3rd Seat Ikkaku Madarame, and 11th Division 5th Seat Yumichika Ayasegawa standing atop three rocks. As Hitsugaya states there is no escape for them now and tells them to give themselves up quietly, several Shinigami surround Ichigo and draw their Zanpakutō. When Ichigo addresses Hitsugaya as Tōshirō and tells him this is an impressive show of strength, Ikkaku asks how he knows his first name.

Saying he is a friend, Ichigo states Ikkaku and Yumichika are as well, for he would never forget them, even though it appears they have all forgotten him. When Ikkaku asks what this means, Yumichika tells him it is just nonsense. When Hitsugaya asks who he is and what his business here is, Ichigo says he is the Substitute Shinigami Ichigo Kurosaki. Noting he said Substitute, Ikkaku leaps toward him and tells him to prove it by showing him his skills.

As Ikkaku unsheathes his blade and slashes at him, Ichigo blocks with Zangetsu. As the force of the attack craters the ground underneath Ichigo, a grinning Ikkaku strikes at Ichigo with his Zanpakutō's sheath, only for Ichigo to block this as well. Expressing confusion, Ikkaku continues to slash at Ichigo with his sword and sheath, forcing him back, until Ichigo jumps over him and lands on the porch. Cursing, Ikkaku leaps towards him.

Attacking Ichigo, which destroys the house behind him, Ikkaku leaps back. As the dust from the destroyed house settles, an unharmed Ichigo stands with Zangetsu in his hands. Grabbing his Zanpakutō, Hitsugaya tells Ikkaku to back off and states he will take care of this. Appearing behind Ichigo, Hitsugaya attacks him. As Ichigo blocks, Hitsugaya says it appears the reports were correct, for Ichigo seems to be extremely familiar with their style of fighting.

When Hitsugaya asks him once more who he is and why he is here, Ichigo states his name again. Saying it does not ring a bell, Hitsugaya pushes Ichigo's sword aside and kicks him into a tombstone, which is destroyed. When Ichigo leaps into the air, Hitsugaya uses Bakudō #63. Sajō Sabaku, which binds Ichigo to a tree with glowing chains. As Ichigo struggles to free himself, Hitsugaya sends a wave of ice towards the tree.

As Ichigo watches this, Renji releases Zabimaru, which blocks the attack, before appearing on the branch next to Ichigo, who asks what he is doing. Retracting the segments of Zabimaru, Renji stares at Ichigo before slashing at his chains, destroying them. As Ichigo falls to the ground, Hitsugaya asks what the meaning of this is. Appearing next to Ichigo, Renji tells him to get up. When Ichigo asks why, Renji grabs him by the collar and lifts him up.

Telling him to not play innocent, for this act will not work, Renji states Ichigo disrupted the Seireitei. Saying he should be the enemy because of this, Renji states he cannot think of him as an enemy, and even though his brain says he is an enemy, his heart tells him otherwise. Stating something inside of him tells him Ichigo is not the enemy, Renji says he may regret this, but he has decided to follow his soul, prompting Hitsugaya to tell him to not do this.

Turning around, Renji apologizes and asks Hitsugaya to let them go through. Staring at him, Hitsugaya is startled by an enormous Reiatsu. As Ichigo and Renji feel it, the ice around them shatters as Yamamoto, Shunsui, Suì-Fēng, Ukitake, and Chōjirō approach. Stating treason will not go unpunished, Yamamoto says Ichigo must be taken into custody. As dozens of Onmitsukidō members appear, Renji begs Yamamoto to hear him out, and Kon states they can explain this.

As Yamamoto says they are wasting their breath, Suì-Fēng tells the Onmitsukidō members to move in. As they attack, Urahara appears above them and uses Kamisori, Benihime, knocking the Onmitsukidō members away and destroying their swords. As Urahara lands, his Zanpakutō reverts to its cane form. Seeing him wearing his captain's uniform, Suì-Fēng tells him to turn around and identify himself. As Yamamoto recognizes him, Ichigo asks why he is here as Urahara states it has been a while.

Meanwhile, as the boy and girl appear above the ruined section of the Seireitei, with the boy carrying Rukia, the girl points out the Shinigami are completely buried in the Reishi. When the girl asks why the boy is worried, for they are invincible, the boy says they may have gone too far. As the girl expresses surprise, the boy states Rukia might never remember their names because they took so much of her memory, and this would be horrible.

Telling him to stop this, the girl says they have to make sure she never remembers what occurred on "that day", for if she ever does, he knows what will happen. Stating they cannot take this chance, she says it will work out, for once the Shinigami are destroyed, Rukia will be with them forever, even if she never remembers what their names are. As she states they will go, they vanish in a burst of dark Reiatsu. Meanwhile, Yamamoto asks Urahara how he got here.

Saying it is not like he did not have the means to do so, Urahara reveals he just never chose to come here. When Yamamoto asks why he appeared now, Urahara states he came here because he sees they have a crisis happening. When Suì-Fēng says they do not need help from traitors and runs at him, Yoruichi appears in front of her and tells her to wait for just a minute. As Suì-Fēng recognizes her, she asks the other captains if they have not forgotten something.

As Ukitake asks what this might be, Shunsui states he would like to know as well, for this commotion is keeping him up at night, and he is hoping Urahara and Yoruichi will be able to enlighten them. When Yamamoto says their time is limited and asks them what they know, Urahara states he has discovered the root of all evil. As Yamamoto expresses confusion, Urahara tells Ichigo both Mayuri and Rukia's memories were affected by the same enemy.

When Ichigo asks if he is referring to the two people with the large scythe, Urahara notes Ichigo has seen them and says they had better hurry. When Urahara tells Ichigo and Renji to go after them while they handle things here, Ichigo expresses confusion, prompting Urahara to state Rukia is in grave danger. Saying they are on their way, Ichigo tells Renji they will go. As he runs off, Renji tells him to not act like they are friends and runs after him.

When Suì-Fēng tells them to wait and begins to run after them, Yoruichi stops her and states she imagines they are all starting to feel something is not right. Saying they all think they have forgotten something and feel uneasy, she states this is why they came out to confront a single person in the middle of one of the worst crises to ever hit the Seireitei. When she asks Yamamoto to tell her she is wrong, he does not respond.

As Ichigo and Renji run through the streets of Rukongai, Renji asks Ichigo what they are trying to do here. When Ichigo says they are going to find Rukia, Renji states this will not be easy and asks who she is. Grabbing him by the collar, Ichigo asks if Renji still does not remember her. Stating he cannot believe this, he says Renji was the person closest to her, and they have been friends forever, prompting Renji to apologize and state he cannot help it, for he does not remember.

As Ichigo tells him to stop saying this, Renji stares at a vendor selling pottery, prompting Ichigo to ask what is wrong. In the past, Renji and his friends hold pots of water while running from a man, who says he will kill them before being tripped by a girl, who tells them where to go. In the present, Renji recalls his past with Rukia, from the day she helped them steal water to the day she was accepted into the Kuchiki Clan, but cannot see her face.

When Renji states Rukia's name, Ichigo tells him to say her name a few hundred times so he can remember. Looking at his hand, Renji shakes his head and asks Ichigo why he is doing all of this to save her, prompting Ichigo to state he is doing so because she is someone who came along and changed his world. Recalling Rukia's involvement in his fights with Grand Fisher and Fishbone D, he says she saved his family when they were on the verge of death by sharing her Shinigami powers with him.

As Ichigo states Rukia is the reason he is standing here today, Yamamoto tells Urahara to be clear and asks what happened to them. Revealing he has determined a portion of their memories has been erased, Urahara says he is sure they are skeptical, so he will explain from the start. Stating he was conducting the study of a certain Hollow shortly after establishing the SRDI, he says it was a very unusual creature because it live parasitically in the souls of others.

Stating it eventually took over the consciousness of its host, Urahara says it moved onto another host when its current host became debilitated. Revealing it could use its sickle-shaped tentacle during the parasitic stage to shear off its host's memory, Urahara states this parasite may have come into contact with Rukia, sheared off all memories of her life as a Shinigami, and make them forget about her. When Ukitake says this is not possible, Urahara agrees with him.

Stating it could only attach itself to souls with weak Reiryoku and erase a portion of its host's memory, he says it is not strong enough to shear away an individual's existence. When Shunsui asks if this could happen if a separate power joined up with it to provide this strength, Urahara confirms this and states their memories are connected to each other, but those bonds can be broken if someone shears away a person's memory completely.

Revealing every past event related to this person will disappear from the collective memories of the people around them, Urahara says there was a single exception this time. When Hitsugaya asks if he is referring to Ichigo, Urahara confirms this and states Ichigo's Shinigami powers originally belonged to Rukia, which is why they all forgot about Ichigo as well. When Yamamoto says a transfer of Shinigami powers is a first-class capital offense, Urahara states he is correct.

Saying they owe Ichigo a debt of gratitude, Urahara states it is only right for them to find a way to overlook this crime. Saying it is funny, he states they forgot about him out of all the people they should not forget. Admitting he had forgotten about him as well, Urahara reveals he had kept a log, so he was able to overcome this lapse before the situation became critical. Saying there is still a problem, Hitsugaya asks why they still have memories of Mayuri if he was attacked.

Stating this is very astute of Hitsugaya, Urahara says this was puzzling him as well. Stating Mayuri has always been a very odd person, Urahara says he wondered if Mayuri had did something to protect himself against this possibility. Saying he did some checking around and discovered he was correct, Urahara reveals Mayuri regularly made backups of his memory and kept them on file while in the past, Urahara appears in Mayuri's lab and presses several keys, causing the canister to rise from the keyboard.

In the present, as Shunsui chuckles, Urahara states everyone who knew him ended up being able to remember him because he did this. Looking up, he says it is a universal truth and states all memories are universally connected. Elsewhere, as Kon sniffs the ground, Ichigo asks if he is able to find Rukia. Saying it is no use, Kon states the Seireitei is too much territory to cover. As he reveals Rukia passed through this area a short while ago, Ichigo curses.

As he wonders what they are going to do, for they are running out of clues to follow, Renji says he has an idea. When he states Ichigo said he received his Shinigami powers from Rukia, Ichigo confirms this, prompting Renji to reveal their spiritual composition might be similar. When Ichigo expresses confusion, Renji says they might be able to find her by using Reiraku. When Ichigo asks if it is even possible here, Renji admits it is usually not.

Stating it is normally impossible to visualize it when everything in Soul Society is made of Reishi, Renji reveals Ichigo might be able to trace Rukia in spite of this because their spiritual compositions are similar. When Renji says he will help despite not being good at Kidō and states there is no harm in trying, Ichigo agrees and says he will put all of his effort into making this work. Stating he and Rukia are connected, he says he will find and rescue her.

Smiling, Renji states they will do it and puts his hand on Ichigo's shoulder as Ichigo says he is ready. As they concentrate, Ichigo glows, and the colors of the world around him invert. As he sends out a pulse of blue energy, a red ribbon floats above him before extending towards a mountain of solidified ooze, where Ichigo sees the the girl flying towards the center of the Seireitei while the boy beside her carries Rukia, with the ribbon following them.

As Ichigo expresses surprise, the boy and girl phase through the mountain into Mayuri's lab. As they land, the boy sets Rukia on the ground. As they run into the room with the large machine, the boy shakes his scythe as the girl asks him if the vial works. As the vial glows, electricity crackles up the ropes connected to the machine as the girl states they did it. As the boy walks forward and raises his scythe, Rukia tells them to wait.

When Rukia walks towards them, the girl moves to her and says she is glad Rukia is alright. As she asks if the pain in her head went away, Rukia wonders what this place is. As the boy begins to explain, the girl states they are going to chase away the Shinigami who have been making Rukia suffer. Expressing confusion, Rukia recalls seeing the boy and girl watching the destruction. Realizing what they are going to use the machine for, she says they must not do this.

Asking if they know how much destruction this machine can cause, she states they can destroy the entire Seireitei if they are not careful. Saying this is good, the girl asks why Rukia is standing up for the Shinigami. Stating they want to take Rukia away from them again, the girl says she does not want to be separated from Rukia again. As she falls to her knees and cries, Rukia asks what she is talking about and states she is going to be with both of them forever.

As the girl continues to sob, Rukia puts her hands on her shoulders and says she is not lying. As she states the girl just has to trust her, the girl looks up and says they cannot take any more chances, for they must be destroyed. When Rukia asks why this is important, the girl begins to tell Rukia what she is before dark Reiatsu surrounds her once more. As the boy notices this, the surging Reiatsu knocks Rukia away as it expands from the top of the mountain.

Extending in multiple directions, the Reiatsu seemingly destroys any building it touches. As a Shinigami wonders what it is, the buildings appear overhead before falling to the ground. As the falling buildings destroy other buildings, the Shinigami flee. As Ichigo and Renji run across a bridge, Renji states he does not know if this is connected to Rukia, but whatever is going on is not good. As Ichigo calls out Rukia's name and runs ahead, Renji tells him to wait and curses.

As Ichigo runs, part of a building appears above him and falls on the structure in front of him, destroying it. As the debris falls towards them, Ichigo prepares to activate his Bankai before Renji stops him. Leaping past him, Renji says he has got this. As Ichigo tells him to wait, Renji slashes 'Zabimaru around, creating a path of blade segments around him which destroys the debris. When the building falls towards Renji, Ichigo calls out to him.

Grinning, Renji states he said he will take care of it. Glowing with red Reiatsu, Renji activates his Bankai, creating an orb of red Reiatsu which expands outward, destroying the rest of the debris. As the dust clears, Hihiō Zabimaru roars as Renji lands. As Ichigo notes he used Bankai, another building falls towards him before being destroyed by Hihiō Zabimaru. As Ichigo tells him to watch it, Renji tell him to shut up as Hihiō Zabimaru rams into him from behind.

As Hihiō Zabimaru travels towards him, Renji leaps onto its head. Standing on its skull, Renji chuckles as Ichigo holds onto the mane and Kon wails. When Renji says Hihiō Zabimaru can be used for transportation, Ichigo states he knows. As Renji expresses confusion, Ichigo tells him to get going and not mind this. Moving off of Hihiō Zabimaru with Shunpo, Renji appears on top of a gate and sends Hihiō Zabimaru forward.

As Hihiō Zabimaru moves towards to mountain, a large building appears in front of it. Activating his Bankai, Ichigo destroys the building. Emerging from the smoke, Hihiō Zabimaru continues towards the mountain as the rest of the building explodes behind it. In Mayuri's lab, the boy appears next to Rukia and calls out to her. As Rukia says she is okay, the boy pulls her up. Seeing the girl surrounded by dark Reiatsu, Rukia asks what is wrong.

Stating she despises Shinigami, the girl gasps as she remembers Rukia being attacked by the possessed Shinigami. As her Reiatsu intensifies, the wall behind her explodes as Ichigo and Renji step through. As the tearful girl turns around, Ichigo says he has come for Rukia as Kon calls out to her. Renji asks if this is Rukia, who remembers her past with Renji and finally recalls his name. As a trembling Rukia puts her hand to her head, the girl tells Ichigo and Renji to go away.

Moving in front of her, the girl states Rukia does not know them and does not want to know them. Saying she is wrong about this, Ichigo states Rukia is a very close friends of theirs. Saying he is wrong, the girl states Rukia is not like this anymore and does not want to be with them. As she says Rukia wants to be with her and the boy, Ichigo states she just needs to remember. Telling Rukia to think, he says she cannot give up being a Shinigami, for it is a part of her.

As Rukia looks at him, Ichigo states she put her life at risk to save him the first time they met. Saying Rukia even shared her powers with him, he states she was willing to do this so Ichigo could protect his family. Recalling the event, Ichigo says this is the type of person she has always been. As Rukia clutches her head, Ichigo calls out to her. As Rukia states she cannot remember, the girl runs to her and says she has to resist.

Begging her to not listen to them, the girl states she and the boy need Rukia here with them. When she begs her to not go back to the Shinigami, Rukia expresses confusion. Grabbing the girl's arms, Rukia asks if she was a Shinigami and realizes the girl lied to her. As the girl sobs, Rukia tells Ichigo to tell her his name and speak clearly. When Ichigo says his name, with Kon stating his as well, Rukia recalls meeting Ichigo and being rescued by him.

As Rukia finally remembers who Ichigo is, the girl screams in rage as dark Reiatsu swirls around her and knocks Rukia away. As Ichigo calls out to her, the boy appears behind her and puts his scythe to her neck. When he tells them to not move, Ichigo tells him to leave Rukia alone. Screaming, the girl faces them and says they will not let her have Rukia. Stating they will never let them have Rukia, the girl says they would rather destroy her.

As Ichigo states she is serious, the girl tells them to go away, or she and the boy will become one with Rukia. Revealing Rukia will disappear if this happens, the boy asks her if she wants this. When she continues to glare at Ichigo and Renji, he agrees as dark Reiatsu swirls around him. As he says they will be together forever, he and the girl move towards Rukia while saying her name. As they kneel down, dark Reiatsu explodes around them, and Rukia screams in pain.

As Ichigo calls out to her and Kon tells them to stop, Rukia is ensnared by tentacles of Reiatsu and is dragged down. As the Reiatsu continues to swirl, Ichigo calls out to Rukia once more. As the Reiatsu fades, Rukia stands with new clothes, lavender hair and eyes, and the boy's scythe in hand. As Ichigo and Renji stare in shock, Rukia takes the vial from the scythe. Stating everyone will disappear, she jams the vial into its flower-like container. As electricity crackles, more snakes emerge.

As Renji says this must be the root of the evil which has disrupted the Seireitei, Ichigo states they have to stop them. As Renji says Ichigo will have to do something about Rukia, for she is what he came here for, the snakes move towards them. Stating Renji will deal with the snakes, Ichigo moves towards the machine as Renji sends Hihiō Zabimaru towards the snakes. As Hihiō Zabimaru bites one of the snakes, Ichigo calls out to Rukia as Kon states they are here.

When Rukia vanishes, Ichigo expresses surprise. As he lands, Rukia appears behind him and slashes at him, creating a torrent of dark Reiatsu which blasts him away. As Ichigo lands, Kon, who was separated from him in midair, hits the hardened ooze, which envelops him. As the machine continues to spark, a large amount of the ooze bursts out of it. As Renji is overwhelmed by it, the top of the mountain explodes as the ooze surges upward.

As it extends into the sky, smoke covers it while lightning crackles in the clouds around it. As the Shinigami around the Seireitei watch, ooze drips from the clouds. When ooze begins to swell up, Hisagi and 10th Division Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto arrive. As Hisagi tells the Shinigami present to evacuate, one of the Shinigami tells them to look. As several eyes open on the ooze, an enormous, tentacled monster rises.

As the tentacles fire streams of the ooze, which separate into smaller tentacles, from their mouths, Rangiku and Hisagi move away with Shunpo as the Shinigami around them are covered by the ooze. Meanwhile, Ichigo faces off against Rukia. As she slashes at him, Ichigo leaps back and call out to her. As lightning strikes in the distance, the girl tells Rukia to shear Ichigo away, and the boy tells her to do so now. As Ichigo expresses surprise, Rukia speeds towards him.

Slashing at Ichigo, who dodges, Rukia attacks him again. Blocking, Ichigo is knocked away. As he regains his footing, Rukia appears behind him and throws her scythe at him. When Ichigo deflects the scythe, she stabs at him with the handle of the scythe several times before uppercutting him with it. Stabbing at him several more times, Rukia slashes at him as Ichigo leaps away. Turning around, she attacks, cratering the ground underneath Ichigo.

As the dust settles, Ichigo tells her to stop this. Continuing to attack him, Rukia leaps into the air and slashes at him. Blocking, Ichigo begs her to snap out of it. As she stares at him, he tells her to try to to remember. As lightning strikes all around the Seireitei and monsters made of ooze attack, ooze envelops another building as Rangiku and Hisagi appear. As the tentacles fire more streams of ooze, Rangiku says the monster will completely swallow the Seireitei at this rate.

Calling out to her, Hitsugaya appears behind them and states they are regrouping. As he asks if they are alright, which Rangiku confirms, Yamamoto, Yoruichi, Chōjirō, Suì-Fēng, Ukitake, Shunsui, and Urahara appear behind him. As the tentacles roar, one of the eyes looks towards them. As Ikkaku and Yumichika run up, Ukitake wonders what the monster is, and Shunsui says he doubts it is here to sign a peace treaty. Walking up to them, Urahara states they have a problem.

Revealing the control lock for the Reishi convergence device which Mayuri created is likely in the enemy's possession, he says all of the terrible things which have happened so far are the result of this device going out of control. As he states he has concluded the only way to stop it is to destroy this device, Shunsui notes the monster is not going to roll over and play dead while they find a way to destroy it. Turning around, Urahara reveals Ichigo and Renji are already inside.

As he states they have to make sure the Reishi does not spread any farther than it already has, Ukitake notes Urahara makes it all sound very simple, and Shunsui says he has always been like this. When a bolt of lightning arcs towards the group, Yamamoto unsheathes his Zanpakutō and blocks it. Taking off his haori, he moves away with Shunpo. Moving towards the monster in midair, Yamamoto releases his Zanpakutō, Ryūjin Jakka, and cuts one of the monster's arms off.

As Ukitake and Shunsui express awe, Yamamoto states he is issuing an immediate order and says everyone is to stop the spread of this Reishi. As everyone but Urahara moves away with Shunpo, Shunsui and Ukitake appear on top of two buildings. As several tentacles begin moving towards them, Ukitake draws and releases his Zanpakutō, Sōgyo no Kotowari, as Shunsui pulls out and releases his Zanpakutō, Katen Kyōkotsu, before leaping forward.

Slashing several tentacles, he lands on a roof as Ukitake appears. Destroying more tentacles, Shunsui and Ukitake vanish as a large tentacle destroys the building they were standing on. Plowing through the ground, the tentacle rises and is cut into shreds as it explodes, revealing Shunsui and Ukitake inside. Elsewhere, as Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng move through the air, Yoruichi asks Suì-Fēng if she is ready. Confirming this, she discards her haori as they move towards a large tentacle.

As the tentacle's mouth opens, Suì-Fēng activates Shunkō and punches the tentacle. As a hole is punched in the tentacle, Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng run along the tentacle towards the creature. As several manta ray-like creatures approach them, Yoruichi moves to each one with Shunpo and destroys them. As they continue to run, Yoruichi looks back and sees a snake emerge from the tentacle and swallow Suì-Fēng.

As Yoruichi calls out to her, Urahara uses Nake, Benihime and cuts the snake in two. As Suì-Fēng falls out of the snake, Yoruichi moves to her with Shunpo and catches her as Urahara cuts the rest of the tentacle into segments. As the segments fall next to Urahara, Suì-Fēng apologizes to Yoruichi and states she lost her concentration. As a blushing Suì-Fēng looks away, Yoruichi laughs. Helping Suì-Fēng up, she says it is okay and states they must move.

Elsewhere, Hitsugaya tells Hisagi, Ikkaku, Yumichika, and Rangiku to follow his lead. As they all leap forward, multiple streams of ooze approach them. Releasing his Zanpakutō, Hyōrinmaru, Hitsugaya freezes the streams in a large amount of ice. When the streams continue to move, Rangiku releases her Zanpakutō, Haineko, and creates an orb of ash, which destroys the streams on contact. As Hisagi and Rangiku leap into the air, Hisagi releases his Zanpakutō, Kazeshini.

As the streams' heads are cut off, Hisagi catches his kusarigama and lands beside Rangiku as the headless tentacles fall to the ground. A large tentacle creates more tentacles, which attack the Shinigami and lift Rangiku, Hisagi, and Yumichika into the air. As Ikkaku and Hitsugaya call out to them, a tentacle knocks Ikkaku away. Flying through piles of ooze, Ikkaku hits a hard, ooze-covered object. Wondering what he crashed into, Ikkaku looks up and sees Kenpachi's silhouette.

As Ikkaku realizes it is Kenpachi, a large tentacle clamps down on them, knocking Kenpachi's eyepatch off. As the tentacle explodes, a column of yellow Reiatsu extends into the sky, dissipating the clouds above. Trying to hold on, Ikkaku is sent flying away as he calls out to Kenpachi. As his Reiatsu shatters the ooze around him, Kenpachi laughs manically and jumps towards the monster. Cutting one of the tentacles in half, Kenpachi lands on another tentacle.

As he asks if the monster is the one who messed with his head, a giggling 11th Division Lieutenant Yachiru Kusajishi lands on his back and greets him. Telling her to not fall off, Kenpachi destroys more tentacles before one bites down on him. Yelling, Kenpachi cuts through the tentacle and falls to the ground as he and Yachiru laugh. Meanwhile, a tentacle crashes into Hihiō Zabimaru and is destroyed by the Bankai.

Moving towards the machine, Hihiō Zabimaru destroys several more manta rays. As Renji notes they keep coming, Ichigo continues to fight against Rukia and tells her to stop it. As she continues to attack him, Ichigo leaps away. As blood drips down Ichigo' hand, the girl speaks through Rukia and says she must shear away all of his memories, for once this is done, no one will remember Rukia, prompting the boy to state they will be the only ones in Rukia's life.

Cursing, Ichigo says they cannot take away memories so easily, for they tried this with Renji, but his soul remembered Ichigo. Stating Rukia will remember as well, Ichigo says they will never be able to destroy the memories which bind them all together. As Rukia leaps towards him and slashes at him, Ichigo moves away with Shunpo. Appearing next to him, she strikes at him, enveloping them in a torrent of dark Reiatsu. As Ichigo tells Rukia to fight back, her scythe phases through his sword.

Cursing, Ichigo leaps back. As he expresses shock, the Reiatsu around Rukia separates into strands, revealing Rukia's eyes have turned completely black. Meanwhile, Urahara cuts another tentacle in half and faces the monster. As Yoruichi, Suì-Fēng, Ukitake, and Shunsui appear behind him, Yoruichi asks him how it is going. Stating it is not going well, for the monster is too big, Urahara says they are not going to make any progress until they destroy the device in the lab tower.

As Yoruichi states they cannot get to the lab tower with the monster in the way, yellow Reiatsu flares up near the monster. As Shunsui wonders what this is, Kenpachi laughs manically and destroys more tentacles alongside Ikkaku and Yumichika. As Ukitake notes Kenpachi made it back, Urahara says this is their chance and states they will have to avoid the monster and get to the lab tower. Releasing his Zanpakutō, Senbonzakura, Byakuya creates a tunnel of whirling blades.

As Yoruichi tells him this is a nice move, Byakuya says he is going in first. As Urahara states he is counting on him, he leaps through the tunnel. As the tunnel vanishes, several tentacles burst out of the ground around them. As they dodge, Hitsugaya activates his Bankai, Daiguren Hyōrinmaru, and freezes the tentacles. As Ukitake thanks him, Hitsugaya tells him to not mention it and says they must move, prompting them to run off in different direction.

As Ukitake and Shunsui slash through several manta rays, Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng beat down two other tentacles. Using Ryūsenka, Hitsugaya encases a large tentacle's head in ice. Stating he supposes he had better get serious as well, Urahara uses Chikasumi no Tate. forming a hexagonal barrier in front of him. As a manta ray pushes him away, he uses Kirisaki, Benihime, which fires a barrage of energy bullets from the shield, destroying the manta ray.

Meanwhile, Rukia slashes at Ichigo, who leaps away. Moving to him, she slashes at him again, cutting off part of his shihakushō. When she vanishes, Ichigo looks about in confusion. As Renji tells him she is coming at him from behind, she appears behind him and puts her scythe to his throat. As she grins, Byakuya uses Bakudō #61. Rikujōkōrō, immobilizing Rukia with six yellow bands and throwing her away.

As she struggles to free herself, Renji asks what is happening. When Rukia asks who Byakuya is, Byakuya recalls Hisana and draws his Zanpakutō. When Ichigo tells him to not do it, Byakuya says he has no choice if what Ichigo says is true. As he states it is his responsibility, Rukia screams as dark Reiatsu surges around her. Telling him to not do this, Ichigo says Rukia is still in there, for he can feel her soul, and states they cannot destroy the connection.

As Rukia continues to scream, Ichigo says he is right here and tells Rukia to try to break through to him. As the bands restraining her begin to shatter, Renji notes her Reiatsu is turning into a Hollow's and states she cannot be saved. As Ichigo expresses disbelief, Kon calls out to Rukia. Turning around, Ichigo sees him encased in ooze. As tears stream down his face, Kon begs Ichigo to save Rukia. As he says Ichigo has to save her, Ichigo recalls Rukia asking him if he wants to save his family.

the past, Ichigo states he does and asks if there is a way. Lifting her sword, Rukia says there is one way and states Ichigo will have to become a Shinigami. As Ichigo expresses surprise, Rukia says she is not sure if it is even possible, but if it is not, they will both die. In the present, as Rukia continues to scream, Ichigo approaches Byakuya and states Rukia sacrificed herself to save his life and the lives of his family. Saying she took a chance on him, Ichigo states this is why he will never give up.

As he says he must save her even if it costs him is life, Byakuya lowers his sword and states Ichigo may do as he wishes, for he understands. As Rukia screams, the remaining three bands shatter, and dark Reiatsu surges from her. As Ichigo readies himself, Rukia says she will shear and kill him. As Ichigo states he is sharing his powers with Rukia this time, blue Reiatsu surges around him. As the two run at each other, Ichigo tells Rukia to come back to them.

In the past, Ichigo introduces himself to Rukia and allows himself to be impaled with her sword. In the present, Tensa Zangetsu impales Rukia through the chest. As Renji wonders what he is doing, an orb of light appears. As a screaming Rukia's dark Reiatsu tries to constrain it, it expands and covers them. Inside, Rukia's white kimono fades, revealing her black shihakushō underneath. As the orb recedes, Rukia's dark Reiatsu disperses.

Emerging from Rukia's body, the parasitic Hollow fades. As Byakuya and Renji approach the machine, Byakuya activates his Bankai, Senbonzakura Kageyoshi, and destroys the manta rays. As he creates a tunnel of blades, Renji uses Hikōtsu Taihō, which destroys the machine, creating an enormous explosion. As the dust settles, Urahara breathes a sigh of relief and says it looks like they avoided another close call before seeing Ichigo holding Rukia.

As Ichigo lets go of her, Rukia recognizes him, prompting him to smile and greet her. As Rukia notices something, Ichigo turns around to see the boy and girl lying on the ground. As Ichigo and Rukia get up, Ichigo tells her to go help them. Running over to them, Rukia grabs her hand and states she is right here. As the girl asks if this is her, Rukia confirms this and says she is here. As the girl says they were punished because they did not listen to her, the boy reaches out and grabs Rukia's hand.

As he begs her to not hate him and his sister, Rukia looks at them in shock. In the past, as the girl screams for Rukia to help them, Rukia asks where they are as she runs up the hill. Arriving at the top of the hill, she sees the boy and girl being confronted by a Shinigami. Telling the Shinigami to stop it, she runs at him, prompting him to slash at her. Kicking him in the leg, Rukia hits him in the face and asks the boy and girl what is going on.

Bending down and hugging them, Rukia asks if they are alright. When the boy tells Rukia to looks behind her, Rukia turns to see the Shinigami preparing to strike, prompting her to form a ball of Kidō and blast him away with it. As the boy and girl run up to her, Rukia tells them to stay behind her as dark Reiatsu surrounds the Shinigami. As Rukia wonders what he is, the Shinigami gets up and states he wants their Reiryoku. Coiling around him, the parasitic Hollow says this body is useless to it.

As Rukia tells the boy and girl to run, the Shinigami attacks her. Dodging, she attempts to hit him with Kidō again, only for him to catch her arm. As he lifts her up by the throat, Rukia states he is a monster, not a Shinigami. As the parasitic Hollow brings out its tail, the girl calls out to Rukia. As the Hollow puts its sickle in Rukia's mouth, the girl stabs him in the leg with Rukia's Zanpakutō. As the girl tells him to leave Rukia alone, the Shinigami punches her away.

Saying she is in his away, the Shinigami pulls Rukia's Zanpakutō out of his leg and walks towards her. As Rukia's vision blurs and fades to black, the Shinigami cuts down the boy and girl. In the present, Rukia states she remembers and says when she regained consciousness, the boy and girl were gone, but she forgot about it for some reason. As she wonders how she could forget something so important, Urahara states it is not her fault, for the Hollow was able to shear her memory.

Saying there was something else, Urahara reveals the boy and girl possessed a special ability to perform teleportation, and they likely placed the Hollow into their own bodies moments before they died in order to protect Rukia. In the past, the Hollow is torn from the Shinigami's body, which withers and disintegrates. In the present, Urahara states the Hollow did not realize it had become parasitically attached to a dead body, and rushed back to Hueco Mundo.

As he reveals the boy and girl took over the Hollow's consciousness in the process, in the past, the boy and girl's bodies dissipate, and they emerge from a cloud of dust in Hueco Mundo. In the present, as Urahara says their overwhelming desire to see Rukia sustained them and brought them back to her, the girl asks if Rukia remembers now and apologizes for lying to her about what happened, for they did not want her to be upset because they had died.

Stating their lives have not ended, Rukia says death is not an end. Telling them to look at what happened, she states they came back to see her and are a part of her life, which makes her very happy. Saying they wanted to see her again, the girl states Rukia is the only friends they have ever had. Shaking her head, Rukia says they were never alone, for the most important person of all was next to them the entire time.

As the boy and girl look at each other, Rukia states it has all come back to her and she remembers their names. Revealing their names are Homura and Shizuku, Rukia says it means "the two of you shine brightly". As Shizuku and Homura repeat their names, Homura states they are nice names, which are what they wanted to hear. As Shizuku says he is very happy, Homura reaches out to him. Grabbing her hand, Shizuku thanks Rukia. As Rukia begins to cry, Homura states it is time to say goodbye.

As their hands fall from Rukia's grasp, Rukia calls out to them and begs them to not leave her. As it begins to rain, she says it is not fair and begs them to come back to her. As tears stream down her face, she cries out in anguish and sorrow. Later, Rukia holds the letter Homura wrote her and recalls Homura stating she mimicked the drawings Rukia did for her and Shizuku. Hearing someone approaching, she turns around to see Ichigo.

When she asks if he is going back, Ichigo confirms this. Thanking him, Rukia says it appears he has saved her once again. Telling her to not forgot it was her who originally saved him, Ichigo states the first time they met might not have really been the first time if death is not the end, and for all they know, they might have been connected from long before this. Saying a bond cannot disappear once it is formed, he states even if they forget everything, they will be connected again.

As wind blows around them, Ichigo says this will be true for Rukia, Shizuku, and Homura as well. When she agrees. Ichigo states he should head back,when he refers to her as Shinigami. Rukia tells him to not do so, and says she is Rukia Kuchiki. As the wind picks up, the letter is torn from her grasp. Later, Kon calls out and asks if anyone is there. Calling for help, he asks if anyone is going to come and rescue him. Asking if Ichigo has forgotten about him, he states Rukia did it and now he has as well. Cursing, he breaks free from the ooze and expresses anger at them forgetting about him.

Bleach movie 4

As Ulquiorra Cifer and a possessed Ichigo battle on top of Las Noches, the Cuatro Espada soars through the skies. Roaring, Ichigo charges, clashing with Ulquiorra. Looping around once more, both combatants continue to battle, parrying each other's strikes until Ichigo catches Ulquiorra's wrist. Ulquiorra kicks Ichigo away, then chases after him. Regaining his footing, Ichigo swings his sword, sending a shockwave at Ulquiorra. As Ulquiorra flies away, Ichigo appears behind him and tears off his left arm and wing with a single strike. After recovering from the fall, Ulquiorra prepares a Lanza del Relampago and throws the attack headlong into Ichigo's powerful crimson Cero. As a massive explosion rips through the sky, Ulquiorra comes under assault from his enemy and gets hurled into a pillar, leaving him helpless before Ichigo's Cero. As the battle comes to its conclusion, a mysterious, hooded figure in Hell, awakened by the battle, screams as he regains his mortal body, which causes an explosion to erute from the ground.

Meanwhile in Karakura Town, Ichigo picks a fight with three teenagers who had knocked over a vase with flowers which was left for the spirit of a young boy. After Ichigo finishes up he goes home, where he is "greeted" by Isshin, who attacks him. After Ichigo hits him in the face with his bag, which knocks Isshin into a wall. Isshin, revealing he is joining the Resident Clinic Committee. Isshin leaves Ichigo to take care of Yuzu and Karin while he is gone.

Later, when Ichigo goes out to bring flowers to the young boy, he is greeted by Rukia, and Renji. Who are coming back from an important mission. When they state they did not come to see him, but are instead on a mission, Ichigo offers to help, but Rukia says Byakuya Kuchiki did not want him to get in their way. Rukia and Renji promise to send the young boy's spirit to Soul Society if they find him. Going to school, Ichigo is greeted by Orihime, and Yasutora "Chad" Sado. While they are chatting, a rattling is heard, and the entire metal scaffolding outside the school gives way and crumbles. As a girl is about to get crushed by one of the falling metal sections, Sado saves her by blocking it with his body. While the students discuss the incident, Uryu Ishida comes to see Ichigo.

Though they do not say a word, Uryu makes a sign, which Ichigo understands. Later, as the group examines the structure to see what Reiatsu caused it to collapse, Sado notes that he is unable to detect any Reiatsu whatsoever, but Uryu finds traces of it and notes how it came from an enemy they have never faced before. Another rumbling occurs and Reiatsu explodes inside the school. As Rukia and Renji sense it, Rukia detects another one. They split up, with Renji heading to assist Ichigo and Rukia investigating the second source.

Ichigo (now in his Shinigami form), Orihime, Sado, and Uryū, arriving in the classroom, see Tatsuki Arisawa and other students wounded from the explosion. Ichigo is attacked by a fat masked figure clad in a black cloak, who recognizes Ichigo. Somewhat confused as to how he knows who he is, Ichigo is embroiled in combat. The masked foe proves to be quite enduring, so Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tensho which hardly even scratches their foe. As Sado knocks the figure out of the building, Ichigo tells Orihime to take care of Tatsuki and the others. Ichigo activates his Bankai, and tries to attack, but a three-pointed glaive forces him back. Catching the glaive, Another masked figure launches a furious attack on Ichigo. A third, hulking figure joins the fight and soundly beats Sado. Uryu has similar trouble with their first foe, who absorbs and reflects every Heilig Pfeil Uryū fires as purple energy bolts.

Renji asks Ichigo if he is alright. The enemy whom he attacked states the Shinigami will be a problem. When Renji expresses recognition of the figures, Ichigo asks if he knows who they are. Confirming this, Renji says things are getting out of hand. Stating another with Reiatsu like theirs has appeared and it is now at the Kurosaki Clinic, shocking Ichigo, Renji says Rukia went there earlier, but he has doubts about her being alright. As Ichigo states this means Yuzu and Karin are in danger, Renji gets ready to battle his enemies while Ichigo races towards the clinic.

The masked enemies are cut off by a barrage of arrows from Uryū when they try to stop Ichigo. When the enemy with the glaive attacks, Renji uses his Bankai to battle him. As his target retreats, another enemy intercepts, catching Hihiō Zabimaru and using his bare hands to pry the jaws open, but gets smashed into a wall. Having fared well against the attack, much to Renji's surprise, the masked hulk yanks on the skeletal serpent, pulling Renji towards him, and strikes the lieutenant with a powerful punch, and moves to deliver the finishing blow. Uryu blasts arrows at him and shatters his mask. The fat one shouts for him to put his mask back on, but before he can do so, chains materialize around his body. As a gale begins to whip up, the surrounding area is bathed in unearthly green light.

Uryu, Sado, and Renji watch in surprise as the Gates of Hell manifest and open, pulling the unmasked figure inside. As the blade extends, the chained one screams in terror before the blade impales and obliterates him. His remains drift inside the Gates, which promptly close. The remaining two figures retreat just as Uryu fires arrows at them. Elsewhere, Rukia is having similar problems. Clad similarly to the ones whom Uryu, Chad, and Renji fought, two figures stand before her, the taller one whipping her with tentacles from his chest while holding Ichigo's sisters. When Rukia demands that he release them, he states she cannot order him to do so. His companion tells him it is time to finish Rukia off. the masked figure, who is referred to as Gunjo, agrees with his companion, known as Shuren, and declares they have no time to "play" with her.

As Rukia attempts to stop him with Hado 33. Sokatsui, the tentacles pierce through the energy blast. Ichigo arrives cuts the tentacles, telling Gunjo to release Yuzu and Karin, and demands they tell him what they want with them. As Gunjo states it appears Taikon and his comrades had failed, Shuren says it will all end the same way, and demands Ichigo come with them, stating they need him to accomplish something for them. Refusing, Ichigo repeats his request for Gunjo to release his sisters. As Gunjo states he cannot do so, Shuren materializes sword-shaped flames in his hands and tells Gunjo to go back first.

Attacking Ichigo, he proves himself to be a powerful fighter, smashing Ichigo out of the sky and onto a building. Shuren praises Ichigo for his power, and states that they looking for such power. Seeing Gunjo walking backwards into a rift with flaming edges, Ichigo chases after him, but his foe stops him with another clash. Meanwhile, the rift continues to close. A blue light explodes from the rift, which opens wide, surprising everyone. Gunjo shouts as one of his arms is cut off, releasing Karin. As a figure with black bandages wrapped around his head grabs Karin, Ichigo and Rukia wonder who he is while Gunjo and Shuren express their displeasure at his appearance. The mysterious figure says he is tired of watching them do whatever they please. Both men attack him, but are forced to retreat. When the rift appears once again, closing significantly faster than before, Ichigo rushes towards the rift, but is unable to rescue Yuzu before it closes. Shuren attempts to blindside the newcomer, but a chain blocks his attack. Realizing what the chains mean, Rukia gasps. As he reveals his face, the newcomer asks if Shuren wants to continue the battle. Cursing him, Shuren places a hand over his cracked mask.

Telling him to return Yuzu, Ichigo dodges a flame bolt, which flies at Rukia and Karin. Sado arrives and takes the attack. Appearing afterwards, Renji and Uryu voice concern about Sado. Shuren, referring to himself and his comrades as Togabito from Hell, says if Ichigo wants to rescue Yuzu, he must help them break free from Hell, a feat which requires Ichigo's power to be achieved. As Ichigo spots him and attacks, Shuren, blocking Ichigo's sword swing, declares Ichigo must destroy the Gates of Hell if he wants Yuzu back. As Shuren fades away in flame, Ichigo, presses the man in bandages for answers, demanding to know who Shuren was, where they took Yuzu, and what was going on with the Gates of Hell. As the bandaged man tells him to calm down and slow down with the questions, Ichigo tells him to answer now. Rukia tells him to calm down, for they must tend to their injuries at this point.

That night, as Orihime begins to heal Chad, Rukia asks the bandaged man who he is. When asked if the chain he has is Hell's Chain, he confirms this, introducing himself as Kokuto, and a Togabito. When Rukia asks why he helped them against the Togabito from earlier if he is one of them, Kokuto states he is not helping them, and he merely dislikes those Togabito. When Ichigo demands Kokutō take him to Hell, Kokuto reveals Hell's air cannot be breathed safely by Humans, so Yuzu will die if she stays in Hell. After a brief description of Hell, Kokutoasks if Ichigo still wants to go. When Ichigo maintains he has to go to save Yuzu, Kokuto agrees to go with them to teach the Togabito from earlier a lesson. When Renji asks why he fought the Togabito, Kokuto reiterates he dislikes them, and in Hell, disliking one creates enemies. When Rukia asks why he is there, he says he deserves to be in Hell for things he has done in his life, stating some people fall to darkness for people they love.

Changing the topic, Kokuto says they should get going to Hell. When Renji asks Ichigo if he really trusts Kokuto, Ichigo says he will trust him if it means getting Yuzu back. When Renji says entering Hell would allow the Togabito to toy with him, Ichigo maintains he must go. Rukia states they will go as well. Kokuto tells them to hurry up because he is opening the Gates of Hell. Quietly talking to Renji, Rukia tells him to use "that" to get everyone out of Hell if it goes wrong.

Yuzu is locked in a cage inside a strange, dark room. Talking to Shuren, Gunjō says it appears Ichigo and his friends have entered Hell. When Shuren asks if Murakumo is back, he is told he has been taken by Kushanada and has sunk into the depths of Hell. Stating they will need a tremendous amount of time to revive him, Shuren instructs Gunjo to intercept the intruders along with Taikon and Garogai.

Ichigo, Renji, Rukia, Uryu, and Kokuto enter the first section of Hell, which is composed of blocks and blue roads hovering over a void. When Renji states he never thought Hell would look this way, Uryu asks if it is Renji's first time here because he thinks Hell is under jurisdiction of the Shinigami, but Rukia states it is only under their surveillance. Renji says it feels nauseating in Hell, and anyone with low Reiatsu would have fainted by now. As Kokuto reveals the Togabito's base is at the lowest level of Hell, they descend to the road. As they run, Ichigo notices people are staring at them. Kokuto states they are Togabito who gave up fighting, and talks about how Togabito keep their abilities in Hell so they can fight Hell's guards, but this is merely to make them despair, for the guards are practically unbeatable.

All this causes them to be "brain-dead", making them want to die, but some people resist anyway, fueled by their resentments and memories, which keep them the way they are. As Kokuto says "they" discovered the group, a massive creature with an elongated skull mask and samurai armor on its right shoulder rises out of the void, eyes focused on them. As it raises a hand towards them, Kokuto introduces them as the Kushanada, Hell's Guardians. Eating several Togabito, the Kushanada plows through everything to attack the intruders. Attempting to flee from it, the group runs into another Kushanada. As they jump over it, more and more Kushanada pour in from the walls to pursue them. Rukia, Renji, and Uryū attack one Kushanāda and fail.

Ichigo, activating his Bankai, prepares to use Getsuga Tensho to defeat the Kushanada, but his Hollow mask materializes on his face. Faltering for a moment, Ichigo destroys all of the Kushanada with his attack. Rukia berates Ichigo for using his Hollow mask without warning them, and Uryu states they almost got caught up in the attack as well. Apologizing, a bewildered Ichigo stares at his hand. Noticing this, Rukia asks what's the matter. Ichigo explains he did not call for the mask, and it formed upon his face without him calling for it, surprising Rukia. Kokuto asks if this was Hollow power. When Ichigo confirms this, Kokuto reveals Hell's miasma must be affecting Ichigo strangely, possibly bringing out Ichigo's dormant Hollow power, and could cause this power to run out of control. After a moment of silence, Kokuto moves on, and Ichigo follows. As Uryu, Rukia, and Renji stay behind for a moment, the latter of the two ask Uryu what was wrong. Revealing he had seen Ichigo's Hollow power run out of control before, Uryu states if Hell is exactly how Kokuto claimed it is, Ichigo is in much graver danger than they originally imagined.

The group runs around several corners before coming to a road leading into empty space. When Ichigo comments on this, Kokuto tells them to ignore that and just jump. Jumping into the vast, smoky chasm below, they plunge through the clouds into Hell's next level, an endless expanse of sea with many small stone islands circling the equator. As the group lands on one shaped like a flower, Uryu wonders what this place is. Staring up at a large skeletal statue in the likeness of a Kushanada, Renji wonders if this is a grave. Ichigo asks Kokuto if this is where Yuzu is, but before he can respond, somebody informs them there is nobody there. They whirl around to see the tentacle-wielding Togabito from earlier and the hulking one with large fists.

When Ichigo demands they give Yuzu back, a voice from above says he can have her, and the overweight Togabito from earlier, crashing down upon the skull of the statue, reveals the catch to the deal: he will have to help them out first. As Renji scoffs at the idea, the figure, jubilantly exclaiming he can finally take off his uncomfortable cloak, whips it off, introducing himself as Taikon. Slipping out of his cloak, the tentacled Togabito introduces himself as Gunjo, and their third member reveals his name to be Garogai. Stating this is a precarious environment, Gunjo asks the uninvited to leave. Once again demanding they give back Yuzu, Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tensho at Taikon. Garogai attempts to crush Ichigo, who jumps back. Gunjo is intercepted by Renji and Zabimaru. Evading a counter-strike from the lieutenant, Gunjō and Garogai dodge Rukia's Hado 4. Byakurai. Taikon, attempting a strike of his own from behind, is shot down by a Heilig Pfeil from Uryu. Taikon creates lips on his skin, which swallow up the arrows.

As he thanks the Quincy for the "treat", Rukia uses Sokatsui, which Taikon swallows as well. With a motion similar to blowing a kiss, Taikon sends the energy flying back at them, forcing them to dodge, which creates a heart-shaped crater in the ground behind Uryu. Garogai lands in the crater pushing Uryu back even further. Kokuto tells him here, unhindered by their cloaks, they are much stronger than they were in the Human World. Uryu tries to get a reason, but Garogai attacks again, forcing them to jump away. Leaping out of the flower, Ichigo runs along the rim with Gunjo in hot pursuit. Before they can go too far, bright blue Kido blasts rain down between them and forces Gunjo to stop for a moment.

As Rukia and Renji close in, Taikon, revealing he absorbed all the Reishi from Rukia's attack, returns fire, destroying a large amount of the flower structure. Ichigo, Rukia, and Renji decide to retreat as the rocks around them crash into the water. Garogai emerges from the water, hefting a giant circular stone slab, and throws it into the water to create a huge tidal wave which crashes down towards the group. Rukia, plunging her sword into the ground four times, activates Tsugi no mai, Hakuren, freezing the wave and the surface of the water solid. Undaunted, Taikon and Gunjo blast through the ice, the latter smashing into Ichigo, sending both combatants into another stone flower, where they clash. Uryu prepares to help, but before he can do anything, he is forced to jump away as Taikon blasts him again. Rukia is distracted with Ichigo when Garogai shoots his fist at her. Rukia notices and dodges, and Garogai charges Rukia. Before he can attack her, Rukia shoots a Kido bolt off her shoulder and into him, sending him crashing through a number of rocks until he breaks through the stone flower Ichigo and Gunjo are fighting on. As a growling Ichigo prepares a Getsuga Tensho, his Hollow mask once again manifests without him calling for it, and after hesitating again, he blasts his foe with the extra power granted by his mask.

Ichigo flies out of the blast and lands on the rim of the flower. Kokuto, landing beside him, reveals his sister is further away. Hearing this, Renji tells Ichigo to go on and leave the Togabito to them. Rukia agrees and tells Ichigo and Kokuto to go. As Ichigo reluctantly agrees, the group rushes ahead. As the three jump off the edge and Kokuto plunges into the water, Gunjo states he will not let them escape, forcing Rukia to stay behind to fend him off as Ichigo plunges in after Kokuto. Elsewhere, Uryu stands across from Taikon, who asks if the Quincy honestly intends on fighting him, and if so, he must be tired of living. Disagreeing, Uryu bets his honor as a Quincy he will not lose to the same person. As they begin fighting, Renji, standing across from Garogai, releases his Bankai, suggesting they finish the fight they started in the World of the Living. Plunging through the bottom of the sea, Ichigo and Kokuto descend upon a large wasteland with pools of yellow liquid dotting the ground. Kokuto says they will arrive shortly, and because Shuren's cronies are currently battling Ichigo's friends, their base's defenses will be at their weakest, making it perfect for them to attack. As they descend, a giant fist bursts out of a yellow pool, and a Kushanada reaches for them.

Pushing Ichigo out of the way, Kokuto, trying to attack the Kushanada, is hurled to the ground. Glancing at his arm, which is burning from where some of the liquid got on it, Kokuto grimaces. The Kushanāda grabs invisible chains. Shedding their invisibility, the chains reveal their linkage to Kokuto, who cries out in fear. Before the Kushanada can do anything more, Ichigo cuts through its arm and cuts the entire guardian in half with a Getsuga Tensho. Using Shunpo to move Kokuto's location, Ichigo, deactivating his mask, uses Shunpo to move away with Kokutō in tow just before the yellow liquid cascades over their location.

When Ichigo asks Kokuto if he is alright. He tells Ichigo yes but he also asks Ichigo if he is okay using his mask. As Ichigo says he is fine, Kokuto, grunting in pain from his wound, tells Ichigo to leave him there, for such pain is not unusual in Hell, and he should just think about saving Yuzu. Bending down, Ichigo asks why he was helping him, for Kokuto's heart fell to darkness for the person he loved. Kokuto revealed that he had a sister once, but he let her die so he would throw himself through any kind of danger for her. Kokuto tells Ichigo to not let Yuzu suffer like his own sister did and save her. As Ichigo looks at him in surprise, Kokuto says it must not be very convincing coming from a heartless Togabito banished to Hell like him. As Ichigo stares at him again, Kokuto tells Ichigo they should hurry or else he will be letting his friends down.

The two prepare to dive down to the next level. High above, the water-like sky bursts as Hihio Zabimaru, thundering down from the level above, reels through the air before tossing Garogai away. When Renji attacks again with the skeletal serpent, Garogai, grabbing the jaws, pulls them apart, bringing Renji's attack to a forceful stop, and tells him it will not work before, swinging Hihio Zabimaru around, tossing it down towards the yellow liquid below. Regaining his balance, Renji fires Hikotsu Taiho at the him, knocking him into the water. As a badly injured Garogai emerges, Renji wonders if it was the yellow liquid which was affecting him, and attempts to fire Hikotsu Taiho again, but Garogai punches the accumulating energy before Renji can fire, creating a massive explosion, which sends the segments of Hihio Zabimaru flying.

As Renji stares in shock, while Garogai sending him flying upwards with a punch, stomps on Renji after he lands. As Garogai, preparing to punch him again, says it is the end for the lieutenant, Renji slams the handle of his Bankai into the ground. As the segments of Hihio Zabimaru, glowing red, float upwards, Renji, uses Higa Zekko, which brings down all the segments of Hihio Zabimaru down on Garogai, crushing him. Getting up, Renji tells him to not underestimate Zabimaru. Elsewhere, as innumerable arrows shower upon Taikon. He says it is useless, and eats all of them. As Uryū growls, Taikon rapidly fires attacks at Uryu, who uses Hirenkyaku to appear behind Taikon. He slashes him with a Seele Schneider, which Taikon absorbs as well. Finding the taste rather funny, Taikon says it does not really matter. As the two combatants land, Taikon tells Uryu that he should just stop struggling and let him kill him.

He fires another blast at him. Sidestepping, Uryu, telling him to follow his own advice, charges at Taikon and slashes him with another Seele Schneider, which Taikon absorbs and calls useless. Saying he is not finished, Uryu slashes him again, prompting Taikon to say he had better stop before it is too late. Landing Uryu while whirling, fires the same Seele Schneider at Taikon. But he deflects it to the side. Then asks if it was supposed to be Uryu's killer shot, saying he never imagined Uryu to be so stupid. Telling him to say so after his final shot Uryu, drawing one last Seele Schneider, fires it at him. As Taikon, once again stating it is useless, prepares to absorb it. But the blade flickers out of existence, the hilt floating in midair in front of Taikon's open mouth. As Taikon wonders what it is, two squares meeting at right angles materialize around him. Their vertices marked by the Seele Schneider, followed by a blue box. Uryu calls this Gert Schneider - surrounding an opponent with high density Reishi - and says it is similar to Sprenger.

When Taikon says he should have absorbed all of Uryu's Reishi, Uryu reveals the box is created by Taikon's Reishi, not his own. As Taikon's body begins to receive cuts, which emit Reishi. Uryu, explaining how Gert Schneider took the Reishi it needed from Taikon where the Seele Schneider cut him, tells Taikon he is not the only one who uses an opponent's Reishi as a weapon. While pulling out a Ginto, Uryu tosses it, and says Quincy are much better at it. As the Ginto, striking the Seele Schneider breaks open. Uryu turns away as the box contracting, and exploding destroys Taikon.

Far away, the explosion is seen by Gunjo, who realizes Taikon's fate. As Rukia attacks while he is not looking, Gunjo, dangling her upside down with his tentacles, notes his comrades have failed, but this does not affect their plan too much. Attempting to slice the tentacles, Rukia ends up breaking Sode no Shirayuki. Rukia stares at the blade in shock, and Gunjo decides it is time for her to die. The tentacles begin to constrict, causing Rukia to scream. Gunjo, saying it is such a lovely sound, lowers a motionless Rukia, thinking she is dead. Preparing to move on to another one of Ichigo's companions, he notices it is snowing. Raising her blade. Rukia uses San no mai, Shirafune, which forms a blade of ice. This freezes Gunjo, and breaks him into pieces. Which this tactic also frees the Rukia.

As Rukia pants on the ground, Uryu runs over and calls to her. As Rukia tells him she is alright, they hear a laughing Gunjo say they are better than he initially thought. As he continues to freeze, a chuckling Gunjo, saying he initially wanted to drag them down with him if he was defeated, tells them to forget it because it is inevitable for them to die there. When Uryu asks what he means, Gunjo says he cannot tell them. He shatters in a peal of maniacal laughter, leaving Rukia to wonder with dread what is going on. A stairway shrouded in mist takes Ichigo and Kokuto through a number of tiny houses with one wall missing and a flame flickering inside. Ichigo, gazing at them in wonder, trips and crashes to the ground. Kokuto, asking if he is alright, offers him his hand. Ichigo pulls himself up and apologizes for the hold up.

Telling Ichigo to be careful, Kokuto turns to continue their descent. The stairs take them out of a rock splitting a waterfall of the yellow liquid in two into the deepest level of Hell. Ichigo while looking at the black sand dotted with rocks, notices he can sense Reiatsu in them. Kokuto reveals that they are filled with Reiatsu from the bones of Togabito, which surprises Ichigo. Kokuto explains how after being constantly bombarded by the Kushanāda, the Togabito lose heart, and as their bodies rot on the ground, Hell's fire consumes the bones. He says it is the resting place of those Togabito, as no matter where you are, freedom is nonexistent.

When Ichigo questions this, since they came to Karakura Town, Kokuto, stating the Kushanada's watchful eyes extend there too, reminds him of what happened to Murakumo. Turning to Ichigo, he asks for a favor after he has saved Yuzu: release him from Hell. When Ichigo is surprised by this, Kokuto states he wants to be reborn, to see his sister again, and to apologize to her. When Ichigo agrees to do it if he can, Kokuto apologizes for asking to do this. Turning, he tells Ichigo they must hurry, as it is just beyond a hill. Ichigo starts running, with Kokuto following. Reaching the top of the hill, Ichigo, looking into the distance, is shocked by what he sees: Yuzu lying unconscious in a small cage, dangling from a large skeleton with rods impaled in it above a pool of lava. Ichigo, screaming Yuzu's name, slips on the sand before leaping onto a rock and flying towards the skeleton. As an orange gleam shines from the top of the skull, a bolt of fire flies at him. Slashing the blast with Tensa Zangetsu, Ichigo, seeing another one coming, jumps over it and onto one of the fingers. On top of the skull, Shuren, who has a Togabito mask suspended by chains on his chest, thanks him for coming. Raising his blade, Ichigo shouts for him to give Yuzu back.

Introducing himself, Shuren says if Ichigo wants to save Yuzu, he must listen, prompting him to lower his blade slightly. Catching up, Kokuto asks Shuren if he plans on taking on both of them by himself. Shuren says he will not, and while Ichigo and Kokuto wonder what he means, he says Togabito do not die in Hell, something Kokutō should know best. As Kokuto realizes what Shuren means. Shuren while posing with his arms, calls out the names of his fellow Togabito. Three streams of lava, bursting from the pool below Yuzu's cage, take on the form of the three Togabito whom they encountered earlier. As Ichigo and Kokuto stare, the Togabito groan and growl as they reincarnate. Shuren reveals they fought earlier to separate Renji, Uryu, and Rukia from them, and died so they could revive here. As Kokuto claims this is impossible because Togabito cannot be revived so fast. Gunjo who has fully reincarnated, declares what Kokutō thinks he may know may not always be that way. As Gunjo attacks, Kokuto jumps away, and shouts for Ichigo to go save Yuzu and not worry about him.

Trying and failing to tackle Kokuto, Taikon comments on how strange it is for a Togabito and a Human to be friends. As Garogai drops down, Kokuto is forced to evade once more. Before Ichigo can do anything, he uses Shunpo to move away as Shuren, slashing at where he was, says he will fight Ichigo. As he slices again, Ichigo blocks and charges. Redirecting this, Shuren knocks Ichigo back and blasts fire bolts at Ichigo, forcing him to run. Shuren, flying alongside the stones, states it is about time Ichigo started listening, but Ichigo refuses and attacks. Meanwhile, Kokuto is sent flying by a punch from Garogai towards one of the fingers, which Gunjo is standing on. As Gunjo sends a tentacle flying at Kokuto as he nears, Kokuto cuts it, but he smashes into the finger and falls towards the ground. Taking advantage of this, Gunjo launches tentacles down at Kokuto, who propels himself out of the way. Just as he lands, Taikon fires an energy blast at him, which Kokuto cuts in half. Meanwhile, Ichigo, running from Shuren's flame bolts, jumps onto yet another one of the fingers as Shuren pursues. Shuren fires another flame bolt, which Ichigo blocks. Shuren, with his flame sword, knocks Ichigo through another finger after a brief scuffle.

As Shuren fires a barrage of flame at Ichigo, who attacks once more, a smirking Shuren blasts bolts at Ichigo while charging a much larger one in his left hand, which he fires towards his side. Realizing Shuren is firing it towards Yuzu, Ichigo, having let his guard down, goes flying, unable to do anything about the flame bolt. Cutting Garogai in half, Kokuto, jumping in front of the flame bolt, slashes it in half. As Ichigo goes flying into the dirt, Kokuto is bound by several of Gunjo's tentacles above the lava. More come to skewer him, though he attempts to slash them. Several, getting through, impale him. Landing next to Gunjo, Taikon declares Kokuto cannot win now.

Telling him to shut up, Kokutō, saying it is the same for them, throws his sword at Taikon. As Taikon, swallowing it,, Kokuto uses his Hell Chains to pull on the sword, sending Taikon into the lava. As Gunjo expresses shock at what happened, Kokuto, stating it is over, jumps into the lava, pulling Gunjo with him. Ichigo, hearing Shuren attacking once more, runs away from a flurry of flame bolts.

As Shuren asks what he is looking at, for his opponent is over here, blue light begins to surround Ichigo, who declares he does not have time to play with Shuren. Briefly materializing, his Hollow mask fades as he fires a Getsuga Tensho at Shuren. As Shuren dodges, the Getsuga Tensho penetrates through the many levels of Hell, quaking the blocks at the top level. Staring at what just happened, Ichigo's attention is attracted by Shuren laughing. Calling his power wonderful, he declares this is the power he needs to destroy the Gates of Hell. Ichigo prepares to attack again, but pauses, realizing that his attack would hit Yuzu. Laughing at how he was rational enough to realize what would happen if he attacked, Shuren blasts a flame bolt which splits as it hits Ichigo's chest, exploding behind him. Shuren, saying he will not kill Ichigo, continues to fire flame bolts at him.

Ichigo blocks a flame bolt with Tensa Zangetsu, but the bolts' explosions obscure him from view. When he is visible once more, Ichigo has his Hollow mask on. Laughing again, Shuren, calling it splendid, tells Ichigo to destroy the gate before blasting another flame bolt. Sidestepping, Ichigo begins to run toward Shuren. While being Alarmed Shuren realizing what will happen, begins attacking more ferociously. Using Shunpo to dodge the flame blasts. Ichigo while jumping at Shuren, prepares to slash him.

Fully aware Ichigo may be able to beat him now, Shuren uses a flame barrier to keep Ichigo at bay. Rushing behind Shuren, Ichigo jumps off a rock at him. Shuren tries to blast Ichigo as he flies next to the stone-hedge. Ichigo, firing a Getsuga Tenshō at Shuren, slashes him. Attacking one more time, Ichigo deals Shuren a killing blow enhanced with a Getsuga Tensho contained within the blade, which rockets off into the distance as soon as he hits Shuren. Exhausted after defeating Shuren. Ichigo while deactivating his mask, tells Yuzu he is coming. As he begins to run towards her cage, Kokuto's blade stabs him through the chest. As the Getsuga Tensho he used to kill Shuren finally explodes, Ichigo collapses as the wind from the blast catches up. Walking up, Kokuto nonchalantly asks Ichigo how he is doing.

Bending down, Kokuto pulls the blade from Ichigo's chest, telling him to shut up as he screams in pain, and calls it a small cut. Standing up he raises his blade over his head, and stabs it into the ground next to Ichigo's head. While Ichigo stares up at him, and asks why. Kokuto, saying he did it for the same reason they did, reminds Ichigo about what Shuren said before: after you die, you will be revived. When Shuren lands nearby in lava form, moaning as he tries to revive. Kokuto, calling him a nuisance, wonders why he will not stay dead for a couple moments. As he begins beating Shuren down, Ichigo asked why he betrayed him.

Stating everything is going according to plan, Kokuto says that they were all helping him, and tells Ichigo to keep his end of the promise. Struggling to get up, Ichigo, asks about Kokuto's sister. Kokuto states she was real, and she was killed, so he killed her murderer. As Shuren, moaning again, begins to get up. Kokuto, tells him to shut up, for he had felt great for a moment. Kokuto states his sister will never come back to life, so he wants everyone to have a taste of his pain. He rips his bandages off, revealing that his face is horribly burned on the other side. Asking why he was banished to Hell, he recalls how he tried to escape several times, and each time he was pulverized by the Kushanada and sent back to Hell. But when he saw a discarded memory of Ichigo, fully Hollowfied, battling Ulquiorra. So he passed the information to Shuren and his minions. Kokuto states he must get out of Hell, even if it means that the Human World and Hell became one. Ichigo, glaring at him, hears Rukia coming and realizes what Kokuto will do now. As Rukia asks if Ichigo is alright. Kokuto speeds past her, and incapacitates her.

Appearing behind Kokuto, Uryu prepares to fire a Seele Schneider. But Kokuto uses the same move on him, and when Uryū tries to slash him. One of Kokuto's Hell Chains blocks his attack. As Uryu falls to the ground, defeated. Kokuto tells him he cannot break the chain with that. Renji arrives and attempts to attack Kokuto, but the chain blocks the attack, leaving Renji wide open to two slashes from Kokuto while he wonders what happened. With the Reiatsu flaring, Ichigo attacks Kokuto in a rage. But Kokuto dodges, and the impact of Ichigo's slash obscures his vision. As Ichigo attacks again, Kokuto tells him he must release all his hatred and anger upon him so he will cut the chain.

As more attacks from Ichigo are blocked by the chain, Kokuto states this is not enough, and to break the chain he must unleash the monster in him. As he speeds away, Ichigo, looking up at the giant skeleton, sees Yuzu's cage falling, but Yuzu is no longer in it. Standing on top of the skeleton, Kokuto commands him to look. Holding up Yuzu. Kokuto, states that she can no longer withstand Hell's miasma, and holds her up for him to see a Chain of Fate growing from her chest. Rendered utterly speechless Ichigo cannot stand this failure, and his Reiatsu flares up in rage. Kokuto tells Ichigo to let all his anger out, for this is Hell. So he does not have to hold back: he can just let the darkness in him take over. As Renji whispers Ichigo's name. Ichigo now holding nothing back, unleashes all of his anger, his Reiatsu flaring wildly. Smiling cruelly, Kokuto drops Yuzu and welcomes Ichigo to Hell. As Yuzu falls down towards the lava, Ichigo blazing forward in fury, catches her before using Shunpo to move back onto safe ground. As a Hollow hole rips open in his chest, he erupts into a blaze of intense Reiatsu. After the Reiatsu clears, a fully Hollowfied Ichigo charges a Cero.

Kokuto goads him on. Ichigo, roaring as he builds his Cero to maximum power, unleashes it in a destructive blast which obliterates the skeletal statue and the stones around it. Laughing as he evades, Kokuto allows his chains to take the hit. As the Cero dissipates, the remains of Kokuto's chains become visible as they fall to the ground. As Renji glances at one as it falls down beside him, Kokuto reappearing atop the last section of the structure surrounding the skeleton, states Shuren and his group believed destroying the Gates of Hell would free them. Which was not correct. Revealing the source of their incarceration lay in their chains, Kokuto orders Ichigo to cut more of his chains as Renji tries to come up with a plan to stop this.

As Ichigo fires another Cero, Kokuto, blocks it with an energy shield. Then laughs maniacally as he is blasted backward, unharmed but with more of his chains destroyed. As the explosions from the Cero creates a massive explosion which reaches up all the way to the top level. The Gates of Hell, unable to stand the impact, are shattered, causing a massive jet of fire to blast into the sky of Karakura Town. Landing on the shattered skull of the skeleton, Kokuto declares this is the last chain. As Ichigo prepares another Cero Renji while intervening, tells Ichigo to not let Kokuto provoke him and cuts one of the horns on Ichigo's mask, causing the Cero to explode harmlessly. Realizing what will happen Kokuto jumping at Ichigo, is too late as Renji uses a special attack. A one-time use Kido, enveloping Ichigo in a bright blue light.

Unable to reach Ichigo in time, Kokuto halts by wonders what this is. Grinning Renji telling him it serves him right, and collapses. As Ichigo floats upward in blue light his mask breaks, with his arm still wrapped around Yuzu. Watching his only hope for escaping Hell fly up and away, an enraged Kokuto screams.

As the destroyed Gates of Hell hover in midair, blue bands surround them. In turn, those bands are surrounded by Shinigami. Inside a tent, Byakuya, Jushiro Ukitake, Toshiro Hitsugaya, and Captain-Commander Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto are having a meeting. As Ukitake tells Yamamoto their Kido Team is preventing Hell's miasma from spreading any further, Yamamoto asks how Karakura Town is. When Ukitake states everything is normal at the moment. Yamamoto, ordering them to continue with the repairs of the Gates of Hell, puts them in charge.

Hitsugaya wonders how the Gate was destroyed, for the Togabito do not have this kind of power. Ukitake states Rukia and Renji could not have broken the gate either. Their meeting is interrupted by a Shinigami, who reports Ichigo has appeared outside of the Gates of Hell. Outside the Hell Gate, Ichigo lies unconscious, his arm still over Yuzu. As several Shinigami appear around him, he begins to regain consciousness. As soon as Ichigo is fully awake, he yells at the Shinigami to get away, stating he must get Yuzu away. As a Shinigami tells him they have called a medical team to check on her, they attempt to restrain him.

Shaking them off, Ichigo angrily states he has no time to wait for that. As Ichigo and the Shinigami continue to argue. Ichigo's name is called, and the Shinigami bow down. As Ichigo realizes Yamamoto has arrived. As Byakuya, Hitsugaya, and Ukitake arrive. Rangiku Matsumoto comes shortly after with Orihime running over to Ichigo, yells his name. Ichigo tells Orihime to save Yuzu, and Orihime activates Soten Kisshun to heal Yuzu. When the shield begins to flicker and shine with irregular colors, Orihime wonders what is going on before the shield violently explodes, causing Ichigo and Orihime to recoil. Reaching over, Orihime flips Yuzu onto her back, revealing a Hell Chain extending from her chest.

As Orihime grips the chain briefly before helplessly releasing it. Ichigo staring screams at Orihime, shaking her by the shoulders and begging her to do something. Yamamoto interrupts by saying all their attempts are futile because there is a Hell Chain, which means she is a Togabito, and they can do nothing about it. Staring helplessly that Yuzu is dead. Ichigo denies it, unable to accept his sister is dead.

When Yamamoto states everything started because of Ichigo. Ichigo devastated at how his sister is dead now, and how he is responsible for it. Screams in rage at what happened. In the Gotei 13's base in Karakura Town, Yuzu lies in a bed inside a tent, with Ichigo sitting nearby. As memories flash in Ichigo's mind of Yamamoto telling him he made the wrong choice in charging into Hell, which is why they now must deal with the current situation at hand. He also reminisces about how he lost control and demolished Hell, and Yamamoto tells him the demon in him broke the chains. Which for centuries, had never been broken once. He recalls Kokuto's chains breaking and falling, and he remembers Yamamoto saying he has caused the Human World to combine with Hell.

As Ichigo recalls the massive Cero which destroyed the Gate and blasted a massive jet of flame into the sky. He hears Yamamoto's voice say his irresponsible actions have doomed all Humans. As Ichigo feels unable to cope with the remorse his deeds have given him, his hands begin to crumple the rug which covers the ground. But his thoughts are interrupted when Byakuya comes in. When Byakuya asks him why he is avoiding his eyes, Ichigo tells him he left Renji, Rukia, and Uryu in Hell, and states because he left them there and was unable to save Yuzu, he let everyone down. As he begins to break down again, Byakuya interrupts by asking why this matters. Staring at Byakuya in shock, Ichigo says Rukia is in Hell and they did everything to get him out. When the captain states Rukia is an honorable Shinigami and she would know what she was doing. Ichigo releasing Byakuya stares at him while the captain calmly tells him if they decided he should be the one to escape, he had better start thinking about their intentions.

As Ichigo ponders this, Byakuya while turning to leave, apologizes for intruding. As the blanket covering Yuzu is blown off, her Hell Chain begins to glow red. As Ichigo and Byakuya whirl around, the shaking Chain releases a pulse of energy. As Ichigo runs over, the Chain begins to dissolve, shocking Ichigo and Byakuya. The Chain completely disappears and the red light fades. When Yuzu begins to cough, Ichigo grabs her in concern. Byakuya exits the tent, causing the Shinigami to believe something happened. Byakuya tells Orihime, who is standing outside, to enter the tent. As a complying Orihime runs in, Byakuya ponders what happened. Later, in the Kurosaki Clinic, Orihime tucks Yuzu and Karin into bed while Ichigo, sitting in the living room, thinks about what Byakuya said. When Orihime enters, Ichigo asks how Yuzu is. When she states she is better now, Ichigo gratefully thanks her. But Orihime, shaking her head, says everyone helped.

Asking how Sado is doing, Ichigo is told he is unconscious, but has almost fully recovered. Thanking her again, Ichigo asks if she wants something to drink. Realizing what Ichigo intends to do, Orihime asks if he plans to return to Hell. Silent for a few moments, Ichigo states Yuzu was taken by Hell, but she recovered, so there is still a glimmer of hope for Rukia, Renji, and Uryu. Orihime is worried that Ichigo will lose control again, but Ichigo says he knows. If he does this, the world may come to an end, just like Yamamoto said, but this time he will not lose control. Recalling Kokuto fighting, he states he is extremely strong, so he is not sure if he could beat him again, even if he Hollowfied, but he must win. When Ichigo nearly breaks down again while saying if he does not, he would never be able to face any of his friends who entrusted their lives to him, Orihime tells him he must come back. Ichigo states it will not be long. As the sun sets on Karakura Town, a messenger, coming to Ukitake, Rangiku, and Hitsugaya, tells them Ichigo has broken the barrier and is coming to the Gates this very moment. Hitsugaya asks Ukitake if they should stop him.

Ukitake reminds them their top priority is repairing the Gate and offers to handle him. He realizes Ichigo is behind them, Zangetsu in hand. As the three Shinigami reach for their swords, Hitsugaya asks if he is looking for revenge. When Ichigo gives no reply, Ukitake says they have even more reason to stop him in this case. Before he can finish telling Ichigo what will happen if he loses control again, Ichigo, activating Bankai, declares he is going to save his friends. Before the Shinigami can do anything, the Gates begin to pulse red, and a Kushanada reaching out swipes at them. As they all use Shunpo to get back, Ukitake orders everyone to stop the Kushanada from entering the Human World. When Ichigo takes this opportunity to charge into the gate, Hitsugaya while releasing his Reiatsu tells Rangiku not to go after him because they cannot worry about him right now. As Ichigo charges in, the Kushanada attempts to stop him, but a flurry of blades from Senbonzakura Kageyoshi slash it.

Charging through the levels of Hell, Ichigo dives through the first level before any of the Kushanada can grab him, plummets through the water in the second level without stopping, and plunges straight into the chasm on the third level, ready to save his friends. Sitting upon what looks like a Kushanada's skull Kokuto, noticing lightning flashing in the sky, stands up to look at what is the matter. Seeing Ichigo plunge through the dark clouds above him, he is pleased Ichigo came to him. Ichigo dives down towards Kokuto, who is standing on a tower in a lake of lava. Landing on the ground which is composed entirely of bones, Ichigo is greeted with Kokuto telling him he intended to come to the Human World so Ichigo may cut his chains, but was not expecting Ichigo to come to him. Asking if he is here to avenge Yuzu, Kokuto is surprised when Ichigo states Yuzu is alive and well. When asked why he came if this is the case, Ichigo states he came to rescue his friends. Scoffing at this, Kokuto declares Ichigo does not seem to know Hell very well.

Saying Hell has already bound them in chains, he turns toward a tree of bones. Following his gaze, Ichigo sees Renji and Uryu, bound by Hell Chains, rotting. Kokuto pulling out his sword, says he is in no hurry because Rukia is ready to be resurrected. As the lava bubbles up, Rukia bursts out, a Hell Chain wound around her body. As a white shihakusho covers her, she gasps in pain. Looking up Rukia wondering why Ichigo is there, but is interrupted when Kokuto grabbing her Hell Chain pulls her close. As Rukia groans from the pain of having her Hell Chain pulled on, Kokuto states the rule in Hell is simple: those who are bound with the chains can be revived endlessly, and if you do not break the chains, you will never get out. Preparing for battle, Ichigo declares he will break the chains, prompting Kokuto to ask if Ichigo will cut his chains as well. Saying he will not Ichigo raises Tensa Zangetsu, his Reiatsu flaring along the blade, and states he came to defeat Kokuto. As Ichigo rushes to attack, Kokuto releases Rukia just as Ichigo appears in front of him, ready to slash, and blocks the attack. With a wave of his arm, Kokuto knocks Ichigo away and attacks him, forcing Ichigo back as they spar on top of the tree.

When Ichigo jumps to another place on the tree Kokuto while running up to him, continues attacking knocking him away. Ichigo unleashing his Reiatsu, charges back. Smirking Kokuto sidesteps, allowing Ichigo's momentum to carry him off to the side. As Ichigo is losing his balance, he falls off the tree. But Kokuto grabs him by the neck berating him for thinking he could defeat him without his mask, and throws Ichigo down at the skull. As Ichigo rolling off the skull and onto the ground, stands up once more, Kokuto rushes down to attack again. As the two continue to clash, Kokuto mocks Ichigo's naivete and knocks him off the tower. Seeing the lava below, Ichigo uses Getsuga Tensho to attack and propel himself up.

Noting this Kokuto slashing through the pitch-black energy, redirects it at a tree. Crawling on top of the skull to watch the battle, Rukia sees Ichigo return to the tower. As a Hollow mask begins to form on Ichigo's face, he struggles with his inner Hollow for control as Rukia watches helplessly. Ichigo rips the incomplete mask from his face, but doing so tires him greatly. Asking what is wrong Kokuto disappearing reappears next to Ichigo for an instant, asking what he is afraid of. When Ichigo attacks, Kokuto is gone already. Appearing behind Ichigo Kokuto stepping out of the shadows, asks if it is his inner Hollow which will destroy the world. Saying if this is the case, Ichigo should never come here again, he throws him off of the skull and attacks once more.

Angrily stating Yuzu was saved because Ichigo became the monster, and without its power Ichigo cannot do anything. Kokuto sends him flying into the mouth of the skull. As Rukia is shaken by the shockwave, a lava vein flares up violently, worrying Rukia. Inside the skull, Ichigo recovers from Kokuto's attack. Appearing above him, Kokuto mercilessly stomping on his chest, reminds Ichigo how he said in a world of despair, resentments and memories are what keep a person sane.

Smashing his heel into Ichigo's face, he says revenge is what drives him. Noticing that lava isbeginning to trickle down towards them, a panicked Ichigo struggles. As an annoyed Kokuto asks what is wrong, the lava lands on Ichigo's hand, catching fire. As Ichigo screams in pain, Kokuto laughs cruelly as the magma explodes outward. As the flames hurtle out of the skull, a badly burned Ichigo is sent flying far away from the skull. When Kokuto lands nearby, his sleeve still on fire, Ichigo angrily glares at him as he tells him to hate him more, for this will make him even more powerful. His sleeve is completely burned away, revealing his hand to be horribly burned as well. When Kokuto begins to attack him. Ichigo desperately rolling away, is caught by his Hell Chain and smashed through several rocks into the ground.

Jumping at Ichigo, Kokuto stabs him in the abdomen, causing magma to erupt from the earth. Stepping on Ichigo's chest, he asks him if he wants his sisters dragged into Hell again. As the fear and anger of even contemplating this causes Ichigo's Reiatsu to flare out violently, Kokuto jumps away to avoid being injured. Ichigo loses control as a mysterious gray substance, bursting from his mouth and abdomen, threatens to swallow him. As Ichigo struggles against the gray substance, Kokuto states this is how he wants it: once the body is broken, it is easy for a relapse. He states Ichigo might as well relent because he cannot escape from the monster. As Ichigo's inner Hollow continues to take over his body. Rukia while making her way over to watch, screams his name. Grabbing her by her Hell Chain and telling her to be quiet because the show is just starting, Kokuto grins when he hears humming noises. Then asks an almost completely Hollowfied Ichigo if he hears it. Kokuto notes the Kushanada have discovered the change in his Reiatsu and will devour him to prevent Hell's destruction.

He tells Ichigo to hurry up and finish up his transformation, or else he will be devoured. But says he shouldn't be worry as he will be revived. As he says Ichigo will continuously relive this if he does not destroy Hell. The Kushanada army advances ready to destroy Ichigo, and Kokuto moving himself and Rukia to on top of the tree to get to a safe distance, asks Ichigo what he will do. To his surprise, Ichigo asks who would want to be a monster. Repeating the question Ichigo, reaching up, breaks off one of his horns. As his Hollow form disintegrates, he says because Kokuto cannot get what he wants he seeks revenge, and only makes people as miserable as he is. As his Hollow form continues to crack, Ichigo who oblivious to the Kushanada climbing the tower, says revenge is only the path Kokuto took to escape his sufferings. Ichigo declares while he wants to save his friends, he will not sacrifice innocent bystanders to do it. A Kushanada rises, with its chin on level with the ground, and Rukia frantically struggling in Kokuto's grip, tells Ichigo to run.

Ignoring the looming threat behind him Ichigo, stating he swore he will fight, breaks the remains of his Hollow form completely. As the Kushanada looms over him, Rukia screams as it brings its hand down on top of Ichigo. As golden light begins to shine from underneath the Kushanada's hand, including other Kushanada moving away, drop their offensive postures. Thinking it is great, Kokuto shouts for Ichigo to kill them all. Beginning to dissolve, the Kushanada's hand reveals the golden light clinging to Ichigo's form creating armor across the side of his head, his torso, and his left arm. Not knowing what is going on, Kokuto takes a step back.

As more Kushanada lend their powers, a massive pillar of golden Reiatsu extends into the sky. Releasing Rukia, Kokuto braces himself while the former grabs onto the tree to avoid being blown away. Cutting the Hell Chains suspending Renji and Uryu in the air, someone catches Rukia and lands on the ground. A gasping Rukia, clutching at where it used to be, looks up to see her rescuer is none other than Ichigo, now clad in an armor of bones. Wondering what is going on Kokuto, landing nearby angrily demands to know what Ichigo did.

When Ichigo asks if Kokuto's sister wanted him to avenge her. Kokuto who is bewildered, asks what Ichigo is getting at. Asking if she would wish to see Kokuto in his endless killing spree. Ichigo says there would be no end to revenge, and he will just make his sister eternally miserable. As he does this Ichigo, leveling his blade at Kokuto, declares his friends did not want him to avenge them, but rather to stop Kokuto.

As he declares Hell agrees with him and the Kushanada would rather help a Human than let Kokuto escape, golden light emerges from the skulls in his armor. Kokuto refuses to believe this, and states that both he and Ichigo were in the same situation. Unable to accept such a thing, he attacks Ichigo. But Ichigo raising his sword and glowing with ethereal energy, states they are both Humans and both elder brothers. Ichigo's slash fires a golden wave of energy at Kokuto, breaking one of his chains, before launching him backward and ripping a giant gash in the tower. When the smoke clears, a giant rut lies in front of Ichigo. At the far edge of the gash, Kokuto crawls away fromit with a grievous chest wound. When the shackle on his wrist falls to the ground. Kokuto gasping stares at it and, looking at his chest, which is unchained, joyfully proclaims his freedom. However, the ground begins to rumble hundreds of chains, bursting out of the crevice which Tensa Zangetsu made, dive towards Kokuto. The chains bind a bewildered Kokuto. As they completely immobilize him, wrapping around his entire body multiple times save for his head. Ichigo declares this is Kokuto's retribution for deceiving Hell, and raises his blade once more.

He tells Kokuto to atone for his sins in Hell. Bursting from the ground, purple-red flames close around Kokuto before the chains drag him even deeper into the earth, demolishing the tower in the process. Grabbing Rukia, Ichigo uses Shunpo to get on top of the skull as daylight pours down from a hole in the clouds, shining down on Ichigo while the Kushanada bow down to him. Noticing her Shihakusho is now black and her Zanpakuto has returned. Rukia looks up at Ichigo who saying he did it, throws his arms up into the air and cheers. A smiling Rukia, congratulating Ichigo on what he has done, stands up and says they need to find Uryu and Renji. Ichigo, saying he broke their chains, wonders where they are now. They look around before Renji shouts out as he and Uryu, digging themselves out, complain about how they feel stiff and ache all over. As Rukia tells them to deal with it because they were bound with the chains, Renji wonders what she is talking about as Uryu, getting up, states he believes it is all over. When Renji wonders what happened to Kokuto, Ichigo states he was dragged into the depths of Hell.

Beginning to say what the important thing is, Renji and Uryu, surprised by Ichigo's skull armor, demand to know what it is. Ichigo, saying it is the power the Kushanada gave to him, states it is rather strange. Renji states it is more than strange because they are talking about controlling Hell's power. Uryu while sighing calls Ichigo hopeless, for this is why people often take advantage of Ichigo. Renji tells Ichigo to revert to his normal form, which he does.

Rukia says if he does so, the Kushanada will start attacking again. Ichigo realizes this too late, and the Kushanada loom above them, ready to renew their assault. Panicking, the group runs away as one brings a hand down on the skull crushing it, and another one attempts to crush them. An attempt which fails and gives them a ramp on which they can rush up back to the surface. Outside the Gates of Hell, Hitsugaya and Rangiku have their swords drawn in case another Kushanada attacks, but this proves to be unnecessary because the Gates of Hell are finally regenerating. At the last moment, Ichigo and his friends hurl themselves out of the small hole in the Gates. When Orihime runs up to greet them, they begin to fall, so she uses Santen Kesshun to catch them all. A completely healed Sado waves at them. Just as Hitsugaya begins to relax, Rangiku gives him a hug, which does not please him. Byakuya remains expressionless throughout all of this.

Meanwhile, Yuzu wakes up. But Karin, bolting up interrupts a greeting from her sister to check, and see if she is completely alright. Karin touching the area where Yuzu's Chain of Fate had been some time ago. As Yuzu is completely clueless. Karin huggs her, and begins crying in joy. Announcing he is home, and brought lots of souvenearies. Isshin wonders if no one is home.

Video Games

Ichigo is playable in all Bleach video games to date.

  • Bleach: Heat the Soul
  • Bleach: Soul Resurreccion
  • Bleach: The Blade of Fate
  • Bleach: Dark Souls

Quotes

  • "... If fate is a millstone, then we are the grist. There is nothing we can do. So I wish for strength. If I cannot protect them from the wheel, then give me a strong blade, and enough strength... to shatter fate."
  • (To Rukia Kuchiki) "Are you any different!? You sacrificed yourself to save me that time!! At that time, were you thinking about complicated stuff like "this is my Shinigami duty"!? That's not what sacrificing yourself is!! At the very least, I'm different!! I haven't accepted any commitment. If things get bad, I might run away, since I'm not a good enough person to be able to sacrifice my life for total strangers. But, unfortunately, I'm also not trash that can live happily without paying back his debts!"
  • (To Acidwire) "Big brothers... you know why they're born first? To protect the little ones that come after them!! What kind of brother says that he'll KILL his own sister?! Even a MONSTER shouldn't say that!!"
  • "At first, I thought "I want to protect Mom." The ones to protect increased with the birth of my sisters. I kept going to a dojo for the sake of protecting them. I got a bit stronger. The ones I thought I wanted to protect became more and more."
  • (To Uryu Ishida) "I'm not superman, so I can't say anything big like I'll protect everyone on earth. I'm not a modest guy who will say it's enough if I can protect as many people as my two hands can handle either. I want to protect a mountain-load of people."
  • (To Ganju Shiba) "I'm not a punk who can sit back and do nothing while somebody is going to die for his sake."
  • (To Yasutora "Chad" Sado) "All right. Let's do this, Chad. You keep doing your thing and don't fight for yourself, but fight for me. And I will fight for you. If you put your life on the line to protect something, then I'll put my life on the line to protect it too."
  • (To Zangetsu) "It's meaningless to just live, it's meaningless to just fight. I want to win!"
  • (To Byakuya Kuchiki) "Our pride', you said? So that pride you're saying to be so precious, is that connected to killing Rukia? Is it? Then I should stomp on it as you said. 'Cause that's why I obtained this Bankai!"
  • "Damn that Kenpachi! He really went all out chasing me down. That was scary as hell. His Reiatsu was terrifying. To think that I actually defeated someone like that. I don't even believe it myself."
  • (To Ulquiorra Cifer) "The difference in strength...what about it? Do you think I should give up just because you're stronger than me? I've always known you were strong. Nothing I see now will change my mind. I will defeat you, Ulquiorra."
  • (To Ulquiorra Cifer) "No. I said I'm not gonna do it. Is this...Is this any way to win?"
  • (To Yammy Llargo) "Stands a chance'? It's not like I exactly stood a chance against any of my other enemies, either. I just defeated them because I had to. That's all. You think I care if you're on a different level from the rest of the Espada? It's the same deal. If you're an enemy I have to defeat, I will. That's all."
  • (To Isshin Kurosaki) "If you didn't tell me until now, you must have had your reasons. And that's your problem, not mine. I wouldn't know how to start. I can't think of any way of asking that wouldn't mean traipsing all over your feelings and staining them with dirt. So I'll wait. Until you decide someday that you want to tell me, until you decide it's time for me to know. Until that time comes, you don't have to say a thing."
  • (To Gin Ichimaru) "I'm not saying I don't remember your blade. I'm saying I don't remember your heart. When you cross blades, you can tell a little of what your opponent's thinking. I'm not saying you can read their mind or anything like that, but you can tell what kind of resolve lies behind their blade, whether they respect you or look down on you. That kind of thing, you can tell. When I'm actually fighting, there's no time to think about it, so I don't usually realize until afterwards, but in general, the stronger the opponent is, the more of that "heart" seems to come across."
  • (To Muramasa) "Look Muramasa, or whatever your name is... You missed one important thing. You've been calling me a Shinigami this whole time. I'm a Human!"
  • (To himself about his former life) "That's right. It's not like I ever felt superior to anyone else because I could see ghosts. And I never planned to take it up as a profession. Hell, I never even felt the need to use my ability to help others. All I ever wanted was the normal life I couldn't have. I've finally achieved what I always wanted."
  • (To Zangetsu) "Zangetsu, I won't ask you to lend me your power any more. And I won't tell you don't get in my way. I won't even say let us fight together. I'll fight for myself. Thank you, Zangetsu. You are me."

Relationships

Masaki Kurosaki

Masaki was, as Ichigo described in the English version, "the center of the family", and was the main female influence Ichigo looked up to during his childhood. Every time he saw his mother, he would stop crying and immediately return to his usual cheerful personality, showingas if nothing had happened. Masaki's death at the hands of Grand Fisher completely changed Ichigo, who went from being a happy and smiling child to a frown, irascible guy shunning himself away from not only his friends and classmates, but his family. He also vowed not to let nobody care about him because he could not protect them, and imprisoned most of his emotions as well. Recently, however when he entered high school he still opens up to friends, but not like when Masaki was still alive.

Isshin Kurosaki

Ichigo and his father have a very unusual relationship. But Isshin tends to "train" Ichigo physically assaulting him, usually when Ichigo is asleep or when he comes home late from school, causing a frustrated Ichigo to beat his father. Still, Isshin cares deeply about Ichigo, as seen when he saved Ichigo's body (Kon was in his body at the time) from an attack by Grand Fisher, and when he talked about his parenting skills with Ryuken Ishida. Ichigo usually refer to Isshin as "temee" which is a very offensive way of saying "you" in Japanese, something that no ordinary child would tell a parent. A curious fact is that Ichigo never addresses Isshin as "Otosan" but as "oyaji" [老爺] meaning "old".

Karin Kurosaki

Ichigo is very protective of Karin. He has never shown anger or sibling rivalry with any of them. But he does get angry when Karin tries to use his ghost seeing abilities to make a little cash. Although Karin is well aware that Ichigo is a Shinigami, so she doesn't reveal to Yuzu due to the fact that Ichigo knows about Yuzu not being able to see ghost. Ichigo also has refused to share any information about Shinigami with Karin. It turns out Ichigo learned martial arts in order to protect Karin when she was an infant. Ichigo even agreed to become a Shinigami, partly to protect Karin from harm. Ichigo would also try his hardest not to make Karin cry due to him knowing that Karin has stop crying completely after their mother died.

Yuzu Kurosaki

Ichigo is very protective of Yuzu as well. He has never shown anger or sibling rivalry with any of them. But he does get angry when Yuzu asks him if he has seen her missing P.J's. Even though Karin is well aware that Ichigo is a Shinigami, he doesn't reveal to Yuzu due to the fact that Ichigo knows about Yuzu not being able to see ghost. Ichigo also has refused to share any information about Shinigami with her. It turns out Ichigo learned martial arts in order to protect Yuzu when she was an infant. Ichigo even agreed to become a Shinigami, partly to protect Karin from harm. Yuzu is closer to Ichigo, partly because he would help her take a bath. But when Ichigo entered high school, he refused to take a bath with Yuzu. But Ichigo does show his softer side to her, when she tells him that she pass a test with flying colors, and when she cuts his hair.

Tatsuki Arisawa

Tatsuki is probably the oldest friend of Ichigo. Due to the fact that she met him six years before the beginning of the story. Since their childhood, Ichigo was sparring against Tatsuki in karate classes. Tatsuki who is skilled fighter at first glance, had gave some good shots to Ichigo, which in those days she refered to him as a crybaby and a mom mist boy. Tatsuki precisely is the only class mate that knows why Ichigo never going to class on June 17 as it is the anniversary of Masaki's death. Tatsuki is well aware of Ichigo's feelings, and seems to know a lot deeper than it is at the level of their class. Following a comment by Karin the first girl who went to visit his home was Tatsuki.

Orihime Inoue

Originally a friend Tatsuki, who is Ichigo's childhood friend. Orihime always admired Ichigo from afar. Ichigo would usually offer to walk her home since he knows about her brother's death. She cares a lot about Ichigo and then confesses that she is deeply in love with him (although he was asleep at the time), but it seems that Ichigo is unaware of the nature of her feelings for him. He firmly believes that Orihime is a good person, thus he become angry when it was believed that she was a traitor. After being kidnapped by Ulquiorra, Ichigo and his other friends sneaked out at night to save her. It immediately became hostile towards Ulquiorra after he said that he had kidnapped her and that his actions caused Orihime being branded a traitor in the first place. He also managed to stop attacks by Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez single-handed after Orihime told him not to die, and let himself be shot in the back by five attacks Grimmjow (who initially were elusive) that Orihime would not be affected. In his battle with Ulquiorra Ulquiorra it speculated that a possible reason why Ichigo could have resisted his Cero without the use of his mask is because of it. Orihime even claims that she suffers a lot to see Ichigo hurt or cry. Once they reach adulthood, the two got marry and have a son name Kazui.

Yasutora "Chad" Sado

Chad is one of the many characters in the series to which Ichigo has marked a very important way, although the same is true in reverse, as Ichigo has him as one of his best friends. From the moment they met arose between the two strong sense of loyalty, and mutual protection that has continued throughout the entire series, and reached its peak during fighting in the Soul Society. However, there was a point in time when Chad was disappointed with Ichigo, and himself, after his first contact with Boot, seeing that it was no longer able to keep up with his friend, progressed visibly. Ichigo who was hurt because in their opinion, no longer had him in mind as his comrade in arms and support in a fight, Chad decided to reverse this trend and show Ichigo that friends could still give more of themselves. The hard training Chad underwent for a month achieved the desired effect, and the existing friendship with Ichigo has not been resentful.

Uryu Ishida

The official presentation of Ishida was like the first major adversary of Ichigo in history, the last member of a clan destroyed by Shinigami who wants to prove that it is superior to all of them even if it means risking the lives of thousands of innocent. But finally Ichigo could see the person behind that curtain of hatred and contempt, and together they came to fix the situation without major problems. Thereafter, although the rivalry between Ichigo and Ishida still evident in small details, has forged a solid friendship between them able to withstand any challenge, even though they refuse to admit this fact. When Ichigo becomes a hole in his final battle against Ulquiorra, Ishida attempts to stop him maul the body of Ulquiorra, but Ichigo stabs him in the abdomen. When Ichigo regains control of himself, he shows regret for this act. Along with telling Ishida to protect Oeihime while he decides to continue battling the Espada.

Rukia Kuchiki

Since the beginning of the series, Rukia shows great concern for Ichigo in the moments when he is in danger, and he is also responsible for trying to keep her out of trouble. Also, he does not hesitate to teach the rudiments of the work of Shinigami and give its advice and opinion, as long as they are required. Still, there are also several moments of discussion between them, since none of them wants to ever give up their arguments. But, both have a deep friendship, and on more than one occasion has demonstrated the ability to help in their problems. He and Rukia, prove to have between them more than friendship sample of this is to be understood only with Orihime.

Kisuke Urahara

Being interested by Ichigo upon meeting him after he caught Kon. Urahara can be older than it meets the eye, since the shopkeeper has a existing friendly relationship with Ichigo's father. Once obtained Shinigami powers from the hands of Rukia Kuchiki, Ichigo was watched from a distance by Urahara in different adventures, but did not get to know each other more directly until Rukia was taken back to Soul Society and Urahara offered to help Ichigo by severe training which eventually help him regained the powers of Shinigami. From this moment, Urahara has used Ichigo and his friends to meet their different objectives and although has always been successful and helped the team in one way or another (especially with valuable advice and information). Yet it has gotten rid of the image people have of him as a manipulative being and hidden agendas.

Renji Abarai

At first Ivhigo thought of him as an enemy, but once Ichigo defeats Renji. Ichigo realize they want to save Rukia, helping each other to save his life. Renji and Ichigo tend to have the same views on life and have almost the same personality, so some people think of them as brothers during the Bount invasion. Throughout the series, Ichigo has Renji help repeatedly, such as preventing Rukia's execution and the fight against the Espada. Despite his loyalty to the Soul Society, they tend to face each other in verbal confrontations. However they are still good friends.

Byakuya Kuchiki

Byakuya was the main villain Ichigo fought during the Saga of the Soul Society and one of the most formidable opponents he has faced. Due to the passive attitude of Byakuya to the implementation of his own sister, Ichigo eventually won, who from the beginning was proposed a rescue mission to save Rukia, founded Captain Kuchiki to be his most lethal adversary. Byakuya demonstrated a clear superiority over him, showing great contempt Ichigo, who reminded him both physically and in their motivations to the late Subcaptain of the 13th Division, Kaien Shiba. During his fight in the human world Byakuya won, which is one of the reasons why the Captain Kuchiki chose not to kill Ichigo.

Following the epic showdown between Byakuya and Ichigo in Sokyoku, they began to talk about idea and goals. They finally understand that before proceeding unjust rules should protect their loved ones. Since then he began to respect Byakuya, but the former still looks as a nasty person who never tries to use honorific suffixes. Meanwhile, Ichigo sees Byakuya not as an enemy, but has been taking his confidence up to call him by his first name, something that continues to disturb the noble captain. However, after the departure of Aizen to the Hueco Mundo, while Ichigo is looking for Rukia in Seireitei, he enters the room where Renji was talking to Byakuya, to ask about the whereabouts of Rukia, calling him by his name before taking his leave. This shows a little uncertain and a little sad that the substitute shinigami called him by name.

Zangetsu

While others have been known Shinigamis over the years his Zanpakuto and spirit that dwelleth therein, in order to keep improving, Ichigo was forced to carry out this process in the course of a few days. Nevertheless, Zangetsu shown always eager to help Ichigo and that it fully trust him with absolutely nothing in return. Ichigo manages to learn a rush and eventually his heels teachings Zangetsu, beating each of the challenges it faces, so that harmony between Shinigami and Zanpakuto is always clear, and is only marred by charging each other again the power source weight Hollow, which outgrow the benevolent influence of Zangetsu.

Nevertheless, as it is well proven in the picture Zangetsu still wants with all his might that he and Ichigo progress together, and remain his fellow sufferer forever. Since Ichigo woke his Shinigami powers, Ichigo has a strong connection with its Zanpakuto, as is demonstrated by the fact that Zangetsu will constantly help Ichigo in difficult situations. In training in Dangai to get Getsuga end Tensho, Tensa Zangetsu revealed that wish to protect Ichigo. This statement came as a surprise to Ichigo. After using the Getsuga end Tensho, Ichigo hurt reflected in the expression of his eyes, showed that after defeating Zangetsu that Ichigo wants to protect him.

Yoruichi Shihoin

Yoruichi helped Ichigo willingly on numerous occasions, leading her to save his life during his meeting with Byakuya Kuchiki in the Tower of Penance. In the same way of Urahara, Yoruichi has acted as a kind of substitute teacher for the Shinigami, revealing the existence of bankai and teaching the method he devised to get in just three days. The good relationship between Ichigo and Yoruichi are demonstrated by the confidence shown. But she does much to his anger shows that she doesn't wear clothes after turning back into a human. (something she has not done before with anyone else except Suì Feng in the anime).

Ganju Shiba

The first meeting between Ganju and the group of Ryoka was somewhat uneven, since only without a word, with Ichigo fighting started when Ganju called him a *** Shimigami. Due to Ganju leavimg early because he was suppose to be home at 9:00, Ichigo called him a coward and vowed to beat him up once he fids out what his name is. Upon returning the home of Kukaku, Ichigo made contact with Ganju again. This reflected a rivalry between the two characters in some way similar to that of Ichigo and Renji. However over time, Ganju and Ichigo would eventually learn to tolerate each other, and even Ganju lent a hand to the Shinigami substitute when he tried to focus his spiritual energy in Kukaku's special sphere, which allow the group to infiltrate the Seireitei. Once inside, Ganju and Ichigo continue the search mission together for a long time, discussing in some other occasion but making it clear that after this peculiar form a friendship was made.

Kukaku Shiba

Ikkaku Madarame

Kenpachi Zaraki

Both are respected and considered allies, despite having tried to kill each other in their initial meetings. Kenpachi will give Ichigo knowledge about the fight, as was seen during formation visored. Since beating Kenpachi, Ichigo thinks that Kenpachi seeks revenge and so very afraid of him, even when they are allies, Ichigo runs away from him when he asked for a rematch. In fact, Ichigo is just one of the toughest fighters Kenpachi has faced and the only person to ever defeat in combat, Yachiru has also stated that "Ichi is the best friend of "Ken-chan".

Yachiru Kusajishi

Hollow Ichigo

Probably the most complex relationship of Ichigo, and one of the richest in nuances of the history of the series, is what keeps the star of the same with his inner Hollow. From the very onset of Hollow Ichigo, both organizations are in constant competition because they both want to become the dominant personality, and subjugate the other. Initially Hollow Ichigo's rise was slow but steady, and at the end has come to be so palpable that at certain times he refer to himself as Ichigo true self over the body of the Shinigami, causing chaos and destruction around him. However, the fear he felt Hollow Ichigo to his side and his constant threats has finally disappear, thanks to training he did with the visored, and can now face him without fear, trusting in his victory. Though his enemy is so powerful and utilizes much better than him, their potential in combating. Hollow Ichigo is also aware of this, and although it is not willing to cease his efforts to get to become the "king" and that Ichigo becomes the "horse".

He does not bother the Shinigami with his taunts and threats, but he prefers to stay hidden and expectation, to make a move when circumstances are in your favor. Still, it is noteworthy that the two personalities can reach allying itself if they have common grounds, and is in those moments when Ichigo becomes an invincible adversary. Hollow Ichigo cares if Ichigo die, because if he dies, he will too. Because it decides to grant a certain amount of power, or even take for a while absolute control, in order to prevent the body of the Shinigami substitute to disappears. Hollow Ichigo said the Bount saga that he doesn't like saying that he and that Ichigo are together, but it would hurt if Ichigo should die.

Jushiro Ukitake

Toshiro Hitsugaya

Since they met, Ichigo has always called the captain of the tenth division by his first name, "Toshiro", which infuriates the young captain. Although it has not been much interaction between them, they are respected, and if the situation warrants, they work together. On one occasion, Ichigo forgot Toshiro's name, calling him `` awakening enano further angering Hitsugaya. Normally, Hitsugaya angerily says: "For you it's Captain Hitsugaya" something that Ichigo does not pay much attention.

Rangiku Matsumoto

Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck

Wishing to play with Ichigo, Nell follows him into Las Noches, even after he had separated from his friends. He was forced to take Nell and care for her, Ichigo loses all sense of protectiveness in her during the fight with Dordoni, worrying that she'll get hurt, so much that he and the enemy decides to fight to their full potential. Later, when Ichigo fight with Ulquiorra first and is defeated, Nell feels terribly guilty for being a burden to her friend, and it is this idea that drives him to protect her while fighting against Nnoitra. This battle restores Nel to her original appearance, which surprised Ichigo and Orihime. The feelings Nel have towards Ichigo are the same, coming to hug him tightly in an explosion of joy despite him being in very bad shape. Nevertheless the two remain friends after Kenpachi defeated Nnoitra.

Retsu Unohana

Sajin Komamura

Grand Fisher

Grand Fisher was a serial murderer who prefers to kill women, and was the one who killed Ichigo's mother in front of Ichigo when he was nine years old. After their first meeting, Ichigo was consumed by revenge and tried to kill Grand Fisher to avenge his mother. Ichigo after nearly defeating Grand Fisher, decided to remain a Shinigami substitute for the sole purpose of avenging the death of his mother, while Fisher became an imperfect Start in order to kill the "Shinigami substitute". When Fisher tried to kill Kon in Ichigo's body, he was killed by Isshin and finally avenged Masaki's death.

Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez

Following their first meeting, in which Ichigo managed to withstand harsh penalties from Grimmjow. The Sixth Espada developed a keen sense of rivalry towards him, which has been dragging along the whole series and in different clashes that have, thus becoming clearer in the alter-ego of Shinigami substitute. Grimmjow is determined to show Ichigo that he is the strongest, obsessed with the idea that it belittles their potential and is believed superior to him. Following his obsession with Ichigo, Grimmjow comes to free Orihime and Ulquiorra face even with the simple goal of being able to fight his enemy in the prime of life without restriction. The reason that Ichigo and Grimmjow have come to clash in this way should, without doubt, how similar their personalities are.

Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio

The attitude of Dordoni annoys Ichigo, considering it is a level one, which is not evening worth giving recognition, due to its three-digit number, and stubbornly refused to use his Bankai and Hollow mask to combat it because it would be "a waste of time and energy." Dordoni, saw Ichigo as a powerful fighter, and expressed the hope that the defeat of Aizen would welcome him back to the Sword. After his final defeat at the hands of Ichigo, Dordoni gave advice to the latter, telling him and Nel to leave before reinforcements come which Ichigo did sadly looking at his enemy knowing that Dordoni will die.

Nnoitra Gilga

Knownable Relatives

Trivia

  • According to Shonen Jump's character popularity polls, Ichigo was consistently the most popular character in Bleach in the first three polls, but ranked 3rd in the fourth popularity poll.
  • Ichigo's Zanpakuto, Zangetsu, was voted the 3rd most popular Zanpakuto in the Zanpakuto popularity poll, while his Bankai, Tensa Zangetsu, was ranked 10th.
  • As credited by Tite Kubo, Ichigo's theme music is "News from the front" by Bad Religion.
  • The number 15 on Ichigo's bedroom door is both a reference to his age and a pun on his name: ichi-go can be read to mean "one-five (一五)".
  • Ichigo claims his name comes from ichi for first prize and go for guardian angel, though his father told him his name means "he who protects." Using certain kanji (苺), Ichigo's name can mean "strawberry," which led Jidanbō Ikkanzaka to comment that Ichigo has a cute name and Mashiro Kuna to nickname him "Berry-tan". Upon hearing his name, Ikkaku Madarame stated men whose names contain the word ichi are often powerful and talented.
  • Despite various people noticing how Ichigo resembles Kaien Shiba in looks and personality, neither Ganju nor Kukaku, Kaien's siblings, have commented on that.
  • When Ichigo takes a new Hollow form in his fight against Ulquiorra, the chapter sketches reveal his Substitute Shinigami Badge is broken.
  • There is some inconsistency regarding Ichigo's wounds from training with Hiyori when Orihime arrived at the Visored Warehouse to find him. Though in the anime the wounds aren't visible, but between pages in the manga, they aren't initially visible, but appear then reappear in the next pages.
  • In chapter 499, Ichigo's Bankai's tsuba seems to revert to its previous form, rather than being curved and jagged.
  • In chapter 627, the scaled shoulder pad on Ichigo's new Shinigami outfit briefly appears on his right shoulder instead of on his left.
  • Johnny Yong Bosch has enjoyed voicing Ichigo's character due to his personal interest in the character's morals. However, he experienced difficulty voicing him in some scenes where Ichigo shouts for a long time.
  • Masakazu Morita said that Ichigo was one of his favorite characters he ever played alongside Tidus from Final Fantasy X. While describing Ichigo as one of his best roles, Morita notes that voicing him can be at times difficult.

Ichigo has many similarities with Uzumaki Naruto from Naruto/Naruto Shippuuden.

Voice Actresses & Actors

  • Japanese voice actress : Yuki Matsuoka (Child)
  • Japanese : Masakazu Morita (Teenager)
  • English voice actress : Mona Marshall (Child in Ep. 7 – 8/Bleach movie 2)
  • English : Johnny Yong Bosch (Teenager & Child in Ep. 178)
Played by in (Live Action) : Sota Fukushi (2017 Film)

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