Bleach (season 15)
|Bleach Season 15
Gotei 13 Invading Army arc
The cover of the first DVD compilation released by Aniplex of Gotei 13 Invading Army arc
|Country of origin||Japan|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Original channel||TV Tokyo|
|Original run||April 12, 2011– October 4, 2011|
The fifteenth season of the Bleach anime series is known as Gotei 13 Invading Army arc (護廷十三隊侵軍篇 Gotei Jūsan Tai Shingun Hen?). It is directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot. The season's twenty-six episodes are based on the Bleach manga series by Tite Kubo, but follow original storylines exclusive to the anime. In this arc, Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends investigate a series of strange events in the Soul Society where numerous Soul Reapers have disappeared without a trace, with a seemingly large conspiracy at work. As this takes place, Ichigo is forced to struggle with the fading of his powers due to the previous battle between him and Sosuke Aizen.
The season began airing on April 12, 2011 on TV Tokyo and ended on October 4, 2011. Aniplex collected it in six DVD volumes between February 22 and July 25, 2012. The episodes of this season uses three pieces of theme music. The single opening theme is "BLUE" by ViViD. The first ending theme, "Aoi Tori" (アオイトリ?, "Blue Bird") by fumika is used from episode 317 to 329. The second ending theme, "Haruka Kanata" by UNLIMITS is used from episodes 330 to 342.
|No.||Title||Original airdate||English airdate|
|317||"Unusual Incident in Seireitei?! Gotei 13 Invading Army Arc!"
"Seireitei ni Ihen?! Gotei Jūsantai Shingun Hen!" (瀞霊廷に異変?!護廷十三隊侵軍篇！)
|April 12, 2011||October 5, 2013|
|After cleansing and restoring the barriers where Karakura Town was temporarily swapped with Soul Society, Matsumoto and Nanao enter the Precipice World to return home, but are confronted by something along the way. Hitsugaya and Shunsui lose contact with their lieutenants, who have not returned. Meanwhile, Ichigo and Rukia go off to handle Hollows, and Kon goes off to investigate a spiritual disturbance and finds a green-haired girl covered in rags. Hitsugaya and Shunsui report to Yamamoto regarding their lieutenants' disappearances, but Matsumoto and Nanao return at the same time. Both of them do not recall being away that long and just came back directly. The Soul Reapers realize time in the Precipice World is out of sync with Soul Society, with Yamamoto ordering Mayuri Kurotsuchi to conduct a survey of the area with Kenpachi's team as security escort. Ichigo returns home and is furious with Kon, who has brought back the green-haired girl. While the survey in ongoing, Mayuri and Kenpachi's team are confronted by an intense light emerging from the walls of the Precipice World. Rukia is ordered to return to Soul Society along with Ichigo. Ichigo goes with Rukia through the Precipice World but are chased by the Kototsu. To save themselves, Ichigo uses his bankai and carries Rukia all the way to Soul Society but due to the gradual loss of his powers, he falls to the ground. Ichigo encounters Hitsugaya and then Byakuya, who places Ichigo under confinement. Somewhere in Soul Society, a man walks through a lab filled with piles of gigai and addresses what seems to be Izuru Kira and Nanao Ise.|
|318||"Renji vs. Rukia?! Battle With Comrades!"
"Renji tai Rukia?! Nakama to no Tatakai!" (恋次ＶＳルキア?!仲間との戦い！)
|April 19, 2011||October 12, 2013|
|While Kon tries to keep the green-haired girl, whose name is Nozomi Kujo, a secret from Ichigo's family, Ichigo himself is placed under confinement in Seireitei. Rukia sneaks into jail and frees him. Jūshirō and Shunsui discuss Ichigo's arrest, as his substitute badge was found by Byakuya Kuchiki inside the Precipice World, leading the rest to believe Ichigo is responsible for the disappearances. However Jūshirō and Shunsui believe there's more to it. Rukia explains to Ichigo there is a time gap between the living world and Soul Society. Before she can explain more, Renji and Ikkaku confront them. Although Ichigo and Rukia try to convince them they are innocent, the two Soul Reapers attack them. While fighting them, Ichigo and Rukia realize that Renji and Ikkaku are somehow not themselves and exhibit ruthless behaviors. Yoruichi arrives and seals Renji and Ikkaku's movements before escaping with Ichigo and Rukia. In her hideout, Yoriuchi explains to them that the Soul Reapers are being replaced secretly by Reigai, which houses the spiritual essence of Soul Reapers functioning like a gigai. The reigai contains near-perfect copies of memories, personalities and behaviors of the Soul Reapers. As reigai is used to test out the soul candies, it seems that someone in the 12th Division and the Department of Technology and Research is involved. Yoriuchi has no idea how many impostors are there hiding among the Gotei 13. Ichigo and Rukia sneak into the lab and discover Nozomi is a fugitive from Soul Society. The mysterious scientist along with the fake Kira and Nanao arrive in the living world to apprehend Nozomi, who evades capture. Kon follows her and both are eventually cornered by the scientist's group. However, Uryū Ishida arrives to help Kon and Nozomi.|
|319||"Ichigo's Capture Net! Escape From Soul Society!"
"Ichigo Hobakumō! Sōru Sosaeti o Dasshutsu se yo!" (一護捕縛網！尸魂界を脱出せよ！)
|April 26, 2011||October 19, 2013|
|Uryū Ishida shows up and confronts the mysterious scientist while Kon is unable to respond. Nozomi is left unconscious, captured by Kira and Nanao. Ishida is defeated by the scientist and his zanpakuto, Raiku. Ichigo, Rukia, and Yoruichi are trying to form a plan to escape Soul Society since they assume the Reigai blocked the Senkaimon. Yoruichi sacrifices herself and fights the captains and lieutenants to let Rukia and Ichigo escape. Orihime and Chad show up to save Ishida and Chad is also defeated when he is trying to give Orihime time to heal Ishida. Ichigo and Rukia arrive and Ichigo proceeds with fighting the scientist. He reveals his name is Kageroza Inaba, and easily deals with Ichigo in his weakening state. Just as he is about to kill Ichigo and Rukia, Renji appears and attacks Inaba with his zanpakuto. The other captains and lieutenants involved in the incident arrive to face Inaba, and Hitsugaya retrieves Nozomi after dealing a blow to fake Kira. The scientist then admits that he is behind the Reigai incident, and then claims once he has Nozomi, he will be able to conquer Soul Society and the World of the Living. Inaba escapes to Soul Society and meets with the Reigai. He deems them the Invading Army, and tasks them with retrieving Nozomi and eliminating the originals.|
|320||"Gotei 13, Gathering in the Real World!"
"Gotei Jūsantai, Gense ni Shūketsu!" (護廷十三隊、現世に集結！)
|May 3, 2011||October 26, 2013|
|Ichigo, Kon, Uryū, Orihime, and Sado are all in Urahara's shop looking after Nozomi. Rukia appears and tells Ichigo to join the others to formulate a strategy on Nozomi's protection. Orihime organizes a Barbecue to cheer up Nozomi and get her to open up to the others, however she runs away. Kon, Chad, Uryū, and Orihime try to find her. Kon eventually finds her, but leaves her in the care of Matsumoto, but fails to realize that Matsumoto is the impostor trying to capture Nozomi. After he realizes that Nozomi was captured by Matsumoto, he attempts to save her, however he cannot defeat Matsumoto, and after he himself is defeated, Ichigo, Renji, Rukia, and Matsumoto all arrive to save Nozomi, and the impostor Matsumoto escapes. The episode ends with everyone having a barbecue, and Nozomi starts to eat after Kon offers her some of the barbecued food.|
|321||"Showdown of Mutual Self, Ikkaku vs. Ikkaku!"
"Jibun Dōshi no Taiketsu, Ikkaku tai Ikkaku!" (自分同士の対決、一角VS一角！)
|May 10, 2011||November 2, 2013|
|The episode begins with Ukitake and Kyoraku suspecting some sort of foul play within Soul Society, questioning Ichigo's arrest. They reflect on a previous captain meeting, where Kurotsuchi claims that Ichigo tampered with work in the Precipice World, which is supported by Kenpachi Zaraki. Unbeknowest to Ukitake and Kyoraku, both Mayuri and Kenpachi are imposters. Ichigo is then placed under suspicion by the head captain. In Karakura Town, Ichigo retires to his room to find Kon tied up in his closet. He informs Ichigo that Nozomi has escaped again. Ichigo, his friends, and the Soul Reapers trapped in the living world proceed with searching for her. In Soul Society, Inaba addresses an unresponsive male figure closely resembling Nozomi, dressed in attire similar to Rukia's during her arrest. This indicates Nozomi left her soul and escaped to the living world. Kon manages to find Nozomi, though she is reluctant to return. Meanwhile, the imposters arrive in Karakura Town. Ikkaku, Yumichika, Omaeda, Hisagi are confronted by their respective Reigai. Omaeda's Reigai also happens to look more appealing than the real one, having claimed he did not want Omaeda's actual looks. The Soul Reapers engage their imposters in an intense, fast-paced combat. Hisagi and Omaeda tricking their imposters and defeating them. However, things do not go so well for Yumikchika and Ikkaku. While Ikkaku is defeated by his Reigai's Bankai, Yumichika is almost choked to death by his Reigai. Yumichika is reluctant to fight his own copy while the Reigai has no problems about it at all. The false claims that he wanted to see his beautiful body covered in blood to see if the result would look more beautiful, and wanted to use the real Yumichika as an example. Luckily their Reigai are fended off after Uryū arrives to join the fray. The false Ikkaku and false Yumichika retreat, with their respective originals badly injured and unconscious. At the episode's conclusion, Kira's Reigai approaches Matsumoto, Rukia encounters her own Reigai, and Suì-Fēng arrests Kyoraku, who, like Ichigo, has been framed by Inaba.|
|322||"Clash! Rukia vs. Rukia!"
"Gekitotsu! Rukia tai Rukia!" (激突！ルキアVSルキア！)
|May 17, 2011||November 9, 2013|
|Kon continues to follow Nozomi, who claims to have some sort of uncertain destination that she will not reveal. Later, Ichigo, Orihime, and Sado are seen searching for Nozomi, while Uryū is seen tending to the wounds of the four soul reapers previously attacked in the previous episode. Izuru Kira's Reigai attacks Matsumoto, claiming to be stronger than before. After releasing his zanpakuto, he attacks Matsumoto, who manages to block his attacks. As she attempts to release her zanpakuto, it drops to the ground. Fake Kira explains that Inaba improved his abilities, and now his sword increases the weight ten-fold with every hit. Kira manages to subdue her and nearly behead her, however she blocks his zanpakuto with a steel pole, which forces his sword to the ground, trapping it due to its weight. Matsumoto then attacks with Haineko, and Fake Kira disintegrates. Back in Soul Society, Ukitake pleas to Central 46, asking them to free Kyoraku. They deny his request, and he meets with Unohana, who warns him to be careful. Later, false Rukia attacks the real Rukia. Nemu Kurotsuchi's Reigai arrives and joins the brawl, revealing that the two imposters form a formidable tag team. Then, the real Nemu arrives, killing her Reigai. False Nemu disintegrates like Kira, leaving behind a red stone. Nemu assumes that this is the true form of the Reigai. Rukia then apparently defeats her respective Reigai, and Matsumoto joins Rukia and Nemu. When they agree to search for Nozomi, Rukia reveals she is actually the Reigai Rukia, and then she tosses Nemu and Matsumoto into the river with the real Rukia. Elsewhere, Nozomi tells Kon she must find a place with a row of shrine gates, and Kon agrees to take her to the first place he remembers. Also, Ukitake frees Kyoraku from imprisonment, though Kyoraku slashes Ukitake and reveals the former is also a Reigai. Fake Kyoraku meets with the fake Ukitake that appears, and the two flee.|
|323||"Protect Ichigo! Nozomi's Determination"
"Mamore Ichigo! Nozomi no Ketsui" (護れ一護！望実の決意)
|May 24, 2011||November 16, 2013|
|Sado and Orihime find Rukia, Nemu, and Matsumoto washed up on the shore of the river. As Orihime goes to heal them, Sado is attacked by false Renji. In Soul Society, the fake Kyoraku and fake Ukitake confront the head captain, who claims he has known all along about their intent to kill him. Unohana meets with Isane and explains to her that she has gone through secret Soul Society archives, and that she has determined Inaba as the perpetrator. Inaba then reveals himself, and demonstrates the power of his zanpakuto as Isane attacks him. Unohana infers that he has used his research to form a zanpakuto that can move through both space and time. Inaba confirms this and then retreats. As Sado is confronting false Renji, the real Renji appears and attacks his imposter, eventually defeating the Reigai later in the episode. Meanwhile, Nozomi explains to Kon that the living world has several natural senkaimons, some leading to empty voids. Her plan is to enter one and vanish, rendering Inaba unable to capture her. Several of the Reigai appear to apprehend her, but they are confronted by Ichigo. He unleashes a powerful Getsuga Tensho, destroying the Reigai that appeared (Rukia, Matsumoto, Hisagi, Omaeda, Yumichika, and Ikkaku).|
|324||"Recapture Seireitei! The Captains Move!"
"Seireitei Dakkan e! Taichō-tachi, Ugoku!" (瀞霊廷奪還へ！隊長たち、動く！)
|May 31, 2011||November 23, 2013|
|Hitsugaya, Byakuya, Kenpachi, and Komamura, the four captains trapped in the living world, use Urahara's senkaimon to return to Soul Society. They fall into Inaba's trap in the Precipice World, where Komamura stays behind to counter the restrictive current. As the other three arrive, they go separate ways and Kenpachi encounters his false counterpart. He engages his clone in fierce combat, at first being defeated. However he regains the upper hand and destroys the Reigai after encouragement from Yachiru. Meanwhile, Fake Ukitake and Kyoraku continue battling Yammamoto, claiming that they have not lost their pride despite being Reigai. Also, Isane and Unohana confront Inaba at his headquarters. He explains how he made the fake soul reapers, and then Isane turns on Unohana, revealing herself to be an impostor. The Unohana Reigai then arrives and meets with the original.|
|325||"For the Sake of the Believers! Byakuya vs. Hitsugaya!"
"Shinzuru Mono no Tame ni! Byakuya tai Hitsugaya!" (信ずるものの為に！白哉vs日番谷！)
|June 7, 2011||November 30, 2013|
|Unohana and her imposter engage in a Kido conflict, with Unohana escaping. The Fake Kyoraku and Ukitake are unable to defeat the head captain, who criticizes their claim that they retain their pride. Fake Unohana arrives and heals their wounds, revealing their strategy to exhaust the head captain. Elsewhere in Seireitei, Byakuya is stopped by the Fake Hitsugaya, and the two unleash their bankais in a brief battle. Byakuya asks the imposter why someone would fight for Inaba, and Fake Histugaya claims that he wants to protect someone, whom the original also wants to protect but the original one does not have the power to do it, which he has. Byakuya criticizes his motives and eventually manages to defeat him, though narrowly escaping Hitsugaya's Hyoten Hyakasso. Back in the living world, Ichigo asks Urahara to send him to Soul Society. He is advised not to go due to his declining spirit energy. However, Nozomi steps up and reveals a type of healing kido that restores some of Ichigo's lost spiritual power. He then proceeds with heading to Soul Society, where Inaba meets with the unresponsive figure resembling Nozomi, claiming Nozomi will return.|
|326||"The Two Hinamori, Hitsugaya's Resolution"
"Futari no Hinamori, Hitsugaya no Kakugo" (ふたりの雛森、日番谷の覚悟)
|June 14, 2011||January 4, 2014|
|Ichigo enters the Precipice World and heads toward Soul Society. Byakuya kills fake Hitsugaya and moves forward, where he encounters fake Byakuya. While in a bamboo forest, Kenpachi is attacked by Suì-Fēng and the Punishment Force. He easily defeats all of Suì-Fēng's forces. Ichigo reaches Soul Society where he encounters Inaba. Elsewhere Hitsugaya is confronted by fake Hinamori. Despite knowing she is an imposter, Hitsugaya cannot bring himself to kill her. The real Hinamori seems to appear and attacks her Reigai. After tricking Hitsugaya into saving one of them, they reveal that both of them are Reigai and cut him down. Yoruichi then appears and defeats both of the Reigai, saving Hitsugaya. Meanwhile, Suì-Fēng attacks Kenpachi, but Komamura interrupts and challenges fake Suì-Fēng. As Ichigo arrives in Soul Society, he is attacked by Inaba, who explains that Ichigo's lack of purity makes him an erasable anomaly. Inaba then uses his zanpakuto to trap Ichigo in the Precipice World.|
|327||"Pride of the Kuchiki Family! Byakuya vs. Byakuya!"
"Kuchiki-ke no Hokori! Byakuya tai Byakuya!" (朽木家の誇り！白哉VS白哉！)
|June 21, 2011||January 11, 2014|
|Byakuya confronts his false counterpart, originally struggling until he releases his bankai. Meanwhile, Komammura is having difficulty dealing with fake Suì-Fēng, whose speed and abilities seem to outmatch his. In a desperate final attempt, both he and fake Suì-Fēng clash with their bankais, and the battle ends in a draw. Elsewhere, a frustrated Head Captain Yamammato releases a powerful wall of fire, seemingly engulfing the imposters that were challenging him. In the World of the Living, Ichigo's friends express concern when Urahara tells them he cannot detect Ichigo's spirit energy.|
|328||"Defeat Kageroza! Shinigami, All-Out War!"
"Kagerōza o Taose! Shinigami, Sōryokusen!" (影狼佐を倒せ！死神、総力戦！)
|June 28, 2011||January 18, 2014|
|Hitsugaya and Kenpachi arrive at Inaba's base of operations. They engage him in combat, and Inaba reveals his Zanpakutō can record attacks in the Precipice World and fire them back at the opponent. As Inaba gains the upper hand, Yoruichi and the captains arrive, aside from the head captain and Mayuri. Inaba summons the remaining Reigai, and a brawl between the originals and the fakes ensues. At first the captains and Yoruichi are able to overpower Inaba and his forces. However when they lose the upper hand, fake Mayuri slashes Inaba, revealing he switched places with the imposter. Elsewhere, Ichigo is rescued in the Precipice World by a mysterious figure.|
|329||"The Forbidden Research...Nozomi's Hidden Secret!"
"Kindan no Kenkyū... Nozomi ni Kakusareta Himitsu!" (禁断の研究…望実に隠された秘密！)
|July 5, 2011||January 25, 2014|
|Ichigo awakens at Urahara's shop, mystified as to how he was rescued. Urahara tells him that there are several ways to escape the restrictive current but none to escape the cleaner so it is unknown how Ichigo escaped. Elsewhere, Mayuri uses his zanpakuto to drug Inaba. Inaba then summons fake Isane and attacks her. At Urahara shop, Rukia then explains Project Spearhead to the rest of the group in which mod souls were used. Inaba then takes the soul candy from the Reigai and swallows it, resulting with Inaba being rejected from his body and the Reigai taking the effects of the drug. Inaba then ressurects most of the defeated Reigai, unleashing their true strength and revealing his backstory as the one who created mod souls. The episode ends with Nozomi admitting she was the first mod soul.|
|330||"I Want to Live...! Nozomi's Zanpakutō"
"Ikitai...! Nozomi no Zanpakutō" (生きたい…！望実の斬魄刀)
|July 12, 2011||February 1, 2014|
|Renji reports to the head captain and informs him that the captains involved in the brawl with Inaba have not been heard from. The head captain states that only the soul reapers in the Living World and Ichigo's group are prepared for battle. He then speculates several Hollows may have gathered due to the spiritual disturbance. When Ichigo and Rukia leave Nozomi's company to deal with a Hollow, she leaves the house and goes for a walk. Nozomi herself is then attacked by a Hollow, and Kon arrives to defend her. After the Hollow easily deals with them both, Nozomi's frustration releases a bout of spiritual pressure, and she regains her zanpakuto and soul reaper abilities, defeating the Hollow.|
|331||"For the Sake of Fighting! The Awakened Nozomi!"
"Tatakau Tame ni! Mezame yo Nozomi!" (戦うために！ 目覚めよ望実！)
|July 19, 2011||February 8, 2014|
|After regaining her zanpakuto and reaper abilities, Nozomi decides that she wants to help defeat Kageroza, but is met with opposition from Ichigo and the other soul reapers since she cannot remember her zanpakuto's name or its power. Ichigo, Chad, Ishida and Rukia decide to help Nozomi awaken her zanpakuto's dormant powers through the same rigorous training that Ichigo underwent to awaken his. Meanwhile, Kageroza orders the fakes of Byakuya, Hitsugaya, Zaraki, and Komamura to infiltrate the Living World. While traveling through the Precipice World, they fall into a trap set by Urahara and are separated when they finally do reach the Living World. To buy Nozomi more time to awaken her zanpakuto, Ikkaku and other soul reapers battle with the captains from the Invading Army. Yumichika tells Ichigo and the others that they won't awaken Nozomi's zanpakuto if both sides keep holding back. After Ichigo throws a Getsugatensho at Nozomi, she finally remembers her zanpakuto's name, Arazomeshigure, which seemingly swallows up all of Ichigo's zanpakuto's spiritual pressure. Ikkaku, who was fighting fake Zaraki, looks like he is about to be delivered the finishing blow when Nozomi arrives and seemingly obliterates fake Zaraki with her Arazomeshigure.|
|332||"The Most Evil Reigai, Appearing in the Real World!"
"Saikyo no Reigai, Gense ni Arawaru!" (最凶の霊骸、 現世に現る！)
|July 26, 2011||February 15, 2014|
|Hisagi and Kira take on fake Hitsugaya while Matsumoto and Iba fight fake Komamura. Renji and Rukia take over Omaeda's battle with fake Byakuya when he seemingly loses to him. While Yumichika is tending to Ikkaku and talking to Ichigo and Nozomi, fake Zaraki appears. Excited about Nozomi's power, he wants to fight her, but Yumichika tells her and Ichigo to stand back and tend to Ikkaku's wounds so that he can avenge his fallen comrade. Not satisfied with that, Nozomi goes around to the different battles to help, but all of the captains tell her to get out of the way and go to safety. Yumichika is cut down along with Hisagi and Kira, and Renji and Rukia look like they are at their limit. Fake Zaraki challenges Ichigo and Nozomi, and fake Hitsugaya is eager to join in. However, Nozomi deals a considerable amount of damage to him in one shot. Fake Byakuya, realizing the power of her zanpakuto, tries to keep her from using it by binding her with his kido and is about to destroy her when Ishida saves her. Ishida, once seeing Nozomi absorb his Ginreikojaku, deduces that her zanpakuto can absorb anything with spiritual pressure. Having no other choice but to rely on her, the remaining soul reapers plus Chad and Ishida all direct their spiritual pressure at Nozomi, which she redirects at the Invading Army captains. Fake Byakuya survives the attack and is about to unleash his Bankai when the Head Captain suddenly appears and defeats him.|
|333||"Destroy Nozomi!? Genryusai's Decision!"
"Nozomi o Kesu!? Genryūsai no Ketsudan!" (望実を消す!? 元柳斎の決断！)
|August 2, 2011||February 22, 2014|
|The Head Captain asks the remaining soul reapers if Nozomi is the one he heard about in the report. Rukia replies that she is, and that her name is Nozomi Kujo. Yamamoto responds by stating that her name is unimportant, as she is a Mod Soul. This upsets Nozomi, and angers Kon. He also states that they don't need help from a Mod Soul. Suddenly, Yamamoto senses a strong spiritual pressure emanating from the sky. From a crack within the sky, Fake Kyoraku and Fake Ukitake appear. Ichigo tells Rukia, and Renji to stay back, as well as bring the other injured soul reapers (Uryu, Chad, Yumichika, Iba, Izuru, Hisagi, and Rangiku) to Orihime to be healed. Reigai Kyoraku and Reigai Ukitake release their Shikai, and Yamamoto does the same. Yamamoto tells Ichigo to stay back as well, stating they will only get in his way. Nozomi refuses, and attacks Fake Kyoraku and Fake Ukitake, but fails to land a strike. Ichigo spars with Fake Ukitake, and Nozomi with Fake Kyoraku. Meanwhile, Yamamoto was distracted and Fake Unohana activates several Bakudo seals, immobilizing him. Ichigo, noticing Nozomi's defeat at Fake Kyoraku's hands performs Bankai. Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tensho at the attackers, but Fake Ukitake uses his Shikai to absorb, and redirect it at him, who barely manages to avoid it. Yamamoto destroys the seals with his reaitsu and the real Unohana uses a Bakudo on the Reigai Unohana. The three fake captains all attack Yamamoto, but Kagerosa appears commanding them to stop. Kagerosa battles Yamamoto but the latter seems to have the upper hand. Nozomi offers to be a decoy for Ichigo and Yamamoto to prevent Kagerosa from copying their techniques. Nozomi attacks Kagerosa, but the latter avoids crossing swords with the former, as he is well aware of her abilities. However, Nozomi reveals that her sword has already absorbed energy from Yamamoto's zanpakutou. he avoids the attack from Nozomi, but Yamamoto attacks him with his flames. Kagerosa manages to negate the flames with his zanpakuto's abilities, but it was only a diversion for Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho, which is used on Kagerosa. Ichigo collapses, and Nozomi tries to catch him, but Kagerosa is alive, and reveals that before the impact of Yamamoto's Ryujinjakka, he copied Nozomi's abilities and use her absorbing ability to absorb both the attack of Yamamoto's Ryujinjakka, and Ichigo's Getsuga Tensho. With Ichigo gone, Kagerosa uses the combined attack to finish off Yamamoto. However, Nozomi appears before the blast in an attempt to absorb the attack.|
|334||"The Depleting Reiatsu! Ichigo, Death Struggle of the Soul!"
"Ushinawareru Reiatsu! Ichigo, Tamashii no Shitō!" (失われる霊圧！ 一護、魂の死闘！)
|August 9, 2011||March 1, 2014|
|Nozomi's Zanpakuto breaks in the midst of trying to protect Genryusai from Kageroza's attack. As Ichigo and Kon try to save Nozomi from being taken away, Kageroza reveals to everyone that he and Nozomi were created by the same reishi of another shinigami. Inaba defeats everyone while Nozomi and Kon run away. Nozomi sadly binds Kon to a rock with kido and runs away without him. Ichigo is seen still conscious and struggling to catch up with Nozomi. Nozomi is found by Inaba, who falls due to a loose rock on a slope. Ichigo finally catches up and defeats Inaba with a Getsuga Tenshou, only to discover that it was a clone of Inaba created by his zanpakuto' special ability. Inaba knocks Ichigo out in one swipe and knocks Nozomi out and proceeds to leave the world of the living with her. Kon, still bound to a rock tries to follow them but is too late. He is seen crying Nozomi's name while Ichigo's shihakusho turns white as a result of his depleting spirit energy.|
|335||"Hiding in the Dangai? Another Ichigo?!"
"Dangai ni Senpuku? Mō Hitori no Ichigo!?" (断界に潜伏？もう一人の一護！？)
|August 16, 2011||March 8, 2014|
|Following his defeat by Kageroza, Ichigo has lost his Shinigami powers. Still determined to save Nozomi, Ichigo and his friends gather at Urahara's shop to come up with a rescue plan. Urahara comes up with a risky plan that involves Ichigo being swallowed by the Kōtotsu to retrieve a sample of his shinigami powers, since he was swallowed before. The plan works and Ichigo gets out of the Kōtotsu. When he meets up with everyone, he states that he saw another him when he was inside the Kōtotsu, leading Urahara to conclude that Ichigo saved himself when he was first swallowed,since there is no time in the Kōtotsu.|
|336||"Pursue Kageroza! Technological Development Department, Infiltration!"
"Kagerōza o Oe! Gijutsu Kaihatsukyoku, Sennyū!" (影狼佐を追え！技術開発局、潜入！)
|August 23, 2011||March 15, 2014|
|Inside the Precipice World, Rukia and the others act as decoys to draw away the Reigai's attention while Ichigo, Urahara, and Kon break into the Seireitei. As they search for Kageroza's laboratory, Urahara makes an attempt to restore Ichigo's lost Shinigami powers by creating a mod soul candy, but is discovered by the Reigai of Nemu and Nanao. At last minute before an explosion, Ichigo breaks the glass containing the candy and consumes it. However, as stated by Urahara, the candy was incomplete, making the balance between Ichigo's shinigami and Hollow powers unbalanced. While escaping, the three are ambushed by the reigai captains, but are saved when Yoruichi and the originals appear, ready to fight.|
|337||"The Developer of the Modified Souls"
"Kaizō Konpaku no Kaihatsusha" (改造魂魄の開発者)
|August 30, 2011||March 22, 2014|
|The captains and lieutenants of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads thought to have fallen in battle return to fight the Reigai. Meanwhile, Ichigo's spirit energy and Hollow powers continue to grow unstable, forcing him to rest for the time being while Urahara and Kon continue there investigation on Inaba. Urahara and Kon later find out about Yushima Okouyo, the shinigami who created Inaba and Nozomi. When visiting Yushima's cell in the Maggot's Nest, they get attacked by the reigais of Soi Fon and Omaeda, but are later defeated by Urahara. The two visit Yushima's cell, only to find him unresponsive, leading Urahara to conclude that Yushima will never gain consciousness. Meanwhile, Ichigo's Hollow side finally takes over and escapes the building he was in.|
|338||"Kon's Thoughts, Nozomi's Thoughts"
"Kon no Omoi, Nozomi no Omoi" (コンの想い、望実の想い)
|September 6, 2011||March 29, 2014|
|Urahara deduces where Kageroza's other lab might be, and he and Kon head to that location, only to be halted by a reigai of Kisuke. As Urahara battles his reigai counterpart, Kon dashes down into the lab, where he promptly tries to awaken Nozomi inside her capsule. She does awaken and at first insists that Kon escape, but after seeing his persistence, and his devotion of trying to save her, whom he considers a friend, she tries to help Kon restore Ichigo's Spiritual Pressue. Before Ichigo's soul capsule can be created however, reigai Nemu appears and stops the transfer. Immediately afterward, the fusion process is complete. Hollow Ichigo defeats the members of Squad 8 and is about to destroy the reigai of Ise when the fused Yushima appears before him.|
|339||"Protect Ichigo! The Bonds of Friends!"
"Ichigo o Mamore! Nakama-tachi no Kizuna!" (一護を護れ！仲間たちの絆！)
|September 13, 2011||April 5, 2014|
|Yushima shows no interest in fighting Hollow Ichigo, and tries to walk away. But the mindless Hollow continues to pursue him, leading them both to clash on Sokyoku Hill, while the Captains and their reigai counterparts are finally joined by their lieutenants, who help them in the battle. Uryu, Renji, Rukia, Chad and Orihime arrive on Sokyoku Hill and try to stop Yushima, but the combined powers of Nozomi and Kageroza prove to be too much for them. Yushima reveals the true nature of his zanpakuto and defeats everyone, but before he can finish them off, Hollow Ichigo jumps in front of Rukia to take an attack that was meant for her.|
|340||"Reigai vs. Original, The Fierce Fighting for Gambled Pride!"
"Reigai tai Genshu, Hokori o Kaketa Gekitō!" (霊骸VS原種、誇りをかけた激闘！)
|September 20, 2011||April 12, 2014|
|Yushima's Zanpakuto stabs Hollow Ichigo, and within his own consciousness he can see Nozomi inside Yushima's as well. Nozomi calls out to Ichigo, but before he can do anything to help her, Yushima regains his will and attacks him, causing his Hollow-self to break apart. Now powerless once again, Ichigo is left to watch as his friends attempt to overpower Yushima. But no matter what they try, he finds a way to break through it. Yushima has Reigai-Nemu bring him something that will help the fusion become permanent, and when she arrives, she unexpectedly kicks him backward. It is revealed that Kon was helped by Urahara and Mayuri by placing his Soul Candy into that of the Reigai. Kon gives Ichigo a complete gikongan which he takes, and it restores his Shinigami powers. He prepares to unleash his Bankai against Yushima. Meanwhile, Byakuya has deduced that the Reigai do not sacrifice themselves to attack the originals when they are all together, as it goes against what they and Yushima believe in. The originals join forces against the Reigai to protect Soul Society.|
|341||"Invading Army Arc, Final Conclusion!"
"Shingun Hen, Saishū Ketchaku!" (侵軍篇、最終決着！)
|September 27, 2011||April 19, 2014|
|Ichigo successfully unleashes bankai and fights against Yushima, while the captains and vice-captains fight the reigai. With the assistance of his friends, Ichigo is able to fire a Hollowfied getsuga tenshou, which Yushima is unable to absorb because of his inability to absorb Hollow reiatsu. However, his friends get defeated once again by Yushima. Kon realizes that to break Nozomi's and Inaba's fusion, Ichigo will have to attack his soul sleep, which contains a shinigami's powers. As Yushima strikes at Ichigo, he catches his zanpakuto and fires a huge Hollowified getuga tenshou, which causes great damage to Yushima and the area. Nozomi's consciousness appears again, asking Ichigo to kill her. Before he can do this, Yushima takes complete control and unleashes Renzan Hajokuri, which creates a giant structure that absorbs the reishi from Soul Society. Being surrounded by his structure and Ichigo out of the way, Nozomi regains control and creates a reishi sword to slice Yushima's soul sleep. The reigai react shockingly to Yushima's attack and reveal that their motive was to protect Soul Society in their own way. The reigai proceed to attack the Yushima's effect at the cost of their own lives, causing a huge explosion. Ichigo deactivates his bankai and has one last clash with an enraged Yushima before breaking the fusion. Inaba and Nozomi reappear again, and Inaba begins to question his thoughts to Nozomi before fading away. Nozomi reuinites with Kon and the rest of her friends, before she starts fades away herself. Nozomi has a heartwarming goodbye with Kon and everyone else and fades away.|
|October 4, 2011||April 26, 2014|
|Gradually losing his temporarily restored powers, Ichigo struggles against a Hollow, but is saved by Rukia. The shinigami in charge of Karakura town, Kuramadani Zennosuke interrupts their conversation, yelling at them to stop doing his job. The next day, Rukia is instructed a mission by Ukitake to prevent Ichigo from fighting because of the fast rate of his disappearing spiritual powers. That night, Ishida and Rukia save Ichigo from a Hollow and tell him to rest, much to his dismay. The next day, Ichigo takes Rukia and his friends to an ice skating rink, since he saw Rukia staring at the place a lot. Fireworks from a nearby amusement park begin to shoot up in the sky, ending the day on a happy note. While walking home, Ichigo senses a giant Hollow and goes to his shinigami form, before being stopped by Rukia. Ichigo once again struggles against the giant Hollow as his powers begin to fail him. Rukia saves him, leaving Ichigo to question if he was getting in her way. Rukia replies with a heartwarming speech about their friendship. Ichigo requests for Rukia to freeze the Hollows legs, and he fires his "last getsuga tenshou," destroying the Hollow. Ichigo, exhausted, has a brief conversation with Rukia before he is told to rest. Ichigo wakes up in his human body, in his room, with his friends surrounding him. Ichigo takes note of his disappearing powers, and asks to go outside. Outside, Ichigo notices that he can barely sense spirits anymore and even Rukia's presence is disappearing. The two say goodbye and have a brief conversation before Rukia begins to disappear from Ichigo's sight. After Rukia fully disappears, Ichigo thanks her.|
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