List of Bleach chapters (1–187)

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Cover of the first tankōbon for Bleach, released in Japan by Shueisha on January 5, 2002

The chapters of the Bleach manga are written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. In Japan, they have been published in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump since 2001 with serialization still ongoing.[1] The plot follows the adventures of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who accidentally steals the powers of the Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki and subsequently assumes her duties while she convalesces. Since that event, Ichigo has to fight Hollows, evil spirits that attack people. After various works, Rukia is sentenced to death by her Soul Reapers' superiors for her actions, leading Ichigo to encounter them to save her life.

Since Bleach '​s premiere, over five hundred chapters have been released in Japan. Most chapter names are in English and have katakana above them to indicate how they are read in Japanese, similar to furigana ruby characters used with advanced kanji characters. An anime adaptation, produced by Studio Pierrot and TV Tokyo, premiered on TV Tokyo on October 5, 2004 and ended on March 27, 2012.[2][3] North American licensor Viz Media has been serializing the individual chapters in Shonen Jump since November 2007 in the United States.[4]

The individual chapters are collected by Shueisha in a series of tankōbon volumes, which include a poem based on the cover character. The first volume was released on January 5, 2002.[5] The latest volume is 63, released on May 2, 2014.[6] Viz Media released the first volume on June 1, 2004;[7] as of August 5, 2014, 61 volumes have been released.[8] The company released a hardcover "collector's edition" of the first volume with a dust jacket on August 5, 2008, followed by a box set on September 2, 2008, containing the first 21 volumes, a poster, and a booklet about the series.[9][10]A re-release of the series under the label of "3-in-1 Edition" started on June 7, 2011;[11]as of May 6, 2014, eight volumes have been released.[12]

Volume list[edit]

No. Title Japanese release English release
1 Strawberry and the Soul Reapers[n 1]
The Death and the Strawberry
January 5, 2002[5]
ISBN 978-4-08-873213-8
June 1, 2004[7]
ISBN 978-1-59116-441-8
  • 1. "Strawberry & the Soul Reapers" ("Death & Strawberry")
  • 2. "Starter"
  • 3. "Head-Hittin'"
  • 4. "Why Do You Eat It?"
  • 5. "Blinda Blinda"
  • 6. "Microcrack."
  • 7. "The Pink Cheeked Parakeet"
Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager who can see ghosts, meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper who is responsible for protecting spirits. As an evil, soul-eating spirit called a Hollow attacks Ichigo, he absorbs most of the injured Rukia's powers and becomes a Soul Reaper. Ichigo defeats the Hollow with his zanpakutō, a sword used by the Soul Reapers. Rukia appears at Ichigo's high school the next day, telling him that he is to become a Substitute Soul Reaper while she recovers. With his newfound abilities, Ichigo discovers that one of his classmates, Orihime Inoue, is haunted by the spirit of her older brother, and defeats him. Yasutora "Chad" Sado, another of Ichigo's classmates, later finds a parakeet harboring the soul of a boy who is also haunted by a Hollow and commits to protect him from it.
2 Goodbye Parakeet, Good Night My Sister March 4, 2002[13]
ISBN 978-4-08-873237-5
August 3, 2004[14]
ISBN 978-1-59116-442-5
  • 8. "Chase Chad Around"
  • 9. "Monster and a Transfer (Struck Down)"
  • 10. "Monster and a Transfer, Part 2 (The Deathberry)"
  • 11. "Back. (Leachbomb or Mom)"
  • 12. "The Gate of the End"
  • 13. "BAD STANDARD"
  • 14. "School Daze!!!"
  • 15. "Jumpin' Jack, Jolted"
  • 16. "Wasted but Wanted"
Chad is attacked by the unseen Hollow that as a human murdered the boy he protects. Ichigo arrives and defeats the Hollow, allowing the young boy's soul to move on to the Soul Society, where he can rest in peace. Rukia gives Ichigo a special candy to allow him to leave his body, and another soul to take control of it, to transform into a Soul Reaper when she is not around. The new soul is faulty, however, and only aims to do whatever he wants, such as playing around the city. Ichigo finds and saves him from a Hollow attack. The soul is then captured by Kisuke Urahara, the shopkeeper who accidentally sold the candy to Rukia. He returns the artificial soul to the candy, which Rukia then takes from him and gives back to Ichigo.
3 Memories in the rain June 4, 2002[15]
ISBN 978-4-08-873275-8
October 12, 2004[16]
ISBN 978-1-59116-443-2
  • 17. "6/17"
  • 18. "6/17 op. 2 Doesn't Smile Much Anymore"
  • 19. "6/17 op. 3 Memories in the Rain"
  • 20. "6/17 op. 4 A Face From the Past"
  • 21. "6/17 op. 5 A Fighting Boy" (戦う少年 "Tatakau Shōnen"?)
  • 22. "6/17 op. 6 A Battle in the Graveyard"
  • 23. "6/17 op. 7 Sharp Will, Dull Blade" (意志は鋭し、刃は鈍し "Ishi wa Surudoshi, Yaiba wa Nibushi"?)
  • 24. "6/17 op. 8 One-Sided Sympathy"
  • 25. "6/17 op. 9 A Fighting Boy 2" (戦う少年2 "Tatakau Shōnen 2"?) (The Cigarette Blues Mix)
The artificial soul named Kon is put into a stuffed lion plushie, and Ichigo keeps him in his room. Ichigo and his family visit their mother's grave on the anniversary of her death to pay their respects. When Ichigo tells Rukia about his mother's death, Rukia suspects that his mother was actually killed by a Hollow. While visiting the gravesite, Ichigo's younger sisters, Yuzu and Karin Kurosaki, are attacked by a Hollow named Grand Fisher. As Ichigo saves them, he learns the Hollow is the same one that killed his mother. Grand Fisher tries to use his mother's image to distract Ichigo from fighting back, but he overcomes it and continues attacking, forcing Grand Fisher to flee. Recovered from his injuries, Ichigo admits that he wants to stay a Soul Reaper so he can protect others.
4 Quincy Archer Hates You September 4, 2002[17]
ISBN 978-4-08-873310-4
December 7, 2004[18]
ISBN 978-1-59116-444-9
  • 26. "Paradise is Nowhere"
  • 27. "Spirits Aren't Always With Us"
  • 28. "Symptom of Synesthesia"
  • 29. "Stop That, Stupid!!"
  • 30. "Second Contact (it was beyond the scope of our understanding)"
  • 31. "Heroes Can Save You"
  • 32. "A Hero is Always With Me?"
  • 33. "Rockin' Future 7"
  • 34. "Quincy Archer Hates You"
The Kurosaki family and some of Ichigo's friends watch a live filming of a TV program about spirit medium Don Kanonji, who unknowingly turns a spirit into a Hollow during the show. Urahara transforms Ichigo into a Soul Reaper, who then battles the Hollow. Don Kanonji, with his own spiritual powers, helps Ichigo to defeat the Hollow, discovering how he disappointingly created the Hollow, but Ichigo is able to cheer him up. In the following days, many new Hollows are quickly defeated before Rukia and Ichigo can find them. They see that they are being slain by teenager Uryū Ishida, who uses arrows made of spiritual energy to destroy them.
5 Right Arm of the Giant November 1, 2002[19]
ISBN 978-4-08-873335-5
February 1, 2005[20]
ISBN 978-1-59116-445-6
  • 35. "Will You Be My Enemy?"
  • 36. "They Died for Vengeance" (我ら、報復の為に死に至りて Warera, Hōfuku no Tame ni Shi ni Itarite?)
  • 37. "Crossing the Rubicon"
  • 38. "Bent"
  • 39. "Right Arm of the Giant"
  • 40. "Grow?"
  • 41. "Princess & Dragon"
  • 42. "Princess & Dragon Part 2: The Majestic"
  • 43. "Princess & Dragon Part 3: Six Flowers"
In an effort to prove that his kind, the Quincies, are better than Soul Reapers, Uryū challenges Ichigo to a competition to destroy the most Hollows. Uryū lures hundreds of Hollows to Karakura Town, endangering many of Ichigo's friends. Urahara informs Rukia that the Quincies battle against Hollows but destroy their spirits, rather than cleansing them, and that the Soul Reapers are responsible for destroying their clan. Meanwhile, Hollows attack Chad and Orihime as they each awaken spiritual powers. With Chad's giant arm and Orihime's a sextet of fairies, they defeat the Hollows. Both of them lose consciousness as Urahara rescues them.
6 The Death Trilogy Overture December 20, 2002[21]
ISBN 978-4-08-873366-5
April 5, 2005[22]
ISBN 978-1-59116-728-0
  • 44. "Awaken to the Threat"
  • 45. "Point of Purpose"
  • 46. "Karneades ~ Back-to-Back"
  • 47. "Back-to-Back ~ Tearing Sky"
  • 48. "Menos Grande" (メノスグランデ?)
  • 49. "Unchained."
  • 50. "Quincy Archer Hates You Part 2" (Blind but Bleed Mix)
  • 51. "Death 3"
  • 52. "Needless Emotions"
Urahara explains to Orihime and Chad that their contact with Ichigo allows them to summon their own powers. Ichigo reunites with Uryū, and as they fight together against the incoming Hollows, they learn about each other's past. A giant Hollow called a Menos Grande soon appears before them, and Ichigo uses his full power to defeat it. The built power causes Ichigo to collapse and Uryū saves him by releasing Ichigo's excess energy. The next day, Ichigo attempts to form a friendship with Uryū, while Rukia decides to leave Ichigo to return to the Soul Society. As she leaves, she is attacked by a Soul Reaper named Renji Abarai and his Captain Byakuya Kuchiki, who is also Rukia's older brother. They try to arrest her for giving her powers to Ichigo, but Uryū interferes.
7 The Broken Coda March 4, 2003[23]
ISBN 978-4-08-873392-4
May 31, 2005[24]
ISBN 978-1-59116-807-2
  • 53. "Nice to meet you. (I will beat you.)"
  • 54. "The Nameless Boy" (名も訊けぬ子供 "Na mo Kikenu Kodomo"?)
  • 55. "Shut"
  • 56. "Broken Coda"
  • 57. "July Rain, Interrupted"
  • 58. "Blank"
  • 59. "Lesson 1: One Strike! + Jailed at Home"
  • 60. "Lesson 1-2: Down!!"
  • 61. "Lesson 2: Shattered Shaft"
Ichigo discovers that Rukia left, and looks for her with Urahara's help. Renji defeats Uryū, but Ichigo arrives to fight Renji. Renji explains that each zanpakutō sword has a unique form that can be accessed only when the Soul Reaper discovers its name. With his transformed zanpakutō Zabimaru, Renji overpowers Ichigo. Ichigo then overcomes Renji with his untapped power, but is critically injured by Byakuya before finishing Renji. Rukia orders Ichigo to stop fighting, and as he does Rukia leaves for the Soul Society where she is to be executed. Urahara heals Ichigo's wounds at his shop, and begins training him so he will recover his spirit energy and possibly survive against the Soul Reapers within the Soul Society. Meanwhile, talking cat Yoruichi Shihōin begins training Orihime and Chad to assist Ichigo.
8 The Blade and Me June 4, 2003[25]
ISBN 978-4-08-873435-1
August 2, 2005[26]
ISBN 978-1-59116-872-0
  • 62. "Lesson 2-2: Bad Ending in The Shaft"
  • 63. "Lesson 2-3: Inner Circle Breakdown"
  • 64. "Back in Black"
  • 65. "Collisions"
  • 66. "The Blade and Me"
  • 67. "End of Lessons"
  • 68. "The Last Summer Vacation" (最後の夏休み "Saigo no Natsuyasumi"?)
  • 69. "25:00 Gathering"
  • 70. "Where Hollows Fear To Tread"
While training Ichigo, Urahara's assistant Tessai Tsukabishi severs the chain linking Ichigo's soul to his body, triggerring his transformation into a Hollow. Ichigo has visions in which his zanpakutō '​s spirit assists him to find his spiritual power and turn into a Soul Reaper instead of a Hollow when he awakens. In the next training exercise Ichigo fights against Urahara who uses his zanpakutō to force Ichigo to flee. Embarrassed by his defeat, Ichigo talks with his zanpakutō '​s spirit again who reveals his name Zangetsu, and it changes into a bigger zanpakutō. Finished with his training Ichigo reunites with Orihime, Uryū, Chad, and Yoruichi, as they prepare to go to Soul Society to save Rukia.
9 Fourteen Days for Conspiracy August 4, 2003[27]
ISBN 978-4-08-873495-5
October 10, 2005[28]
ISBN 978-1-59116-924-6
  • 71. "Intruderz"
  • 72. "The Superchunk"
  • 73. "Ax Storm"
  • 74. "Amputation"
  • 75. "Crimson Rain" (血雨 "Chi Ame"?)
  • 76. "Boarrider Comin'"
  • 77. "My Name is Ganju" (俺様の名はガンジュ "Ore-sama no Na wa Ganju"?)
  • 78. "Meet 'em in the Basement"
  • 79. "Fourteen Days for Conspiracy"
Ichigo and his friends arrive at Soul Society. They have to defeat a gate guardian named Jidanbō to enter the Seireitei, the walled city in which the Soul Reapers reside. Ichigo easily defeats Jidanbō, who opens the gate, allowing them to enter Seireitei. However, when they attempt to pass through, the 3rd company captain, Gin Ichimaru, attacks them and closes the gate. While searching for another way to enter, Ichigo encounters Ganju Shiba, whose hatred of the Soul Reapers causes him to fight Ichigo. The fight ends prematurely, as Ganju leaves for unknown reasons. Later, Yoruichi asks an old friend named Kūkaku Shiba, who also happens to be Ganju's sister, to help them with entering Seireitei. After much consideration, she agrees to help them out.
10 Tattoo on the Sky November 4, 2003[29]
ISBN 978-4-08-873525-0
December 6, 2005[30]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0081-2
  • 80. "The Shooting Star Project"
  • 81. "Twelve-Tone Rendezvous"
  • 82. "Conflictable Composition"
  • 83. "Come with Me"
  • 84. "The Shooting Star Project 2 (Tattoo On The Sky)"
  • 85. "Intruderz 2 (Breakthrough the Roof Mix)"
  • 86. "Making Good Relations, Ok?"
  • 87. "Dancing With Spears"
  • 88. "So Unlucky We Are"
  • 88.5. "Karakura Superheroes"
To use Kūkaku's cannon to enter Seireitei, Ichigo and his friends must first learn to focus their spiritual energies. Meanwhile, behind the walls of the city, an emergency meeting is called for all the 13 Soul Reapers captains to interrogate Gin about why he allowed the invaders to survive. However, a sounding alarm interrupts the meeting. Before leaving, 5th division Captain Sōsuke Aizen confronts Gin in front of the 10th company captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya. He rebukes his flimsy excuse for allowing the invaders to escape. After Ichigo's group completes their training, Ganju decides to join them because his older brother was killed by a Soul Reaper. He comes to the realization that Ichigo is not a bad person, and wants to confirm if Soul Reapers are evil or not. They enter Seireitei through a cannon shot, but are separated during their descent into the city. Ichigo and Ganju encounter and fight two 11th division members, Ikkaku Madarame and Yumichika Ayasegawa. Ichigo successfully uses his zanpakutō to defeat Ikkaku.
11 A Star and a Stray Dog December 19, 2003[31]
ISBN 978-4-08-873555-2
February 7, 2006[32]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0271-7
  • 89. "Masterly! And Farewell!"
  • 90. "See You Under the Fireworks"
  • 91. "Der Freischütz King" ("KING OF FREISCHÜTZ")
  • 92. "Masterly! And Farewell! (Reprise)"
  • 93. "Steer For the Star"
  • 94. "A Jail Called Remorse" ("Gaol Named Remorse")
  • 95. "Crush"
  • 96. "Bloodred Conflict"
  • 97. "Talk About Your Fear"
  • 98. "A Star And A Stray Dog" (星と野良犬 "Hoshi to Norainu"?)
Ganju defeats Yumichika by exploding fireworks in his face. He later reunites with Ichigo. Meanwhile, Uryū and Orihime are confronted by Jirōbō Ikkanzaka, the 4th seat of the 7th company whom Uryū easily defeats. Ichigo and Ganju are confronted by a large group of Soul Reapers, and escape by using a clumsy 4th company officer, Hanatarō Yamada, as a distraction. Hanatarō informs them of a shortcut to the place where Rukia is being held. While going to find Rukia, Renji, the assistant captain of the 6th company, confronts Ichigo. Ichigo overpowers Renji by using all his spiritual powers that he learned with Urahara. Before falling to the ground, Renji recalls his long-time friendship with Rukia and asks Ichigo to save her.
12 Flower on the Precipice March 4, 2004[33]
ISBN 978-4-08-873576-5
April 4, 2006[34]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0403-2
  • 99. "Dead Black War Cloud"
  • 100. "Flower on the Precipice" (それは岩壁の花に似て Sore wa Ganpeki no Hana ni Nite?)
  • 101. "Split Under the Red Stalk"
  • 102. "Nobody Beats"
  • 103. "Dominion"
  • 104. "The Undead"
  • 105. "Spring, Spring, Meets the Tiger"
  • 106. "Cause to Confront"
  • 107. "Heat in Trust"
  • 0.8. "A Wonderful Error"
Byakuya tries to execute Renji for being defeated by Ichigo, but the Soul Reapers stop him. Captain Hitsugaya suspects that something is wrong with Gin and tells his friend Momo Hinamori, the 5th company assistant captain, to be careful around him. The following day, the captain Aizen is found dead. Thinking Gin might be responsible, Hinamori attempts to attack him, but instead attacks Gin's assistant captain, Izuru Kira. Both of are jailed for fighting. Hanatarō heals Ichigo, and they—along with Ganju—continue the rescue mission. They are attacked by the 11th company captain Kenpachi Zaraki. Ichigo stays to fight against him while Hanatarō and Ganju continue on towards Rukia. Meanwhile, Chad is confronted by the 8th company captain, Shunsui Kyōraku, who easily defeats Chad.
13 The Undead June 4, 2004[35]
ISBN 978-4-08-873610-9
June 6, 2006[36]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0611-1
  • 108. "A Time to Scare" ("Time For Scare")
  • 109. "Like A Tiger Trying Not to Crush the Flowers" (花を踏まぬ虎のように "Hana o Fumanu Tora no Yō Ni"?)
  • 110. "The Dark Side of the Universe" ("Dark Side of Universe")
  • 111. "Black & White"
  • 112. "The Undead 2 (Rise & Rage)" ("The Undead 2 (Rise & Craze)")
  • 113. "The Undead 3 (Closing Frantica)"
  • 114. "Everything Relating to the Crumbling World" (崩れゆく世界のすべてについて "Kuzureyuku Sekai no Subete ni Tsuite"?)
  • 115. "Remnant"
Kyōraku decides only to arrest Chad instead of killing him, as he realizes that he is not a bad person. In his fight against Kenpachi, Ichigo is initially easily defeated. Zangetsu appears to test him. Ichigo fights against his hollow side to determine who will be worthy of Zangetsu. As Ichigo realizes that he knows nothing about Zangetsu and promises to learn more about him, the fight is stopped and Ichigo returns to fight Kenpachi again. This time, he is able to use all the power from Zangetsu, and as a result Ichigo is able to successfully battle Kenpachi to a draw. Kenpachi's assistant captain, Yachiru Kusajishi, takes him to another place and Kenpachi confesses that he lost because he has never been able to truly know his zanpakutō. Ganju and Hanatarō find Rukia, but Ganju attempts to kill her as he realizes that she is the Soul Reaper responsible for his brother's death.
14 White Tower Rocks September 3, 2004[37]
ISBN 978-4-08-873649-4
August 1, 2006[38]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0612-8
  • 116. "White Tower Rocks"
  • 117. "Remnant 2 (Deny the Shadow)"
  • 118. "Supernal Tag"
  • 119. "Secret of the Moon"
  • 120. "Shake Hands with Grenades"
  • 121. "In Sane We Trust"
  • 122. "Don't Lose Your Grip"
  • 123. "Pledge My Pride" ("Pledge My Pride To")
Byakuya goes to the prison to kill Ganju and Hanatarō. Unwilling to allow Hanatarō to fight, Ganju faces Byakuya, and is almost killed. As Ichigo awakens after his fight against Kenpachi, he discovers that Yoruichi was really a woman who took the form of a cat. They encounter Byakuya; Ichigo fights him but is knocked out by Yoruichi, who escapes from the prison. She intends to train Ichigo so that he will be able to use his bankai, a state in which the zanpakutō becomes considerably more powerful. Uryū and Orihime continue towards Rukia's location and are attacked by Mayuri Kurotsuchi, the 12th company captain. Mayuri sacrifices his soldiers to attempt to kill Uryū, but fails. Mayuri reveals that he has experimented on many other Quincy, including Uryū's grandfather, Sōken Ishida, and was responsible for his death.
15 Beginning of the Death of Tomorrow December 3, 2004[39]
ISBN 978-4-08-873682-6
October 3, 2006[40]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0613-5
  • 124. "Crying Little People"
  • 125. "Insanity & Genius"
  • 126. "The Last of a Void War"
  • 127. "Beginning of the Death of Tomorrow"
  • 128. "The Great Joint-Struggle Union"
  • 129. "Suspicion (of Assassination)"[n 2]
  • 130. "Suspicion 2 (of Tears)"[n 3]
  • -17. "Prelude for the Straying Stars" (逸れゆく星々の為の前奏曲 "Hagureyuku Hoshiboshi no Tame no Zensōkyoku"?)
Uryū uses the Quincy's forbidden techniques to overcome the injuries that Mayuri inflicted upon him. In this state Uryū overpowers Mayuri, but Mayuri escapes by transforming into an intangible mass. Uryū goes toward Rukia's location, but in transit is attacked by the 9th company captain, Kaname Tōsen. Ichigo continues his bankai training by repeatedly battling Zangetsu. Orihime, Uryū, Ganju and Chad are freed by Kenpachi, who wants them to guide him to Ichigo. After reading the last correspondence from Aizen, Hinamori escapes from prison and goes to where Hitsugaya and Gin are preparing to fight. She points her zanpakutō at Hitsugaya and accuses him of killing Aizen.
16 Night of Wijnruit March 4, 2005[41]
ISBN 978-4-08-873777-6
December 5, 2006[42]
ISBN 978-1-4215-0614-2
  • 131. "The True Will"
  • 132. "Creeping Limit"
  • 133. "Memories in the Rain 2: Nocturne" ("Memories in the Rain 2: The Nocturne")
  • 134. "Memories in the Rain 2, op.2: Longing for Sanctuary"
  • 135. "Memories in the Rain 2, op.3: Affected by the Night"
  • 136. "Memories in the Rain 2, op.4: Night of Wijnruit"
  • 137. "Surrounding Clutch"
  • 138. "Private Thoughts" ("Individual Thoughts")
  • 139. "Drowsy, Bloody, Crazy"
Hinamori desperately attacks Hitsugaya, who knocks her out. Hitsugaya furiously attacks Gin, but as Gin attacks an unconscious Hinamori, Hitsugaya's assistant captain, Rangiku Matsumoto, tells Gin to leave. The 13th company captain, Jūshirō Ukitake, discovers that Rukia's execution was unexpectedly moved to the following day and prepares to save Rukia. Rukia reminisces about the time she spent in the 13th company with its assistant captain and Ganju's brother, Kaien Shiba. The times were good until a hollow took possession of him and Rukia was forced to kill him in hollow form. Kenpachi and his soldiers confront the 7th and 9th company soldiers because Kenpachi is helping the intruders.
17 Rosa Rubicundior, Lilio Candidior June 3, 2005[43]
ISBN 978-4-08-873817-9
February 6, 2007[44]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1041-5
  • 140. "Bite at the Moon"
  • 141. "Kneel to the Baboon King"
  • 142. "To Those Capturing the Moon" (月を捉うものへ告ぐ "Tsuki o Torau Mono e Tsugu"?)
  • 143. "Blazing Souls"[n 4]
  • 144. "Rosa Rubicundior, Lilio Candidior"
  • 145. "Shaken"
  • 146. "Demon Loves the Dark"
  • 147. "Countdown to the End: 3 (Blind Light, Deaf Beat)"
  • 148. "Countdown to the End: 2 (Lady Lennon~Frankenstein)"
  • 149. "Countdown to the End: 1 (Only Mercifully)"
Renji attempts to rescue Rukia, but is confronted by his captain, Byakuya. Renji unleashes his bankai, which transforms his zanpakutō into a giant snake-like segmented sword. With his bankai, Renji surpasses Byakuya until Byakuya releases his own bankai. His generates a 'corridor' of swords, which almost kill Renji. Renji still attempts to fight, but is only able to inflict a minor injury on Byakuya. Meanwhile, Kenpachi overpowers Kaname Tōsen and the 7th company captain, Sajin Komamura, forcing Tōsen to unleash his bankai. In this state, Tōsen creates a space in which nearly all of Kenpachi's senses don't work. In the end, Kenpachi allows Tōsen to wound him so that he can get in close contact with, and ultimately defeat him.
18 The Deathberry Returns August 4, 2005[45]
ISBN 978-4-08-873841-1
April 3, 2007[46]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1042-2
  • 150. "Countdown to the End: 0"
  • 151. "The Deathberry Returns" ("Deathberry Returns")
  • 152. "The Speed Phantom"
  • 153. "Empty Dialogue"
  • 154. "Flash Master" ("God of Flash")
  • 155. "Redoundable Deeds/Redoubtable Babies"
  • 156. "Welcome to Purgatory"
  • 157. "Cat and Hornet"
  • 158. "Sky Leopardess"
Tōsen is saved by Komamura, who starts to fight Kenpachi. Rukia's execution ceremony begins. However, as the execution is proceeding, Ichigo comes to her rescue. The captains Ukitake and Kyōraku destroy the Soukyoku, which is the large zanpakutō used for executions, and Ichigo throws Rukia to Renji so that they can escape the scene. Ichigo then starts fighting against Byakuya. Ukitake and Kyōraku are attacked by their leader, the 1st company captain Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai, for betraying them. The 2nd company captain, Soi Fon, attempts to kill the traitors, but is stopped by Yoruichi, her former teacher. Furious that Yoruichi left her long ago, Soi Fon attacks Yoruichi, but fails to defeat her.
19 The Black Moon Rising October 4, 2005[47]
ISBN 978-4-08-873862-4
June 5, 2007[48]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1043-9
  • 159. "Long Way to Say Goodbye"
  • 160. "Battle on Guillotine Hill"
  • 161. "Scratch the Sky"
  • 162. "Black Moon Rising"
  • 163. "The Speed Phantom 2 (Denial by Pride, Contradiction by Power)"
  • 164. "The One Who Changed the World"
  • 165. "The Dark Side of the Universe 2" ("Dark Side of Universe 2")
  • 166. "Black & White 2"
  • 167. "The Burial Chamber"
  • 168. "Behind Me, Behind You"
Soi Fon stops fighting and asks Yoruichi why she did not take her when she left. Ichigo and Byakuya fight, releasing their bankai. With his bankai, Ichigo's speed considerably increases, allowing him to overpower Byakuya. However, Ichigo cannot fully control his bankai and as he is about to be defeated, his inner-hollow temporarily assumes control of his body. When Ichigo reverts back to his normal state, Ichigo and Byakuya use their final attacks, leading to Ichigo's victory. Byakuya accepts his defeat and tells Ichigo that the reason that he permitted Rukia's execution was because the rules of his family are sacred to him. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya and Matsumoto discover that the entire council who ruled in favor of the execution are dead.
20 End of Hypnosis December 2, 2005[49]
ISBN 978-4-08-873883-7
August 7, 2007[50]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1044-6
  • -12.5. "Blooming Under a Cold Moon"
  • 169. "End of Hypnosis"
  • 170. "End of Hypnosis2 (The Galvanizer)"
  • 171. "End of Hypnosis3 (The Blue Fog)"
  • 172. "End of Hypnosis4 (Prisoners in Paradise)"
  • 173. "End of Hypnosis5 (Standing to Defend You)"
  • 174. "End of Hypnosis6 (The United Front)"
  • 175. "End of Hypnosis7 (Truth Under My Strings)"
  • 176. "End of Hypnosis8 (the Transfixion)"
  • 177. "End of Hypnosis9 (Encompassed)"
  • 178. "No One Stands On the Sky"
Hinamori discovers that Aizen is still alive, and he severely injures her with his zanpakutō. Hitsugaya arrives; Aizen informs him that Gin was always his ally and co-conspirator in his scheme. Aizen easily defeats Hitsugaya. As the 4th company captain, Retsu Unohana, arrives, Aizen explains that Soul Society has been under an illusion created by Aizen's zanpakutō ability. Aizen intercepts Rukia and says that he will be removing an object, called the Hōgyoku, from her body. This object, created by Urahara and hidden inside Rukia's soul, allows an individual to take the form of both Soul Reaper and hollow. Ichigo, Renji and Komamura try to stop Aizen, but are easily defeated. After taking the Hōgyoku, Gin attempts to kill Rukia, but Byakuya intercepts the attack. As reinforcements from Soul Society arrive, Aizen, along with Gin and Tōsen, escape by ascending into a dark rip in the sky.
21 Be My Family or Not March 3, 2006[51]
ISBN 978-4-08-874027-0
October 2, 2007[52]
ISBN 978-1-4215-1165-8
  • 179. "Confession in the Twilight"
  • 180. "Something in the Aftermath"
  • 181. "And the Rain Left Off"
  • 182. "Get Back from the Storm (Trigger for a New Concerto)"
  • 183. "Eyes of the unknown"
  • 184. "Hush"
  • 185. "Be My Family or Not"
  • 186. "Tell Your Children the Truth"
  • 187. "The Cigar Blues, Part Two"
As the Soul Reapers are being healed, Byakuya confesses to Rukia that he adopted her as his sister because his wife Hisana—who died a long time ago—was Rukia's sister and apologizes. As Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, Uryū and Yoruichi return to their world, Rukia chooses to remain in the Soul Society. As the others return to school, Ichigo meets a student named Shinji Hirako, who reveals himself to be a Visored, a Soul Reaper who has obtained Hollow powers. With his powers gone, Uryū is attacked by a Hollow and is rescued by his father, Ryūken Ishida. Afterwards, his father decides to train him to recover his lost powers. Kon, who is in Ichigo's body, is attacked by the hollow Grand Fisher, who turned into an Arrancar, gaining Soul Reapers' power. He attacks Kon, believing that he is really attacking Ichigo. Ichigo's father, Isshin Kurosaki, comes to Kon's defense and is revealed to be a former Soul Reaper.


  1. ^ When released by Viz Media, the original title "The Death and the Strawberry" was replaced with "Strawberry and the Soul Reapers."
  2. ^ When released in tankōbon 15, chapter 129 was renamed from "Transcendental Etudes op.1" (超絶技巧練習曲 op.1 "Chōzetsu Gikō Renshūkyoku op.1"?) to "Suspicion (of Assassination)".
  3. ^ When released in tankōbon 15, chapter 130 was renamed from "Transcendental Etudes op.2 [a tempo]" (超絶技巧練習曲 op.2[a tempo] "Chōzetsu Gikō Renshūkyoku op.2 [a tempo]"?) to "Suspicion 2 (of Tears)".
  4. ^ When released in tankōbon 17, chapter 143 was renamed from "Parthian Shaft" to "Blazing Souls".


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