Bleach (season 16)

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Bleach Season 16
Lost Agent Arc
Bleach DVD season 16 volume 1.png
The cover of the first DVD compilation released by Aniplex of Lost Agent Arc
Country of origin Japan
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel TV Tokyo
Original run October 11, 2011 (2011-10-11) – March 27, 2012 (2012-03-27)
Season chronology
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Episode list

The sixteenth season of the Bleach anime series is known as the Lost Agent arc (死神代行消失篇 Shinigami Daikō Shōshitsu hen?).[1] It is directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot.[2] Based on the Bleach manga series by Tite Kubo, the season is set seventeen months after the teenager Ichigo Kurosaki lost his Soul Reaper powers and meets a man known as Kugō Ginjō who proposes him to recover them.

The season began airing on October 11, 2011 on TV Tokyo and ended on March 27, 2012.[3] Aniplex collected it in six DVD volumes between August 22, 2012 and January 23, 2013.[4][5] The episodes of this season use three pieces of theme music; one opening and two endings. The opening theme is "Harukaze" by Scandal.[2] The first ending theme, "Re:pray" by Aimer is used from episodes 343 to 354[2] and the second ending theme, "MASK" by Aqua Timez is used from episode 355 to 366.

Episode list[edit]

No. Title Original airdate English airdate
343 "3rd Year High School Student! Dressed Up, and a New Chapter Begins!"
"Kōkō 3 Nensei! Yosoi Arata ni Shinshō Kaishi!" (高校3年生!装い新たに新章開始!) 
October 11, 2011 May 3, 2014
Seventeen months after the defeat of Sōsuke Aizen at the cost of his Soul Reaper powers, Ichigo Kurosaki has been living in peace as a third year high-school student. On the way home from school, Ichigo incapacitates a thief and returns the stolen bag to its owner. The next day, the thief and his gang seek out Ichigo at his school and are confronted by Uryū Ishida. Elsewhere, the owner of the stolen bag meets with his friends revealing he has found Ichigo. 
344 "A Dispute in School?! Ichigo and Uryū, Fight Together!"
"Gakkō Kan Kōsō!? Ichigo to Uryū, Kyōtou!" (学校間抗争!?一護と雨竜、共闘!) 
October 25, 2011 May 10, 2014
Ichigo and Uryū dispatch the gang with ease but are interrupted when Ichigo's part-time job boss kidnaps and forces him to work. Their client, the owner of the stolen bag, requests an investigation on Isshin Kurosaki, Ichigo's father. Ichigo declines but is intrigued when the owner reveals his younger sister, Karin Kurosaki, had been visiting Kisuke Urahara. The owner introduces himself as Kugō Ginjō, gives Ichigo a Xcution business card, and cryptically warns him to act before his family is hurt. Uryū, passing by Ichigo's house, pursues a strange man and is critically injured as a result. 
345 "Uryū is Attacked, A Threat Draws Near the Friends!"
"Osowareta Uryū, Nakama-tachi ni Semaru Kyōi!" (襲われた雨竜、仲間達に迫る脅威!) 
October 31, 2011 May 17, 2014
While walking at night, Ichigo decides to forget his past and throws his Substitute Soul Reaper Badge into the river. Later, he hears from Orihime Inoue that Uryū is in the hospital. At the hospital, Ryūken Ishida sends Ichigo home and reveals to Orihime the assailant was a human with powers and cautions her to be careful. The next day, Ichigo's friends, Keigo Asano and Mizuiro Kojima, are attacked by the thief whom Ichigo had stopped prior. Ichigo saves them and meets Ishida's assailant who flees when Ryūken arrives. Ichigo realizes he is being excluded from information due to his lack of powers, and decides to contact Xcution. 
346 "The Man with the Fullbring Ability: Kugo Ginjō"
"Furuburingu no Nōryokusha: Ginjō Kūgo" (完現術の能力者・銀城空吾) 
November 1, 2011 May 31, 2014
After contacting Ginjō, Ichigo is lead to the Xcution headquarters and learns its members possess the ability dubbed as Fullbring which allows them to manipulate the souls of inanimate objects. The cause of the power are residual reiatsu from Hollows who attacked their pregnant mothers. Yasutora Sado, who had been missing, appears at the headquarters shocking Ichigo. Ginjō reveals Xcution plans to restore Ichigo's Soul Reaper powers in order to rid themselves of their Fullbring abilities. Ichigo declines stating he is only seeking information his family and friends are hiding from him. 
347 "A Crisis Sneaking up on the Kurosaki Family?! Ichigo's Confusion!"
"Kurosaki-ka ni Shinobiyoru Kiki!? Ichigo no Mayoi!" (黒崎家に忍び寄る危機!?一護の迷い!) 
November 8, 2011 June 7, 2014
Uryū's assailant stabs an incomplete hollow and asks for its cooperation. Ichigo returns home and resumes his life. Chad attempts to convince Ichigo to accept Xcution's offer stating that Ichigo himself wants the power to protect his loved ones. While walking through town, Ichigo sees Ishida's assailant and pursues him but runs into his sister, Yuzu Kurosaki, on the way. The hollow attacks them and are saved when Ginjō dispatches it. As a result, Ichigo returns to Xcution and accepts their offer and Ginjō returns Ichigo's Substitute Soul Reaper Badge. 
348 "Power of the Substitute Badge, Ichigo's 'Pride'!"
"Daikōshō no Chikara, Ichigo no "Hokori"!" (代行証の力、一護の“誇り”!) 
November 15, 2011 June 14, 2014
The next day, Ichigo is called in to Xcution headquarters to learn how to use the Fullbring ability. Ichigo is shrunken and placed in a dollhouse by Xcution member, Riruka Dokugamine, where he has to defeat an aggressive stuffed animal. With advice from Chad, Ichigo uses his Soul Reaper Badge as the focal item to materialize his Fullbring. 
349 "Next Target, The Devil's Hand Aims at Orihime!"
"Tsugi no Hyōteki, Orihime o Nerau Ma no Te!" (次の標的、織姫を狙う魔の手!) 
November 22, 2011 June 21, 2014
Ichigo defeats the stuffed animal with his fullbring and is freed from the dollhouse. Elsewhere, Orihime is confronted by Moe Shishigawara who intends to kill her. Shishigawara is then interrupted by his superior, Ishida's assailant, who is revealed to be Shūkurō Tsukishima. Tsukishima prepares to punish Shishigawara for going against his orders but Orihime decides to intervene. 
350 "The Man Who Killed the Shinigami Substitute?! Tsukishima Makes His Move"
"Shinigami Daikō o Koroshita Otoko!? Ugokidasu Tsukishima" (死神代行を殺した男!?動き出す月島) 
November 29, 2011 June 28, 2014
Tsuskishima pretends to impale Orihime's chest and leaves her. Although Orihime suffered no cuts, she starts having a vague idea that Tsukishima was her friend. Unwilling to worry Ichigo about what happened, she only tells Chad about Tsukishima. Aware that Orihime is hiding information from him, Ichigo goes back to Xcution headquarters to continue his training to help his friends. 
351 "Fullbring, The Detested Power!"
"Furuburingu, Imikirawareta Chikara!" (フルブリング、忌み嫌われた力!) 
December 6, 2011 July 12, 2014
Ichigo continues his fullbring training, but desires to actually battle one of the members of Xcution. Kugo suggests that Jackie Tristan be his opponent, but she refuses and storms off. Meanwhile, Tsukishima sends Shishigawara to tail Chad and while Chad is wary of his presence, no attack on him is attempted. Later, Jackie decides that she will fight Ichigo in a fish tank of Riruka after seeing him pass the next part of his training. She fully introduces herself, activates her fullbring Dirty Boots and proceeds to attack a surprised Ichigo. 
352 "Tsukishima Attacks! The Training Has Been Thwarted"
"Tsukishima, Kyōshū! Bōgaisareta Shugyō" (月島、強襲!妨害された修行) 
December 13, 2011 July 19, 2014
Ichigo continues his training with Jackie Tristan. While at first Jackie overwhelms him with her more experienced powers, Ichigo is able to activate a power of Fullbring known as Bringer Light to gain the advantage. As they go on with the battle, Ichigo's powers go out of control, but insist that he can still fight despite Jackie's insistence that they stop. It is then that Tsukishima attacks Xcution wanting to kill Ichigo, but when Tsukishima cuts the fish tank containing Ichigo and Jackie, Ichigo appears revealing the next stage of his Fullbring. 
353 "Ichigo, Mastering the Fullbring!"
"Ichigo, Furuburingu o Tsukaikonase!" (一護、完現術を使いこなせ!) 
December 20, 2011 July 26, 2014
Ichigo and Xcution start their battle with Tsukishima. The battle is taken outside when Chad attacks Tsukishima before he reveals he was the one who attacked Uryū and Orihime, but Ichigo finds it out anyway. Enraged he starts to battle Tsukishima, but the expert Fullbringer overwhelms him. Kugo then gets in the way and battles with Tsukishima instead, the two being more evenly matched. Yet Ichigo can't stand and watch and attacks again and is able to land a hit, but is stopped by Yukio's Fullbring "Invaders Must Die" who then proceeds to stop Tsukishima himself. 
354 "Ichigo vs. Ginjō! To the Game's Space"
"Ichigo tai Ginjō, Gēmu no Kūkan e" (一護vs銀城、ゲームの空間へ) 
December 27, 2011 August 2, 2014
Xcution continues their battle with Tsukishima in order to make sure Ichigo is fully protected by Yukio's Fullbring. They succeed and Tsukishima is forced to retreat. The group then moves to their second hideout to ponder what Tsukishima's intentions were, but come to realize they are overthinking it and decide to continue Ichigo's training inside Yukio's Fullbring. Meanwhile Orihime heals Uryū and they discuss the new threat, but are unable to figure out if all the incidents so far were from the same culprit. Orihime then runs into Sado who brings her back to Xcution's hideout to heal Ichigo as he fights Kugo. Kisuke Urahara and Isshin Kurosaki are also working together on something and ask a Soul Reaper to put their reiatsu into a vat of spiritual pressure. The Soul Reaper agrees and it is revealed to be none other than Rukia Kuchiki
355 "Shinigami at War! New Year in Seireitei Special!"
"Shinigami Sansen! Seireitei mo Oshōgatsu SP!" (死神参戦!瀞霊廷もお正月SP!) 
January 10, 2012 August 9, 2014
During the 17-month time skip, the Soul Reapers of the Soul Society celebrate the New Year told within 2 stories. The first deals with Izuru Kira organizing a special event given to him by Shuhei Hisagi. At first he is reluctant to participate, but changes his mind after Momo Hinamori's interest in it. The event he comes up with is friendly kite flying which slowly turns into a fight between women and men and Squad 2 and 11. Kira attempts to stop the chaos fail and he falls into Squad 1's barracks, angering Head Captain Yamamoto. The second deals with Rukia as she prepares for an upcoming ceremonial dance her sister had been in many years ago, but is unimpressed with her dancing abilities. Renji Abarai decides to help her out, but Rukia is unable to discern what he is trying to do to actually help and when Renji accidentally spills ink on the ceremonial kimono, Rukia angrily tells him to leave. However, after Byakuya Kuchiki gives Rukia her sister's kimono instead, she realizes that Renji was trying to make sure Rukia had some fun which would allow her to enjoy dancing instead of worrying about it. Rukia apologizes to Renji through a letter and he is able to come to the dance which turns out to be a huge success. 
356 "Friend or Foe?! Ginjō's True Intentions!"
"Teki ka Mikata ka!? Ginjō no Mienai Kokoro!" (敵か味方か!?銀城の見えない心!) 
January 17, 2012 August 16, 2014
Ichigo continues his training with Kugo Ginjō while Orihime heals him. Yet, when Kugo blinds him and starts to say antagonastic things to make Ichigo angry, Ichigo begins to doubt Kugo's true intentions. When Ginjō claims he will kill Chad and Orihime, Ichigo is able to see notice his Spiritual Energy. Ichigo then manages to wound Ginjō with his Fullbring reaching its final level, and Ginjō apologizes for his acting. 
357 "Tsukishima's Ability, the Danger is Drawing Near!"
"Shinobiyoru Kyōi... Tsukishima no Nōryoku!" (忍び寄る脅威…月島の能力!) 
January 24, 2012 August 23, 2014
After Ichigo achieves the final level of Fullbring, he spends his time perfecting it. With Xcution deciding to protect Ichigo so that they can complete their goal, Riruka goes to search Chad and Orihime who are investigating Tsukishima. Riruka ends being ambushed by Tsukishima who attacks her with his Fullbring. Tsukishima then confronts Chad and Orihime, who are unable to kill him as a result of Tsukishima's Fullbring causing him to be part of their memories. 
358 "Clash!? Xcution attacks Ginjō"
"Gekitotsu!? Ginjō o Osou Ekusukyūshon" (激突!?銀城を襲うXCUTION) 
January 31, 2012 September 6, 2014
After Ichigo puts the finishing touches on completing his fullbring, Ginjō tells him to go home to see his sisters but Tsukishima activates the Fullbring he placed on Ichigo's friends and family in order to make them believe that Tsukishima is a close relative of the Kurosaki family. After running out he encounters Ginjō and is told that all the members of Xcution except him and Ichigo have fallen under Tsukishima's control. 
359 "The Sorrowful Battle! Ichigo vs. Sado & Orihime"
"Kanashimi no Tatakai! Ichigo tai Sado to Orihime" (哀しみの戦い!一護VS茶渡&織姫) 
February 7, 2012 September 13, 2014
While contemplating what to do next concerning Tsukishima's Fullbring, Ginjō and Ichigo are found out by Yukio and brought to Tsukishima. Once there, they are led up to the room where all of the people that were affected by Tsukishima's Fullbring are waiting for them. Unable to fight with all of them in the crosshairs, Ichigo runs away to a safer location but is stopped by the brainwashed Xcution. However, Kugo destroys the staircase and takes on the others himself while Ichigo fights Tsukishima. He is able to gain the upperhand with his Fullbring and severely injures Tsukishima's arm. However, Orihime and Chad (Who are also affected by Tsukishima) arrive and stop him from finishing Tsukishima off. Surprised by their sudden arrival, Tsukishima comes from behind and hits Ichigo through the wall. 
360 "Ichigo vs Uryu?! Who is the Traitor?!"
"Ichigo tai Uryū?! Uragirimono wa Dare da!" (一護vs雨竜!?裏切り者は誰だ!) 
February 14, 2012 September 20, 2014
Ichigo continues his battle with Tsukishima, but is unable to hurt him without fighting against Orihime and Chad who believe he has gone crazy. Meanwhile, Ginjō continues his battle with Xcution, but runs into trouble with Moe Shishigawara. Unable to fight back, Ichigo is overwhlemed by Tsukishima and is about to be hit by his Fullbring when Ginjō takes the hit instead. Ichigo believes its all over, but Ginjō is unaffected. They are about to continue the fight when Uryu arrives. Ichigo wonders if he is affected by Tsukishima's Fullbring, but Uryu claims he is not and says that it was Ginjō who attacked him. Before he can react, Ichigo is struck down by Kugo who starts to laugh maniacally. Ichigo realizes that Ginjō was affected after all, but Kugo says he is half right. He was hit by Tsukishima twice to return to his original self and stabs Ichigo with his sword and says he will take his Fullbring. 
361 "A New Appearance! The Gotei 13, Arrives!"
"Arata na Sugata! Gotei Jūsan-tai, Kenzan!" (新たな姿!護廷十三隊、見参!) 
February 21, 2012 September 27, 2014
Ginjō is able to take Ichigo's Fullbring and apply its power to his own. Unable to do anything about his situation, Ichigo falls deep into despair and runs to Ginjō desesperated. He is then impaled by a sword held by Rukia which causes him to become a Soul Reaper once again. The sword is revealed to possess the powers from the Soul Society's Gotei 13 army in order to assist Ichigo in his fight against Ginjō. 
362 "Revival! Substitute Shinigami: Ichigo Kurosaki!"
"Fukkatsu! Shinigami Daikō: Kurosaki Ichigo!" (復活!死神代行・黒崎一護!) 
February 28, 2012 October 4, 2014
Ichigo continues to fight Ginjō with his new Soul Reaper powers, overpowering him. He then learns that he regained his powers thanks to all the captains and lieutenants giving him a piece of their own powers. Then, Ginjō reappears and Tōshirō Hitsugaya reveals that he was the first Substitute Soul Reaper. Meanwhile Orihime and Chad rush to Ichigo and are confused as to why he and the other Soul Reapers are fighting Ginjō. Tsukishima appears behind them and tries to break their minds by adding new memories to their past. Urahara and Isshin knock them out. The other members of Xcution are given new powers of their own. Ichigo attempts to take them down, but Yukio uses his new powers to protect themselves and separate the others. Kenpachi Zaraki quickly takes care of Giriko and cuts him in half, killing him instantly. 
363 "Fierce Fight! Shinigami vs. XCUTION!"
"Gekitō! Shinigami tai Ekusukyūshon!" (激闘!死神vsXCUTION!) 
March 6, 2012 October 11, 2014
Uryu comes to assist Ichigo in his battle against Ginjō. Byakuya Kuchiki prepares to start fighting Tsukishima while Riruka ambushes Rukia using stuffed animals. Renji Abarai encounters Jackie and defeats her without the use of his zanpakutō, having increased his powers to be at Aizen's level. As Yukio then attempts to destroy the dimension where Renji and Jackie are situated, he is confronted by Hitsugaya. Hitsugaya manages to capture Yukio and attempts to force him to free his comrades. Meanwhile, Ikkaku Madarame confronts Shishigawara, managing to find his Fullbring's weakness and overpower him. 
364 "Desperate Struggle!? Byakuya's Troubled Memories"
"Zettai Zetsumei!? Kioku o Hasamareta Byakuya" (絶体絶命!?記憶を挟まれた白哉) 
March 13, 2012 October 18, 2014
Byakuya starts his battle with Tsukishima. When Tsukishima reveals that he can use his Fullbring on inanimate objects as well, he traps Byakuya and hits him and Senbonzakura, thus learning all he needs to know about Byakuya's weaknesses. Meanwhile, Rukia fights against Riruka and gets her body trapped in a stuffed animal due to Riruka's new powers. She attempts to fight with Kido, but it accidentally implodes inside herself. Riruka starts to reveal her past and Xcution's past, which gets her distracted enough for Rukia to touch her zanpakuto. Unable to dodge her, Riruka hits Rukia with her Fullbring and disappears, leaving her to collapse. Back to Byakuya's fight, Tsukishima is able to overwhelm him and manages to inflict a serious injury. However, Byakuya shoots out his bankai from his hand, and it pierces Tsukishima's chest. Byakuya thanks him for an exciting battle and Tsukishima falls to the ground. 
365 "Ichigo vs. Ginjō! Secret of the Substitute Badge"
"Ichigo tai Ginjō! Daikōshō no Himitsu" (一護VS銀城!代行証の秘密) 
March 20, 2012 October 25, 2014
Ichigo and Uryu continue their battle with Ginjō. However, when Ginjō senses that Tsukishima is close to dying, he reveals to Ichigo that the Substitute Soul Reapers are constantly spyed on by the Soul Society to monitor their actions. However, Ichigo decides he will trust Soul Society for aiding him in protecting the people close to him, and continues fighting Ginjō alone. Both Ichigo and Ginjō release their Bankai and fight just as the Soul Reapers Captains heard Ichigo's resolve. 
366 "Changing History, Unchanging Heart"
"Kawariyuku Rekishi, Kawaranu Kokoro" (変わりゆく歴史、変わらぬ心) 
March 27, 2012 November 1, 2014
The battle between Ichigo and Ginjō comes to a close when the latter receives a mortal wound. Just as Ginjō is about to die, Tsukishima tries to kill Ichigo but is stopped by Riruka. Tsukishima is later rescued by Shishigawara while the surviving Xcution members decide to separate. Ichigo later returns to Soul Society and requests that Head Captain Yamamoto let Ginjō's body be buried within the human world as the last thing he can do for him. Yamamoto agrees just as Ichigo accepts to continue being a Substitute Soul Reaper. Rukia sees Ichigo off, recalling their time together and silently thanks him. Ichigo smiles and tells Rukia, "See ya later" before returning to Karakura Town where he is greeted by his friends and family. Notably, before the episode ends, Ichigo breaks the fourth wall as he says "See You Again", perhaps hinting the anime adaption will return in the future. 


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