|A New Enemy! The Materialization of Zanpakutō|
|Romaji||Arata naru teki! Zanpakutō jittai-ka|
|Arc||Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc|
|Previous Episode||Cry of the Soul? The Rug Shinigami is Born!|
|Next Episode||Byakuya, Disappearing with the Cherry Blossoms|
|Japanese||July 28, 2009|
|English||November 13, 2011|
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A mysterious man releases the spirits of many Zanpakutō from their swords and attacks Soul Society.
A group of individuals wait inside a cavern, some more patiently than others. A man enters the cavern with a "new friend" and instructs them to look after him. He then reassures one of the others that the rest will awaken soon and the era of the Shinigami will come to an end.
While Ichigo Kurosaki awakens inside his inner world and tells Zangetsu that he cannot hear anything beside his voice, Renji Abarai and Byakuya Kuchiki spar in Soul Society. During their duel, Byakuya is surprised to be cut by his own Bankai. Denying that anything is wrong, he promptly departs, leaving those watching bemused by his actions. Elsewhere, Tōshirō Hitsugaya communes with his Zanpakutō's spirit, but it dissipates as he asks it what is wrong. He is distracted from his thoughts by Rangiku Matsumoto throwing a tantrum after conversing with her Zanpakutō. Momo Hinamori and Isane Kotetsu arrive and ask what Rangiku was doing. When she complains about being unable to materialize Haineko, Hinamori gently criticizes Rangiku's words. Isane notes that her Zanpakutō has not been very responsive for the last couple of days, which worries Hitsugaya.
Immediately afterwards, the senior members of the Gotei 13 are summoned to an emergency meeting on the Sōkyoku Hill. As they discuss why they might have been summoned, Lieutenant Sasakibe suddenly appears and collapses in front of them. Muramasa appears before them, claiming that Yamamoto would not be attending the meeting. An incensed Captain Sajin Komamura tries to force Muramasa to explain what happened to Yamamoto and releases his Bankai. When Komamura tries to attack, Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō instead attacks its wielder, stunning Komamura and the other Shinigami. The confused Komamura watches his Bankai vanish and is then attacked and defeated by Tenken's true form.
The captains and lieutenants try to release their Zanpakutō in order to attack, but discover that they cannot and that there is no longer any Reiatsu in their blades. Muramasa tells them that he has freed the Zanpakutō from their imprisonment. Explosions begin to ring out across Seireitei as the freed Zanpakutō spirits wreck havoc, easily defeating many Shinigami. Responding to Muramasa's summons, they then gather alongside Muramasa. As Hitsugaya realizes that the Zanpakutō have taken on physical form, Muramasa states that this is merely a greeting and that the Zanpakutō will soon rule over the Shinigami.
Shinigami Zanpakutō Introductions
Mayuri Kurotsuchi introduces the Zanpakutō of Ichigo Kurosaki, Zangetsu.
Characters in order of appearance
Powers and Techniques used
- Hikotsu Taihō (狒骨大砲, Baboon Bone Cannon)
Zanpakutō released: Shikai:
- Suzumebachi (雀蜂, Hornet)
- Wabisuke (侘助, The Wretched One)
- Zabimaru (蛇尾丸, Snake Tail)
- Senbonzakura (千本桜, Thousand Cherry Blossoms)
- Muramasa (村正, Village-Just)
- Tenken (天譴, Heavenly Punishment)
- Kazeshini (風死, Wind Death)
- Sode no Shirayuki (袖白雪, Sleeved White Snow)
- Tobiume (飛梅, Flying Plum Tree)
- Hihiō Zabimaru (狒狒王蛇尾丸, Baboon King Snake Tail)
- Senbonzakura Kageyoshi (千本桜景厳, Vibrant Display of a Thousand Cherry Blossoms)
- Kokujō Tengen Myō'ō (黒縄天譴明王, Heavenly Punishment of Kokujō's King)
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