|Bleach: Fade to Black|
|Romaji||Burichi: Fade to Black - Kimi no Na o Yobu|
|Theme||Koyoi, Tsuki ga Miezutomo by Porno Graffitti|
|Romaji||Burichi: Fade to Black - Kimi no Na o Yobu|
|Theatrical - Japan||December 13, 2008|
|DVD - Japan||September 30, 2009|
|DVD - US||November 15, 2011|
Bleach: Fade to Black (BLEACH Fade to Black 君の名を呼ぶ, Burichi: Fade to Black - Kimi no Na o Yobu; Full Japanese title "Bleach Fade to Black, I Call Your Name") is the third Bleach film. It was released in Japan on December 13, 2008, and on DVD on September 30, 2009. The film's screenplay was written by Natsuko Takahashi, who is a screenwriter for the anime series. The official film website gives the tagline of "Sayonara, Rukia".
To promote the film, the opening and closing credits of the Bleach anime from Episodes 197-201 use footage from the film.
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 Shūhei 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 Kyōraku, 13th Division Captain Jūshirō 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 Kurosaki 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.
Rukia is Forgotten
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 Hanakari 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.
Ichigo and Kon Arrive
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.
Ichigo's Journey Continues
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.
Encounter with Byakuya
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 Kuchiki. 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.
Ichigo Finds Rukia
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.
Urahara Visits Mayuri
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.
Rukia Begins to Remember
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.
The Shinigami Confront Ichigo
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.
Ichigo and Renji Find Rukia
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.
The End Begins
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.
Gotei 13 vs. Monster
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.
In 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.
- In the movie, Kenpachi Zaraki stands in midair momentarily before being dragged down by Konjiki Ashisogi Jizō, despite not knowing how to use Hohō.