Renji and Dondochakka Birstanne run through a corridor in Las Noches, but Renji stops when he senses Rukia Kuchiki battling someone. Dondochakka asks him what's wrong, but Renji tells him that it's nothing. As Dondochakka yells at him not to scare him, a hole in the floor forms and both Dondochakka and Renji fall down. When Renji reaches the ground, he wonders where he is until he's confronted by somebody. The person tells him that he's shocked that someone would fall into one of his more simpler traps. He then decides to introduce himself as the octava Espada, Szayelaporro Granz. As Renji remembers what the Espada are, he hears Dondochakka yelling and he wonders why he still hasn't fallen. Renji moves away from the hole he's in front of to dodge him, but another hole forms at his new location and Dondochakka falls directly on top of him. Dondochakka complains about how scary it was to be falling through the hole until he notices Szayelaporro. As he states that he's the top researcher and spiritual weapons development specialist in Hueco Mundo, Renji asks him if this explanation is meant to be for him. Dondochakka is surprised that he's sitting on Renji and he asks him what he's doing there. Renji simply kicks him away and the two begin arguing until Szayelaporro tells them to stop talking. Renji threateningly looks at him and Szayelaporro tells him to calm down, explaining that he doesn't have high combat abilities despite the fact that he's an Espada. He then goes on to explain exactly who he is until Renji tells him that he doesn't want to hear his life story and that he came here to defeat his enemies.
Renji activates his Bankai, Hihiō Zabimaru, but it ends up vanishing immediately. Szayelaporro explains that in this room he can't use his Bankai because he knows everything about it, and because of that he was able to make a device in this room to nullify it. Renji is confused by this as only people who fought against him would know his Bankai, but Szayelaporro explains that his brother is Yylfordt Granz, which shocks Renji. Szayelaporro thanks him for remembering his brother but then goes on to explain that the reason he targeted him isn't for revenge. He states that he put spirit recording insects on Yylfordt, allowing him to know everything that he knew. He then tells Renji that he has no way to win and he unsheathes his Zanpakutō, explaining that he's excited since this is the first time he has fought a Bankai user and he tells him to keep his body as intact as possible.
After battling a bit, with Renji releasing his Zanpakutō, Lumina and Verona enter the room yelling that Aaroniero Arruruerie was killed. Szayelaporro says that he was so preoccupied with his battle that he didn't notice. He then tells Renji the news that an Espada and Rukia both killed each other in battle. This angers Renji, causing him to swing his Zanpakutō at Szayelaporro, but it is easily blocked. Szayelaporro tells him that he can't beat him by only using Shikai, but Renji puts more force behind his attack, lightly injuring him. Renji swings his Zanpakutō again, but as it hits the ground, Szayelaporro steps on it, breaking a small piece off. He throws it for Lumina and Verona to play with and goes up to Renji, telling him that he's lost interest in his abilities. He then sends his Fracción out and explains that he modified them. He then gets bored and decides to have them finish Renji off.
Medazeppi decides to attack Renji, and ends up sending him flying across the room. He then grabs Renji and smashes him onto the floor of the room. As this is happening, Lumina and Verona want to join in but Szayelaporro tells them not to interfere and that he wants to see a nice epilogue to this battle. Medazeppi goes to grab Renji again but this time Renji brings his Zanpakutō to his hand and makes a minor cut across it. Medazeppi begins screaming in pain and Szayelaporro commends Renji for lasting this long, but states that now things are going to be problematic as there's no controlling Medazeppi now. Medazeppi begins smashing everything around him and Renji begins to desperately dodge his attacks. As this is happening, Szayelaporro states that it's a shame that by the end of this Renji's body won't be in perfect condition. All of a sudden Medazeppi is attacked and killed by someone. This person states that it's unfortunate that the walls aren't made of Sekkiseki and as the dust clears, Uryū Ishida is shown, and he tells Renji that he's looking bad right now.
The Fracción start cursing Uryū for killing Medazeppi and Uryū wonders how powerful they are. Pesche Guatiche, who came with Uryū as well, asks him if they were scared by his entrance but Uryū tells him to be quiet or the tension will be lost. All of a sudden Szayelaporro yells at his Fracción to stop talking and states that his new guest would like to say something. Uryū thanks him for his consideration and asks Szayelaporro if he's an Espada. Szayelaporro states his full name and rank to him, but because of this Uryū doesn't believe he's a threat due to his low number. Szayelaporro counters by saying that he's still stronger than him, but then asks Uryū who he is. Uryū states that he's a Quincy, which causes Szayelaporro to laugh madly at the fact that he has now gotten to meet both a Bankai user and a Quincy in the same day. He then states that if he were Yammy Llargo he would be shouting suerte right now. As this is happening Uryū immediately appears behind Szayelaporro and tells him that he feels like shouting suerte as well because he has gotten to fight an opponent who is full of openings.
He then shoots an arrow straight at Szayelaporro, which ends up piercing his throat and causing Szayelaporro to fall onto his knees. As his Fracción go to his aid, the arrow piercing Szayelaporro disappears and he begins laughing madly again. Szayelaporro tells him that he's foolish in thinking that his arrow had pierced him and explains that he knew about his fight with Cirucci Sanderwicci, allowing him to analyze all of his abilities. Uryū begins fighting against Szayelaporro's Fracción but his arrows don't do any damage to them. His bow eventually disappears and one of the Fracción takes this opportunity to punch Uryū but his blow is blocked by Renji, who asks Uryū if he knows any way of beating this guy. Uryū tells him that he does and the two of them decide to team up.
Uryū asks Renji how long he can hold him but Renji states that it's 20 seconds maximum. However, Uryū tells him that that's more than enough time and the two of them begin their plan. Szayelaporro tells his Fracción not to get involved as he's curious as to what they can do in their current state. As this is happening Pesche goes down to the battlefield and gets mad that Uryū isn't here with him since he feels that the funny man isn't funny without the straight man. Pesche then notices Dondochakka stuck in a pile of rocks so he decides to sneak past Szayelaporro's Fracción to get to him. After he gets past them easily, which slightly disappoints him, Dondochakka jumps out of the pile of rocks he was stuck in and begins happily yelling about the fact that Pesche came to save him. Because of this, the Fracción seemingly notice them until Pesche spots the battle going on behind the Fracción.
Renji swings his Zanpakutō around his head and then swings it directly at Szayelaporro. Szayelaporro states that this is nothing more than brute force and easily deflects the Zanpakutō. However, Renji runs up to Szayelaporro and grabs him by the neck while at the same time having his Zanpakutō surround and trap them. Renji admits to him that there's no chance of him winning with his current strength but despite that fact, if he were to take damage from this close, it would hurt even him. Renji then begins using Hadō #31. Shakkahō and states that he's always been bad at using Kidō as his spells would always end up exploding. He then tells Szayelaporro that their going to have a contest to see who's tougher and the Kidō spell blows up, damaging the both of them. Renji falls to the ground and Szayelaporro forms a distance between the two of them, getting mad at the fact that a Shinigami is trying to make a fool out of him. However, Uryū appears behind him and tells him that he knew he would form a distance between himself and Renji, whether the attack succeeded or not. He tells him that he has a habit of going just far enough from his opponents that he can't be attacked but Szayelaporro counters him, saying that Uryū has a habit of attacking people from behind. Szayelaporro then asks him if he thinks he's won and Uryū tells him he has 5 Seele Schneiders surrounding Szayelaporro. Szayelaporro states that this is impossible as the Reiatsu of his weapons should have been sealed and Uryū tells him that it just shows that there are things in this world that he doesn't know about. He then tells Szayelaporro that he'll explain his situation in his language and says "Hasta aqui". Uryū then pours a drop of spiritual particles where Szayelaporro is and a huge explosion engulfs him.
As the Fracción run up to aid Szayelaporro, Pesche asks Uryū what that technique was. He states that it was Sprenger and explains that by using a Seele Schneider and a silver vial, you can destroy anything that is in the sketched formation. He continues to explain that Seele Schneider can store spirit particles and that by expanding the stored particles you can draw the Quincy symbol on the ground. Then, if you put a drop of the spirit particles in the symbol, a huge explosion occurs. However, he states that it takes a lot of time to prepare and that you need someone you can trust in battle in order to use it. Renji tells him that flattery will get him nowhere but Uryū assures him that his gratitude is sincere. All of a sudden the dust from the explosion clears up and Szayelaporro is shown to still be alive, but with major injuries. Uryū tells him that he's shocked that he's still standing but Szayelaporro explains that because it was still his reiatsu from the attack, he can minimize the damage.
Szayelaporro then picks up Lumina and begins eating him, which ends up recovering him. Verona complains about this but Szayelaporro tells him to be quiet as he can always make another one. Szayelaporro then explains that his Fracción are unique, because if he eats any of them his injuries will be healed. Uryū calls him a monster, but Szayelaporro tells him that he would prefer to be called a genius and begins walking away. Uryū asks him where he's going and Szayelaporro states that he's going to change his clothes, which angers him. Szayelaporro simply tells them to think of a plan while he's gone, as he's going to be thinking of one as well. However, after Szayelaporro leaves, Uryū decides to run away and Dondochakka asks him why. Uryū explains that their objective is to save Orihime Inoue, not to defeat the Espada, especially in a room where they can't use their powers. As they reach the top of a flight of stairs, Renji notes that they have to save Rukia and Yasutora Sado as well. They then enter a room, but it ends up being the same room they were just in. Szayelaporro asks them if they had a nice walk and states that they will now begin the second act of this battle.
Szayelaporro explains to them that they should think of this area as his body since he can control the corridors, which was what led them back to this room. He then notes that their expressions are as if this is all a bad joke, but he explains that a bad joke is akin to inferior beings such as themselves, forcing him to use his full power. Szayelaporro unsheathes his Zanpakutō and swallows the blade, causing his body to expand. His body then goes into its true form, his Resurrección Fornicarás. Szayelaporro apologizes for making them wait and says that the long-awaited second act can begin, but then rephrases his statement to the second act is now ending.
Black liquid comes out of Szayelaporro's back and spreads around the room. Uryū tells everyone not to touch it, but Dondochakka gets hit by it, causing another Dondochakka to form. Uryū and Renji get hit by it as well, causing clones of them to form too. Szayelaporro explains that these clones contain all of their abilities, but he tells them not to worry as he has now removed the seal on their powers. He then tells them to fight all out and Uryū notes that this truly is a "bad joke". Dondochakka charges at Uryū telling him he's scared but Uryū dodges him, causing Dondochakka to get mad as he just wanted to cling on to him. As Uryū states that his clinging looks like an attack, several Dondochakka clones attack them and they barely dodge the blow. Uryū tells him he was right in thinking it was an attack, but Dondochakka states that this isn't the time to be doing things like this and that they should be looking for Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck. Uryū tells him that they will right after this, but Dondochakka explains that they have to do it right now as he's scared of what will happen if she gets any deeper into Las Noches. He and Pesche then sense Nel's reiatsu and states that it's nostalgic.
Renji, Pesche, and Dondochakka continue battling the clones, but they end up getting confused as to who's who. Uryū asks them what they're doing and explains the differences between them and the clones. The Renji and Uryū clones have a different type of skin around their eyes as well as a difference in the quantity of hair, the Dondochakka clone has a different type of dots on its back, and the Pesche clone has counterfeit trousers on. Renji states that this is a pretty big mistake for Szayelaporro to make, but Szayelaporro explains that he purposely made them that way because he doesn't like the style any of them have. Renji decides that he has to escape so he decides on a plan and activates his Bankai, Hihiō Zabimaru, but this ends up causing all of the clones to activate their Bankai as well. However, the room they're in is destroyed in the process, and Renji explains that he did that on purpose, and he asks Uryū how high his intellect is. Uryū tells him that he sees no difference between him and Ichigo Kurosaki, but Renji doesn't realize that this was meant to be an insult. Renji then states that Szayelaporro is about to get serious and that he's coming straight for them. Szayelaporro appears and tells them that the person who has to report this to Sōsuke Aizen is going to be unhappy. He then gets rid of the clones and states that he's going to show them the true power of his Resurrección.
One of the clones of Renji is still around so Szayelaporro destroys him as well. He then reiterates that he's going to show them his true power, but Uryū and Renji have different ideas. They both attack him with their full power at the same time but two large Hollows appear in front of Szayelaporro, guarding him from the blows. Szayelaporro tells them that he's forcing them to participate in this and has one of his wings "eat" Uryū but he is immediately spit out. He then thanks him for the meal and one of the strands of his wings becomes engorged and bursts with purple liquid, creating a small doll of Uryū. Renji asks Uryū if he's all right and he states that he's fine. Szayelaporro holds up the doll and states that this will now be Uryū. He then touches the dolls head, which Uryū feels, and Szayelaporro explains that he has control over all of his senses now. He then flicks the dolls head, slightly injuring Uryū. Szayelaporro decides to then rip the doll in half and Renji begs him to stop. However, he does so anyway but nothing happens to Uryū.
Szayelaporro tells him that he's foolish in thinking that something would happen if he ripped the doll in half and shows that what he really wanted to do was to get to the body parts inside the doll. He takes out something that reads "stomach" on it and breaks it, causing Uryū to cough up blood. As Renji angrily attacks him for what he did, he too gets "eaten" by one of Szayelaporro's wings. Szayelaporro states that everyone gets surprised from just a small thing and states that Humans, Shinigami, and Quincy are all the same and if there's any reason for them to be killed by Aizen, it would be because of their inferiority.
After making a doll of him as well, Renji desperately battles his opponent, who tells him that he should just give up. Renji charges at him but Szayelaporro takes out his left Achilles tendon organ and destroys it, causing Renji to collapse. Szayelaporro decides that he's going to continue destroying his tendons and tells Renji not to move as he destroys another body part. Renji screams in pain and he reiterates that he shouldn't move as he doesn't want to hurt the two of them too much. All of a sudden Pesche attacks Szayelaporro with his Infinite Slick, which causes him to drop the two dolls allowing Pesche to easily grab them. Dondochakka then arrives and brings out Bawabawa from his mouth, allowing Pesche to jump on top of him. Uryū asks him why Bawabawa came out of his mouth and Pesche explains that he's one of the combat insect spirits that Dondochakka keeps in his body, but they never told Nel because of the possibility that her memories would return. He explains that they didn't want her memories to return because then she would be forced into combat again, but because she has regained her will to fight they decided that they would assist her anyway they can. Pesche then tells Szayelaporro that they don't have time to deal with him and he gets ready for battle.
Szayelaporro tells Pesche that his attitude is unfitting for a Fracción but is caught off guard when Pesche takes out his Zanpakutō and makes a minor cut across Szayelaporro's arm. Pesche explains that his Zanpakutō is called Última and that it's made from overflowing spirit particles. He tells Uryū that it's just like his weapon but he doesn't spot the similarity. Pesche tells him that it was a pathetic comeback and the two of them argue. However, while they're doing this, Szayelaporro decides to have his minions take care of Bawabawa while he himself takes care of Pesche and Dondochakka. The minions go to attack, but Dondochakka takes out his own Zanpakutō from his mouth and easily defeats the minions. Pesche explains to Szayelaporro that he made one fatal error, which was looking down on them because they were opponents he had defeated before. He then states that they're worlds apart from the level they were at before and Pesche gets on top of Dondochakka to do an original Cero that they created called Cero Sincrético.
However, their attack fails and they wonder why it didn't work. Szayelaporro explains that they allowed him too much time, and that because he knew that they were Nel's Fracción, he was able to analyze their reiatsu easily. He states that while their Cero Sincrético is powerful, he already knew that from the start and tells them that the only reason they lost was because they didn't use that technique from the beginning. Szayelaporro then assumes that they have nothing else left and he decides to put an end to this battle.
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 264, pages 18-21
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 265, pages 5-9
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 265, pages 10-16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 269, pages 12-16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 272, pages 9-13
- ↑ Bleach anime; Episode 162, this only takes place in the anime
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 272, pages 14-15
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 273, pages 12-19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 273, page 19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 274, pages 2-6
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 274, pages 14-19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 275, pages 1-3
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 275, pages 5-9
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 275, pages 10-19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 276, pages 3-8
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 276, pages 8-14
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 287, pages 14-17
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 288, pages 1-10
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 288, pages 10-15
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 289, pages 15-18
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 291, pages 1-2
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 292, pages 9-19
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 293, pages 2-13
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 293, pages 14-18
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 295, pages 8-16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 296, pages 10-16
- ↑ Bleach manga; Chapter 297, pages 8-10