The events that led up to and including the war with Aizen, took place over the course of approximately six months during the first year of Ichigo's high school. Ichigo became a Shinigami in the Middle of May[1] on Friday at approximately 7:13 PM[2]. The timeline of Bleach is linked to the Japanese school year with Ichigo acting as Rukia's substitute during the first term of high school (April to mid-July), going to Soul Society during summer break (mid-July to end of August) with the Arrancar invasion and subsequent battles occurring in second term of high school (Beginning of September to late December). It must be noted that Soul Society anticipated that the decisive battle would take place in winter,[3] however, Aizen moved early and the decisive battles are taking place in the middle of October (autumn) instead.[4]

Events Immediately Preceding Ichigo Becoming a Shinigami
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April 1st[5]
Ichigo and Chad start school and meet Keigo and Mizuiro
Orihime, Tatsuki and Uryū Ishida also start school and all are placed in class 1-3
April 1st to Middle of May
Rukia is deployed to the living world[6]
Renji is made the vice-captain of the 6th Division[6]
Rukia arrives in Karakura
Agent of the Shinigami
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Middle of May[7]
Friday 2:23 AM[8]
Rukia Arrives in Karakura Town
Middle of May[7]
Friday 7:13 PM[9]
Ichigo beats up some bullies and heads home
Rukia enters Ichigo's room
Fishbone D attacks the Kurosaki Clinic.
Rukia Kuchiki & Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Fishbone D
Ichigo becomes a Shinigami.
Middle of May[7]
Rukia turns-up in Ichigo's school the next day and forces Ichigo to act as her substitute.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Hexapodus
Middle of May to Middle of June[10]
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Acidwire
The Cursed Cockatiel: Rukia Kuchiki & Yasutora Sado vs. Shrieker, Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Shrieker
The Mod Soul Incident: Ichigo Kurosaki & Kon vs. Millipede-like hollow
June 16th[11]
Ichigo notices the date and asks Rukia if he can have a day off from being a Substitute Shinigami
Tatsuki tells Orihime that Ichigo will be absent from school the next day.
June 17th[12]
Six year anniversary of Masaki Kurosaki's death
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grand Fisher
Tatsuki Arisawa tells Orihime about Ichigo's childhood and about his mother's death.
June 18th[13]
Tatsuki finds Ichigo by the river bank where his mother was killed.
June 18th to July 17th[10]
Ichigo attends Don Kanonji's live show
Ichigo Kurosaki & Don Kanonji vs. The Demi-Hollow
Soul Society uses footage from the show to find Rukia[14]
Few days after the filming, Ichigo meets Ishida
July 18th[10]
The term results are announced
Ichigo follows Ishida, who challenges Ichigo to a duel
Yasutora Sado vs. Bulbous G
Orihime Inoue vs. Numb Chandelier
Ichigo Kurosaki & Uryū Ishida vs. The Menos Grande
July 19th[10]
Yoruichi arrives
Ichigo invites Ishida to eat with his group
Orihime invites Rukia to eat with her group
Rukia attempts to leave without alerting Ichigo
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Renji Abarai & Byakuya Kuchiki
July 20th[10]
Ichigo is forced to attend the last day of school by Urahara. He discovers that no one remembers Rukia except Orihime.
Orihime & Ichigo talk
July 21st to July 31st[10]
Trials of the Shattered Shaft
Ichigo trains with Kisuke Urahara
Ishida trains by himself
Orihime and Chad train with Yoruichi Shihōin.
The new Ichigo emerges
August 1st[15]Trials of the Shattered Shaft
Ichigo, Orihime, Chad and the others attend the Fireworks Festival
Orihime promises Tatsuki that she will return after she is done helping Ichigo.
August 8th
1:00AM Trials of the Shattered Shaft
Ichigo, Orihime, Chad and Ishida start their journey to Soul Society with Yoruichi as a guide.
Ryoka Invasion
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Time Shift
While passing through the Dangai Ichigo and his friends are chased by the Kōtotsu
This resulted in a gain of eight days due to a time anomaly[17]
August 1st[10]
Arrival in Soul Society
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Jidanbō Ikkanzaka
Orihime heals Jidanbō
Ichigo meets Ganju Shiba
August 2nd[10]
Ichigo and friends meet Kūkaku Shiba and spend the night at her house while she prepares the cannon and Ichigo works on controlling his spirit energy to create a barrier.
August 3rd[10]
Kūkaku Shiba shoots Ichigo and companions into Seireitei
The group gets separated
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ikkaku Madarame
Yumichika Ayasegawa vs. Ganju Shiba
Uryū Ishida vs. Jirōbō Ikkanzaka
August 4th[10]
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Renji Abarai: Rematch
Byakuya orders Renji thrown in jail
Hanataro spends the night healing Ichigo and discovers that a Hollow mask has appeared on Ichigo's body to protect him from Renji's blow.
August 5th[10]
Day Time
Sōsuke Aizen is found dead by Momo Hinamori
Momo Hinamori vs. Izuru Kira
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Kenpachi Zaraki
Yasutora Sado vs. Shunsui Kyōraku
August 5th[10]
Night Time
First day of the Bankai Training
Uryū Ishida vs. Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Tōshirō Hitsugaya vs. Gin Ichimaru
Tōshirō 002
August 6th[10]
Execution Day
Kenpachi decides to help Ichigo
Kenpachi Zaraki vs. Kaname Tōsen & Sajin Komamura
Ikkaku Madarame vs. Tetsuzaemon Iba
Yumichika Ayasegawa vs. Shūhei Hisagi
August 6th[10]
Execution Day
Renji Abarai vs. Byakuya Kuchiki
Second day of the Bankai Training
August 6th[10]
Rukia's Execution
Rukia's Execution begins but Ichigo interrupts
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Byakuya Kuchiki: Rematch
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto vs. Shunsui Kyōraku & Jūshirō Ukitake
Yoruichi Shihōin vs. Suì-Fēng Isshin Kurosaki regains Shinigami powers.[18]
August 6th[10]
Conspiracy Revealed: End Game
Hitsugaya finds Central 46 has been massacred
Rangiku Matsumoto vs. Izuru Kira
Aizen is revealed to be alive
Aizen stabs Hinamori and critically injures Hitsugaya
August 6th[10]
Conspiracy Revealed: End Game
Aizen reveals his influence on all events
Aizen escape to Hueco Mundo with Gin and Tōsen
Ichigo and his friends are credited with saving Soul Society
61Aizen slashes
August 7th to August 13th[10]
Ichigo and his friends spend one week in Soul Society
Rukia informs Ichigo that she is remaining in Soul Society
Ukitake presents Ichigo with a Substitute Shinigami Badge
Group returns home, where Urahara meets them and apologizes to Ichigo.
Urahara apologies
Arrancar Invasion
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Time Shift
While returning to the living world, Ichigo and his friends were once again chased by the Kōtotsu[19]
What effect it had on time is unknown
Events resumed with the start of the second semester of school.[20]
September 1st[20]
The Cold War
Ichigo returns to school for the start of a new semester
Ichigo discovers that Tatsuki can see his badge
Later Ichigo battles a Hollow and learns from Orihime that Ishida has lost his powers.
Ichigo's Substitute Shinigami Badge
September 2nd[21]
The Cold War
Shinji comes to school and introduces himsellf to Ichigo
At night, Ichigo leaves his body to Kon and goes to fight a Hollow and encounters and learns of Shinji's true nature
Shinji offers Ichigo a chance to join the Visored, Ichigo turns him down.
September 2nd[21]
The Cold War
Ishida is attacked by a Menos Hollow and Kon is attacked by Grand Fisher who mistakes him for Ichigo
Ishida is rescued by his father: Ryūken Ishida and Kon is rescued by Isshin Kurosaki.
Isshin Grand Fisher Defeat
September 3rd[21]
The Cold War
Ichigo confronts Shinji at school
Ishida accepts his father's offer
Yammy Llargo and Ulquiorra Cifer invade Karakura Town
Orihime loses her offensive power.
September 7th
Ichigo meets-up with Hitsugaya's Advance Team consisting of Rangiku, Rukia, Renji, Ikkaku and Yumichika
Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez leads his Fracción in an attack
Rukia Kuchiki vs. Di Roy Rinker
Ikkaku Madarame vs. Edrad Liones.
Shinigami arrive
September 7th
Renji Abarai vs. Yylfordt Granz
Tōshirō Hitsugaya vs. Shawlong Koufang
Rangiku Matsumoto vs. Nakeem Grindina
121Shawlong flees
September 7th
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
Kaname Tōsen interrupts and forces Grimmjow to return to Hueco Mundo
In Hueco Mundo, Grimmjow loses his arm and his rank.
121Grimmjow appears
September 8th
Visored Training
Ichigo goes to the Visored base
Chad comes to Urahara seeking training
Ishida starts to regain his Quincy powers.
Vizards pin Hollow Ichigo to ground
September 8th to October 29th
Visored Training
Soul Society discovers Aizen's true intention
Orihime takes the news to Ichigo and meets the rest of the Visored
Hachi restores Orihime's offensive power
Orihime leaves with Rukia to train in Soul Society.
October 29th
Good Bye Halcyon Days
Tōshirō Hitsugaya vs. Luppi Antenor
Kisuke Urahara vs. Yammy Llargo
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez: Round Two
Orihime is intercepted by Ulquiorra in the Dangai and given 24 hours to say goodbye.
138Arrancar arrive
October 30th
Good Bye Halcyon Days
Hachi partially heals Ichigo and sends him home
Orihime leaves Rangiku and Hitsuagya notes on how to take care of the house
Orihime comes into Ichigo's room at night and says goodbye.
October 31st
Good Bye Halcyon Days
(Living World - Day)
Ichigo learns of Orihime's disappearance
Yamamoto declares Orihime a traitor and forbids her rescue
Ichigo is confronted by Tatsuki at school.
October 31st
Good Bye Halcyon Days
(Living World - Night)
Urahara retrieves Ishida from his father's hospital
Ichigo, Chad and Ishida leave for Hueco Mundo sometime during the night.
October 31st
Good Bye Halcyon Days
(Hueco Mundo)
Aizen welcomes Orihime and has her heal Grimmjow's arm
As Orihime heals, Aizen explains the nature of her power
Grimmjow kills Luppi and regains his rank.
Invasion of Hueco Mundo
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October 31st to November 1st
Ichigo leaves the Human World and arrives in Hueco Mundo.
November 1st
Hueco Mundo
Enter The Home of Hollows
Aizen and Orihime feel the tremors as they break in
Renji and Rukia also arrive to aid in Orihime's rescue.
November 1st
Hueco Mundo
Aizen calls a meeting of the Espada but forbids them from going after the intruders.
145Espada gather
November 1st
Las Noches:Tres Cifras
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio
Uryū Ishida vs. Cirucci Sanderwicci
Yasutora Sado vs. Gantenbainne Mosqueda
Hollow Night Palace
November 1st
Las Noches:The Palace of the Espada
Rukia Kuchiki vs. Aaroniero Arruruerie
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ulquiorra Cifer
Renji Abarai & Uryū Ishida vs. Szayelaporro Granz
160Rukia kills
November 1st
Las Noches:The Palace of the Espada
Orihime's Confrontation
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez: Final Fight
Ichigo Kurosaki & Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck vs. Nnoitra Gilga
166Ichigo protects
November 1st
Arrival of the Gotei 13
Byakuya Kuchiki vs. Zommari Rureaux
Mayuri Kurotsuchi vs. Szayelaporro Granz
Kenpachi Zaraki vs. Nnoitra Gilga
195Kenpachi blocks
November 1st
Aizen launches the White Invasion
203Aizen reveals
November 1st
Las Noches:The 5th Tower
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ulquiorra Cifer: Final Fight
Yammy's Rampage
Rukia Kuchiki vs. Rudobōn
271Ichigo severs
October 11th
Ichigo Kurosaki, Kenpachi Zaraki & Byakuya Kuchiki vs. Yammy Llargo
Mayuri sends Ichigo and Unohana to the Human World
Ichigo unohana garganta
White Invasion
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November 1st
12:13 PM[23]
The Armies Assemble: Battle at Fake Karakura Town
Aizen is confronted by the Gotei 13
Yamamoto traps Aizen, Gin and Tōsen inside a flame prison.
Ep. 203 - Gotei 13 gather at Fake Karakura Town
November 1st
Defend the Pillars
Yumichika Ayasegawa vs. Charlotte Chuhlhourne
Izuru Kira vs. Abirama Redder
Shūhei Hisagi vs. Findorr Calius
Ikkaku & Komamura vs Poww.
November 1st
Captains Join the Fray
Suì-Fēng vs. Ggio Vega
Marechiyo Ōmaeda vs. Nirgge Parduoc
Rangiku & Momo vs Harribel's Fracción
Battle of the Chimera: Gotei 13 vs. Ayon
226Yamamoto confronts
November 1st
Captains vs. Espada
Jūshirō Ukitake vs. Lilynette Gingerbuck
Tōshirō Hitsugaya vs. Tier Harribel
Suì-Fēng & Marechiyo Ōmaeda vs. Baraggan Louisenbairn
Shunsui Kyōraku & Jūshirō Ukitake vs. Coyote Starrk
Hitsugaya turns back on frozen Harribel
November 1st
The Arrival: The Visored Appear
Wonderweiss Margela arrives with Hooleer
The tide of battle turns against the Gotei 13
The Visored appear.
November 1st
The End of the Espada
Hachigen Ushōda & Suì-Fēng vs. Baraggan Louisenbairn
Love Aikawa & Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi vs. Coyote Starrk
Shunsui Kyōraku vs. Coyote Starrk: Final Fight
283Shunsui kills
November 1st
Aizen's Impatience: Tense Situation
Hitsugaya, Lisa & Hiyori vs Harribel
Aizen grows impatient and attacks Harribel himself, then inviting the Gotei 13 and the Visored to fight him directly.
283Aizen slashes
November 1st
Mashiro & Kensei vs Wonderweiss
Sajin Komamura & Shūhei Hisagi vs. Kaname Tōsen
Shinji Hirako vs. Sōsuke Aizen
Hisagi Stabs Tosen (anime)
November 1st
Ichigo Returns
The Gotei 13 & The Visored vs. Sōsuke Aizen
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto vs. Wonderweiss Margela
Yamamoto sacrifices his left arm attempting to perform Ittō Kasō against Aizen.
Vizard and Gotei13 protects Ichigo
October 11th
Isshin, Urahara, Yoruichi vs. Aizen
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Gin Ichimaru
Aizen & Gin leave for Soul Society.
297Ichigo vs. Gin
Invasion of Soul Society
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November 1st
Gin and Aizen Arrive in Karakura Town
Gin Ichimaru vs. Sōsuke Aizen
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Sōsuke Aizen
301Aizen and Gin arrive
November 1st
Mayuri sends Karakura Town back to the Human world
Hiyori is saved by Unohana
Kenpachi and Byakuya return to Soul Society after defeating Yammy
Ep310 KenpachiByakuyaReturn
November 11[24]
Aizen is sentenced by the Central 46 to 18,800 years in Muken, the 8th and lowest level of the underground prison.
Aizen bondage picture 2
December 2[25]
Ichigo wakes up in his room, surrounded by his friends
Rukia confirms that Ichigo is going to lose all his Reiryoku.
Rukia and Ichigo say farewell as the last of Ichigo's Reiryoku fades away.
Ep342 Ichigo&Rukia


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