Aizen leads Tosen, Gin, and the Espada as they invade the World of the Living. Aizen?s real objective is to annihilate Karakura Town to create Ouken, the royal key and take the Soul Society by storm.
Below the Fifth Tower, Sado and Renji battle it out with a giant Hollow. But then, the sandman Batticaloa arrives to the scene. Batticaloa?s body is made of sand, so Sado and Renji have a hard time inflicting any damage on him.
While Orihime is watching Ichigo and Ulquiorra?s battle from the sidelines, Loly and Menoly appear before her. They learned that Orihime is no longer of any use to Aizen, and they want to seize this opportunity to defeat her.
Uryu rushes to stop Yammy from attacking Orihime. Ichigo is surprised, but Uryu charges at Yammy without hesitation. Uryu notices that Ichigo, concerned about Orihime, was not using the power of his Hollowfication?
Ulquiorra?s sword release, Murcielago, is too strong for Ichigo and every swift attack further injures him. Even when he fires Getsugatensho with all of his remaining power, Ichigo is unable to wound Ulquiorra.
When Orihime and Uryu make it to the top of the dome, they see Ichigo collapsed in front of Ulquiorra. Orihime?s reaction is to rush over to Ichigo, but Ulquiorra tells her that it?s no use.
Rukia, Renji, and Sado are battling Rudobon and the soldiers he created. But then, another enemy appears before them.
Rukia, Renji, and Sado struggle against the giant Yammy.
Hitsugaya is doing everything he can to counter Halibel?s sword release, Tiburon. Halibel says she will win against Hitsugaya to avenge her Fracci
While Hitsugaya and Halibel?s battle looks to be coming to a close, Omaeda and Soi Fon fight against Barragan.
The battle between the Soul Reapers and the Espada becomes more and more tense. Soi Fon and Omaeda find themselves in a bad situation against Barragan?s Respira.
Kyoraku and Stark are both fighting defensively in their battle. But Stark?s expression changes when he spots Hitsugaya and Soi Fon?s Bankai.
Kyoraku is in a pinch, and Ukitake, who had been watching the battle, steps in.
The Soul Reapers find themselves in hot water against Fura and Wonderweiss when the Visoreds, led by Shinji Hirako, make their appearance.
Hisagi joins Komamura to battle Tosen in hopes of bringing his former captain back to his senses. Meanwhile, the other Soul Reapers form an uneasy alliance with the Visoreds...
Barragan appears to be defeated by the combined efforts of Hachigen and Soi Fon. But the two are shocked to find Barragan forcing open Hachigen?s Shiju Saimon barrier.
Stark shows no sign of getting serious in his battle against Love and Rose. Lilinette begins to mindlessly fire at the two Visoreds without Stark?s permission. But her attacks prove to be ineffective against the two...
Stark splits his own soul and shapes it into packs of wolves and launches them against Love and Rose. Preparing to deliver the finishing blow, Stark is caught off guard by Shunsui, who suddenly appears out of Stark?s shadow.
Las Noches. Long ago, Apache, at the time still an Adjucha-class Hollow, was hunted by other Hollows when Halibel saved her life. Apache soon joins Halibel?s group consisting of Sun-Sun and Mila Rose.
With the Espada gone, the Visoreds are now able to confront Aizen.
Ichigo goes up against Yammy. Rukia notices that Ichigo is acting strange following his battle with Ulquiorra and shows her concern for him.
Ichigo wakes up to find himself in the middle of a desert. Sitting next to a confused Ichigo are Uryu, Orihime, and Chad, all dressed in an Arabian style.
Kenpachi overcomes Yammy?s monstrous size and tough exterior to land a clean blow against the Espada. Meanwhile, Ichigo uses Garganta to return to the World of the Living.
As he holds a dying Hiyori, an enraged Hirako readies himself to confront Aizen in battle. Meanwhile, Hisagi and Komamura battle Tosen in a desperate attempt to bring their former ally back to his senses.
Komamura performs his Bankai, Kokujo Tengen Myo-oh, to subdue Tosen. However, Tosen has already deduced the weakness of Komamura?s Bankai from years of working closely together.
Tosen is now able to see in his Ressureccion form. But Komamura states that in exchange for his vision, Tosen has now blinded his own heart. Meanwhile, Hirako prepares to use his Shikai, Sakanade, against Aizen.
Ichigo has returned to the World of the Living to battle Aizen.
The Thirteen Court Guard Squads and Visoreds launch a full-scale attack against Aizen.
Head Captain Genryusai Yamamoto of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads steps in to battle Aizen.
Ichigo succeeds in wounding Aizen with his Hollowfied Getsugatensho attack.
Before Aizen can reveal Ichigo?s most startling secret he is interrupted by an unexpected person arriving on the scene.
Gin asks Ichigo if he recalls their last encounter. Ichigo?s answer prompts Gin to display his Bankai and its incredible power.
A Seireitei International Film Festival is to be held in the Soul Society, and Nanao recruits Ichigo and his friends to cooperate with the filming.
Rukia comes across Kurumadani, who's being attacked by a mysterious masked man. The masked man reveals himself as Shrieker.
Kisuke Urahara steps onto the battlefield as Aizen, fused with the Hogyoku, begins his transformation.
Ichigo finds himself cornered against Gin?s Bankai. Meanwhile, Urahara, Yoruichi, and Isshin fight Aizen in a three-on-one battle.
Isshin decides to have Ichigo acquire the ?Final Getsugatensho,? which could defeat Aizen. Meanwhile, Keigo and Tatsuki wake up to realize something terrible is happening to their town.
The Women?s Soul Reaper Association is hosting a New Year?s party in the Soul Society, when Hitsugaya and the other male Soul Reapers come crashing in. Meanwhile in the World of the Living, everyone is spending New Year?s with their families.
Two monster hunters arrive at an old castle where Franken Ichigo, Succubus Rukia, Vampire Uryu, Pumpkin Orihime, Mummy Renji, Witch Rangiku, and Wolfman Hitsugaya all live as lackluster monsters.
Hisagi and Rangiku are sent to investigate a string of disappearances in the Rukon district. But being alone together with Rangiku causes Hisagi?s imagination to go wild.
Aizen and Gin close in on Tatsuki, when Don Kanonji comes to the rescue. A still-injured Rangiku also arrives to confront Gin. Meanwhile, Ichigo battles Tensa Zangetsu and Hollow Ichigo, who have now merged into one being.
Aizen continues his pursuit of Ichigo?s friends. Gin returns to Aizen after having personally dealt with Rangiku, and his appearance prompts Tatsuki and the others to prepare for the worst.
Gin recalls his past and the fateful event that led him to become a Soul Reaper serving under Aizen. Meanwhile, Ichigo finally arrives after completing his training.
Battle ensues between Aizen and Ichigo. Aizen further evolves to best Ichigo. But Ichigo, now fully aware of why Tensa Zangetsu was reluctant to teach him the Final Getsugatensho, has come to possess amazing powers.
The battle in Karakura Town and the Soul Society has come to an end. Ichigo is reunited with his friends who have returned from Hueco Mundo, when his condition suddenly changes.