The Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc is the second season of the Bleach anime series, containing 21 episodes. The episodes are directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot. In the English release by Viz Media, the title is translated as The Entry. The episodes are based on Tite Kubo's Bleach manga series. The episodes' plot centers around Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends' journey to Soul Society in order to save Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki from her impending execution.
The arc initially ran from March to July 2005 in Japan on TV Tokyo. The first English airing of the series lasted from February to July 2007. It was shown on both YTV's Bionix and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming blocks.
The episodes use five pieces of theme music: two opening themes and three ending themes. The opening theme for the first five episodes is Orange Range's single "Asterisk"; the rest use "D-tecnoLife" by Uverworld. The initial ending theme is "Thank You!!" by Home Made Kazoku, switching at episode 26 to Younha's "Houkiboshi" and again at episode 39 to "HappyPeople" by Skoop on Somebody.
Ichigo and the others enter the Soul Society after making it past the Capturing Thrust. Now they must find a way to enter the place where the shinigami live. One way to enter is to pass through the Gate of Pure Spirits. One problem though; Jidanbou, a man of Herculean strength, is guarding the entrance.
Ichigo finally learns to concentrate his spirit energy. They learn that Ganju will be going with them since he has to chant a spell to help them break into the barrier. He also reveals to them the secret about his brother. They then blast off towards the barrier and prepare for impact. But, it seems that they may be separated after the impact.
When the group penetrates the barrier with the cannonball they end up being separated. Ichigo and Ganju end up together. When they land they are confronted by two Shinigami. Ganju runs away but Ichigo decided to stay and fight.
The battle between Ikkaku and Ichigo soon comes to an end. Meanwhile, Ishida and Inoue are chased by more than a handful of deathgods and Ganju still has to handle Yumichika.
As Ichigo tries to find Ganju to try to help him, he gets found by a few death gods who starts to chase him. Ganju is still facing off against Yumichika. Meanwhile, Ishida and Inoue come across a deathgod of their own.
The deathgod decides to fight Inoue but Ishida decides that he's not gonna let that happen.
Ichigo's battle between Renji gets serious, but Ichigo will never give up on his journey to rescue Rukia. Ichigo starts to remember his training with Urahara. His training with Urahara helps him find out ways of finding weaknesses for certain attacks. His training also reveals the resolve that he should have that would help him beat Renji.
When Byayaku comes to Rukia's cell, he finds out that she is being rescued. In an attempt to kill them, Ichigo comes flying in and saving the day. Will he succeed?
On their flight into the Seireitei, Ichigo and the others are separated.
Within the Seireitei, a full-fledged search for the intruders--the "ryoka"--is put into action. Rukia is transferred to the Repentance Cell to await her execution...
Forced to stay alert and on their toes, Ichigo and his fellow ryoka continue to be hunted by Soul Reapers.
News of the intruders' surprising strength spreads among the Soul Reapers, and the captains are eager for information.
Hanataro leads Ichigo and Ganju toward the Repentance Cell where Rukia is being held...
Renji and Ichigo engage in battle...
Renji faces defeat, and in his last moments recalls his childhood with Rukia in the Rukongai district of the Soul Society.
In the world of the living, Ichigo's sisters Karin and Yuzu are recruited by television personality Don Kanonji to learn how to fight bad spirits...
Word of Renji's defeat spreads, and all-out war is declared against the ryoka...
A prominent captain of the Soul Reapers is found dead, and Soul Reapers turn against one another in a flurry of suspicion and accusation.
Ichigo, Ganju and Hanataro climb the great staircase of the Senzaikyu--the White Tower--only to sense an unprecedented amount of spirit energy.
Chad's journey to the Senzaikyu is interrupted by the captain of Squad 8?
Ichigo, still battling Captain Zaraki, senses a loss of Chad's spirit energy and fears the worst?
Lying weak with sword wounds on the ground, Ichigo is greeted by a vision of an embodied version of his zanpaku-to?
Ganju and Hanataro continue toward the Senzaikyu to save Rukia?
Sensing great spirit energy near the Repentance Cell, Ichigo defies Yoruichi's orders and flees to assist Ganju and Hanataro.