Season 3 Episode 13

An Accomplished Oath! Get Back Rukia!

Aired Tuesday 7:00 PM Oct 18, 2005 on TV Tokyo
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The execution of Rukia is beginning but as the Captains begin to gather Ichigo is still in training and time is running out.

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  • C-C-C-C-Combo breaker! Sorry, unlike the others, I didn't think this was a perfect ten.

    Rukia's execution finally arrives, but there are quite a handful of people that are planning on stopping it. Ichigo isn't the only one; Renji, and even captains Ukitake and Kyouraku, have helped terminate the execution. A pretty good episode, though unlike a lot of other people, it was nowhere near the best episode in the anime. Although Rukia's monologue before her supposed execution was pretty depressing, the entire episode was littered with Rukia's monologues. And Ichigo's appearance before the soukyoku and stopping it with his bare soul slayer was so cliche. I would have preferred it if captain Ukitake saved Rukia instead.moreless
  • Of the top three in the series. After all of the back breaking effort and the life-threatening risks Ichigo and the others went through to save her, Rukia Kuchiki's life is returned to her by Ichigo, who rose to his potential with lightening speed.moreless

    This is my favorite episode in the series so far.

    Rukia's execution seems imminent. The Captains of the Twelve Court Guards stand dutifully and bear witness to the scene, a few noticeably missing. Kuchiki makes her peace with herself and all those she has met, thanking them for all they have given her and for showing her what it means to live again after the prim and proper life of a royal family. At last, she does not say thank you to Ichigo. She only tells him goodbye, knowing full well that her peace would be shattered if she brought to mind all that she would be thankful for to him, for he showed her what it means to live as a human being without the shackles of rules always guiding her. The Soukyoko unleashes its shinkai, a giant phoenix symbolic of death and rebirth; the death that Rukia and all those executed face and the rebirth that they will have as their soul returns to the Soul Society, memory and personality most likely gone.

    Rukia closes her eyes as the Soukyoku beats its wings, preparing for its dive through her. As she braces herself and expects the worst, Ichigo's battle theme song begins to play and Rukia hears the gasps of the crowd. She opens her eyes to see Ichigo, cuts on his face, his arms wrapped, wearing a tan cloak and holding Zangetsu behind him, seemingly blocking the Phoenix effortlessly.

    Rukia's first reaction as she sees his grinning face is shock and then intense fear for his safety. She tells him to flee before it's too late, knowing that if he remains, the captains or the Soukyoku will kill him. She does not think about him being unable to escape from all those captains, which shows that her cry was one of desperation and pure emotion, revealing how much she truly cares for him.

    Ichigo smiles as she pleads to his better judgment. He ignores her, of course, and turns to the Soukyoku as it beats it wings, throwing him off balance. He remarks on its persistence as he readies himself for the next charge. At that moment, a wire wraps around the Soukyoku's throat, stopping it. The captains are shocked at both turns of events as Captains Ukitake and Kyouraku seal the bird with an ancient shield of the Shihouin Family. Soi Fong tells her Lieutenant to stop them, but alas, she is too late to do so and the Soukyoku bursts apart.

    Ichigo is unsure about the turn of events but figures that so long as the Soukyoku is gone, he only has one thing to destroy. He jumps upon the Soukyoku stand and begins to swing Zangetsu by the hilt-wrap, a technique he took from Ogihci. Rukia cries out, asking what it is he intends to do to which he replies in a matter-of-fact tone that he will destroy the execution grounds.

    Rukia tells him that he is crazy but he tells her that her opinions are rejected and tells her to watch. He promptly destroys the grounds as he said he would and declares that he will save her. Rukia asks how he intends to escape with everyone watching and he says that they will simply run.

    She says that there is no way to run from all of them and he replies that he will then cut through them all. His eyes burn fiercely as he speaks. He tells her that it is not just her she is saving. He tells her about everyone who came to help her, even Chad. He speaks with honest confidence that he will save everyone who has helped and that they will all return together.

    Rukia is enraptured by his speaking and feels the strength emanating from his very being and through the way he talks. She no longer voices a complaint. Renji then appears, defeating the men who released the Soukyoku with ease. Ichigo greets him and tosses Rukia down. He tells him that his job is to run, no matter what happens. Renji nods with seriousness and begins running.

    The captains dispatch their Lieutenants but as they run, Ichigo interrupts their path with Shunpo. They tell him to move but he refuses. Each of the three release their shikai and Ichigo promptly defeats each of them with a single blow, bare handed.

    He draws Zangetsu just in time to block Captain Kuchiki's assault, remarking that he said once before that he can see him.

    This is the climax of the series. There was no doubt in my mind that Ichigo would win any fights that came his way; it was only a matter of how he would win that made me watch the proceeding episodes. Tite Kubo did a magnificent job in showing his strength and confidence. I have watched episode after episode, but none have hit me as this one has. Bravo.moreless
  • One of the best episodes!!!The day of Rukia's execution!!! Poor Rukia will Ichigo save her in time?!?!?!?!?!?!

    The Day of Rukia's execution. Rukia is taken to the place where her execution is being held, meanwhile Ichigo is training with Youroichi trying to achieve bankai in short short amount of time to save her. Everything is set and Rukia is asked if she has any last words. She says "just one". She asks if the ryoka (Icihigo and his friends) can return to the world of the living unharmed. Of course she was lied to, but they did that so she wouldn't worry. Oh noooo poor Rukia!!!! The execution started and just as she is about to die..... ITS ICHIGO!!!!!! I knew he'd come back!!! He can't ever leave Rukia... they belong together!!!! lol. Rukia is somewhat relieved even though she didn't say it. She said that she wouldn't thank him but Ichigo didn't care, he kind of knew that. But I know that she meant thank you deep in her heart!!! After there like 3 minute small talk Renji comes in. Ichigo gives Renji an order to catch Rukia and protect her. Wait?!?!?! did he say catch.... YEAH HE DID!!!!! This is the funniest part he throws Rukia all the way down to Renji. Luckily Renji catches her and runs as fast as he can. Ichigo then confronts Byakuya and the batlle begins!!! Meanwhile Renji is shown running with Rukia in his arms. AWWWWWW how cute, but I'm still a Rukia/Ichigo fan.This was an EXCELLENT EPISODE!!!! I can watch over and over again!!moreless
  • One of the Best episode of any show I have seen!!

    The episode was quite dramatic in the begin which I was not sure what was going to happen but then as expected the hero came to the rescue just in time. Everyone was in awe of his arrival which I felt the same when I saw him accomplish things that never seemed possible with his old self. There were some parts that were surprising but it made the episode perfect.

    I was both laughing and surprised at the randomness that happened with the surprise. I loved how the music tied with the small fight which I was in awe again when the hero easily took out his minor foes. Then it was perfect how a once more powerful enemy was easily on the same level as the hero.

    This episode tied perfectly with everything that happened which I think it was well done and I can't wait to see the next episodes of this thrilling showmoreless
  • Rukia is moments away from death, but Ichigo swoops in and saves her. Not only that, but then he beats down three lieutenant level shinigami with his bare hands. Even Byakuya was powerless. The final battle between Byakuya and Ichigo begins!moreless

    The execution has begun. Rukia is literally lying on her deathbed and is mere moments away from being obliderated by the Syokyouku. Just before she can be killed, Ichigo shows up and blocks the power of one million zanpakuto with just his one. After destroying the giant cross Rukai had been on and leaving all the captains in awe, Ichigo makes the handoff to Renji and he runs away with her. The Lieutenants attack and try to stop him from escaping, but Ichigo interviens. Without even using his soul slayer, Ichigo is easily able to defeat all three. Sensing danger, he spins around and grabs Zangetsu to block an enemy's blade. Who could it be except Byakuya Kuchiki? And just like that, the greatest battle in the whole sould society begins!moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Ichigo is stopping the execution, there is a long white bandage on his right cheek. At one point this bandage disappears and then reappears.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ichigo: I can see your moves Byakuya Kuchiki!

    • Ichigo: [having just stopped Rukia's excecution, smashed the cross restrainting her and now holding her] You freakin' talk too much with your "Don't save me" and "go away"... I thought i told you... All your opinions are rejected. This is the second time, and this time... I'm going to save you... Rukia.
      Rukia: [becoming teary, yet smiling] I'm not going to thank you... You fool.
      Ichigo: [smiles slightly] Yeah...

    • Kuromade Zennosuke: My name is Kuromade Zennosuke. Kuchiki Rukia, who was in charge of this area, committed some sort of sin and was whooshed away. Afterwards, I came to this town. (Cell phone rings.) Huh? A Hollow? Right, I'm off-
      (Don Kanonji knocks him down)
      Don Kanonji: Karakura Super Heroes!
      Jinta: Karakura Red go!
      Karin: Brat!
      Kon: Why do I have to do this stuff too?
      Don Kanonji: Bo-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha
      Kuromade Zennosuke: W-What was that just now?

    • Rukia: I am not afraid. I have lived well. I met Renji and his friends, was picked up by Nii-sama, and led by Kaien-dono. And, I was saved by Ichigo. I am not suffering. I am not sad. I have no regrets. I am not leaving behind my heart. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Good-bye.

    • Yamamoto: Very well. Just as you asked, I shall send the ryoka back unharmed the dawn after your execution.
      Rukia: Thank you very much.
      Isane (whispering): How cruel. He doesn't plan on sending them back alive.
      Unohana: It isn't cruel, Isane. It's mercy.
      Isane: Captain Unohana! Where have you been?
      Unohana: If it is an unavoidable death, then at least let her have no hesitations, no matter how small they may be. Even if it's something small, at least let her be at peace.

    • Sentarō: It seems the execution has begun! Is the captain ready yet?
      Kiyone: Shut up! I can hear you! Don't yell all the time, you armpit-smelling, bearded monkey! Captain!
      Sentarō: But you're yelling too.

  • NOTES (2)