In a flashback with Renji, Hinamori, and Kira are training during their first years at the Shinigami Academy. During a training exercise in the Real World, Shuuhei Hisagi is attacked by Hollows and Renji, Momo, and Kira go to help.
The 10th Squad Captain Hitsugaya is attacked by Hinamori who believes he killed Aizen. She also says that she knows the true intention behind the execution of Rukia. Meanwhile, Ichigo completes day one of his training and is getting prepared for day two.
The battle between Hitsugaya and Ichimaru Gin begins. Meanwhile, it is announced that Rukia's execution has been brought forward and will take place in 29 hours and Ichigo starts his 2nd day of training.
Kenpachi, Orihime and Yachiru inadvertently rescue Ishida, Chad and Ganju from their cell. Kenpachi then runs into Captain Tosen and Captain Komamura and challenges them to a fight. Meanwhile, Renji finishes his training and asks Yoruichi if Ichigo can really achieve Bankai in time.
As time runs out, Renji runs toward the site of Rukia execution hoping to save her. He is stopped by Byakuya who refuses to let him pass. During the fight Renji releases his Bankai, but will it be enough to defeat Byakuya?
Soi Fon and Yoruichi continue their fight invoking memories of how they became friends many years before. Meanwhile, the battle between Ichigo and Byakuya continues and Ichigo shows off his new technique called Getsuga Tenshou.
The fight between Ichigo and Byakuya continues. Hitsugaya and Matsumoto arrive at the Central Office Forty Six to find security missing and the residents slaughtered. Orihime and the others arrive at the execution grounds to help Ichigo.
The conclusion of the fight between Ichigo and Byakuya Ichigo appears to be at a disadvantage until his Hollow-half takes over and gives him the edge. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya makes a startling discovery in Central Office Forty-Six.
After finding everyone dead in the Central Office Fourty-Six Hitsugaya realizes that all of the recent orders have been fake. Later he finds out who is the real mastermind behind recent events in Soul Society, and a sinister plot is uncovered, with Rukia at its center.
Unohana Retsu, Captain of the 4th Squad, and her vice captain Kotetsu Isane tell the others in Soul Society what they have learnt about Aizen. Upon hearing the message, Ichigo realizes that Rukia is Aizen's next traget and rushes to save her.
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