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Ichigo and Hiyori face off, but Ichigo has great trouble holding his own. Hiyori urges him to use his Bankai, but he is reluctant due to fear of losing control. Instead, the Visored have Ichigo train in endurance before teaching him how to subdue his inner Hollow.
Rukia helps Ichigo over come his depression about not being able to help his friends. Afterwards the Shinigami explain more about the Arrancar and exactly what kind of enemies they will be facing from now on.
Isshin and Urahara talk about an upcoming war in which the Vizards, Arrancar, Shinigami and humans will all be involved. Hirako is still trying to talk Ichigo into joining the Vizards but isn't doing a very good job of persuading him. As such Sarugaki Hiyori decides to make him try harder.moreless
Hitsugaya speaks with Hinamori, who apologizes for falsely believing he could have assassinated Aizen. Ichigo spends him time training his Hollow form with Hiyori. Orihime finds the Visored's hideout, and relays to them what she knows about Aizen's plans. Ishida continues to train with his father, but his strength begins to waver.moreless
Whilst finishing his fight with the Arrancar Ikkaku thinks back to the day he first met Zaraki Kenpachi and lost a sword fight to him. He also looks back at his time in Kenpachi's squad and remembers his resolve to become stronger.