Lunuganga catches Ichigo and the others by surprise and sucks them underground. They awake to find themselves surrounded by Hollow with Rukia missing. Suddenly, they are joined by a whole group of Menos Grande. Meanwhile, Rukia wakes up and has a similar encounter with Hollow. She i saved by a strange figure with a mask who wields a zanpakutou.moreless
Ichigo and the others intervene to save a little girl from three Hollows only to find that she is really an Arrancar named Nel. After a short episode, they are interrupted by the appearance of a Guardian who blocks their path to the castle. The guardian seems invulnerable to all their attacks until they get a helping hand from some old friends.moreless
Chad and Ishida finish off their opponents and escape into the barren desert of Hueco Mundo. Aizen gathers the Espada together and informs them of the situation. Meanwhile, Ichigo and the others must survive the desert of Hueco Mundo and make it to Aizen's castle in one piece.
Ichigo, Ishida, and Chad arrive in Hueco Mundo to find themselves in a strange building. They are able to survive and avoid most of the traps but they must then find a way out of the building and deal with the guards who are there to get rid of any trespassers who dare to enter. Finally, Chad and Ishida's new powers will be tested in a real situation.moreless
As the Shinigami recover from the battle with the Espada and Ichigo lies bandaged and asleep in bed, Orihime finishes her preparations to leave with Ulquiorra. She has 12 hours to get ready and she can only say goodbye to one person... Ichigo.
Ichigo continues his battle with Grimmjow but can only use his full power for 11 seconds. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya is fighting Yammy and Luppi is fighting Yumichika but when things start to look bad Urahara comes in and saves them. Ulquiorra appears before Orihime and tells her that they she needs to come with him or her friends will be killed.moreless
Everyone is training to become stronger for the upcoming Winter War. Rukia & Orihime are training there powers, Matsumoto & Yumichika are training for bankai, Renji is training to make Chad stronger and Ichigo is training his Vizard powers. In the midst of all this training, a group of Espada arrive in the real world.moreless
Mizuho Asano discovers her school's kendo team was ambushed by members of another kendo team from a different school. Being the student council president, she demands they challenge the other team to a match for revenge. With all of the good members too injured to participate, she asks Ikkaku to help train her team to win. He accepts and begins training all of the inexperienced freshman to be ready to fight in their upcoming match. Most of the freshman are injured during the training, leaving Ikkaku to ask his fellow Soul Reapers for help.moreless
Karin is upset about Ichigo leaving and accidentally kicks her soccer ball into the street. Hitsugaya stops it and returns it to her. Karin then goes with her friends to their soccer field. Middle schoolers are using the field and refuse to let them have a turn with it. One of them challenges Karin and her friends to have a soccer match against them in a few days. Karin agrees to it, but her friends wonder how they could possibly win. While walking back home, Karin sees Hitsugaya again and decides to ask for his help.moreless