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The Espada Szayel Aporro sends out the execution unit named "Exequias" to go after Ichigo. Aizen questions him on why he did it and Szayel apologizes saying he wanted to make sure they killed him. Aizen forgives Szayel but also sees through his plot to to further his research. Meanwhile, Ishida tries to figure out how to beat his opponent, Cirucci Thunderwitch.moreless
Ishida and Pesche continue their battle with Cirucci Thunderwitch. They manage to gain the upper hand when Pesche uses his technique Infinite Slick, but Cirucci releases her zanpakutou making things much more complicated.
Rukia continues her fight with the 9th Espada, Aaroniero Arruruerie. She still has mixed feelings about fighting him and she is struck by his trident. As she lies on the tip of his weapon, barely conscious, she goes through a series of flashbacks of her time with Kaien. Her memories revive her with only enough time for one final desperate attack.moreless
Renji continues his battle with Szayel Aporro while Ichigo faces off against Ulquiorra. Not knowing Ulquiorra's rank and strength, Ichigo wastes no time and he quickly goes into his Hollow form but Ulquiorra reveals a deadly secret which shocks Ichigo and turns the tables.
Ishida and Renji continue fighting against Szayel and with Renji's help, Ishida pulls out a secret weapon to use against him. The attack seems to be a success at first but Szayel has his own secret technique. Meanwhile, Grimmjow appears before Nel with Orihime in tow.
Ishida and Renji recover from their battle with Szayel while Orihime continues to heal Ichigo's wounds. Ulquiorra appears and questions Grimmjow about his intentions. They get into a fight but Grimmjow manages to seal Ulquiorra in another dimension. Now free to fight the fully restored Ichigo, the two draw their swords and attack. Using a massive blast, Grimmjow forces Ichigo to pull out his Hollow mask and the battle begins for real.moreless