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.
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At the end of the training between Renji and Ikkaku, they both revert their zanpakutou to their normal state. Ikkaku's shikai is made by holding the sword and the sheath together. However when he reverts it, the sheath is already in his belt.
Ikkaku was defeated by Captain Zaraki way before they were part of Soul Society.
Yachiru's little chalk drawing on the floor, was of Kenpachi stabbing Ikkaku.
This episode does not follow the story as laid down in the Bleach Manga. In the manga Ikkaku was seen to lose with the Arrancar only sustaining minor damage. This episode re-imagines the fight, substituting Kenpachi in place of the Arrancar who tells Ikkaku that he should seek to survive and become stronger.
The anime does indeed follow the story laid out by the manga, it only changes the place of flashback. The flashback in the manga takes place after Ikkaku's fight with the Arrancar, while in the episode it takes place just before the fight ends
Yumichika: I knew it. I knew you were alive, Ikkaku.
Ikkaku: Someone who dies in battle should want to know who killed him.
(Renji and Ikkaku have finished training)
Renji: I wanted to see you Bankai.
Renji: You can do it, can't you? Why don't you use it? Are you hiding it?
Ikkaku: That's my style.
Renji: Your style? That's ridiculous! What's the point of a style like that?
Ikkaku: I hide it because I want to. That's all. I'll tell you my name. It's Madarame Ikkaku. Remember it. The next time we fight, it'll be to the death. It'll be your last fight. You should always tell your opponent your name before you beat him, as a courtesy.
(Ikkaku was defeated by Kenpachi)
Ikkaku: (Pissed off) Don't screw with me! Are you mocking me?! Kill me!
Kenpachi: (Grabs him) If you like fighting, then quit bitching about not being killed! Don't just accept defeat and beg for death! Accept it after you're dead! If you lose without dying, it means luck was on your side. When that happens, focus on surviving. Survive and kill the person who couldn't kill you!
Yachiru: (Drawing a picture) You should go home. Ken-chan's in a good mood. So you'd get beaten up for sure.
Ikkaku: (Smirks) He's gonna beat me up because he's in a good mood? That doesn't make sense.
Yachiru: You're pretty dense, huh? He doesn't hold back when he's in a good mood because he's having too much fun.
Kenpachi: I don't give a rat's ass about you now that you can't fight.
Edorad: Madarame Ikkaku, huh? I'm glad I asked what his name is. (Falls)
Ikkaku: I have no intention of being a captain. If I was a captain, I couldn't fight under Captain Zaraki anymore.
(Ikkaku and Yumichika get in on the fight Kenpachi was having with the Hollow)
Yumichika: You shouldn't do that, Captain.
Ikkaku: That's right! Why do you get all the action?
Kenpachi: What's with you guys? I told you to back off!
Yachiru: It's a contest!
Ikkaku: Impatient, short-tempered and pissed off. Back then, those were the only emotions I felt. I didn't belong in Soul Society. I didn't belong anywhere.
Japanese Title: 更木隊秘話！ツイている男たち
Romaji Title: Zaraki tai hiwa! Tsuite iru otoko tachi
We learn that Ikkaku was Renji's senpai.
Ikkaku and Yumichika came from Rukongai.
This episode corresponds to chapter 206 of the Bleach manga.
Yumichika and Ikkaku were friends even before they became part of Captain Zaraki's team.
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