Most of this episode takes place on Sōkyoku Hill with the battle between Byakuya and Ichigo. Byakuya releases his Bankai (Senbonzakura Kageyoshi) against Ichigo and he tries to evade it and launch attacks. However he was caught by Byakuya’s Senbonzakura and thrown to the ground. After getting back on his feet Ichigo starts to talk about him being able to reach Bankai.
After Byakuya’s reasoning of the possibility of Ichigo being able to reach Bankai, Ichigo releases his Bankai (Tensa Zangetsu). After seeing Ichigo’s Bankai Byakuya states that his sword could not be Bankai because it is too small. Ichigo makes no reply and surprises him with a swift move that Byakuya was unable to catch sight of. Deciding not to inflict a blow ichigo decides to draw out the battle to “Insult Byakuya’s honor”.
Even after faster attacks using Senbonzakura, Byakuya was unable to catch Ichigo because of his amazing speed and ends up getting injured. While elsewhere, Captain Hitsugaya and Rangiku are trying to get to Central 46 in order to inform his superiors of the situation that is taking place. Also Orihime Inoue, Uryū Ishida, Yasutora Sado, Ganju Shiba, and Makizō Aramaki head towards Sōkyoku Hill. They believe that they will find Ichigo and Rukia at the top.
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