Muramasa appears before Ichigo and explains how he freed the Zanpakuto from the Soul Reapers, as well as gave them a physical form to exist. Muramasa then attacks, and during the course of the battle, Zangetsu is freed from Ichigo. Unable to use his Zanpakuto, Ichigo falls before Zangetsu's Getsugatensho.
Ichigo escapes from his house in confusion after witnessing his friends and family welcoming Tsukishima as if they've known him for years. Regrouping with Ginjo, Ichigo learns that the same change has also happened to Riruka and the other Xcution members.
Ichigo is shocked to learn that Chad and Orihime have now sided with Tsukishima and are even willing to fight Ichigo to protect their precious "friend." Meanwhile, Ginjo races to help Ichigo, but the remaining members of Xcution halt his attempt.