Ichigo's and Renji's victories against their own Zanpakuto has proven that a Soul Reaper can reclaim his Zanpakuto by defeating it in battle. However, the Zanpakuto still remain in their manifested state even after being freed from Muramasa's mind control. While Renji struggles to deal with Zabimaru's mischief, Ichigo goes to visit Rukia, who is still recovering from her battle with Sodenoshirayuki.
Uryu begins his own investigation to track down the enemy who attacked him. As he goes around searching for clues, he notices that people close to Ichigo are acting strangely. Meanwhile, Ichigo's Fullbring training is nearing its completion.
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.