The Thirteen Court Guard Squads, particularly Renji and Rukia, are shocked by the news of Byakuya now supposedly working with Muramasa. Meanwhile, inside Muramasa's hideout, the Zanpakuto cannot hide their discomfort over having Byakuya join them. Senbonzakura is especially distrustful, and demands his former master to prove his loyalty to Muramasa by cutting down Rukia's Zanpakuto 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.