The assailants who attacked the Kuchiki mansion are identified as "Sword Beasts," manifested Zanpakuto of Soul Reapers who lost their lives during the battle with Muramasa. Due to the potential danger, an order is issued throughout the Soul Society to hunt down all remaining Sword Beasts, including ones who have escaped into the World of the Living. Toshiro, Hyorinmaru, Rangiku, and Haineko go after a Sword Beast who is in the World of the Living searching for its master.
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.