Renji and Zabimaru (Monkey and Snake) come to the World of the Living to go after a Sword Beast. However, Snake is too distracted by his surroundings, and as a result lets the Sword Beast escape. After being scolded by Renji and Monkey, a frustrated Snake decides he wants to be his own man and runs off.
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.