Ulquiorra's sword release, Murcielago, is too strong for Ichigo, and every swift attack further injures him. Even when he fires Getsugatensho with all of his remaining power, Ichigo is unable to wound Ulquiorra. In spite of that, Ichigo continues to attack Ulquiorra in order to save Orihime and go back with his friends.
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.