When Orihime and Uryu make it to the top of Hueco Mundo's canopy, they see Ichigo collapsed in front of Ulquiorra. Just then, Uryu hits Ulquiorra with his arrow. But like all of Ichigo's attacks, Uryu's arrow is ineffective against Ulquiorra.
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.