The battle between the Soul Reapers and the Espadas becomes more and more tense. Soi Fon and Marechiyo Omaeda find themselves in a bad situation against Barragan's Respira. Soi Fon leaves Marechiyo to fight Barragan alone, but Marechiyo's Gegetsuburi is easily destroyed by Respira.
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.