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This article, Timeline of Events (Canon), relates solely to the Bleach multimedia franchise and does not contain fanon or fan fiction elements. Thus, it is considered to be canon material.

This is a chronicle of the fights, battles and events that transpired within the canon timeline of Bleach, which includes both manga and light novels.

The timeline is organised in Years Prior, and Years After, which both refer to 2001 CE, the year Ichigo Kurosaki encounters Rukia Kuchiki and becomes a Shinigami.

Primordial Chaos

Primordial Chaos
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Over 100,000,000 Years Prior[1][2] Creation takes place. The World exists in a state of ambiguity. There is neither life nor death, progression and regression fluctuate. This waning and waxing World takes about 100,000,000 years to cool down.[2]
Over 1,000,000 Years Prior[1][2] Hollows become a part of the circulation of souls. However, they begin devouring and accumulating ordinary Souls, causing the World to stagnate. The first Menos appears as a result. A man possessed of the traits of the Shinigami, Quincy, and Fullbringers, referred to as both a devil and a messiah, appears to destroy the Menos, and he continues hunting Hollows to protect Humans. Unfortunately, his actions gradually destabilise the World; in order to combat stagnation, he causes the World to descend into chaos.[2]
Among the many powerful beings who emerge during this time, Ichibē Hyōsube appears.[2]

The Beginning of Order

The Beginning of Order
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1,000,000 Years Prior[1][3][2] Each of them for a different reason, the ancestors of the Five Great Noble Houses decide to seal the man who will be later known as the Soul King, and use his power of The Almighty to divide the World into three realms: Material World, Hueco Mundo, and Soul Society. Thus, they regulate the cycle of souls, and establish clear separation between life and death. The would-be Soul King offers no resistance, although fearing his power, the Tsunayashiro Clan ancestor encourages the others to dismember and incapacitate him. Fragments of the Soul King scatter across the Three Worlds, a phenomenon which eventually gives rise to beings such as Mimihagi and Pernida Parnkgjas, as well as Fullbringers.[2] SoulKingSealed.png
Several Millennia Prior[2] A mutant Hollow rampages across the Three Worlds, and eventually invades Soul Society. Even young Shigekuni Yamamoto is unable to stop him. The Hollow ascends to the Soul King Palace and attempts to devour the Soul King. However, he is defeated by the Royal Guard; Ichibē Hyōsube erases his name and dubs him Ikomikidomoe, whilst Ōetsu Nimaiya seals him into a Zanpakutō.[2] Ikomikidomoe2.png
2,109 Years Prior[4]
108 BCE
Shigekuni Yamamoto, progenitor of the "Genryū Style," founds the "Tōgakuin" (later known as the Shinō Spiritual Arts Academy),[5] becoming its Head Instructor.[6][7] Shinōreijutsuin.png
Over 2,000 Years Prior[8]
Before 3 CE
Chōjirō Sasakibe achieves Bankai and fights Yamamoto.[9]
Later, Yamamoto takes on the name "Genryūsai".[10]
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Over 1,205 Years Prior[11][12][13]
Before 796 CE
Yhwach is born. YhwachBorn.png
Over 1,005 Years Prior[12][13]
Before 996 CE
Young Bazz-B and Jugram Haschwalth meet, and become friends.[14] BazzBJugo.png
Over 1,000 Years Prior[12][13]
Before 1001 CE
Yhwach recruits the young Jugram Haschwalth, his other half, as he is organising his vanguard of Sternritter in preparation for the Soul Society invasion.[15] YhwachJugo.png
1,000 Years Prior[16]
1001 CE
Yamamoto becomes the Captain-Commander of the Gotei 13, a band of killers who are "Defenders" in name only.[17]
Yachiru Unohana becomes the First Kenpachi and the Founding Captain of the 11th Division.[18]
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997 Years Prior[19]
1004 CE
Yhwach and his Sternritter army invade Soul Society. Yamamoto fights and defeats Yhwach, although fails to kill him.[20] YamavsYhwach.png

Early Modern Era

Early Modern Era
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Approx. 256 Years Prior[21]
~1745
Ashido Kanō, a close friend of Kenpachi Kurayashiki's, follows a group of Hollows through the Garganta with his subordinates, where they become trapped in Hueco Mundo.[22]
Over 248 Years Prior[23][21]
Before 1753
Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake become Captains,[23] the first graduates from Yamamoto's Shinō Academy to do so.[24]
Tessai Tsukabishi becomes the Kidō Corps Commander.[25]
248 Years Prior[21]
1753
Sōya Azashiro challenges Kenpachi Kuruyashiki, the 7th title holder and 11th Division's Captain, to a duel in order to obtain his position. He wins, and thus becomes the 8th Kenpachi.[21] KenpachiKurayashiki.png
247 Years Prior[25]
1754
Kenpachi Azashiro disobeys the Central 46 in his quest to create an army to invade Hueco Mundo and exterminate Hollows. However, he surrenders when the Royal Guard decides to intervene. He is then sentenced to 19,500 years of imprisonment in Muken.[25] Azashiro1.png
200 Years Prior[26]
1801
Most of the Quincies remaining in the Material World are exterminated by the Shinigami.
Approx. 150 Years Prior[27]
~1851
Rukia and Hisana die in the Material World and are sent to Soul Society.[28]
112 Years Prior[29]
1889
Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi becomes the Third Division's Captain.
111 Years Prior[30]
1890
Gin Ichimaru enters the Shinō Spiritual Arts Academy.

110 Years Prior
[30]
1891
Gosuke Kiganjō kills the 9th Kenpachi to become the new Kenpachi and Eleventh Division's Captain.[31]
Gin Ichimaru finishes the Academy within one year, which is a record at that time, and joins Fifth Division.[30]
Kisuke Urahara becomes the Captain of the Twelfth Division after Kirio Hikifune is promoted to the Royal Guard.
Urahara asks Mayuri Kurotsuchi to become the SRDI vice-president.[32]
Gin Ichimaru kills the Third Seat of the Fifth Division and takes his position.
101 Years Prior[33]
1900
The Hollowfication Incident
Urahara attempts to reverse his fellow Shinigami's Hollowfication but fails, creating the Visored.
After Urahara and Tessai are tried by Central 46 for their alleged crimes, they escape with Yoruichi to the Material World.

Before the Storm

Before the Storm
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55 Years Prior
1946
Byakuya Kuchiki marries Hisana.[34]
54 Years Prior
1947
After 2 failed entrance exams, Shūhei Hisagi enters the Shinō Academy.[35]
50 Years Prior
1951
Hisana dies from illness in early spring.[36]
49 Years Prior
1952
Rukia Kuchiki and Renji Abarai enter the Shinō Academy.
Byakuya finds Rukia and adopts her into the Kuchiki Clan.[37]
She is immediately accepted into the 13th Division.
43 Years Prior
1958
Renji Abarai, Momo Hinamori, and Izuru Kira graduate from Shinō Academy and join the 5th Division of the Gotei 13.
20 Years Prior[38]
4 June 1981[39]
The Hollow White created by Sōsuke Aizen battles Isshin Shiba and Masaki Kurosaki in the Material World.
Several days later Isshin, with the assistance of Urahara, bonds his soul to Masaki's in order to save her. Consequently, he leaves the Soul Society to live in Karakura Town.[40]
20-9 Years Prior[41]
1981-1992
Masaki graduates from University, after which she and Isshin marry.
Ichigo Kurosaki, and later his sisters are born.
Ryūken Ishida and Kanae Katagiri marry.
Uryū Ishida is born.
Tōshirō Hitsugaya achieves Bankai and becomes 10th Division's Captain.
7 Years Prior[42]
17 June 1994[43]
Yhwach initiates his Auswählen to steal powers of the Gemischt Quincies.
Grand Fisher attacks Ichigo, and Masaki dies defending him.
Kanae slips into a coma and dies after 3 months.

Aizen’s Rebellion

Before Aizen's Betrayal
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April 1st to Middle of May 2001 Rukia is deployed to the Material World.[44]
Renji becomes the Lieutenant of the 6th Division.
Rukia Kuchiki & Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Fishbone D
Ichigo becomes a Shinigami.
Middle of May to July 19th Ichigo serves as a substitute Shinigami under the guidance of Rukia.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grand Fisher
Ichigo meets, and eventually allies with Uryū Ishida.
July 19th to August 8th Rukia attempts to leave without telling Ichigo.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Renji Abarai & Byakuya Kuchiki
Ichigo trains with Urahara and calls out Zangetsu's name.
Ichigo, Chad, Ishida, and Orihime with Yoruichi as a guide.
Time Shift While passing through the Dangai Ichigo and his friends are chased by the Kōtotsu, which resulted in a gain of eight days due to a time anomaly. They arrive on August 1st in the Soul Society. They enter the Seireitei with the help of Kūkaku Shiba and the group is separated. They engage in several battles.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ikkaku Madarame
Uryū Ishida vs. Jirōbō Ikkanzaka
August 4th to August 5th Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Renji Abarai: Rematch
Byakuya orders Renji thrown in jail.
Hanatarō spends the night healing Ichigo, and discovers that a Hollow mask has appeared on Ichigo's body to protect him from Renji's blow.
Sōsuke Aizen is found dead by Momo Hinamori.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Kenpachi Zaraki
Yasutora Sado vs. Shunsui Kyōraku
Ichigo begins his Bankai training.
Uryū Ishida vs. Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Tōshirō Hitsugaya vs. Gin Ichimaru
August 6th
Execution Day
Kenpachi allies with Ichigo and fights break out amongst the Gotei 13 and the 11th Division.
Renji Abarai vs. Byakuya Kuchiki
Ichigo completes his training and interrupts Rukia's Execution.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Byakuya Kuchiki: Rematch
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto vs. Shunsui Kyōraku & Jūshirō Ukitake
Yoruichi Shihōin vs. Suì-Fēng
Meanwhile, in the Material World, Isshin Kurosaki regains Shinigami powers.[45]
Hitsugaya finds Central 46 has been massacred, and Aizen is revealed to be alive. He stabs Hinamori and critically injures Hitsugaya.
Aizen reveals his influence on all events before escaping to Hueco Mundo with Gin and Tōsen
Ichigo and his friends are credited with saving Soul Society and their crimes as Ryoka expunged.
Invasion of Hueco Mundo and the Winter War
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September 2nd After Ichigo and his friends return to the Material World he is contacted by Shinji Hirako, who offers him a chance to join the Visored. Ichigo refuses.
September 7th
Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez and his Fracción invade Karakura Town. They engage in battle against Hitsugaya’s Advance Team.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez
The fight is interrupted by Tōsen, who forces Grimmjow to return to Hueco Mundo. Once there, Grimmjow loses his arm and his rank.
September 8th to October 29th Ichigo goes to the Visored base to train.
Chad comes to Urahara seeking training, and Ishida starts to regain his Quincy powers.
Soul Society discovers Aizen's true intentions, and Orihime takes the news to Ichigo. She meets the rest of the Visored and Hachi restores Orihime's offensive power.
Orihime leaves with Rukia to train in Soul Society.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez: Round Two
Orihime is intercepted by Ulquiorra in the Dangai and given 24 hours to say goodbye.
October 31st Ichigo learns of Orihime's disappearance. Yamamoto declares Orihime a traitor and forbids her rescue.
Urahara retrieves Ishida from his father's hospital. Ichigo, Chad and Ishida leave for Hueco Mundo sometime during the night.
Aizen welcomes Orihime and has her heal Grimmjow's arm. As Orihime heals, Aizen explains the nature of her power. Grimmjow kills Luppi and regains his rank.
November 1st Ichigo and the rescue team, along with Renji and Rukia, arrive in Hueco Mundo.
Aizen and Orihime feel the tremors as they break in.
Aizen calls a meeting of the Espada but forbids them from going after the intruders.
The rescue team engages the Privaron in battle before encountering the Espada.
Rukia Kuchiki vs. Aaroniero Arruruerie
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ulquiorra Cifer
Renji Abarai & Uryū Ishida vs. Szayelaporro Granz. Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez: Final Fight
Ichigo Kurosaki & Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck vs. Nnoitra Gilga
The Gotei 13 arrives.
Byakuya Kuchiki vs. Zommari Rureaux
Mayuri Kurotsuchi vs. Szayelaporro Granz
Kenpachi Zaraki vs. Nnoitra Gilga
November 1st Aizen launches his attack on Karakura Town.
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Ulquiorra Cifer: Final Fight
Ichigo Kurosaki, Kenpachi Zaraki & Byakuya Kuchiki vs. Yammy Llargo
Mayuri sends Ichigo and Unohana to the Material World.
November 1st The Armies Assemble: Battle at Fake Karakura Town
Aizen is confronted by the Gotei 13, and Yamamoto traps him, Gin, and Tōsen inside a flame prison.
Several battles ensue against the Hollows as the Gotei 13 attempts to protect the fake Karakura Town.
Battle of the Chimera: Gotei 13 vs. Ayon
Wonderweiss Margela arrives and the tide of battle turns against the Gotei 13.
The Visored appear.
The remaining Captains and Visored fight the final three Espada.
November 1st Aizen grows impatient and attacks Harribel himself, then inviting the Gotei 13 and the Visored to fight him directly.
The Gotei 13 & The Visored vs. Sōsuke Aizen
Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto vs. Wonderweiss Margela
Yamamoto sacrifices his left arm attempting to perform Ittō Kasō against Aizen.
Isshin, Urahara, Yoruichi vs. Aizen
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Gin Ichimaru
Aizen & Gin leave for Soul Society.
November 1st
The Final Battle
Gin and Aizen Arrive in Karakura Town
Gin Ichimaru vs. Sōsuke Aizen
Ichigo Kurosaki vs. Sōsuke Aizen
Mayuri sends Karakura Town back to the Material World.
Hiyori is saved by Unohana.
Kenpachi and Byakuya return to Soul Society after defeating Yammy.
November 1st to December 2
Aftermath
After his defeat by Ichigo, Aizen is sentenced by the Central 46 to 20,000 years in Muken, the 8th and lowest level of the underground prison.
Ichigo wakes up in his room, surrounded by his friends. Rukia confirms that Ichigo is going to lose all his Reiryoku.
Rukia and Ichigo say farewell as the last of Ichigo's Reiryoku fades away.

Interim Period

Redemption and Recognition
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1 Year After
May 2002[46]
Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi, Shinji Hirako, Kensei Muguruma, and Mashiro Kuna are reinstated to their positions in Gotei 13.[47]
Rukia Kuchiki is promoted to the Lieutenant of the 13th Division.[47]
Kisuke Urahara, Yoruichi Shihōin, and Tessai Tsukabishi are pardoned by Central 46.[48]
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2 Years After
Early May 2003[25]
Kenpachi Zaraki defeats Kenpachi Azashiro. Azashiro.png
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2 Years After
May 2003[49]
After 17 months, Ichigo still continues life as a normal teenager.
Karin and Yuzu prepare for their entrance ceremonies.
Ichigo stops a robber and returns the stolen backpack to its owner, who happens to own a Substitute Shinigami Badge.
May
Thursday
A group of thugs fight with Ichigo and Uryū.
Ichigo is taken to Unagiya Shop where he is questioned about Isshin by Kūgo Ginjō, who officially introduces himself to Ichigo and hands him a special card.
Uryū is attacked and hospitalized, prompting Ichigo to phone Xcution.
May
Friday to Saturday
Chad is revealed to be a Fullbringer.
Orihime encounters Tsukishima.
Ichigo witnesses Isshin and Urahara. meeting up together in an alley but decides not to follow them.
The next day, Ichigo begins his Fullbring training. Ichigo Kurosaki & Kūgo Ginjō vs. Shūkurō Tsukishima.
May
Sunday[50]
Ichigo continues his Fullbring Training inside Yukio's Fullbring. Orihime and Chad enter the dimension.
Ichigo completes his Fullbring.
Ichigo and Kūgo move to a secret hideout.
Ichigo and Kūgo are discovered and taken to Tsukishima's mansion.
Ichigo Kurosaki & Kūgo Ginjō vs. Shūkurō Tsukishima & Xcution
May
Sunday
Rukia appears and restores Ichigo's powers.
Ichigo Kurosaki becomes a Shinigami again.
The Gotei 13 arrive.
Ginjō's past is revealed.
Ginjō shares Ichigo's Fullbring with the other Xcution members.
Yukio places everyone in different chatrooms. The Gotei battles the Fullbringers.
Byakuya Kuchiki vs. Shūkurō Tsukishima
Ichigo Kurosaki & Uryū Ishida vs. Kūgo Ginjō.
After Tsukishima dies the effects of his Fullbring are dispelled.
Renji takes Ginjō's corpse to Soul Society, but Ichigo follows him and requests that it be returned to the Material World.[51]

Thousand Year Blood War

Thousand Year Blood War
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2 Years After[52][43]
11 June 2003
The Shinigami Research and Development Institute detects a mass-disappearance of Hollows.[53]
Ryūnosuke Yuki and Shino Madarame are sent on their first mission to Karakura Town, where they are saved from a group of strong Hollows by Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends.[54]
13 June 2003[55][43] Envoys of the Wandenreich murder Lieutenant Chōjirō Sasakibe and declare war upon Soul Society.[56]
Ichigo and his allies enter Hueco Mundo, where they confront Quilge Opie.
Wandenreich launches the first invasion upon Soul Society.
Yamamoto is killed by Yhwach, and the Wandenreich retreats.
The Royal Guard arrives in the Soul Society, and takes Ichigo and his friends to the Soul King Palace, where he begins his special training.
Shunsui Kyōraku is appointed the new Captain-Commander.
Kenpachi Zaraki begins his training with Yachiru Unohana in Muken.
16 June 2003[57][43] Kenpachi Zaraki defeats and slays Yachiru Unohana. Thus, he awakens his latent potential and earns his title as Kenpachi.
Ichigo fails Ōetsu Nimaiya's Asauchi training, and is sent back to the Material World in order to learn about his true identity.
17 June 2003[43] Isshin reveals the story of how he met Masaki Kurosaki and Ryūken Ishida to Ichigo, as well as the origin of his son's powers.
Yhwach appoints Uryū as his successor.
The second Wandenreich invasion upon Soul Society begins.
Urahara Kisuke devises a method to restore the Bankai stolen by the Quincy, which results in the defeats of a few Sternritters.
Rukia and Renji return from the Soul King Palace.
Renji defeats Mask De Masculine.
18 June 2003[43][58] Rukia defeats Äs Nödt.
Kenpachi Zaraki defeats Gremmy Thoumeaux.
Ichigo returns from the Soul King Palace, with his Zanpakutō reforged.
Yhwach, Jugram Haschwalth, and Uryū depart for the Soul King Palace.
Yhwach and the Schutzstaffel confront, and eventually defeat the Royal Guard.
Ichigo and his friends return to the Soul King Palace to stop Yhwach.
The Soul King is killed.
The Gotei 13 arrives in the Soul King Palace to fight the Quincy.
Pernida Parnkgjas, Lille Barro, and Askin Nakk Le Vaar are defeated.
19 June 2003[43][59] Ichigo and Orihime confront Yhwach.
Yhwach defeats Ichigo, and uses Auswählen to strip power from his last remaining subordinates.
Uryū receives the Still Silver arrow from his father.
Sōsuke Aizen fights Yhwach, which allows Ichigo to blindside and cut the latter down.
Yhwach revives himself, albeit he briefly loses his powers when struck by Uryū's arrow, and is then decisively killed by Ichigo.

Pretender to the Throne

Pretender to the Throne
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2.5 Years After[60]
December 2003
Shūhei Hisagi investigates the Protection of the Soul King Great War, and, in the process, interviews Kūgo Ginjō.
Tokinada Tsunayashiro orchestrates his rise to the Head of the Tsunayashiro Clan.
Hikone Ubuginu intervenes in the conflict between Sternritter and Arrancar forces in Hueco Mundo, and is eventually fended off by their joint effort.
Aura Michibane approaches Yukio Hans Vorarlberna.
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December 2003
Several Days Later[61][2]
Hisagi interviews Kisuke Urahara. However, they are interrupted when Karakura Town is isolated by Yukio. A fight ensues as Aura Michibane attempts to recruit Urahara. He is eventually captured and abducted by the Fullbringer, who promptly fades away.
Ostensibly in order to conduct an experiment, Mayuri Kurotsuchi has Candice Catnipp and Meninas McAllon, now members of his Corpse Unit, attack Kūgo Ginjō and his friends. The situation escalates quickly when first Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, then Hikone Ubuginu, and Shinji Hirako, among others, join the battle. Later, Hikone retreats suddenly on Tsunayashiro's order.
Meanwhile, Suì-Fēng, the Onmitsukidō, and Yoruichi Shihōin attempt to contain Tsunayashiro, who exploits an ambush to escape.
Captain-Commander Shunsui Kyōraku organises a temporary truce between the Shinigami, Arrancar, Fullbringer, and Quincy forces, in order to pursue Tokinada Tsunayashiro and his cohorts to the latter's "shrine" fashioned from a modified Valley of Screams.
A battle ensues; Tsunayashiro unveils Enrakyōten to battle the alliance, whilst Kenpachi Zaraki duels Hikone.
Aura Michibane betrays Tsunayashiro and reveals she has been cooperating with Urahara. Eventually, Tsunayashiro is forced to withdraw.
Hisagi intervenes, achieves Bankai, then fights Hikone until they are both gravely wounded and exhausted.
Ikomikidomoe breaks free and attempts to devour Hikone, but is slain by Kenpachi Zaraki's Shikai. Meanwhile, Aura Michibane sacrifices herself to avert a catastrophe in the Karakura Town.
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December 2003
Several Hours Later[2]
Tokinada Tsunayashiro is killed by a nameless child "assassin".
Hikone Ubuginu is healed by Seinosuke Yamada.
Aura Michibane, now a Soul, awakens in Hueco Mundo and stays there with the Arrancar.
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Period of Restoration

Period of Restoration
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5 Years After[62][63]
2006
Renji and Rukia get married.
Later, Ichika Abarai is born.
7 Years After[63]
2008
Kazui Kurosaki is born.
12 Years After[64]
2013
The Seireitei is finally restored following the Quincy invasion.[64]
Rukia becomes the 13th Division's Captain.[65]
The last vestiges of Yhwach's power are vanquished.[66]
14 Years After[67]
18 June 2015
Kazui Kurosaki guides a Plus to the Soul Society.
Captains of the Gotei 13 perform Soul Burial Ceremony Ritual for the late Jūshirō Ukitake. Captain-Commander Shunsui Kyōraku muses that they might, in fact, be sending his soul to Hell, as is allegedly the case with all deceased Captain-class Shinigami.
During the mission to capture a live Hollow for the ceremony, Lieutenants of the Gotei 13 and Ichigo Kurosaki confront several Beasts of Hell instead. Szayelaporro Granz ambushes the group, and reveals that Hollows condemned to Hell are transformed. Soon, Kyōraku's suspicions are confirmed as well when the Arrancar is impaled abruptly by giant Sōgyo no Kotowari, and dragged back to Hell.

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