First Aired: December 20th, 2004
Corresponds with "Bleach" Vol. 5, Chapters 36 - 39
Opening: Asterisk, by Orange Range
Ending: Life is Like a Boat, by Rie Fu
Ichigo agrees to Ishida's challenge. With that, the Quincy pulls a
coin from his side-bag.
The anti-hollow bait
He explains it
is anti-hollow bait, if you break it and scatter it around,
hollows will appear. The one who beats the most hollows in
24-hours wins. Ichigo absolutely hates the idea, but too
late. The coin dissolves, and the eminent scream of a hollow
fills the air. As Ishida leaves to play the game, he reminds
Ichigo that hollows are drawn especially to people with high
spiritual power: Karin and Yuzu. The game has begun.
Back at the school, Tatsuki runs into Orohime while returning to
class. Tatsuki remembers that night in Orohime's room. She
has almost no memories of it, just that it was extremely
painful, and she though she saw someone who looked like
Rukia. She had thought it was a dream, but that next day
Orohime said she had the exact same dream. And ever
since that day, she [Tatsuki] had started seeing ghosts. At
that very moment, Tatsuki brushes away a ghost between her
and Orohime. Before Orohime can ask her question, a school
window explodes. They go to check it
A tear in the sky.
out, when Orohime gets
distracted by something in the sky. In
the park, Karin is playing soccer with some friends. She's
about to kick, when she too is distracted and looks up.
Upon leaving Urahara's store, an order comes in. The moment Rukia
checks, the order stops. She's amazed at how fast Ichigo
purified that hollow, until another order comes in, and ends
seconds later. And then another comes – and ends. And other
comes – and ends. Rukia's shocked. Hollows shouldn't be
appearing this quickly. Alarmed, she races outside to see a
giant black rift in the sky.
Elsewhere in Karakura Town, Chad's looking up at the same rift.
Suddenly something falls from the sky and crash lands right
in front of Chad. He can't make out what it is, but there’s
something blurry – and it's big. After
dodging several attacks, he concludes it is him it’s
A big monkey hollow
and decides to run far enough so others don't get caught in
the fight. He heads up to the park – too bad Ichigo’s sister
Karin and her friends are already there. Chad narrowly saves
Karin from another punch from the hollow. Karin can see the
hollow perfectly, whereas Chad sees only a blur, so she
proposes the two will have to work as a team. Chad
reluctantly agrees after Karin admits she's seen these 'monsters' before (i.e. the first hollow and Grand Fisher).
She’s been wondering for a long time how these are related
to Ichigo. They dodge another blow, but the second one gets
its target. Karin pulls herself from the bloody and
unconscious Chad. Her friends run over to see what's going
on, against her pleas for them to run away, all the while
the hollow closes in on the group.
You be gentle,
Chad awakens just as Karin jumps to protect one of her friends.
It reminds him of when he was her age. His grandfather
scolded him for hitting someone again.
His grandfather asked him why he hit people who hurt him.
"You're strong, you're big, you're beautiful. You were born
with just about all the things the people ask of gods. But Yasutora, you be gentle. The reason that big strong fist of
yours exists, know that first." As he gets to his feet, he
realizes the reason his first is strong, that his body is
big, is not to hurt, but to protect. The hollow throws a
punch straight at him, and he throws one right back. The two
fists collide with an explosion of light! The hollow is
knocked on its back, and when the dust clears, Chad's arm is
covered in strange armor. He dashes towards the hollow, and
with a mighty
The right arm of the
uppercut, (5) severs it up the
middle. He gives Karin a dorky thumbs-up, and collapses with
a smile. Thinking to himself, Chad feels he doesn't know
where the armor on his arm came from, the monster he can now
see clearly, nothing. All he knows, is Ichigo's sister is
Back at school, Orohime is distracted from sweeping up the broken
glass by a giant squid monster on the roof.
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