- 0 DELETE ME
Kenpachi finally arrives to join the fight after getting lost on his way back from Rukongai. He then proceeds to decimate the surrounding area so that he can fight the strongest opponent there, Byakuya. Meanwhile, Ayasegawa decides that it is time to go all out against Ruri'iro Kujaku.
- 1 The Past Chapter Begins! The Truth from 110 Years Ago
This episode takes place in Soul Society 110 years ago. Most of the Captains have gathered to celebrate the promotion of the 12th Squad Captain to the Royal Guard, known as Zero Squad. Meanwhile, Yoruichi (currently the Captain of Second Squad) has recommended her Third Officer, Urahara Kisuke for the now vacant position. However, Soi Fon is not happy about this and follows Urahara in an attempt to prove he is unworthy of the position. Yoruichi hears of this and mistakenly thinks that Soi Fon has a crush on Urahara. Because of this Yoruichi arranges for her to attend the Captain's Qualification Exam to watch him in action. Although Urahara, is delayed in getting to the exam because of having to capture a group of deserters he makes it in time and manages to pass. As such Urahara Kisuke is appointed as the new Captain of the 12th squad, although vice-captain Aizen Sousuke is less than pleased.
Air Date: 2009-02-10
- 2 12th Division's New Captain, Urahara Kisuke
Urahara Kisuke has now become Captain of 12th squad but his new Vice-Captain Hiyori Sarugaki refuses to accept him. He even goes so far as to let her win in a duel against him to try and gain her confidence. However, after a pep talk from Shinji he decides to just be himself and stop worrying about it.
Air Date: 2009-02-17
- 3 Aizen And The Boy Genius
Urahara and Hiyori head to the Maggot's Nest prison, which houses former members of the 13 Protection Squad's deemed dangerous to Soul Society. Once they arrive Urahara goes to see the most dangerous inmate, Kurotsuchi Mayuri. He asks Mayuri to join his new organization the Technological Research Bureau as his Lieutenant. Meanwhile, Byakuya meets with his grandfather and Yoruichi whilst Ukitake tries to persuade Shiba Kaien to become his vice-captain. Also Aizen meets Ichimaru Gin for the first time.
Air Date: 2009-02-24
- 4 Muguruma 9th Division, Moves Out
This episode is set nine years after the previous one. The 9th squad are sent to investigate after people begin to vanish from Rukongai. Whilst out on patrol Captain Kensei Mugurumathey saves a young boy from a hollow, his name is Shuhei Hisagi. He then discovers that 10 of his own men have also vanished and calls for the Technological Research Bureau to help in the investigation. As such Hiyori is dispatched.
Air Date: 2009-03-03
- 5 Hiyori Dies? The Beginning of Tragedy
An emergency is declared following the attack on the 9th Squad. Captains Shinji Hirako, Love Aikawa and Roujuurou Ootoribashi are dispatched to investigate along with vice-captain Lisa Yadomaru and Hachigen Ushoda from the Kidou Corps. When they arrive they discover Hiyori fighting with a 'hollowfied' Kensei and soon a 'hollowfied' Mashiro also appears. Meanwhile, Urahara and Tessai Tsukabishi (Captain of the Kidou Corps) disregard their orders and also head out to investigate.
Air Date: 2009-03-10
- 6 Betrayal! Aizen's Secret Maneuvers
Shinji's group manages to restrain Kensei using a powerful Kidou spell but then Hiyori also undergoes 'hollowfication'. They are then attacked by Tousen and as the rest of the group undergo 'hollowfication' Shinji battles against Aizen and is almost killed when Urahara and Tsukabishi arrive to save him.
Air Date: 2009-03-17
- 7 Rescue Hirako! Aizen vs. Urahara
Urahara confronts Aizen about his hollowfication research but ultimately Tsukabishi is unable to capture him. Meanwhile, after being transported back to the 12th Squad headquarters Urahara decides to use Hougyoku to save Shinji and the others. Urahara and Tsukabishi are then arrested by Central 46 and blamed for the hollowfication experiments. However, before their sentences can be carried out Yoruichi appears and helps them escape to the real world.
Air Date: 2009-03-24
- 8 Dark History! The Worst Shinigami is Born
The 3 elites are gloating over their success when Kōga and Muramasa appear. Kōga kills them, and Ginrei is informed. Muramasa talks to Kōga to try and help him over his anger, but they are found by Ginrei. He inform Kōga the likely sentence for killing the Elites is execution, and Kōga goes insane. Muramasa tries to possess Ginrei’s Zanpakutō, but phases through Ginrei. Kōga removes his hairpiece, and departs. He then goes on a killing spree. Muramasa tries to reason with him but fails, lamenting that he can’t hear Kōga anymore. Yamamoto is informed of what’s going on, and Ginrei tells them how to resist Muramasa’s power, and Yamamoto volunteers to help. Kōga rants at Muramasa and threatens him. He meets Ginrei and Yamamoto for a showdown. He tries to use Muramasa on them, but he won’t release. They use this opportunity to arm with the spears used to seal Kōga’s coffin. These immobilise his limbs, allowing Yamamoto to use Kidō to imprison him. Back in the present, Kōga thinks Muramasa betrayed him, but Muramasa claims he never heard him. Kōga removes his blade from Muramasa, and tries to kill him, but Byakuya blocks the blow and challenges him.
Air Date: 2009-12-22
- 9 Byakuya, the Truth Behind His Betrayal
Kōga Kuchiki sees Byakuya Kuchiki’s scarf and hairpiece and, having never met Byakuya before, concludes that he is from the Kuchiki clan, which Byakuya confirms. Kōga enquires if Ginrei Kuchiki is still alive, which Bykuya refuses to answer. Ichigo and Rukia ask how Byakuya knows about Kōga, but Senbonzakura appears and tells them to just watch. Byakuya had defeated Senbonzakura right at the start of the rebellion and, on hearing Senbonzakura’s summation, immediately recognised Kōga's abilities, having been told of him by Ginrei. They decided to work as double agents to find Kōga. Byakuya states he will kill Kōga for disgracing the Kuchiki family. Muramasa offers to help Kōga, but Kōga breaks his Zanpakutō, saying he’ll just get in the way. Muramasa, in a rage, summons the Menos he’d been keeping inside himself. Ichigo destroys several, saying he and Rukia would fight the Menos while Byakuya fights Kōga. Neither can outmatch the other in terms of swordsmanship, so Kōga switches to using Kidō, again with neither able to gain an advantage, until Kōga uses a large scale ice spell which seemingly freezes Byakuya, though Senbonzakura releases him. Kōga catches him with an immobilizing spell similar to Muramasa’s, but Senbonzakura cuts the threads. Byakuya sems to have won, but Kōga starts using illusions to confuse him, and begins to land some hits. Kōga states that he sends his Reiatsu into his enemy to manipulate their senses, and that Ginrei and Yamamoto were immune due to closing their hearts. Byakuya says he didn’t close his, because now he can kill Kōga, instead of sealing him. Koga attacks with the sealing spears and more kidō to immobilize him agin, and tries to finish the fight, only for Senbonzakura to block the attack and free him. Byakuya activates Senkei, and the two continue to battle, with Byakuya gaining the upper hand. Byakuya decides to finish the battle, and as a mark of respect attacks with Shukei.
Air Date: 2010-01-05
- 10 Muramasa's True Identity Revealed
After Kouga's defeat, Muramasa becomes unstable, as he had absorbed hollows in order to sustain himself without a master. Many hollows spill forth from his body, and he transforms into a form similar to an Arrancar. Orihime tries to reach out to him to save him from his sorrow, but he attacks the group. Ichigo manages to slash through Muramasa, but he becomes even more unstable and becomes a larger dome-shaped mass, engulfing him in the process. The formerly rebellious Zanpakuto return with their owners to help Ichigo and his friends in the battle.
Air Date: 2010-01-12
- 11 Byakuya and Renji, the 6th Division Returns
The Shinigami and their newly deprogrammed Zanpakuto arrive to join the fight against Muramasa. However, they first have to defeat the seemingly endless number of Menos that have also appeared. Things are further complicated by the squabbling between the Shinigami and their Zanpakuto and the animosity towards Byakuya.
Air Date: 2010-01-19
- 12 Final Chapter: Zanpakutō Unknown Tales
As the dome grows unstable and the Soul Reapers fight the Gillians outside, Ichigo fights Muramasa inside his inner realm, which is collapsing from the grudges of the hollows he consumed to sustain himself. Ichigo questions Muramasa's devotion to Kouga in spite of his apparent motives for freeing the zanpakutos, and insists that he should know what a true bond between a Soul Reaper and a zanpakuto is. Ichigo defeats Muramasa, causing the two to leave his inner world. Muramasa dies after realizing the error of his ways and Byakuya thanks Ichigo.
Air Date: 2010-01-26
- 13 Byakuya's Anger! The Kuchiki Family Collapses
While Byakuya allows his squad to hold a sakura viewing party at his mansion, two strange attackers arrive, but one of them is quickly defeated by Sode no Shirayuki and Senbonzakura, who have since rematerialized, while the other escapes. Captain Kurotsuchi refers to these attackers as "Sword Fiends", which are zanpakuto who have killed their masters. Rukia and Sode no Shirayuki try lure out the other by having a drinking party, but fail. Soon Rukia and Sode no Shirayuki find the sword fiend attacking and defeat him together, capturing him and turning him in for study. Captains Ukitake and Kyoraku become concerned at this development, noting that the Seireitei is still being rebuilt.
Air Date: 2010-02-02
- 14 A New Enemy! The True Nature of the Beast Swords
In the real world, Ichigo encounters a sword fiend, and he and Hitsugaya fight it, but it retreats. Ukitake and Kyoraku infer that there are at least as many sword fiends as the number of Soul Reapers lost in the war, and plan on stabilizing them to return them to sword form, despite Mayuri's lack of interest. The sword fiend is attacked by a hollow, but manages to absorb it. It overpowers Rangiku when she tries fighting it, but Ichigo comes to fight it, disarming it. The hollow-fused sword fiend fires a Cero at Ichigo, but Hitsugaya manages to destroy it, noting that the sword fiends are more dangerous than he thought.
Air Date: 2010-02-09
- 15 Stray Snake, Tortured Monkey
Renji and Zabimaru come to the real world following a sword fiend. Chimpette and Snakey split up to search. They find the sword fiend quickly but he escapes. Snakey follows him and is covinced that being free is better. Snakey has trouble doing anything since most people can't see him. Karin is the only person who can see him and ends up taking him home. Renji and Chimpette are wiating in the park and Chimpette is feeling lonley because Snakey isn't there. Ichigo returns home and finds Snakey. After Snakey finds out that Ichigo is a subsititue soul reaper he runs away only to encounter the sword fiend. Snakey begins to fight him and almost wins until the sword fiend caputres Karin who was follwing Snakey. Right as Snakey is about to die Chimpette and Reji return to save him and defeat the sword fiend. Ichigo takes Karin home convincing her it was all a dream, even though she knew it wasn't. Having resolved his differences Snakey, Chimpette, and Renji return to Soul Society.
Air Date: 2010-02-16
- 16 Terror! The Monster That Lurks Underground
Nanao, Ikkaku and Yamada are all sent to investigate Soul Society's underground waterways following a string of thefts from the 4th Squad's barracks. Despite numerous booby traps the trio soon find the culprit. However, they also find a very dangerous Beast Sword as well.
Air Date: 2010-02-23
- 17 Conclusion?! Hisagi vs. Kazeshini
Kazeshini, despite being free of Muramasa's control, attacks Hisagi when he, Ikkaku, Izuru Kira and Tetsuzaimon Iba go on a mission to fight Sword Fiends in the Rukon District. After killing a Sword Fiend, Kazeshini finds a dying man who begs him to take care of his child. Kazeshini is frequently annoyed by the child's behavior, but often shows concern for it, and abandons a chance to attack Hisagi when he hears it crying. After defeating another Sword Fiend that is attacking a woman who came for the child, he leaves the child with the woman and goes to confront Hisagi. Kazeshini faces Hisagi in one last fight, but is distracted by the child crying, and is defeated and turned into a normal zanpakuto.
Air Date: 2010-03-02
- 18 The Person with the Unknown Ability! Orihime is Targeted
While Ichigo, Rukia and Urahara investigate a Sword Fiend attacking students, a girl named Kyoko Haida, who has the ability to predict the future and know things she would otherwise not, transfers to Karakura High School. Orihime tries to become friends with her, but learns that her best friend, Mai, rejected her after learning of her ability. A Sword Fiend merges with Kyoko and tries to take over her body, but Ichigo, Rukia and Orihime confront it. Orihime uses her healing powers to separate the Sword Fiend from Kyoko, and Ichigo manages to defeat it with Getsuga Tensho. Afterward, Orihime and Kyoko become friends, with Orihime accepting Kyoko's abilities.
Air Date: 2010-03-09