"Bitter Orange") by Chatmonchy, utilized for episodes 132 to 143, and J-pop singer Kousuke Atari's "Tane wo Maku Hibi" (種をまく日々?, lit. Jin Kariya obtains the power of a Jokai Crest, and plans on using it to detonate other Jokai Crests hidden underground all across the Seireitei in a chain reaction to destroy the entire Seireitei. Slice the Enemy in the Middle of the Forest, Shinigami Vs. Shinigami! Battle of the Females? Team Hitsugaya Moves Out, The Swooping Descent of the Dark Emissary! The Black Blade, the Miraculous Power, Conclusion of the Death Match! Ichigo・Byakuya・Kariya, The Battle of the Three Extremes! Offense and Defense of the Living World", "Dark History! However, the arrival of several Menos Grande enable Aizen and his accomplices to escape to Hueco Mundo. The Terrifying Demonic Beast", "Fierce Fighting Concludes? Technological Development Department, Infiltration! The season moves onto auto-conclusive stories beginning with episode 227. Zangetsu Thrusts through the Sky", "Unseal! Hitsugaya's Merciless Decision", "Rangiku's Tears, the Sorrowful Parting of Brother and Sister", "Kon is Deceived! Main article: Zanpakutō Unknown Tales arc. It forms the fifteenth season of Bleach and is directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot. Ichigo and Rukia Kuchiki get involved in their problems, suddenly faced with protecting the princess from assassins wielding strange energy-sapping swords with great power. The Shinigami's Encompassing Net, Aizen Assassinated! ", "Ichigo vs. Dalk! Special stand alone episodes created for Jump Festa Anime Tours of 2004 and 2005. The Brand New 2nd Division Captain! Desperate Struggle!? Desperate Effort! Ichigo's Captivity, The Revenging Assassin, Ichigo is Targeted, The Reversal of Rukia, the Rampaging Blade, The Nightmare Which is Shown, Ichigo's Inside the Mirror, The Princess' Decision, the Sorrowful Bride, The 2nd Division Sorties! Ichigo Kurosaki is a 15 year old teenager with an unwanted talent for seeing spirits. ‎Film! The Bount Ugaki slows down the Shinigami pursuers, but he is defeated by Renji's Bankai. The Terrifying Transfer Student", "The Commencement of War, Vizards and the Arrancars", "Prelude to the Apocalypse, The Arrancar's Offensive", "Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia and Soul Reapers", "Rukia's Battle Commences! ", "Ichigo's Capture Net! ", "Desperate Struggle!? Original, The Fierce Fighting for Gambled Pride!

Nanao! Trap in the Underground Cave", "Shinigami and Quincy, the Reviving Power", "The Bount Assault! The seventh season of the Bleach anime.

Byakuya defeats Ganju, but Ichigo comes flying to the rescue, and a brief battle takes place. Hitsugaya, while searching the Central 46 Chambers, discovers that Aizen is alive, and is the mastermind behind the events that have transpired in Soul Society. Soon after that, two Arrancar, Yammy and Ulquiorra Cifer, appear at Karakura Town. Ichimaru retreats after lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto arrives. The Person Who Protects vs. Shinigami Film Festival! ", "Uryū is Attacked, A Threat Draws Near the Friends!

Ichinose's fight with Ichigo is quickly halted by Kariya, who fights Ichigo and easily defeats him. ", "The Man Who Risks His Life in the 11th Division! However, Uryū finds that Szayelaporro expected his arrival, and his attacks are useless against both the Espada and his minions. The Bount are more powerful in Soul Society, because of their ability to absorb the spirit particles Soul Society is made up of to heal their wounds. ", "Inauguration!

Towards a New Battle! As Rukia has been sent there by Tōsen, Aizen's accomplice, Aizen extracts the Hōgyoku from her, despite the efforts of Renji, Ichigo and Captain Komamura. Rukia begins to grow comfortable with life in the living world, but realizes that she needs to leave. Trap in the Underground Cave, The Bount Assault! ", "For the Sake of Protecting! The Shinigami whom Kenpachi Killed", "Shocking Revelations for the 13 Divisions!! The Darkness which Approaches, Renji, Oath of the Soul! White Pride and Black Desire", "Reality of the Despair, the Assassin's Dagger is Swung", "New School Term, Renji Has Come to the Material World?! ", "Another Side Story!

The New Year Special! Ichigo vs. Sado & Orihime! The Last of the Special Forces", "Mayuri's Bankai!!

Ichigo, using his Bankai and Hollow mask, and Grimmjow, now in his Resurrección form, face off in a destructive battle across Las Noches while Orihime and Nel look on. Hitsugaya's Fierce Fight, Pursue Byakuya! The second ending theme is "Sakurabito" by SunSet Swish from episode 243-255.

Soul Reapers vs. Espada", "Vice-Captains Annihilated!

The season aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block from July 11, 2009 to September 26, 2009. The Monster That Lurks Underground", "The Person with the Unknown Ability! Gō Koga (who was frozen inside a large block of ice by Tōshirō Hitsugaya and assumed to be dead) apologizes for the Bount's actions and remains with Ran'Tao. Confused Heart", "The Awakening Hyōrinmaru! Hollowfied Ichigo", "The Moment of Conclusion, The End of Grimmjow", "The New Captain Appears! Rukia, Renji, and other Shinigami soon arrive from Soul Society to give him a hand to stop the destructive Baishin.

At first, Ichigo is proving no match for Dordoni because he does not wish to use his bankai. The series returns to the manga-based storyline, picking up after Ichigo defeats Grimmjow. It contains twenty-two episodes, and aired in Japan on TV Tokyo from April 23, 2008 to October 7, 2008 and aired in the United States on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block from August 28, 2010 to January 30, 2011. The English adaptation premiered on May 29, 2011 in the United States on Adult Swim. The next day, Kenpachi rescues Ichigo's comrades, but is stopped by Shinigami captains Sajin Komamura and Kaname Tōsen. The Appearance of a Strange Arrancar", "Forest of Menos!

Slice the Invisible Enemy! When Gantenbainne releases his Zanpakutō to match up, Chad reveals that his right arm is only meant to defend. Rangiku on the Lookout...", "Civil War in Hueco Mundo! ", "Pursue Kageroza! Upon confronting the Arrancar, his inner Hollow demands that Ichigo switches with him, sinisterly stating that he would be able to finish them off with ease.

The Trap Hidden in the Labyrinth, True Identity of the Devil, the Secret which is Revealed. Dance of the Wind-Splitting Cherry Blossoms", "Ichigo, Byakuya, Kariya, The Battle of the Three Extremes! Not only is he defeated, but Byakuya strips him of the Shinigami powers Rukia had given him. This special is around 30 minutes long. The Truth Buried in History", "Assault from a Formidable Enemy! The Sorrowful Battle! During this contest, Yasutora "Chad" Sado and Orihime Inoue, two of Ichigo's friends, have their own spiritual abilities awakened when they are assaulted by Hollows. Episodes 52 and 53 originally aired together as a one hour special. Odoru Arankaru to no sōgū (, Ichigo hangeki! Gin's Expectation! The True Characters of the Fathers, The Commencement of War, Visored and Arrancar, Prelude to the Apocalypse, The Arrancar's Attack, Rukia's Battle Commences! The episodes use two pieces of theme music: one opening theme and one closing theme.