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14 Days Before Rukia's Execution
Ep23TitleCard
Kanji ルキア処刑、14日前
Romanji Rukia shokei, jūyokka mae
Episode Number 23
Manga Chapters Chapter 78, Chapter 79
Arc Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc
Chronology
Previous Episode The Man who Hates Shinigami
Next Episode Assemble! The Gotei 13
Airdate
Japanese March 15, 2005
English February 17, 2007
Theme Music
Opening *~Asterisk~
Ending Thank You!
Episode 23 Screenshots

14 Days Before Rukia's Execution is the twenty-third episode of the Bleach anime.

Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends enter the household of the Shiba Clan.

Summary[]

Ep23GanjuHurtlesPast

Ganju Shiba is sent flying past his gang when Bonnie angrily crashes into him.

At night in the Rukongai, the clock on Taichi Miyamoto's back starts ringing, and when Ganju Shiba skids to a halt after tripping onto his face and demands to know what time it is, Taichi frantically tells him that it is already 9 P.M., prompting a frightened Ganju to call out and whistle for Bonnie, who leaps over the head of a perplexed Ichigo Kurosaki. When Bonnie subsequently crashes into him, Ganju is sent flying dozens of meters away and skids along the ground as he passes his gang.

Ep23BonnieCarriesGanju

Bonnie carries Ganju away from the fight.

Praising Bonnie's performance and energy, Ganju asserts that they do not have time for this tonight and asks Bonnie to let him ride her, only for Bonnie to charge into him once more, sending him flying into the air. An outraged Ichigo demands to know if he is running away, but Ganju denies this as he lands abruptly on Bonnie's back to begin riding her in reverse and tells Ichigo to stay here so they can settle this tomorrow. While Ichigo attempts to insult him back, Ganju's Gang suddenly rides over him from behind on their boars to catch up with Ganju, who orders them to follow him.

Ep23SadoOrihimeUryuWatch

Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, and Uryū Ishida watch Jidanbō.

Startled by this, Ichigo is caught underfoot and left in a cloud of dust, and when he finally stands up to finish, Ganju and his gang are gone, prompting Uryū Ishida to place a hand on Ichigo's shoulder in solidarity over how strange this was as Ichigo demands to know who Ganju is. The next morning, with Jidanbō Ikkanzaka continuing to lie outside under dozens of blankets, Orihime Inoue stands with Uryū and Yasutora Sado at a distance while wondering if Jidanbō is alright despite his injury having been healed. With Jidanbō snoring, Sado assures Orihime that he will be fine because big-bodied men have lots of stamina to keep them healthy.

Ep23OrihimeEnvisionsCat

Orihime assumes that Kūkaku Shiba is a cat.

Reassured by this, Orihime admits that he will surely be okay because of how big and strong he is as Uryū wonders who Kūkaku Shiba is, since Yoruichi Shihōin never gives them any details. When Orihime theorizes that it is someone Yoruichi knows who can get them into the Seireitei without using the gates, Uryū assumes that Kūkaku is famous for her skill, leading Orihime to conclude that it is a cat with pedigree papers like a Persian, a American Shorthair, or a Dalmatian, only for a perturbed Sado to remind her that Kūkaku will not be a cat just because Yoruichi knows her before pointing out that a Dalmatian is a dog, to Orihime's sincere surprise.

Ep23OrihimeCombinesIdeas

Orihime combines her, Uryū, and Sado's mental images of Kūkaku.

Uryū asserts that Kūkaku will be a well-built samurai judging from her name, but Sado counters that she will actually be an old hermit-type master. Inspired by this, Orihime begins drawing in the dirt at their feet, and after several seconds of Uryū and Sado watching in astonishment, she finishes her drawing and describes it as a hermit-like macho samurai with cat ears and a tail. Upon being told by Sado that he has no idea what she drew, Orihime suggests that she be a skinny guitar-wielding samurai, and Uryū informs her that she needs to have a cape as well, which Orihime acknowledges as Sado continues to stare in silence. Suddenly, Uryū realizes that Ichigo is late.

Ep23UryuPullsIchigo

Uryū attempts to pull Ichigo Kurosaki out of the house.

When Orihime offers to call Ichigo, Uryū decides to see for himself and walks inside, leaving Orihime to think up the next Kūkaku while Sado tells her that she does not have to think. Inside the house, Uryū expresses shock as Ichigo reiterates that he is not going before revealing that he is going to stay here in order to finish his fight with Ganju from yesterday. Telling Ichigo to stop joking around, Uryū attempts to pull him out of the house, but Ichigo stubbornly grabs onto the edge of the floorboards and refuses to let go while asserting that Ganju will assume that he ran away if he does not stay here, though Uryū points out that this should not matter.

Ep23YoruichiScratchesIchigo

Yoruichi Shihōin scratches Ichigo's face to punish his stubbornness.

Orihime sticks her head through the door and asks them if they are not leaving soon, prompting Uryū to request her help in dragging Ichigo out. As Ichigo promises to beat Ganju quickly and catch up to them, Yoruichi suddenly slashes three claws across his face and the bridge of his nose, causing Ichigo to scream in pain. With Ichigo lying motionless on the ground, Yoruichi criticizes him for forgetting the purpose of his journey by letting blood go to his head and reminds Ichigo that Rukia Kuchiki's life depends on him before asserting that he cannot waste time just to see who is more stubborn as Ichigo slowly sits up with a solemn look on his face.

Ep23RenjiKidoCorpsArrive

Renji Abarai arrives to transfer Rukia Kuchiki to Senzaikyū.

When Yoruichi tells him to get ready if he understands, Ichigo looks down. Meanwhile, in the prison ward in the Sixth Division barracks, Rukia sits in her cell as the bars open behind her, leading her to ask Lieutenant Renji Abarai if her execution date was moved up. Standing with four members of the Kidō Corps, Renji reveals that it is less than 14 days until her execution and the use of the Sōkyoku has been granted before explaining that he is transferring her to Senzaikyū. Soon afterward, Ichigo and his friends walk through the outskirts of Rukongai as he observes that they have reached the edge of a village before questioning if this is really the right way.

Ep23YoruichiExplainsPreference

Yoruichi explains why Kūkaku lives so far out.

Irritated by Ichigo's questioning, Uryū asserts that the map which the Elder gave them points to Kūkaku's house being somewhere around here and suggests that Ichigo take the lead if he has complaints, which Ichigo claims he does not. Orihime assumes that Kūkaku probably lives in such a remote area because she just wants to keep her identity a secret, but Yoruichi denies this and clarifies that this is just part of Kūkaku's personal preference before continuing to walk ahead. With Ichigo and his friends following, Yoruichi details how Kūkaku moves around often and always builds her house in the same way, which will allow them to recognize it once they see it.

Ep23KūkakusHouse

Ichigo and his friends find Kūkaku's house.

Though Ichigo expresses doubt at this, Yoruichi reaffirms this and continues walking before stopping upon spotting Kūkaku's house, which the others do as well. While Ichigo and Uryū are left shocked, Orihime praises the design as cool and Sado remains silent as they look at Kūkaku's house, which has two giant stone arms holding a banner in front and a large smokestack behind it. With Yoruichi taking their reactions as proof that Kūkaku's house is recognizable on sight, a flabbergasted Ichigo and Uryū assert that there is no way Kūkaku wants to keep her identity secret and that she is likely not allowed to live in town because she builds houses like this.

Ep23IchigoUryuShocked

Ichigo and Uryū are shocked by Kūkaku's house.

When Yoruichi notes that it is human arms holding the banner this time and commends the style, Ichigo and Uryū are left aghast at Kūkaku changing the motif each time. Yoruichi, Orihime, and Sado begin approaching the house, but Ichigo and Uryū remain still as they agonize over the prospects of entering such an embarrassing house. Upon being prodded by Yoruichi, Ichigo and Uryū reluctantly resume walking, with Ichigo angrily telling Uryū to hurry up even though he knows how much the latter does not want to go. Unsure of what this means, Uryū looks up at the smokestack behind the house and observes how much larger it is before noticing the opening is covered up.

Ep23KoganehikoShiroganehikoGuard

Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko confront Ichigo and his friends.

Suddenly, Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko tell Ichigo and his friends to stop, and as they come to a halt, Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko stand on top of the two pillars while observing that they are strangers with a Shinigami among them. Leaping down to the ground in front of them, Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko proclaim that they will not allow Ichigo and his friends to pass before promising that they will die if they do not leave. However, as Ichigo expresses exasperation at encountering more gatekeepers in Soul Society, Yoruichi emerges from behind his leg and looks at Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko, who immediately address Yoruichi respectfully.

Ep23KoganehikoLeadsRyoka

Koganehiko leads Ichigo and his friends down the stairs.

Shortly afterward, with Shiroganehiko guarding the entrance, Koganehiko leads Ichigo and his friends down a set of stairs within the house as Uryū comments on the strangeness of having a stairway starting at the front door and Orihime wonders how one reaches the second floor. When Koganehiko apologizes for not knowing that he and his friends were Yoruichi's attendants, Ichigo mentally refutes this identification while Yoruichi apologizes in turn for not notifying Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko in advance, leading Koganehiko to praise this as a generous sentiment from a great personage. Upon reaching the bottom of the stairs, Koganehiko asks the others to wait.

Ep23KūkakuGreetsRyoka

Ichigo and his friends meet Kūkaku for the first time.

When he hears tapping at the sliding doors next to him from Kūkaku, Koganehiko interprets this as her welcoming the guests inside and slides open the doors, revealing Kūkaku lounging on several pillows and a rug at the other end of the room. Yoruichi walks toward Kūkaku, who greets her, as Ichigo and his friends are left astonished by Kūkaku being a woman. While Yoruichi points out how no one said Kūkaku was a man, Kūkaku wonders who Ichigo and the others are, and when Yoruichi requests a favor from her, Kūkaku notes that this is usually the case when Yoruichi comes by before inquiring if this is a difficult problem. Upon being told that it is, Kūkaku grins.

Ep23RenjiLeavesRukiaInSenzaikyū

Rukia is brought to her cell in Senzaikyū.

Observing that it has been a long time since she and Yoruichi talked, Kūkaku agrees to hear them out because she loves difficult things. Meanwhile, within the Seireitei, Renji walks along a bridge to Senzaikyū with a veiled Rukia behind him, escorted by the four members of the Kidō Corps who carrying staffs attached by red rope to a collar around her neck. After they enter the Shishinrō within Senzaikyū, the Kidō Corps members remove the veil and rope from Rukia before bowing as Renji asks Rukia if she can see the Sōkyoku on Sōkyoku Hill from the sole window within the cell, as they are the instruments which will be used to take her life.

Ep23KidoCorpsPrepare

The Kidō Corps members prepare to leave.

One of the Kidō Corps members explains that this place is called the "Palace of Penitence" because its prisoners can look out at the Sōkyoku and repent for their crimes every day during their incarceration while Renji looks up at the curving staircase above. Standing up to remove the bindings from Rukia's wrists, which retract into the collar around her neck, the Kidō Corps member picks up his staff alongside his fellow members and walks over to Renji, whom he thanks for his assistance in escorting Rukia before suggesting that they leave as the other members walk past. However, while the members approach the exit, Renji remains still.

Ep23RenjiInformsRukia

Renji informs Rukia of Ichigo's appearance in Soul Society.

With the member of the Kidō Corps expressing confusion, Renji approaches Rukia and leans down to her ear as he reveals that one of the five Ryoka who arrived in Soul Society yesterday wielded a sword as long as his body and had orange hair, visibly shocking Rukia. Back in the Shiba Clan household, Kūkaku, having been fully informed of the situation, smokes a pipe and expresses understanding before agreeing to take on the job, to Yoruichi's surprise. As she admits that she cannot refuse even if she wanted to because Kisuke Urahara is involved, Kūkaku gets to her feet and clarifies that she does not trust Ichigo and his friends even though she trusts Yoruichi.

Ep23IchigoFriendsEncounterGanju

Ichigo and his friends encounter Ganju once more.

When Kūkaku reveals that she wants to send her henchman with them to oversee the operation, Ichigo picks up on her mention of a henchman, leading Kūkaku to admit that he is actually her younger brother who is not very useful yet. Walking over to another set of sliding doors, Kūkaku inquires if her brother is ready, and as he expresses surprise and begins tidying up, Kūkaku requests that he behave himself, which he agrees to do, before opening the door to reveal Ganju, who bows his head and politely greets Ichigo and his friends, only to look up and see them all staring at him with astonishment and confusion as he and Ichigo stand up and begin screaming in shock.

Ep23AizenBringsRenji

Sōsuke Aizen brings Renji to a storage room to talk.

As she watches this, a perplexed Kūkaku wonders if the two of them already know each other. Back in the Seireitei, Renji walks away from Senzaikyū and notes that he has not seen Rukia look so alive in days before concluding that he was right to not tell her that 3rd Division Captain Gin Ichimaru is the one who confronted the Ryoka, since this likely means Ichigo is dead. Suddenly, 5th Division Captain Sōsuke Aizen calls out to Renji from afar and comments that it has been a while since they last met before asking Renji if he has a moment to talk. Shortly afterward, in a storage room, Aizen observes that they have not talked since Renji joined the Eleventh Division.

Ep23RenjiTalksToAizen

Aizen asks Renji if he believes Rukia should die.

With Aizen wondering how many years it has been since then and if he is part of the Sixth Division now, Renji inquires what Aizen wanted to talk to him about, prompting Aizen to walk past him and close the curtain in the doorway leading outside before asking Renji if he is close to Rukia. As Renji expresses shock, Aizen assures him that he can be honest because Aizen knows they were friends during their early years in the Rukongai, and when Renji affirms this, Aizen decides to get to the point and inquires if Renji believes Rukia should die. Renji admits he does not understand what Aizen is talking about as the latter asserts the circumstances of her execution are odd.

Ep23AizenNotesStrangeness

Aizen details the strangeness surrounding Rukia's execution.

Pointing out how Rukia is only guilty of the unauthorized transfer of her Shinigami powers and staying in the Human World longer than permitted, Aizen concedes that these are heavy crimes but observes that they are being dealt with in a strange manner, with her Gigai being ordered for immediate return and disposal, her grace period being shortened from 35 to 25 days, and the use of the Sōkyoku on someone below captain-level power, all of which are outside the norm. When Aizen theorizes that this is all the will of one person, a stunned Renji demands to know what he means, leading Aizen to admit that he has a bad feeling while Gin listens from outside.

Ep23IchigoGanjuFight

Ichigo and Ganju resume their battle in Kūkaku's house.

However, before Aizen can further explain, an alarm begins to sound off as an announcer instructs all captains to gather for an emergency meeting. Back in the Shiba Clan household, Ichigo and Ganju punch each other in the face simultaneously, and after reeling back from this, Ichigo grabs the back of Ganju's head and throws him forward, resulting in Ganju crashing through a set of sliding doors that shatter around him. As Ichigo confidently runs toward him, Ganju springs up and kicks Ichigo in the face, sending him rolling back past his friends, before running up and spreading his legs as he eagerly jams his foot into Ichigo's crotch, to the latter's immense pain.

Ep23KukakuUnleashesHado

An enraged Kūkaku unleashes a Hadō spell to end the fight.

Angered by this, Ichigo kicks Ganju across the room, sending him crashing through the sliding doors next to a shocked Koganehiko before an angered Ganju runs back inside to resume the fight. Watching calmly and smoking her pipe as Ichigo and Ganju continue to fight around her, Kūkaku has her pipe knocked out of her hand when Ganju slams one of the sliding doors into Ichigo, irritating her, and when she sees Ichigo inadvertently snap the pipe in two by running over it, an enraged Kūkaku unleashes a powerful Hadō spell that rips through the floor, sends Ichigo and Ganju flying, and explodes out of the top and the front door of the house right after the others evacuate.

Ep23UryuOrihimeSadoShocked

Ichigo's friends are stunned by Kūkaku's response.

With the house, the smokestack, and the arm-shaped pillars all tilting over as the energy dissipates, a stunned Uryū questions if Kūkaku really had to go this far in order to stop them, prompting an equally stunned Sado to note that this must be why she moves often as a speechless Orihime observes that it must be hard. Inside the ruined house, Kūkaku berates Ichigo and Ganju for fighting from the moment they laid eyes on each other and ruining her house, and as Ganju tries to protest this, Kūkaku strikes him repeatedly before asking Ichigo's shocked friends, who have just returned, if they have any complaints, leading them to deny this in unison.

Ep23KukakuWarnsIchigo

Kūkaku warns Ichigo to leave if he does not like her style.

Watching this from the ground nearby, an incapacitated Ichigo is astonished by the disposition of both brother and sister before expressing fright when Kūkaku turns to face him. Kūkaku walks over to Ichigo and picks him up by the back of his head before declaring that he can get out if he does not like the way she does things, and when Ichigo meekly apologizes, Kūkaku lets him go and acknowledges his understanding as she walks away, leaving Ichigo to collapse and crawl over to Ganju, where they concur that Kūkaku is scary. After telling everyone to stand up, which they do, Kūkaku orders Koganehiko to go outside and start the preparations with Shiroganehiko.

Ep23KukakuBringsRyoka

Kūkaku brings Ichigo and his friends to an underground door.

With Koganehiko affirming this, Kūkaku tells the others to be quiet and follow her. Shortly afterward, as the group walks through a well-lit corridor, Uryū wonders why there is light underground when he did not see any generators earlier, prompting Kūkaku to explain that she keeps Hotarukazura in the ceiling and on both sides of the wood paneling, but when Uryū inquires if this is some sort of plant found only in Soul Society, Kūkaku ignores him and merely announces that they have arrived, to his confusion. As Kūkaku orders Ganju to open the door in front of them, which he enthusiastically agrees to do, Uryū tries to get Kūkaku to answer his question.

Ep23KukakuRevealsTitle

Kūkaku reveals that she is going to launch the Ryoka into the Seireitei.

Suddenly, Ichigo grabs Uryū's mouth and pulls him back before warning Uryū to not defy Kūkaku when he demands to know what this is about. With considerable effort, Ganju manages to pull open the door, revealing the base of the smokestack behind the house. As Ichigo and his friends marvel at the size of it, Kūkaku explains that she is going to use this to launch them into the Seireitei from the sky, and when Ichigo and Uryū express incredulity at this, Kūkaku introduces herself as the best fireworks technician in the Rukongai.

Next Episode Preview[]

Ganju Shiba introduces the Reishukaku, a device that Kūkaku Shiba made which can penetrate the Shakonmaku surrounding the Seireitei, and explains that the latter is made of Sekkiseki, which breaks down Reiryoku completely, before Ichigo Kurosaki inquires if he can repeat that.

Characters in Order of Appearance[]

Events[]

Music[]

Timestamp Track Listing
01:36 Bleach OST 1 - 06 - Ditty For Daddy
04:03 Bleach OST 1 - 04 - Oh so Tired
06:26 Bleach OST 1 - 01 - On the Precipice of Defeat
08:16 Bleach 5th Anniversary Box CD 1 - 07 - BL_40
09:36 Bleach 5th Anniversary Box CD 1 - 15 - BL_35
10:14 Bleach OST 1 - 05 - Head In The Clouds
11:23 Bleach 5th Anniversary Box CD 1 - 01 - BL_29
11:52 No Official Release
15:08 No Official Release
16:46 Bleach OST 1 - 07 - Creeping Shadows
17:52 Bleach 5th Anniversary Box CD 1 - 08 - BL_60
19:50 Bleach 5th Anniversary Box CD 1 - 06 - BL_21
21:02 Bleach OST 1 - 18 - Battle Ignition

Anime Notes[]

  • Yoruichi Shihōin headbutting Ichigo Kurosaki while demanding to know if he understands after lecturing him on his stubbornness.
  • Kūkaku Shiba expressing resignation at Yoruichi coming to her in order to ask for a favor.
  • Kūkaku asking Yoruichi if it is fine for her to send one of her men to keep an eye on Ichigo and his friends, which Yoruichi affirms.
  • Renji confirming that he is in the Sixth Division now and hesitating, prompting Sōsuke Aizen to question what is wrong.
  • Ichigo noting that Ganju kicked him without warning and theorizing that this runs in the family.

  • Jidanbō Ikkanzaka sleeping on the ground outside with several dozen blankets covering him as Orihime expresses concern for his health, prompting Sado to assure her that large men have lots of stamina as Uryū wonders what kind of person Kūkaku will turn out to be, which leads him, Orihime, and Sado to detail their ideas for what Kūkaku will look like before Orihime combines them in a drawing in the dirt, leaving Sado stunned as Uryū decides to check on Ichigo since he is late.
  • Ichigo promising to catch up to his friends once he quickly beats up Ganju as soon as the latter shows up.
  • Renji informing Rukia Kuchiki that the use of the Sōkyoku for her execution has been granted.
  • Orihime Inoue praising Kūkaku's house as interesting while Yasutora Sado stares in concern.
  • Ichigo telling Uryū to hurry up despite his hesitation at going to the house, prompting Uryū to question what he means by this.
  • Yoruichi pointing out how she never said Kūkaku was a man.
  • A visualization of Ichigo standing in the sun as Renji reveals to Rukia that he attempted to enter the Seireitei yesterday.
  • A flashback to Rukia staring out of the window at the Sōkyoku.
  • Ichigo and Ganju pointing at each other while screaming.
  • Ichigo and Ganju resuming their fight within the house, resulting in much of the room and the connecting doors being damaged or destroyed as they trade blows while Kūkaku watches passively before becoming enraged when they inadvertently breaking her pipe in two.
  • Kūkaku accusing Ichigo and Ganju of destroying her house.
  • Kūkaku angrily demanding to know if Ichigo's friends have any complaints about her actions, which they fearfully deny as Ichigo observes that both brother and sister are aggressive.
  • Kūkaku ordering Koganehiko to begin preparations with Shiroganehiko.

  • 78Yoruichi and Kukaku discuss

    Kūkaku's right arm as a bandaged stump in the manga.

    • In the manga, Kūkaku's right arm is a bandaged stump ending midway down her upper arm with no additions; here, Kūkaku instead wears a prosthetic right arm below her stump, the connection of which is concealed by a long armband, and continues to do so in all future appearances.
    • Kūkaku kicking down Ganju does not leave blood spatters on the floor, and Ganju is not left bleeding as profusely from his nose.

  • In the manga, when Bonnie rams into him, Ganju is simply knocked down and sent flying a few feet away; here, he is instead sent flying several dozen meters away and tumbles past the members of his gang before sliding to a halt, leaving a shallow trench in the ground behind him.
  • In the manga, after asking Bonnie to let him ride her, Ganju simply climbs on top of her; here, Bonnie instead rams into him again, sending a screaming Ganju flying into the air before he lands on her back.
  • In the manga, when ordered by Ganju to follow him, Ganju's Gang rides past Ichigo, who tries and fails to return Ganju's insults; here, they instead run over him, interrupting his rebuttal to Ganju's insults.
  • In the manga, Renji informs Rukia of her transfer to Senzaikyū after Ichigo and his friends meet Ganju for the second time; here, he instead does so after Ichigo and his friends prepare to leave West Rukongai.
  • In the manga, the map provided to Ichigo and his friends by the Rukongai Elder is small enough to be held in one hand when viewing; here, it is instead large enough to require Uryū to spread his arms out and hold one end with each hand in order to display its contents.
  • In the manga, Orihime questions why Kūkaku does not live in the central town of West Rukongai like a celebrity when she knows the only way to get into the Seireitei without using the gates, which Uryū notes is a good point, prompting Yoruichi to clarify that Kūkaku prefers quiet and deserted areas; here, Orihime instead assumes that Kūkaku lives far away from others because she wants to keep her identity a secret, prompting Yoruichi to clarify that this is simply the result of Kūkaku's personality and preferences.
  • In the manga, when confronting Ichigo and his friends, Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko appear directly in front of them on the ground and remain there for the duration of their conversation; here, they instead first appear on top of the two stone fists holding up Kūkaku's banner before leaping down to the ground after observing that Ichigo is wearing a shihakushō.
  • In the manga, when Yoruichi reveals herself to Koganehiko and Shiroganehiko, she simply steps forward without emotion; here, she instead points at herself and smiles.
  • In the manga, Uryū's observation about the strange layout of Kūkaku's house is internal; here, it is instead verbal, and Orihime completes his observation by wondering how one reaches the second floor.
  • In the manga, Kūkaku asks Koganehiko if he has brought her an interesting guest and ordering him to come in; here, she instead remains silent, but Koganehiko still reacts as though she spoke to him.
  • In the manga, Renji's transport of Rukia to Senzaikyū occurs after Ichigo and his friends meet Ganju for the second time; here, it instead occurs after Kūkaku invites Yoruichi to explain the situation to her.
  • In the manga, after his first encounter with Ichigo and prior to joining the latter's team, Ganju wears an upper body garment patterned with detailed leaves; here, he instead wears a yellow garment with simple red markings.
  • In the manga, the Shinigami standing outside the entrance to the room Renji and Aizen are speaking in is left unseen aside from their left foot and part of their shihakushō; here, it is instead confirmed to be Gin Ichimaru.
  • In the manga, Kūkaku ends the scuffle between Ichigo and Ganju with a single blow to each of their heads simultaneously; here, she instead charges up and unleashes a powerful Hadō spell that tears through and burns the room, catching a screaming Ichigo and Ganju in its wake, and blows a hole in the roof of the house after the others evacuate, causing the house and the two pillars outside to tilt and remain crooked from the damage as Ichigo's friends realize why Kūkaku moves so frequently.
  • In the manga, when acknowledging Ichigo's apology, Kūkaku has a bored expression on her face; here, she is instead smiling.
  • In the manga, after being kicked down by Kūkaku, Ganju is left lying on his left side; here, he is instead lying on his right side.
  • In the manga, Koganehiko is not present in the room when Kūkaku decides to begin preparations; here, he is instead lying on the ground next to Ichigo and Ganju.
  • In the manga, after Uryū's question about Hotarukazura is ignored by Kūkaku, Uryū is left embarrassed while Ichigo notes that doing things her way within her household apparently means that she can ignore them; here, Uryū instead attempts to get Kūkaku's attention and ask his question again, only for Ichigo to clamp his hand over Uryū's mouth and pull him back before urging him to not make Kūkaku mad.

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