Back to Back, a Fight to the Death!
Kanji 背中合わせの死闘!
Romanji Senaka awase no shitō!
Episode Number 14
Manga Chapters Chapter 45, Chapter 46, Chapter 47, Chapter 48, Chapter 49, Chapter 50
Arc Agent of the Shinigami arc
Previous Episode Flower and Hollow
Next Episode Kon's Great Plan
Japanese January 11, 2005
English December 9, 2006
Theme Music
Opening *~Asterisk~
Ending Thank You!
Episode 14 Screenshots

Back to Back, a Fight to the Death! is the fourteenth episode of the Bleach anime.

Ichigo Kurosaki and Uryū Ishida work together to defeat a Menos Grande.



The Hollows converge on the crack in the sky.

Uryū and Ichigo are in the middle of a contest to see who can defeat the most Hollows. Ichigo, who has been searching for Uryū, finally finds him, telling him the contest is no longer about who can defeat the most Hollows, but a personal fight between just the two of them. Kon (in Ichigo's body) notices a crack in the sky, while Uryū comments on how Hollows are gathering there. Uryū runs off to fight the gathering Hollows, calling himself "The Last Quincy". Rukia Kuchiki explains to a confused Ichigo about the extermination of the Quincy 200 years ago. Kisuke Urahara had explained to Rukia about the balance between spirits in the Human World and Seireitei. Rukia then relays the rest of the information she learned to Ichigo - Quincy, unlike Shinigami, do not purify Hollows, but completely destroy them. The destruction of Hollows upsets the balance of spirits. If the Quincy situation had not been dealt with, that imbalance would have been the end of the world. Shinigami were given the nickname "Balancers", or regulators, because they destroyed the Quincy population so they could maintain the spirit balance.

Ichigo, believing this to be Uryū's reason for fighting, goes to consult him about it. Uryū says that that is not his reason for fighting. He fights for his sensei, who died right before his eyes. His sensei wanted to work together with the Shinigami, but was rejected every time he suggested it. He died while fighting five Huge Hollows because the Shinigami didn't show up until it was too late. Uryū fights to prove the strength of the Quincy to the Shinigami. Ichigo kicks him in the head and reminds him that his sensei's wish was not to prove the Quincy's power to the Shinigami, but to combine the two powers together. As they fight the Hollows, Ichigo confides in Uryū that his mother was also killed by a Hollow. Ichigo says that he fights so no one will feel the pain his family felt after his mother's death. They continue fighting, but there seems to be no end to the amount of Hollows. Uryū then notices a giant Hollow coming out of the sky. The smaller Hollows around them begin to charge while Ichigo and Uryū are distracted by the giant Hollow in the sky.


Ichigo attacks the Menos Grande.

Urahara and his shop employees arrive and decide to take care of the "small fry", so that Ichigo and Uryū can take care of what Rukia describes as "a gigantic Hollow said to be born when hundreds of Hollows pile atop each other and intermingle" - a Menos Grande. Rukia goes to stop the two from fighting, but Urahara uses a Shibireyubi spell, saying that the fight is necessary for both Ichigo and Rukia. When neither Ichigo nor Uryū's attacks work, and Ichigo is thrown back, Uryū grabs Ichigo's Zanpakutō to pull him back up. The Reiryoku Ichigo is releasing flows through his sword and causes Uryū's bow to grow bigger.

Yasutora Sado and Orihime Inoue are watching everything that is going on from a bridge some distance away. Orihime notes that she hadn't forgotten anything that had happened to her recently, she has merely doubted her memories. She asks Chad what they are supposed to do, confused about the path to take.


Uryū's strategy for attacking the Menos Grande.

Uryū suggests for Ichigo to "control [his] Reiryoku and increase it to maximum output". However, Ichigo has no idea what he is talking about, saying that maybe his Reiryoku is just always on full blast. Meanwhile, the Menos Grande prepares to fire a red ball of energy that Rukia calls as a "Cero". Ichigo charges the Menos as it fires the Cero at him. Uryū marvels at Ichigo's Reiatsu as Ichigo blocks the attack with his Zanpakutō. Uryū realizes that Ichigo's Reiatsu, in fact, was not on full blast before; in fact, it stays bottled up at all times. In a display of force and determination, Ichigo reflects the Cero back at the Menos, damaging it and forcing it to retreat back through the tear in the sky. The crack disappears, and Ichigo collapses. All of Ichigo's Reiatsu releases at once. Uryū notes that Ichigo will die if this continues, and steps in to help, standing on Ichigo's Zanpakutō and releasing Kurosaki's Reiatsu through his arrows. Uryū apologizes to the memory of his sensei for antagonizing the Shinigami, and it is revealed that his sensei was also his grandfather.

Kon-sama's Ultimate Shinigami Illustrated Guide

This episode marks the beginning of a new omake segment after the next-episode preview which features Kon introducing Shinigami characters. The featured character is Captain Byakuya Kuchiki.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Ichigo Kurosaki
  2. Uryū Ishida
  3. Kon (in Ichigo's body)
  4. Rukia Kuchiki
  5. Kisuke Urahara
  6. Sōken Ishida (flashback)
  7. Menos Grande
  8. Ururu Tsumugiya
  9. Jinta Hanakari
  10. Tessai Tsukabishi
  11. Orihime Inoue
  12. Yasutora Sado
  13. Acidwire (flashback)


Powers and Techniques Used

Kidō used:

Hollow Techniques:

  • Cero (虚閃, Hollow Flash)
  • Garganta (黒腔 (ガルガンタ), Black Cavity)

Other powers:


Flower and HollowKon's Great Plan
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