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m (gotta admit, most of the padding has been meh but Ichigo and Ganju trying a do-over of their hostage attempt - WITH Hanatarō's help - was golden; Orihime's doubt disappearing after randomly hearing Tatsuki's voice...not so much)
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'''Breakthrough! The Shinigami's Encompassing Net''' is the twenty-ninth episode of the [[Bleach]] [[anime]].
 
'''Breakthrough! The Shinigami's Encompassing Net''' is the twenty-ninth episode of the [[Bleach]] [[anime]].
   
[[Ichigo Kurosaki]] and his friends continue progressing through [[Seireitei]].
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[[Uryū Ishida]] defeats [[7th Division]] 4th Seat [[Jirōbō Ikkanzaka]] while [[Ichigo Kurosaki]] and [[Ganju Shiba]] encounter [[4th Division]] 7th Seat [[Hanatarō Yamada]], who personally knows [[Rukia Kuchiki]].
   
 
==Summary==
 
==Summary==
[[Image:Ep29UryūProtectsOrihimeFromJirōbō.png|thumb|left|190px|Uryū's impressive speed gets in front of Jirobo.]]
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[[Image:Ep29OrihimeStunned.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Orihime Inoue]] is stunned by [[Uryū Ishida]]'s development.]]
4th Seat [[Jirōbō Ikkanzaka]] agonizes in pain as [[Orihime Inoue]] continues to stare at [[Uryū Ishida]] in awe, saying that he seems a totally different person from the one fighting [[Hollow]]s with Ichigo that day. Uryū asks Jirobō if he is feeling any regret after meeting him, a fellow projectile user, but Jirōbō calls him insolent, getting up abruptly. Uryū fires two more arrows both missing. Uryū tells him that he had missed on purpose just now and the next most certainly wouldn't miss. Jirōbō then praises him as incredible: his speed, power, and accuracy are all better than his. He never imagined that he would face this caliber of opponent, saying "he has been utterly defeated". So he tells Uryū to take him and do with him as they pleased. Uryū puts away his bow and Jirōbō asks if that means he is letting him go, but Uryū replies that he is a [[Quincy]] with no sympathy for [[Shinigami]]. Still, he does not enjoy tormenting the weak. He tells Jirōbō to disappear quickly, as his bow disappears as well, before he changes his mind. Jirobō says that he sees that Uryū is a kind man, but that will be his death. He tries attacking Orihime, but Uryū is faster than him, preempting what he will do, saying that if Jirōbō is unable to beat him, he will at least kill Orihime or take her hostage.
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With [[Uryū Ishida]] having shot his left hand with a '''[[Heilig Pfeil]]''' in the process of destroying his [[Shikai]], '''[[Tsunzakigarasu]]''', [[7th Division]] 4th Seat [[Jirōbō Ikkanzaka]] clutches it in agony while a stunned [[Orihime Inoue]] observes that Uryū is completely different compared to when she last saw him fighting with and alongside [[Ichigo Kurosaki]]. When Uryū inquires if he regrets encountering him as a fellow master of projectile weapons, Jirōbō angrily curses him for suggesting such a thing.
   
[[Image:Ep29UryūAttacksJirōbō.png|thumb|right|190px|Uryū prepares to end the battle.]]
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[[Image:Ep29JiroboPraisesTechnique.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Jirōbō Ikkanzaka]] praises Uryū's technique as surpassing his own.]]
Jirōbō is stunned, but Uryū, putting a hand to the pins on his glove, says that although he dislikes tormenting the weak, he doesn't mind unmasking cowards, like him. Uryū knew that all along, Jirōbō had been after Orihime and not him. He draws his arrow, ready to fire, as he adds that attacking a woman by surprise is a heinous attack not everyone can do, and a man with real pride certainly would not, because it is the coward’s way of fighting. Uryū tells him that time for regret would be wasted on him and shoots two arrows that hit Jirōbō. As he puts away his bow, Orihime thanks him, but he says that he needs no thanks. Orihime asks if he meant to say that he did nothing special and when Uryū blushes somewhat, she smiles. She then asks if Jirōbō is dead. Uryū says that he is not dead, just that his Chain Link and Soul Sleep, crucial points for generating [[Reiryoku]], have been destroyed. When he wakes, his spirit power will be gone and he will be unable to return to being a Shinigami. Uryū says that it was a good way to end a fight, and asks if they shall go now.
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Despite this, Jirōbō's subsequent attempt to resume his attack is interrupted when Uryū casually fires two more '''Heilig Pfeil''' into the rooftop right in front of his left foot, each missing it by less than in inch, and asserts that he missed on purpose before promising not to miss next time. However, Uryū is caught off-guard when Jirōbō responds by praising the speed, power, and accuracy of his technique while admitting that it surpasses his own.
   
[[Image:Ep29OrihimeDisheartened.png|thumb|left|190px|Orihime laments her lack of improvement in her abilities.]]
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[[Image:Ep29JiroboTurnsOrihime.png|thumb|right|190px|Jirōbō turns to attack Orihime after Uryū shows him mercy.]]
Orihime remembers [[Yoruichi Shihōin]] telling her that Quincys fight by collecting the spirit energy around them, thinking that the glove Uryū wears must amplify his ability to collect spirit energy. However, because it was so excessively powerful that it would cause them injury, he had trained alone. She remarks that he is so amazing to have mastered it so well in just 10 days all by himself. She asks herself what she had been doing those 10 days. She suddenly hears [[Tatsuki Arisawa]]’s voice in her head, telling her not to give up and, starting to tear-up now, says out loud that she had made a promise. Uryū starts to get worried, waving his arms frantically in the air as he asks her if Jirōbō had hurt her anywhere. She starts to wave her arms as he had before her and says that she’s alright, just that she was looking at the sun, and somehow tears had come. She asks if he has ever had the same experience, like sneezing, or when at a bookstore wanting to go to the bathroom, or when biting an apple and his gums starting to bleed. He merely blinks and looks at her as she walks off cheerfully. She turns and tells him that she will do her best too, and he asks her if she is sure she wasn't hit anywhere.
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Claiming to be utterly defeated by having met such a skillful practitioner, Jirōbō offers to let Uryū dispose of him in any manner he wishes, only for Uryū to lower his '''[[Heilig Bogen]]''', '''[[Kojaku]]''', after a few seconds of consideration. Upon being asked by Jirōbō if his refusal to shoot him means that he is letting Jirōbō go, Uryū states that he has no mercy for [[Shinigami]] as a [[Quincy]] and clarifies that he simply does not like bullying the weak. As he lets '''Kojaku''' disperse back into ambient [[Reishi]], Uryū instructs Jirōbō to get out of here before he changes his mind, prompting Jirōbō to observe that he is a kind-hearted person before proclaiming that this will be his undoing as he turns to attack Orihime.
   
[[Ganju Shiba]] is still running from his chasers, asking himself why he is the only one having to endure this. His pursuers start calling him ugly, and Ganju says that 5th Seat [[Yumichika Ayasegawa]] had been a pretty-boy type, but the ones chasing him now and calling him ugly were just as ugly, if not uglier, and have no right to call others ugly. But they continue to call him ugly, and Ganju starts to cry, saying that he couldn't possibly win an argument against that many. Suddenly, he sees Ichigo appear from around the corner and thinks he is here to help him, saying that he came just at the right moment, but sees equally large number of Shinigami chasing Ichigo as well. Ganju says that there was now no point in them joining up since he also has a lot of pursuers. Ichigo is waving his hand at Ganju and Ganju asks him to stop doing that, because he is getting the people behind him all worked up. Ganju yells at him not to come this way, then suddenly Ichigo and Ganju hit people on both sides and he shouts for Ganju to get down.
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[[Image:Ep29UryūProtectsOrihimeFromJirōbō.png|thumb|left|190px|Uryū appears between Jirōbō and Orihime with '''[[Kojaku]]''' reformed.]]
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Suddenly, Uryū appears between Jirōbō and Orihime with '''Kojaku''' fully reformed, to the shock of both of them, and theorizes that Jirōbō thought he could at least get Orihime if he could not beat Uryū himself as he questions if Jirōbō intended to take Orihime hostage. When Jirōbō nervously inquires how he knew this, Uryū forms and draws back a '''Heilig Pfeil''' while explaining that he does not mind exposing cowards even if he does not like bullying the weak before pointing out how Jirōbō was targeting Orihime from the moment he arrived. As he aims the '''Heilig Pfeil''' at Jirōbō, Uryū notes that most people would not attack a woman when she is not looking.
   
[[Image:Ep29HostageMistake.png|thumb|right|190px|Ichigo and Ganju take a hostage the 11th Division don't care about.]]
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[[Image:Ep29JiroboShotTwice.png|thumb|right|190px|Uryū shoots Jirōbō in the chest with two '''[[Heilig Pfeil]]'''.]]
Members of the [[4th Division]] are about to arrive at the scene and their leader, 3rd Seat [[Yasochika Iemura]], tells them to hurry up. Ganju screams at Ichigo that swinging his [[Zanpakutō]] around all of a sudden was dangerous and asks if Ichigo is stupid. Ichigo reminds Ganju that he had told him to get down, but Ganju argues that Ichigo had swung too soon after he said it. The Shinigami look at them arguing and Ganju asks what they should do now, since the previous attack had worked because Ichigo had caught them by surprise. However, they don't look like they’re going to retreat just because Ichigo's shown some power. 7th Seat [[Hanatarō Yamada]] looks around, wondering what he should do now that he is late. He wonders where everyone could be and he suddenly sees the mob of people surrounding Ichigo and Ganju, deciding that he’ll ask them. He starts to introduce himself, but trips over a tile that is jutting out and accidentally pushes all the way through the throng and right in front of Ichigo and Ganju. Ganju smiles deviously and tells Ichigo that he has an excellent plan to help them get out of here easily. Ichigo says they must think alike, while Hanatarō stares at them, asking them if they might be two of the [[Ryoka]]. They ignore his question and grab him by his shihakushō, Ichigo putting '''[[Zangetsu]]''' to his throat and demanding that they clear a path for them if they value Hanatarō's life.
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Uryū asserts that any warrior with honor would never do such a thing because this is a coward's way of fighting, and as he bids Jirōbō farewell, Uryū claims that he does not deserve time to regret before shooting a screaming Jirōbō in the chest with two '''Heilig Pfeil''' at once, sending him flying back across the rooftop. With Uryū letting '''Kojaku''' disperse once more and looking at the steam emanating from his '''[[Sanrei Glove]]''', Orihime thanks him and preemptively finishes his sentence when an embarrassed Uryū begins to assure her that she does not need to thank him because he did not do much, leading her to smile as he stares in surprise.
   
[[Image:Ep29ZarakiSearchesSeireitei.png|thumb|left|190px|Kenpachi is still running, searching for Ryoka.]]
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[[Image:Ep29UryuExplainsVictory.png|thumb|left|190px|Uryū explains how he destroyed Jirōbō's '''[[Saketsu]]''' and '''[[Hakusui]]'''.]]
Elsewhere, Captain [[Kenpachi Zaraki]] is somewhat getting angry at Lieutenant [[Yachiru Kusajishi]], asking if she’s absolutely sure that this is the way to go, which she says is, "probably the way". He flares up at the word “probably” and she says that he is annoying and “okay then, that way”, which Zaraki also flares up at because she used the words “okay then”. Yachiru says that all he does is complain, saying that in that case, he can decide for himself. He decides to listen to her advice anyway and runs in the direction she tells him. A topographic map of the Seireitei show them running in a totally opposite direction from where Ganju and Ichigo are. Hanatarō tries to wriggle and shout at them to let him go, as the rest of the Shinigami just watch. Ichigo thinks that they might not have heard them and they repeat themselves in very clear voices. Ichigo even gets Hanatarō to help, but to no avail, as one of the Shinigami asks if they and Hanatarō even look like buddies. Ichigo asks Hanatarō if they are and Hanatarō replies that he is from the Fourth Division and they from the [[11th Division|Eleventh]]. The Shinigami say that Ichigo must be the Ryoka, since he doesn't know anything. One of them tells Ichigo that although there are thirteen divisions protecting the Seireitei, the Eleventh holds the strongest warriors among them all. Ganju comments that it is true that all the 11th Division members have weird hairdos, while Hanatarō's is normal, which Hanatarō thanks Ganju for saying. The earlier Shinigami adds that the Fourth Division is a rear Division specialized in relief and supplies, calling them the gathering of “pansies too weak to hold a sword to save their lives”, the weakest, dead-weight Division of the thirteen, which angers the 11th Division. They all say: “We hate their guts!”, welcoming Ichigo to kill Hanatarō, as that would be equivalent to two birds with one stone for them.
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Upon being asked by Orihime if Jirōbō is dead, Uryū denies this and explains how he shot Jirōbō's '''[[Saketsu]]''' and '''[[Hakusui]]''', the source of his [[Reiryoku]], in order to destroy his spiritual powers and prevent him from ever becoming a Shinigami again once he wakes up, which Uryū considers a sufficient result for this battle. When Uryū suggests that they leave, Orihime agrees and walks away with him as she mentally recalls [[Yoruichi Shihōin]]'s explanation of how Quincy fight by gathering Reishi from the atmosphere around them. Theorizing that Uryū's '''Sanrei Glove''' increases his ability to gather Reishi, Orihime concludes that Uryū trained by himself in order to protect them.
   
Ganju says that they are going overboard by not caring what happens to him just because they hate his guts. The Eleventh Division members charge at them and Ichigo holds out his sword, saying that they’ll have to use force after all. There is suddenly a bright light and an explosion at the wall. Ichigo and Ganju, Hanatarō slung over his shoulder, taking their chance whilst there are only half the Shinigami, break through the wall of Shinigami and run off. [[Yasutora Sado]] emerges from the hole in the wall, saying that he was sure the spirit force he had felt earlier had been Ichigo's, but, from the wake of destruction left behind, he must have just missed Ichigo. The Eleventh Division members demand to know what’s up with his clothes and if he did that to the wall. They ask if he’s friends with “those two”. Chad says that he probably is. They respond by saying that the Ryoka have taken the Eleventh Division too lightly, telling Chad they will crush him in five minutes. Chad apologizes, saying that he cannot meet that expectation as he clenches his fist and walks over to them, his arm seemingly on fire. He says it won’t even take five minutes, all he needs is two.
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[[Image:Ep29OrihimeHearsVoice.png|thumb|right|190px|Orihime hears [[Tatsuki Arisawa]]'s voice encouraging her.]]
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After marveling at Uryū mastering the '''Sanrei Glove''' to such a degree after training with it for just ten days despite how powerful and dangerous it is, Orihime questions what she has accomplished with her training by comparison before losing her balance as she walks, prompting Uryū to leap back and catch her by the hand. Though she is disheartened by Uryū's dismissive response to her thanks for this, Orihime hears [[Tatsuki Arisawa]]'s voice telling her to persevere while a light shines from the heavens, and as Orihime remembers that she promised to come back to Tatsuki, a concerned Uryū frantically asks her if she got hurt earlier, leading her to equally frantically apologize.
   
[[Image:Ep29MayuriInterrogatesIkkaku.png|thumb|right|190px|Mayuri tries to get information from an injured Ikkaku.]]
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[[Image:Ep29OrihimePromisesBest.png|thumb|left|190px|Orihime assures Uryū that she will do her best as well.]]
At the Fourth Division General Relief Station, Captain [[Mayuri Kurotsuchi]] and his lieutenant, [[Nemu Kurotsuchi]], are interrogating someone. Mayuri asks 3rd Seat [[Ikkaku Madarame]] if he’s sure he doesn't want to answer him. A nurse pops her head in at the door, asking Mayuri to stop it, as semi-hostile acts are forbidden within the station. Mayuri interrupts her by blowing a hole through the wall she stood by. Nemu tries to put in a word, but Mayuri tells her to shut up as she’s getting annoying too; unless she wants to be taken apart again. Nemu apologizes, and Ikkaku looks at her, then away, saying that he knows nothing, not the Ryoka's goal nor destination. Mayuri asks if that means he crossed swords with the Ryoka and yet just got beat down and came back without a single piece of information, and Ikkaku confirms so, adding that he also did not see the face nor hear the voice of the Ryoka.
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Orihime claims that she simply got teary-eyed while looking at the sun and compares it to needing to sneeze when looking at a bright light, needing to use the restroom while waiting at the bookstore, and having one's gums bleed when biting into an apple, leaving Uryū bewildered as she walks past him and says that they should get going. With Orihime confidently stating that she is going to do her best, Uryū wonders if she is sure that she is alright and finds himself uncertain of how to explain when she requests to know why. Elsewhere in the [[Seireitei]], a screaming [[Ganju Shiba]] runs from a horde of Shinigami and questions why he is always the one being chased.
   
Mayuri wriggles his fingers menacingly, saying that Ikkaku will receive his just desserts for his failure and raises his hand in the air. His wrist is grabbed suddenly by Kenpachi Zaraki. Zaraki says that it is a surprise to see that Mayuri has the authority to deal with men from other Divisions. Mayuri pulls his hand away and says that since Zaraki is here, he decides to leave. Zaraki remarks that Ikkaku sure got knocked around and Ikkaku asks if he had come specifically to see him. Yachiru appears on Zaraki's shoulder and says that they had just gotten lost and it was just by random coincidence that they came here, though they were, of course, worried. She asks if he is okay, calling him “Q-ball”, which pisses Ikkaku off. He asks her to quit calling him that, and she suggests “Q-Q-ball” instead, and then “Q-Q-Q-ball” which angers Ikkaku even more. Zaraki says that he heard that Ikkaku lost and Ikkaku apologizes for returning, despite being shamed by surviving a defeat. Zaraki is more interested in knowing if this Ryoka is strong and Ikkaku says that he is and describes Ichigo to Zaraki. He also tells Zaraki: Ichigo's name, mission, and destination and that he is aware of Zaraki's existence and has been warned. If Ichigo remembers Ikkaku's words, then wherever Zaraki meets him, he should be able to have a most enjoyable fight, because Ichigo is strong and his strength is probably increasing. Zaraki smiles.
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoGanjuReunite.png|thumb|right|190px|[[Ganju Shiba]] is shocked to see even more [[Shinigami]].]]
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Upon having his appearance repeatedly insulted by the Shinigami behind him, Ganju demands to know why they are saying this and admits that [[11th Division]] 5th Seat [[Yumichika Ayasegawa]] was somewhat attractive before asserting that the Shinigami chasing him are just as ugly as he is, only to begin crying when he further angers them with this and realizes that he cannot win an argument with so many enemies chasing him. When he sees Ichigo run into the intersection ahead, Ganju expresses relief at finally receiving reinforcements, but is left shocked when even more Shinigami pour out of the alley behind Ichigo and continue following him.
   
[[Image:Ep29GanjuBringsAFriend.png|thumb|left|190px|Ichigo demands to know why Hanatarō is with them.]]
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[[Image:Ep29IemuraLeadsTeams.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Yasochika Iemura]] leads relief teams toward the Shinigami.]]
Meanwhile, Hanatarō introduces himself to Ganju and Ichigo and the two say that the name is hard to remember, although Hanatarō is a very ordinary and easy name to remember. Hanatarō exclaims that everyone tells him that his name is nice-sounding and easy to remember. Ichigo says that might be the case if his name was Tarou Yamada (a live action actor) or Hanako Yamada (famous solo female comedian), but not when it is Hanatarō. Ganju points at him and asks if he is their enemy and if so, why he is calmly introducing himself? Hanatarō agrees, somewhat, and Ichigo asks Ganju why he brought Hanatarō along in the first place. Ganju reply's that he had no choice, as Hanatarō was beside him and he just picked him up without thinking. Ichigo asks Ganju if he picks up everything he sees lying on the ground and Ganju retorts that even Ichigo only just realized Hanatarō's presence. Hanatarō tries to stop them, saying that they need not argue over him, to which both say that they aren't. Hanatarō mentions that if they raise their voices, they might be found, so Ichigo and Ganju immediately speak in hushed tones. Ichigo says that even if Ikkaku is correct and [[Rukia Kuchiki]] is in the white tower, they have no idea how to get there.
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Despite Ganju's confusion over him also being chased and pleas for him to stop waving and running this way because he is riling up his Shinigami pursuers, Ichigo continues to run toward Ganju while calling out to him, resulting in the two of them simultaneously attacking the Shinigami around them upon meeting up. As he lands after kicking a Shinigami in the face, Ichigo draws his Shikai, '''[[Zangetsu]]''', and instructs Ganju to duck before attacking several more Shinigami in rapid succession. Nearby, [[4th Division]] 3rd Seat [[Yasochika Iemura]] leads 8th Seat [[Harunobu Ogidō]] and several other Shinigami from his division through an alley toward the fighting Shinigami.
   
Remembering that he had brought a map, Ganju pulls out a rather crudely drawn one, saying that they don’t want to encounter any captains, while wishing that he knew all their locations. Ichigo complains about there not being any roads on the map and exclaiming that this map is a hand drawn one. Ganju retorts that it is better than nothing. Hanatarō tries to say something, but the two cut him off, telling him to go home if he wants, but Hanatarō's words catch Ichigo's attention. He asks if by “Rukia” they meant Rukia Kuchiki, the death-row prisoner and sister to [[Sixth Division]] captain, [[Byakuya Kuchiki]]. Seeing that he is right, he goes on to say that the “white tower” must be the [[Seireitei|Shishinrō]], to which he knows a way.
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoGanjuStand.png|thumb|right|190px|Ichigo and Ganju stand over several incapacitated Shinigami.]]
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Informing the Shinigami that the first, sixth, and fourteenth relief teams are approaching their position, Iemura orders the Shinigami behind him to run faster because this is not a drill, which they comply with. Meanwhile, Ganju tearfully berates Ichigo for swinging '''Zangetsu''' with no warning and demands to know why he did this as they stand over several incapacitated Shinigami. Though Ichigo points out that he warned Ganju in advance, Ganju asserts that he did so without giving Ganju enough time to properly respond, and when Ichigo claims that he should have reacted right away, Ganju angrily questions how he could have done this.
   
Zaraki is running along the roof with Yachiru on his back as usual, the latter commenting that the former seems unusually happy. Zaraki says that she’s probably right, since this guy had fought with Captain [[Gin Ichimaru]] and survived, and then fought Ikkaku and won. In addition, Ikkaku had said that he was strong and getting stronger. He calls out to Ichigo that he, "Kenpachi Zaraki, is waiting for him."
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[[Image:Ep29HanataroFindsShinigami.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Hanatarō Yamada]] comes across the crowd of Shinigami.]]
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Upon noticing the remaining Shinigami leering at them on either side, Ganju wonders what they should do now because these Shinigami do not seem like the type to back off just because he and Ichigo displayed their strength even if they managed to take out some of them with a surprise attack earlier. Nearby, 4th Division 7th Seat [[Hanatarō Yamada]] walks along and notes that he is very late before debating whether he should go back, as it will be hard to tell Iemura where he went but the latter will be even angrier if he does not show up. Suddenly, Hanatarō sees the crowd of Shinigami standing in front of him and decides to ask them for help while approaching them.
   
==Kon-sama's Ultimate Shinigami Illustrated Guide==
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoGanjuMeetHanataro.png|thumb|right|190px|Hanatarō is thrown before Ichigo and Ganju.]]
The featured character is [[Kaname Tōsen]].
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However, Hanatarō trips on a raised flagstone and crashes into the Shinigami, who begin berating him and demanding to know what he is doing here while Hanatarō apologizes. Watching this, a confused Ichigo wonders what is causing this commotion before Hanatarō is thrown headlong into the center of the crowd with him and Ganju. As Hanatarō expresses discomfort over what he just went through, Ganju smiles and tells Ichigo that he has come up with an easy plan for them to get out of there, and as Ichigo affirms that he has had the same idea, Hanatarō nervously picks up on their mention of a plan and questions if they are the alleged [[Ryoka]] that he has been warned about.
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[[Image:Ep29ZarakiSearchesSeireitei.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Kenpachi Zaraki]] continues to search for the [[Ryoka]].]]
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Suddenly, Ichigo and Ganju yank Hanatarō to his feet and hold '''Zangetsu''' to his neck while threatening to kill him if the other Shinigami do not let them through as Hanatarō screams in fright. Elsewhere, an irritated 11th Division Captain [[Kenpachi Zaraki]] runs down an alley with his lieutenant, [[Yachiru Kusajishi]], clinging to his back and questions if this is really the right way to go, only to be angered when Yachiru admits that she is uncertain. As Yachiru decides on a whim that they should change direction, Kenpachi berates her for this, but sullenly complies with her proposed change when she threatens to let him decide which way to run by himself.
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[[Image:Ep29HostageMistake.png|thumb|right|190px|Ichigo, Ganju, and Hanatarō are unnerved by the silent Shinigami.]]
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Kenpachi insists that Yachiru make sure this is the right direction as he moves further and further away from Ichigo and Ganju's actual location. Meanwhile, though he initially begs for his life, Hanatarō quiets down upon realizing that the other Shinigami are standing in silence instead of reacting to his being taken hostage. When a stunned Ganju wonders what is going on, Ichigo theorizes that the Shinigami did not hear them the first time and suggests that they try again, leading to Ichigo and Ganju once again threatening to kill Hanatarō if the Shinigami do not let them through, with Hanatarō half-heartedly screaming as well at Ichigo's insistence.
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[[Image:Ep29HanataroRevealsDivision.png|thumb|left|190px|Hanatarō reveals to Ichigo that he is not from the Eleventh Division.]]
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Upon being asked by two of the Shinigami what they are doing, a bewildered Ichigo points out that they are taking a hostage, only for another Shinigami to inquire if it looks like Hanatarō is their friend. While Hanatarō clarifies to Ichigo that he is from the Fourth Division and they are from the Eleventh Division, which Ichigo is confused by the difference between, one of the Shinigami observes that the Ryoka really are outsiders and decides to explain the situation to them so Ichigo does not compare the two divisions. The Shinigami details how, of the [[Gotei 13]], the Eleventh Division is the strongest in combat because they are led by the strongest captain.
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[[Image:Ep29ShinigamiApproveDeath.png|thumb|right|190px|The Eleventh Division Shinigami decide to let Hanatarō die.]]
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Hearing this, Ganju notes that the Shinigami of the Eleventh Division all have weird hairstyles while Hanatarō's is normal, and as Hanatarō meekly thanks him for this, Ichigo questions where he is from again, leading Hanatarō to remind him that he is from the Fourth Division, which the Shinigami describes as being the lower echelon of the Gotei 13 that specializes in relief and a bunch of wimps who cannot even wield a sword properly. After the Shinigami of the Eleventh Division proclaim that the Fourth Division is comprised of weaklings with no reason to exist, they conclude that Ichigo and Ganju would do them a favor by killing Hanatarō because they hate the Fourth Division.
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoGanjuSaved.png|thumb|left|190px|The Shinigami are blasted away by an explosion of force.]]
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Unnerved by this as Hanatarō screams in fright, Ganju claims it is cruel for the Shinigami to not care what happens to Hanatarō just because they do not like him, which Ichigo sarcastically states is a rational argument. With the Shinigami charging toward them from the front, Ichigo expresses annoyance at having to fight their way out once again, only for the Shinigami to be suddenly blasted away by a large explosion of force from the wall next to them. Though unsure of what caused this, Ichigo seizes the opportunity as having reduced their enemies by half and proceeds to attack the remaining Shinigami behind them as Ganju follows with Hanatarō slung over his shoulder.
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[[Image:Ep29SadoPreparesFight.png|thumb|right|190px|[[Yasutora Sado]] prepares to fight the remaining Shinigami.]]
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While Ichigo and Ganju fight their way through the remaining Shinigami, [[Yasutora Sado]] steps through the hole in the wall and sees the incapacitated Shinigami, prompting him to note that he thought he sensed Ichigo's [[Reiatsu]] earlier before concluding that he must have missed Ichigo. Upon being confronted by several more Shinigami who demand to know if he is responsible for the earlier explosion, Sado confirms that he is a friend of the guys who were here prior, and when the Shinigami promise to crush him in five minutes for disrespecting the Eleventh Division, Sado asserts that this will be done in two minutes as energy flares from his [[Fullbring]], '''[[Brazo Derecha de Gigante]]'''.
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[[Image:Ep29MayuriBlastsHole.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Mayuri Kurotsuchi]] blasts a hole into the wall.]]
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At the '''[[Sōgō Kyūgo Tsumesho]]''' in the Fourth Division barracks, [[12th Division]] Captain [[Mayuri Kurotsuchi]] blasts a small hole into the wall with '''[[Kidō]]''' while standing with his lieutenant, [[Nemu Kurotsuchi]], in front of a bedridden 11th Division 3rd Seat [[Ikkaku Madarame]]. While Mayuri inquires if Ikkaku is really not going to say anything, one of the nurses in the building attempts to plead with him to stop his interrogation because it is forbidden on these grounds, only to be scared into silence when Mayuri blasts another hole into the door frame next to her head as he demands that she shut up. When Nemu begins to speak up, Mayuri threatens to tear her to pieces again if she does not shut up as well.
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[[Image:Ep29ZarakiStopsMayuri.png|thumb|right|190px|Kenpachi interrupts Mayuri's interrogation of [[Ikkaku Madarame]].]]
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With Nemu meekly apologizing, Ikkaku clarifies that he simply does not know anything about the Ryoka's objective or destination, and when an irritated Mayuri inquires if he is saying that he fought a Ryoka and lost without gaining any information, Ikkaku confirms this and claims that he also did not see the enemy's face or hear his voice, leaving him with nothing to say. Angered by this, Mayuri declares that Ikkaku shall receive a punishment equal to his failure and raises his left hand into the air, only for Kenpachi to grab it by the wrist as he appears behind Mayuri and questions when the latter received the authority to punish Shinigami from other divisions.
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[[Image:Ep29YachiruClaimsLost.png|thumb|left|190px|[[Yachiru Kusajishi]] claims she and Kenpachi got lost.]]
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After freeing himself from Kenpachi's grasp, Mayuri observes that there is no need for him to interrogate Ikkaku now that his captain is here and decides to withdraw as he orders Nemu to move out, which she complies with while respectfully nodding at Kenpachi on her way out. When Kenpachi notes that he seems to have gotten himself beaten up badly, Ikkaku questions if Kenpachi is really here just to visit him, prompting Yachiru to pop and reveal that they just got lost, to Ikkaku's surprise. Yachiru claims that they only wound up here by coincidence and informs Ikkaku that they were worried while calling him "''baldy''", which Ikkaku reiterates that he told her not to call him.
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[[Image:Ep29IkkakuDescribesAppearance.png|thumb|right|190px|Ikkaku describes Ichigo's appearance to Kenpachi.]]
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While Yachiru comes up with further variants of "''baldy''" to call Ikkaku, Kenpachi reveals that he heard Ikkaku lost. With Ikkaku apologizing for coming back despite the shame of his defeat, Kenpachi asks him if the Ryoka who defeated him is strong, leading Ikkaku to confirm this and describe Ichigo as a Shinigami with orange hair and a sword as long as his body with no guard or handle before detailing how he is headed toward the '''[[Shishinrō]]''' in '''[[Senzaikyū]]''', which Kenpachi realizes means he is after [[Rukia Kuchiki]]. Ikkaku states that he described Kenpachi to Ichigo and warned him to be on the lookout for his captain after their earlier battle.
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoGanjuCriticize.png|thumb|left|190px|Ichigo and Ganju declare that Hanatarō's name is unmemorable.]]
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As Ikkaku observes that Kenpachi will likely enjoy a great fight with Ichigo if the latter heeded Ikkaku's words because he is still growing stronger despite his already considerable power, a grinning Kenpachi asks Ikkaku for Ichigo's name. Elsewhere, in a storage room, Hanatarō introduces himself to Ichigo and Ganju, who simultaneously declare that his name is hard to remember. Though a flustered Hanatarō claims that others tell him his name is easy to remember, Ichigo lists similar-sounding alternative names that stand out more while Ganju wonders why Hanatarō is casually introducing himself despite being their enemy, which Hanatarō has no answer for.
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoGanjuBerateHanataro.png|thumb|right|190px|Ichigo and Ganju berate Hanatarō for speaking up.]]
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Ichigo demands to know why Ganju brought Hanatarō along, and when Ganju admits that he accidentally carried Hanatarō when they were fleeing earlier, an incredulous Ichigo questions if Ganju just picks up anything he finds lying on the ground, prompting Ganju to point out that Ichigo himself did not notice Hanatarō was there until just now. When Hanatarō requests that they stop fighting over him, Ichigo and Ganju angrily proclaim that no one is fighting over him in unison as Hanatarō reminds them that someone may find them if they raise their voices, astonishing Ichigo and Ganju as they quickly cover their mouths with their hands in response.
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[[Image:Ep29IchigoRealizesMap.png|thumb|left|190px|Ichigo realizes that Ganju drew his map himself.]]
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After confirming with Ganju that they are safe for the moment, Ichigo observes that they do not know which road to take in order to reach [[Senzaikyū|the white tower]] even if Ikkaku was right about Rukia being there. With Hanatarō expressing surprise at the mention of Rukia, Ganju pulls out a hand-drawn and simple map of their location while noting that they do not want to run into any captains on the way as Ichigo realizes that there are no roads on the map. Upon noticing Ganju's signature in the bottom left-hand corner, a bewildered Ichigo inquires if Ganju drew this himself, leading Ganju to defensively claim that it is better than them having nothing to work with at all.
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[[Image:Ep29HanataroRevealsKnowledge.png|thumb|right|190px|Hanatarō reveals that he knows who [[Rukia Kuchiki]] is.]]
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Hanatarō attempts to draw their attention, but Ichigo tells him to shut up because they are strategizing as Ganju assures Hanatarō that he can go home because he will not be of much use to them. However, Ichigo is shocked when Hanatarō asks him if he is referring to Rukia Kuchiki, and when he sees Ichigo's reaction, Hanatarō observes that he was right before describing Rukia as being the sister of [[6th Division]] Captain [[Byakuya Kuchiki]] who is being held in '''Senzaikyū''' and revealing that he knows a hidden way into the tower. Elsewhere, with Kenpachi running along a rooftop, Yachiru points out that he seems to be happier than she has seen him in a long time.
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[[Image:Ep29KenpachiContinuesSearching.png|thumb|left|190px|Kenpachi continues to search for Ichigo.]]
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Affirming this, Kenpachi recounts how Ichigo survived [[3rd Division]] Captain [[Gin Ichimaru]], defeated Ikkaku, and was described as strong and becoming stronger still by Ikkaku. As he wonders where Ichigo is, Kenpachi proclaims that he is waiting for Ichigo and leaps off the edge of the roof.
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==Next Episode Preview==
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Greeting the audience, [[Kon]] questions why he has not had his turn yet and demands to know if he is being listened to, only for [[Ichigo Kurosaki]] to assert that he will never get his turn if he keeps making a fuss as Kon nervously promises to wait patiently and asks that they treat him kindly.
   
 
==Characters in Order of Appearance==
 
==Characters in Order of Appearance==
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==Powers and Techniques Used==
 
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*{{translation|'''[[Hirenkyaku]]'''|飛廉脚|Pure Flying Step}}
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'''Fullbring:'''
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*{{translation|'''[[Brazo Derecha de Gigante]]'''|巨人の右腕 (ブラソ・デレチャ・デ・ヒガンテ)|Buraso Derecha de Higante|Spanish and Japanese for "''Right Arm of the Giant''"}}
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*{{translation|'''[[Kojaku]]'''|弧雀|Arc Sparrow}}
   
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'''Zanpakutō released:'''
*An unknown [[Kidō]] used by Mayuri
 
   
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* [[Brazo Derecha de Gigante|Right Arm First Form]] (巨人の右腕 (ブラソ・デレチャ・デ・ヒガンテ), buraso derecha de higante; Spanish and Japanese for "Right Arm of the Giant")
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*{{Translation|'''[[Zangetsu]]'''|斬月|Slaying Moon}}
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* [[Sanrei Glove]] (散霊手套, Spirit-Scattering Hand Envelope)
 
   
 
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Breakthrough! The Shinigami's Encompassing Net
Ep29TitleCard
Kanji 突破せよ! 死神包囲網
Romanji Toppaseyo! Shinigami hōimō
Episode Number 29
Manga Chapters Chapter 92, Chapter 93
Arc Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc
Chronology
Previous Episode Orihime Targeted
Next Episode Renji's Confrontation
Airdate
Japanese April 26, 2005
English April 15, 2007
Theme Music
Opening D-tecnoLife
Ending Houkiboshi
Episode 29 Screenshots

Breakthrough! The Shinigami's Encompassing Net is the twenty-ninth episode of the Bleach anime.

Uryū Ishida defeats 7th Division 4th Seat Jirōbō Ikkanzaka while Ichigo Kurosaki and Ganju Shiba encounter 4th Division 7th Seat Hanatarō Yamada, who personally knows Rukia Kuchiki.

Summary

Ep29OrihimeStunned

Orihime Inoue is stunned by Uryū Ishida's development.

With Uryū Ishida having shot his left hand with a Heilig Pfeil in the process of destroying his Shikai, Tsunzakigarasu, 7th Division 4th Seat Jirōbō Ikkanzaka clutches it in agony while a stunned Orihime Inoue observes that Uryū is completely different compared to when she last saw him fighting with and alongside Ichigo Kurosaki. When Uryū inquires if he regrets encountering him as a fellow master of projectile weapons, Jirōbō angrily curses him for suggesting such a thing.

Ep29JiroboPraisesTechnique

Jirōbō Ikkanzaka praises Uryū's technique as surpassing his own.

Despite this, Jirōbō's subsequent attempt to resume his attack is interrupted when Uryū casually fires two more Heilig Pfeil into the rooftop right in front of his left foot, each missing it by less than in inch, and asserts that he missed on purpose before promising not to miss next time. However, Uryū is caught off-guard when Jirōbō responds by praising the speed, power, and accuracy of his technique while admitting that it surpasses his own.

Ep29JiroboTurnsOrihime

Jirōbō turns to attack Orihime after Uryū shows him mercy.

Claiming to be utterly defeated by having met such a skillful practitioner, Jirōbō offers to let Uryū dispose of him in any manner he wishes, only for Uryū to lower his Heilig Bogen, Kojaku, after a few seconds of consideration. Upon being asked by Jirōbō if his refusal to shoot him means that he is letting Jirōbō go, Uryū states that he has no mercy for Shinigami as a Quincy and clarifies that he simply does not like bullying the weak. As he lets Kojaku disperse back into ambient Reishi, Uryū instructs Jirōbō to get out of here before he changes his mind, prompting Jirōbō to observe that he is a kind-hearted person before proclaiming that this will be his undoing as he turns to attack Orihime.

Ep29UryūProtectsOrihimeFromJirōbō

Uryū appears between Jirōbō and Orihime with Kojaku reformed.

Suddenly, Uryū appears between Jirōbō and Orihime with Kojaku fully reformed, to the shock of both of them, and theorizes that Jirōbō thought he could at least get Orihime if he could not beat Uryū himself as he questions if Jirōbō intended to take Orihime hostage. When Jirōbō nervously inquires how he knew this, Uryū forms and draws back a Heilig Pfeil while explaining that he does not mind exposing cowards even if he does not like bullying the weak before pointing out how Jirōbō was targeting Orihime from the moment he arrived. As he aims the Heilig Pfeil at Jirōbō, Uryū notes that most people would not attack a woman when she is not looking.

Ep29JiroboShotTwice

Uryū shoots Jirōbō in the chest with two Heilig Pfeil.

Uryū asserts that any warrior with honor would never do such a thing because this is a coward's way of fighting, and as he bids Jirōbō farewell, Uryū claims that he does not deserve time to regret before shooting a screaming Jirōbō in the chest with two Heilig Pfeil at once, sending him flying back across the rooftop. With Uryū letting Kojaku disperse once more and looking at the steam emanating from his Sanrei Glove, Orihime thanks him and preemptively finishes his sentence when an embarrassed Uryū begins to assure her that she does not need to thank him because he did not do much, leading her to smile as he stares in surprise.

Ep29UryuExplainsVictory

Uryū explains how he destroyed Jirōbō's Saketsu and Hakusui.

Upon being asked by Orihime if Jirōbō is dead, Uryū denies this and explains how he shot Jirōbō's Saketsu and Hakusui, the source of his Reiryoku, in order to destroy his spiritual powers and prevent him from ever becoming a Shinigami again once he wakes up, which Uryū considers a sufficient result for this battle. When Uryū suggests that they leave, Orihime agrees and walks away with him as she mentally recalls Yoruichi Shihōin's explanation of how Quincy fight by gathering Reishi from the atmosphere around them. Theorizing that Uryū's Sanrei Glove increases his ability to gather Reishi, Orihime concludes that Uryū trained by himself in order to protect them.

Ep29OrihimeHearsVoice

Orihime hears Tatsuki Arisawa's voice encouraging her.

After marveling at Uryū mastering the Sanrei Glove to such a degree after training with it for just ten days despite how powerful and dangerous it is, Orihime questions what she has accomplished with her training by comparison before losing her balance as she walks, prompting Uryū to leap back and catch her by the hand. Though she is disheartened by Uryū's dismissive response to her thanks for this, Orihime hears Tatsuki Arisawa's voice telling her to persevere while a light shines from the heavens, and as Orihime remembers that she promised to come back to Tatsuki, a concerned Uryū frantically asks her if she got hurt earlier, leading her to equally frantically apologize.

Ep29OrihimePromisesBest

Orihime assures Uryū that she will do her best as well.

Orihime claims that she simply got teary-eyed while looking at the sun and compares it to needing to sneeze when looking at a bright light, needing to use the restroom while waiting at the bookstore, and having one's gums bleed when biting into an apple, leaving Uryū bewildered as she walks past him and says that they should get going. With Orihime confidently stating that she is going to do her best, Uryū wonders if she is sure that she is alright and finds himself uncertain of how to explain when she requests to know why. Elsewhere in the Seireitei, a screaming Ganju Shiba runs from a horde of Shinigami and questions why he is always the one being chased.

Ep29IchigoGanjuReunite

Ganju Shiba is shocked to see even more Shinigami.

Upon having his appearance repeatedly insulted by the Shinigami behind him, Ganju demands to know why they are saying this and admits that 11th Division 5th Seat Yumichika Ayasegawa was somewhat attractive before asserting that the Shinigami chasing him are just as ugly as he is, only to begin crying when he further angers them with this and realizes that he cannot win an argument with so many enemies chasing him. When he sees Ichigo run into the intersection ahead, Ganju expresses relief at finally receiving reinforcements, but is left shocked when even more Shinigami pour out of the alley behind Ichigo and continue following him.

Ep29IemuraLeadsTeams

Yasochika Iemura leads relief teams toward the Shinigami.

Despite Ganju's confusion over him also being chased and pleas for him to stop waving and running this way because he is riling up his Shinigami pursuers, Ichigo continues to run toward Ganju while calling out to him, resulting in the two of them simultaneously attacking the Shinigami around them upon meeting up. As he lands after kicking a Shinigami in the face, Ichigo draws his Shikai, Zangetsu, and instructs Ganju to duck before attacking several more Shinigami in rapid succession. Nearby, 4th Division 3rd Seat Yasochika Iemura leads 8th Seat Harunobu Ogidō and several other Shinigami from his division through an alley toward the fighting Shinigami.

Ep29IchigoGanjuStand

Ichigo and Ganju stand over several incapacitated Shinigami.

Informing the Shinigami that the first, sixth, and fourteenth relief teams are approaching their position, Iemura orders the Shinigami behind him to run faster because this is not a drill, which they comply with. Meanwhile, Ganju tearfully berates Ichigo for swinging Zangetsu with no warning and demands to know why he did this as they stand over several incapacitated Shinigami. Though Ichigo points out that he warned Ganju in advance, Ganju asserts that he did so without giving Ganju enough time to properly respond, and when Ichigo claims that he should have reacted right away, Ganju angrily questions how he could have done this.

Ep29HanataroFindsShinigami

Hanatarō Yamada comes across the crowd of Shinigami.

Upon noticing the remaining Shinigami leering at them on either side, Ganju wonders what they should do now because these Shinigami do not seem like the type to back off just because he and Ichigo displayed their strength even if they managed to take out some of them with a surprise attack earlier. Nearby, 4th Division 7th Seat Hanatarō Yamada walks along and notes that he is very late before debating whether he should go back, as it will be hard to tell Iemura where he went but the latter will be even angrier if he does not show up. Suddenly, Hanatarō sees the crowd of Shinigami standing in front of him and decides to ask them for help while approaching them.

Ep29IchigoGanjuMeetHanataro

Hanatarō is thrown before Ichigo and Ganju.

However, Hanatarō trips on a raised flagstone and crashes into the Shinigami, who begin berating him and demanding to know what he is doing here while Hanatarō apologizes. Watching this, a confused Ichigo wonders what is causing this commotion before Hanatarō is thrown headlong into the center of the crowd with him and Ganju. As Hanatarō expresses discomfort over what he just went through, Ganju smiles and tells Ichigo that he has come up with an easy plan for them to get out of there, and as Ichigo affirms that he has had the same idea, Hanatarō nervously picks up on their mention of a plan and questions if they are the alleged Ryoka that he has been warned about.

Ep29ZarakiSearchesSeireitei

Kenpachi Zaraki continues to search for the Ryoka.

Suddenly, Ichigo and Ganju yank Hanatarō to his feet and hold Zangetsu to his neck while threatening to kill him if the other Shinigami do not let them through as Hanatarō screams in fright. Elsewhere, an irritated 11th Division Captain Kenpachi Zaraki runs down an alley with his lieutenant, Yachiru Kusajishi, clinging to his back and questions if this is really the right way to go, only to be angered when Yachiru admits that she is uncertain. As Yachiru decides on a whim that they should change direction, Kenpachi berates her for this, but sullenly complies with her proposed change when she threatens to let him decide which way to run by himself.

Ep29HostageMistake

Ichigo, Ganju, and Hanatarō are unnerved by the silent Shinigami.

Kenpachi insists that Yachiru make sure this is the right direction as he moves further and further away from Ichigo and Ganju's actual location. Meanwhile, though he initially begs for his life, Hanatarō quiets down upon realizing that the other Shinigami are standing in silence instead of reacting to his being taken hostage. When a stunned Ganju wonders what is going on, Ichigo theorizes that the Shinigami did not hear them the first time and suggests that they try again, leading to Ichigo and Ganju once again threatening to kill Hanatarō if the Shinigami do not let them through, with Hanatarō half-heartedly screaming as well at Ichigo's insistence.

Ep29HanataroRevealsDivision

Hanatarō reveals to Ichigo that he is not from the Eleventh Division.

Upon being asked by two of the Shinigami what they are doing, a bewildered Ichigo points out that they are taking a hostage, only for another Shinigami to inquire if it looks like Hanatarō is their friend. While Hanatarō clarifies to Ichigo that he is from the Fourth Division and they are from the Eleventh Division, which Ichigo is confused by the difference between, one of the Shinigami observes that the Ryoka really are outsiders and decides to explain the situation to them so Ichigo does not compare the two divisions. The Shinigami details how, of the Gotei 13, the Eleventh Division is the strongest in combat because they are led by the strongest captain.

Ep29ShinigamiApproveDeath

The Eleventh Division Shinigami decide to let Hanatarō die.

Hearing this, Ganju notes that the Shinigami of the Eleventh Division all have weird hairstyles while Hanatarō's is normal, and as Hanatarō meekly thanks him for this, Ichigo questions where he is from again, leading Hanatarō to remind him that he is from the Fourth Division, which the Shinigami describes as being the lower echelon of the Gotei 13 that specializes in relief and a bunch of wimps who cannot even wield a sword properly. After the Shinigami of the Eleventh Division proclaim that the Fourth Division is comprised of weaklings with no reason to exist, they conclude that Ichigo and Ganju would do them a favor by killing Hanatarō because they hate the Fourth Division.

Ep29IchigoGanjuSaved

The Shinigami are blasted away by an explosion of force.

Unnerved by this as Hanatarō screams in fright, Ganju claims it is cruel for the Shinigami to not care what happens to Hanatarō just because they do not like him, which Ichigo sarcastically states is a rational argument. With the Shinigami charging toward them from the front, Ichigo expresses annoyance at having to fight their way out once again, only for the Shinigami to be suddenly blasted away by a large explosion of force from the wall next to them. Though unsure of what caused this, Ichigo seizes the opportunity as having reduced their enemies by half and proceeds to attack the remaining Shinigami behind them as Ganju follows with Hanatarō slung over his shoulder.

Ep29SadoPreparesFight

Yasutora Sado prepares to fight the remaining Shinigami.

While Ichigo and Ganju fight their way through the remaining Shinigami, Yasutora Sado steps through the hole in the wall and sees the incapacitated Shinigami, prompting him to note that he thought he sensed Ichigo's Reiatsu earlier before concluding that he must have missed Ichigo. Upon being confronted by several more Shinigami who demand to know if he is responsible for the earlier explosion, Sado confirms that he is a friend of the guys who were here prior, and when the Shinigami promise to crush him in five minutes for disrespecting the Eleventh Division, Sado asserts that this will be done in two minutes as energy flares from his Fullbring, Brazo Derecha de Gigante.

Ep29MayuriBlastsHole

Mayuri Kurotsuchi blasts a hole into the wall.

At the Sōgō Kyūgo Tsumesho in the Fourth Division barracks, 12th Division Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi blasts a small hole into the wall with Kidō while standing with his lieutenant, Nemu Kurotsuchi, in front of a bedridden 11th Division 3rd Seat Ikkaku Madarame. While Mayuri inquires if Ikkaku is really not going to say anything, one of the nurses in the building attempts to plead with him to stop his interrogation because it is forbidden on these grounds, only to be scared into silence when Mayuri blasts another hole into the door frame next to her head as he demands that she shut up. When Nemu begins to speak up, Mayuri threatens to tear her to pieces again if she does not shut up as well.

Ep29ZarakiStopsMayuri

Kenpachi interrupts Mayuri's interrogation of Ikkaku Madarame.

With Nemu meekly apologizing, Ikkaku clarifies that he simply does not know anything about the Ryoka's objective or destination, and when an irritated Mayuri inquires if he is saying that he fought a Ryoka and lost without gaining any information, Ikkaku confirms this and claims that he also did not see the enemy's face or hear his voice, leaving him with nothing to say. Angered by this, Mayuri declares that Ikkaku shall receive a punishment equal to his failure and raises his left hand into the air, only for Kenpachi to grab it by the wrist as he appears behind Mayuri and questions when the latter received the authority to punish Shinigami from other divisions.

Ep29YachiruClaimsLost

Yachiru Kusajishi claims she and Kenpachi got lost.

After freeing himself from Kenpachi's grasp, Mayuri observes that there is no need for him to interrogate Ikkaku now that his captain is here and decides to withdraw as he orders Nemu to move out, which she complies with while respectfully nodding at Kenpachi on her way out. When Kenpachi notes that he seems to have gotten himself beaten up badly, Ikkaku questions if Kenpachi is really here just to visit him, prompting Yachiru to pop and reveal that they just got lost, to Ikkaku's surprise. Yachiru claims that they only wound up here by coincidence and informs Ikkaku that they were worried while calling him "baldy", which Ikkaku reiterates that he told her not to call him.

Ep29IkkakuDescribesAppearance

Ikkaku describes Ichigo's appearance to Kenpachi.

While Yachiru comes up with further variants of "baldy" to call Ikkaku, Kenpachi reveals that he heard Ikkaku lost. With Ikkaku apologizing for coming back despite the shame of his defeat, Kenpachi asks him if the Ryoka who defeated him is strong, leading Ikkaku to confirm this and describe Ichigo as a Shinigami with orange hair and a sword as long as his body with no guard or handle before detailing how he is headed toward the Shishinrō in Senzaikyū, which Kenpachi realizes means he is after Rukia Kuchiki. Ikkaku states that he described Kenpachi to Ichigo and warned him to be on the lookout for his captain after their earlier battle.

Ep29IchigoGanjuCriticize

Ichigo and Ganju declare that Hanatarō's name is unmemorable.

As Ikkaku observes that Kenpachi will likely enjoy a great fight with Ichigo if the latter heeded Ikkaku's words because he is still growing stronger despite his already considerable power, a grinning Kenpachi asks Ikkaku for Ichigo's name. Elsewhere, in a storage room, Hanatarō introduces himself to Ichigo and Ganju, who simultaneously declare that his name is hard to remember. Though a flustered Hanatarō claims that others tell him his name is easy to remember, Ichigo lists similar-sounding alternative names that stand out more while Ganju wonders why Hanatarō is casually introducing himself despite being their enemy, which Hanatarō has no answer for.

Ep29IchigoGanjuBerateHanataro

Ichigo and Ganju berate Hanatarō for speaking up.

Ichigo demands to know why Ganju brought Hanatarō along, and when Ganju admits that he accidentally carried Hanatarō when they were fleeing earlier, an incredulous Ichigo questions if Ganju just picks up anything he finds lying on the ground, prompting Ganju to point out that Ichigo himself did not notice Hanatarō was there until just now. When Hanatarō requests that they stop fighting over him, Ichigo and Ganju angrily proclaim that no one is fighting over him in unison as Hanatarō reminds them that someone may find them if they raise their voices, astonishing Ichigo and Ganju as they quickly cover their mouths with their hands in response.

Ep29IchigoRealizesMap

Ichigo realizes that Ganju drew his map himself.

After confirming with Ganju that they are safe for the moment, Ichigo observes that they do not know which road to take in order to reach the white tower even if Ikkaku was right about Rukia being there. With Hanatarō expressing surprise at the mention of Rukia, Ganju pulls out a hand-drawn and simple map of their location while noting that they do not want to run into any captains on the way as Ichigo realizes that there are no roads on the map. Upon noticing Ganju's signature in the bottom left-hand corner, a bewildered Ichigo inquires if Ganju drew this himself, leading Ganju to defensively claim that it is better than them having nothing to work with at all.

Ep29HanataroRevealsKnowledge

Hanatarō reveals that he knows who Rukia Kuchiki is.

Hanatarō attempts to draw their attention, but Ichigo tells him to shut up because they are strategizing as Ganju assures Hanatarō that he can go home because he will not be of much use to them. However, Ichigo is shocked when Hanatarō asks him if he is referring to Rukia Kuchiki, and when he sees Ichigo's reaction, Hanatarō observes that he was right before describing Rukia as being the sister of 6th Division Captain Byakuya Kuchiki who is being held in Senzaikyū and revealing that he knows a hidden way into the tower. Elsewhere, with Kenpachi running along a rooftop, Yachiru points out that he seems to be happier than she has seen him in a long time.

Ep29KenpachiContinuesSearching

Kenpachi continues to search for Ichigo.

Affirming this, Kenpachi recounts how Ichigo survived 3rd Division Captain Gin Ichimaru, defeated Ikkaku, and was described as strong and becoming stronger still by Ikkaku. As he wonders where Ichigo is, Kenpachi proclaims that he is waiting for Ichigo and leaps off the edge of the roof.

Next Episode Preview

Greeting the audience, Kon questions why he has not had his turn yet and demands to know if he is being listened to, only for Ichigo Kurosaki to assert that he will never get his turn if he keeps making a fuss as Kon nervously promises to wait patiently and asks that they treat him kindly.

Characters in Order of Appearance

Fights

Powers and Techniques Used

Quincy Techniques:

Fullbring:

  • Brazo Derecha de Gigante (巨人の右腕 (ブラソ・デレチャ・デ・ヒガンテ), Buraso Derecha de Higante; Spanish and Japanese for "Right Arm of the Giant")

Spirit Weapons:

Zanpakutō released:

Shikai:

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