453. Mute Your Breathe Friendship
455. End of the Bond 1
456. End of the Bond 2
457. End of Bond 3
458. End of All Bonds
459. Death & Strawberry 2
451. Welcome to Our EXECUTION 4
453. Mute Your Breathe Friendship
455. End of Bond 1
456. End of Bond 2
457. End of Bond 3
458. End of All Bonds
459. Death & Strawberry 2
End of Bond is the fifty-second volume of the Bleach manga series.
Ichigo Kurosaki continues his training to master Fullbring and hopefully regain his lost Shinigami powers. But as Ichigo gets closer, Kūgo Ginjō makes a startling move. Can Ginjō truly be trusted? And what lies ahead for Ichigo when he finally regains his powers…?
Having blinded Ichigo, Kūgo kicks him away and tells him that his whining is getting on his nerves. Ichigo asks Kūgo what is intentions are, as he promised to help Ichigo. Kūgo reminds him that they did promise to help him get his Shinigami powers back, and that teaching him Fullbring was the first step to that goal. Ichigo retorts that he cannot bring himself to trust Kūgo after blinding him. Kūgo then asks him why he agreed to training with the Xcution if he could not bring himself to trust him and tells him that he would not be able to fight his way out if things went wrong because of his powerless state. Kūgo then discards his sword and begins to attack Ichigo barehanded.
Orihime Inoue tries to intervene in their fight, but Kūgo has Yukio Hans Vorarlberna lock Orihime in a cage using his Forbidden Zone ability. Orihime tries to use an ability, but Yukio tells her that it is useless as her voice cannot be heard from outside the cage. Not even he can hear her. Ichigo calls out to Orihime, but Kūgo merely taunts him to see what's wrong with her. Ichigo moves to attack Kūgo and manages to dodge his attacks, believing that he can do so by Kūgo's presence and sound. However, Kūgo cuts Ichigo's shoulder, telling him that he is allowing Ichigo to dodge his attacks. As he knocks Ichigo down, Kūgo impales Ichigo with his sword and tells him that he is done fighting him. Kūgo then tells Ichigo that he'll kill Yasutora Sado and Orihime. Ichigo is surprised by Kūgo's words, but Kūgo tells him that he should have expected it since he is not a comrade. Enraged, Ichigo yells at Kūgo.
Kūgo notices Ichigo's Fullbring changing and grabs Ichigo's materialized blade as it explodes with energy. Seeing that Ichigo's Fullbring is now complete, Kūgo tells Ichigo that he is proud of him and explains that someone has to stay close and control the outburst of energy while putting their own life on the line, and that torrent of energy released from the object of the Fullbring could ruin the user's body, which is why Kūgo wanted to be present when Ichigo's own Fullbring was complete. He then apologizes to Ichigo, saying that he made too much of a clichéd villain, and welcomes him to Xcution.
Ichigo finishes his training with Kūgo and leaves for home only to be confronted by Tsukishima.
Orihime wakes up inside a house in Yukio's Fullbring, she gets up, brushes her teeth and then looks out the window at Ichigo's training. Outside the house, Kūgo puts Ichigo through a new training regiment of sets of 100 push-ups. When Kūgo asks if Ichigo is already tired, Ichigo become angry and yells that of course he is tired and asks how many sets of one hundred push-ups Kūgo is going to make him do. Kūgo says they are only at 14 and Ichigo says Kūgo is insane.
Back at the house, Riruka Dokugamine bursts in and Orihime says she did not tell Riruka it was alright. Riruka tells her to shut up and hands her her breakfast. Orihime excitedly asks Riruka to join her, but Riruka says she just had doughnuts. Orihime then notes that Riruka eats a lot of doughnuts. Outside, Kūgo says that since Ichigo's name has a 1 and a 5, he should do one more set. Ichigo says he hates when people do that with his name and Kūgo calls him a liar as he always wears 15 pattern shirts. Ichigo calls Kūgo a stalker for knowing that. Completely wiped out now, Kūgo tells Ichigo to do one more set, which he cannot. Kūgo then tells him to relax as he was just joking. Kūgo reveals that using Fullbring takes a massive amount of stamina and Ichigo realizes that is why he is doing all those push-ups. Kūgo then asks if Ichigo saw something when he completed his Fullbring and Ichigo is shocked he knows this.
Kūgo says that Ichigo's mangled eyes saw him bathed in Reiatsu and that is why he cut Ichigo's eyes as that is proof that Ichigo is beginning to regain his Shinigami powers. Kūgo explains that when Ichigo lost his Reiatsu, a tiny portion accumulated in a single location inside of him over time and that is why they used the Reiatsu flowing from his badge to jolt that awake. He says all that is left to do is to beef up his new body and powers and then his Fullbring and Shinigami powers will fuse, giving Ichigo a power transcending that of a Shinigami. Kūgo throws Ichigo his badge and Ichigo tests out his new Fullbring. Kūgo says that it is sure something to look at and that he almost mistook Ichigo for someone else. Kūgo then tells him that his Fullbring needs a name.
Ichigo, Orihime, and Sado then leaves the game and Yukio welcomes them back before telling Ichigo that he took forever and he thought his batteries may die. He tells Ichigo to go home and see his sisters as they are likely worried since he did not call. Ichigo then panics and wonders how long he was in there. Yukio points to a clock and says it has only been 90 minutes thanks to him using the fast forward option. He then tells Ichigo to go home and his sisters are likely still awake, worried sick. Ichigo heads home and Yuzu Kurosaki confronts him at the door. She says they have a surprise guest and that it is a cousin. She takes him to the guest who turns out to be Shūkurō Tsukishima. Yuzu says it is Shū, who they have not seen since Grandpa Rin's funeral. Tsukishima then greets Ichigo and says that it has been a while.
Ichigo discovers that Tsukishima has his friends and acquaintances under his ability.
Shūkurō Tsukishima greets Ichigo, saying it has been a while. Yuzu Kurosaki says that Tsukishima just showed up and they had dinner together. Karin Kurosaki then adds that he showed up out of the blue and asks why he always does that. Tsukishima asks if he is being a bother and Karin says she would not go that far. Yuzu begins telling Ichigo to ask Tsukishima about something, but is interrupted by Ichigo grabbing Tsukishima asking what he is doing doing. Karin and Yuzu call to him to get him to stop and saying he is hurting Tsukishima. Ichigo angrily asks what Tsukishima did to Karin and Yuzu. Tsukishima tells Karin and Yuzu that it is fine and that Ichigo is probably just upset that he is imposing on them at this late hour. Ichigo yells again and tells Tsukishima to answer him, but they are interrupted by the doorbell ringing. Tsukishima asks Yuzu to get it as it is Keigo Asano and the others.
Mizuiro Kojima, Keigo, and Tatsuki Arisawa walk in. Mizuiro says hello to everyone and Yuzu gives them some slippers. Keigo and Mizuiro are surprised to see Ichigo there and Tatsuki asks Ichigo about his running off at night and says he should come home at a reasonable hour as he is making Karin and Yuzu lonely. Karin says that they are fine, but Yuzu disagrees. Keigo and Mizuiro greet Tsukishima and Tsukishima apologizes to Ichigo for having them over so late, but he has not seen them in so long and tomorrow is Sunday so it does not really matter. Tsukishima then says that he should call Orihime and Sado. He grabs the phone and calls Orihime who initially does not recognize him, but he reminds her and begins to invite her to Ichigo's house. Suddenly, Ichigo throws Tsukishima against the wall and everyone is shocked and run to his aide. Ichigo demands to know what Tsukishima did to everyone. Tatsuki asks if Tsukishima is fine and he says he is, but Keigo says he is bleeding. Ichigo once more demands answers, but Tatsuki asks what he is doing and demands Ichigo apologize. Ichigo tries to explain, but once more Tatsuki demands he apologize. Everyone begins to question Ichigo and say he is acting weird.
Not able to take it any longer, Ichigo flees his house and runs. He begins to wonder what Tsukishima's ability is when he runs into Ikumi Unagiya. Ikumi sees Ichigo and asks him what is wrong. Ichigo gets in her car and they go back to her store. She makes him a drink and says he can stay there until he calms down. She says if he wants to talk about what is going on he should feel free to. Ichigo thanks her and she shoves his face up against her breast. Ichigo begins to talk, but she tells him to be quiet. The doorbell rings and Ikumi wonders who it could be. Ichigo begins to question if he should tell her what is going on, but comes to the conclusion she would not understand. Ikumi comes back and tells Ichigo that Tsukishima is there to cheer him up. Ichigo then runs once more. He begins to think he is the only sane one left before Kūgo shows up, out of breath. He tells Ichigo that Tsukishima has taken out the rest of Xcution.
Kūgo reveals his thoughts on Tsukishima's true ability before Yukio takes them to a mansion in the woods.
As Kisuke Urahara and Isshin Kurosaki, who is carrying glowing, sword-like object, walk through the moonlight streets, Ichigo and Kūgo arrive at a dilapidated building. Kūgo tells Ichigo that they should be safe there, as it is a place that he prepared in case Tsukishima found Xcution's hideout. He reveals that he did so without Riruka and Giriko Kutsuzawa knowing. Ichigo lashes out at Kūgo, blaming the Fullbringer for involving him. Kūgo apologizes and Ichigo admits that it was not his fault. Kūgo tells him not to blame himself.
Kūgo reveals his thoughts on Tsukishima's ability, saying that based on Sado's account of events, he had thought Tsukishima could confuse people's memories. But after listening to Yukio and the other members of Xcution as they attacked him, he surmises that his ability is to insert himself into the memories of people that he cuts with his Book of the End, just as one places a bookmark into a book. When Ichigo questions if that is possible, Kūgo replies that he is unsure, but those affected by his Fullbring clearly thought he was someone from their past, deeply engrained in their personal lives. Kūgo claims that they would appear to those affected to be insane.
When Ichigo asks if his friends will return to normal if Tsukishima is killed, Kūgo replies that he cannot be sure and that they could end up being viewed as murderers by their friends. But he claims that they have to kill him nonetheless and asks Ichigo if he can kill him. Yukio reveals his presence by remarking on the nature of the discussion. When Kūgo demands to know how he found them, Yukio reveals that he used his Fullbring to track Kūgo. He invites them to return with him, saying that nobody is angry with them and they will be restored to normal soon.
Ichigo and Kūgo arrive at Tsukishima's mansion and begin their confrontation with him.
Tsukishima greets Ichigo, Kūgo, and Yukio at the door of the mansion. Upon seeing him, Ichigo charges at him, reaching for his badge. He is stopped by Kūgo, who warns that they cannot rush in without a plan. He tells Ichigo that if he is right about Tsukishima's ability, then they cannot afford to be cut by his sword even once. Tsukishima tells them that he is not armed and invites them inside to discuss things, saying that he has no intention of fighting them. When Ichigo refuses to comply due to the possibility of traps inside the mansion, Tsukishima points out that if he was going to lay any traps, he would have placed them in the forest they had just been through.
Inside, Ichigo is greeted by his friends and family. Yuzu tells him that Tsukishima is not mad at him and Keigo urges Ichigo to apologize to him. As the others join Keigo in calling for an apology, Kūgo urges Ichigo to remain calm, saying that while they think Tsukishima is a friend, they still think of Ichigo as one too and will not attack him. However, Ichigo runs out of the room thinking to himself that while he wishes to slice Tsukishima to pieces, he cannot fight him there as the others will be dragged into the fight.
Ichigo runs upstairs, where he finds the other members of Xcution. Tsukishima appears behind him and comments on how willingly Ichigo allowed himself to be surrounded. Kūgo destroys the stairs so that only Yukio would be able to reach the first floor and tells Ichigo that there is no reason to hold back. Ichigo activates his Fullbring and cuts off Tsukishima's left arm. Tsukishima compliments Ichigo's rate of growth, but Ichigo retorts that he should keep acting high and mighty while he still can as he is there to kill Tsukishima.
Sado appears outside the window and smashes his way in. He and Orihime stand in front of Ichigo, with Orihime's Shun Shun Rikka flying around her.
Ichigo fights against Tsukishima while Kūgo takes on Shishigawara and the other Fullbringers.
Orihime ignores Ichigo's pleas to stop healing Tsukishima and restores his arm. Tsukishima compliments her healing ability. Ichigo asks Sado if he is "the same" as the others. Sado replies that he is unsure what Ichigo means, saying that they are uncertain how to respond to his actions. He asks Ichigo why he is doing this and Orihime asks if he has forgotten how much Tsukishima has helped them. Sado tells him that they would not have been able to rescue Rukia Kuchiki or defeat Sōsuke Aizen without Tsukishima.
Tsukishima asks Ichigo if he understands now. Ichigo attacks him, launching through a wall. Kūgo tries to follow, but is stopped by a falling chandelier. Moe Shishigawara tells him that he and the Xcution members are his opponents. Kūgo wonders who he is and how he made the chandelier fall despite not having any tools or weapons, questioning what his Fullbring is.
Tsukishima explains that his Fullbring creates new pasts, simply inserting his presence into the past of the victim as he sees fit. Ichigo remarks that Kūgo was correct, surprising Tsukishima, who admits that he underestimated him. He then says that the past that Ichigo has experienced and that experienced by his friends and family are two different things. Ichigo tries to grasp the meaning of Tsukishima's words before attacking him. However, Orihime shields Tsukishima and Sado attacks Ichigo. Sado asks him why he is doing this, saying that he did not gain his strength for this purpose. He attacks Ichigo again. Ichigo says that he did not gain his powers so that he would have to hurt his friends. Tsukishima then appears before him again.
Kūgo and Ichigo continue their struggle against Xcution and Tsukishima.
Kūgo evades the attacks of his fellow Xcution members and blocks an attack by Moe. As he dismisses Moe's strength, part of his sword's handle breaks off. Moe tells Kūgo that he is fortunate that his body was not hit by that attack as there would have been little left of it. He explains about his Fullbring, Jackpot Knuckle, which manipulates probability so that everything he does works out in his favor. He says that his punch "just happened" to connect at the perfect angle to snap his sword's handle where it "just happened" growing weak. He then explains that the chandelier fell because he flipped a coin which "just happened" to hit the chandelier, which "just happened" to be hanging so loosely that the impact of the coin could cause it to fall. He then threatens Kūgo.
Meanwhile, Ichigo and Tsukishima continue their battle. Ichigo fires a Getsuga Tenshō at him. Tsukishima ponders this, noting that his speed is exceeding his expectations and that he is successfully fusing his Fullbring and Shinigami powers. He then notes that, as planned, the overwhelming despair is helping his development rate.
As Kūgo admits that he is not cut out to fight all four of his opponents simultaneously, particularly with Moe's ability being so difficult to deal with, he checks on Ichigo's progress. Sado and Orihime come to Tsukishima's aid and Ichigo tells them to stop, saying that he does not want to fight them. Tsukishima attacks Ichigo from behind, but Kūgo shields Ichigo from the attack with his own body, taking the hit and falling to the ground.
Having cut Kūgo, Tsukishima continues his battle with Ichigo until Uryū arrives.
Ichigo rushes to the injured Kūgo's side, wondering how he will be affected. Kūgo tells him not to be distracted by his injury and Ichigo parries an attack from Tsukishima. Kūgo tells Ichigo that he is alright for now, stating that Tsukishima is an enemy and Ichigo an ally. He tells a relieved Ichigo that he is uncertain why he has not been affected by Book of the End's ability yet, surmising that he is suppressing it or that it takes longer to affect some people.
As he says that they must finish the battle before the ability takes hold, Uryū arrives. Ichigo wonders whose side he is on, concluding that he is an enemy when he activates his bow. Uryū tells him that Kūgo is the one who attacked him. Uryū attacks Kūgo, both he and Ichigo are cut down by Kūgo and Tsukishima. When Ichigo asks if Kūgo is affected by Tsukishima after all, he replies that it was the second time he had been cut by him, which changed him back to normal. He stabs Ichigo in the chest, saying that he will remove Ichigo's Fullbring.
Kūgo takes Ichigo's power, but Rukia arrives and restores Ichigo's Shinigami abilities.
Uryū remembers that when he was chasing Tsukishima, Kūgo appeared behind him and cut him with his sword. Tsukishima then stated that his Fullbring should have been used, Kūgo says he will be left and that Ichigo's fate depends on whether he can differentiate him from the others and states that "a battle [they] can't possibly lose is too boring" and then proceeds to tell Tsukishima to cut him and make them enemies that betrayed each other.
Tsukishima then explains to Ichigo that the first strike of his Fullbring allows him to "slip" his existence into the target's memories, however, he chooses and the second strike removes that influence, Kūgo states that he would operate closest to Ichigo without Ichigo suspecting him, Tsukishima then states that Kūgo is just a terrible actor as he started calling Ichigo "Kurosaki" as soon as his Fullbring was removed. Kūgo then absorbs Ichigo's Fullbring, leaving the latter in despair, Ichigo then demands his power back in which Kūgo says that since he gave him the powers is his and Ichigo should be thankful he is alive.
As they leave, Ichigo is stabbed from behind and when Ichigo looks back sees Isshin and Urahara, which prompts Ichigo to ask if his father was also a part of the scheme, his father then calls him an idiot and says Ichigo should be able to see who is holding the sword, which is revealed to be Rukia. As Tsukishima and Kūgo leave an explosion occurs behind them and reveal Ichigo in his shihakushō holding Zangetsu.