Enter! The World of the Shinigami
Kanji 突入!死神の世界
Romanji Totsunyū! Shinigami no sekai
Episode Number 21
Manga Chapters Chapter 71, Chapter 72, Chapter 73, Chapter 74
Arc Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc
Previous Episode Ichimaru Gin's Shadow
Next Episode The Man who Hates Shinigami
Japanese March 1, 2005
English February 3, 2007
Theme Music
Opening *~Asterisk~
Ending Thank You!
Episode 21 Screenshots

Enter! The World of the Shinigami is the twenty-first episode of the Bleach anime.

Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends arrive in the Soul Society.



Sado frees Uryū from the Kouryū.

An intrusion call sounds in the Seireitei. Meanwhile, Ichigo and the others inside of the Senkaimon are busy escaping from the Koryū, that is chasing them through the Dangai. While running, Uryū Ishida's cape is caught by the Capturing Flow, and Yasutora Sado rips off Uryū's cape in order to get him away from the wall. Just then, another obstacle called the Kōtotsu appears to start chasing them. Yoruichi Shihōin explains that the capturing thrust is a cleaner that appears only once every seven days. Uryū tells the others that they are not going to make it to the exit before it catches them. However, Orihime Inoue uses her shielding powers to buy them just enough time to make it to the exit.


The group arrives in Soul Society.

After escaping from the two obstacles, they finally arrive to Soul Society. Yoruichi immediately berates Orihime for using her powers against the Kōtotsu. Yoruichi reveals that if any of the Shun Shun Rikka themselves had come in contact with it, they would have been destroyed. Yoruichi explains to the others that the place they are in is known as Rukongai. Ichigo then sees the entrance to Seireitei, and rushes to it recklessly. Before he can enter, a big gate drops down to stop him. A giant called Jidanbō Ikkanzaka blocks Ichigo and uses his axe to smash the ground, creating a barrier to prevent the others from interfering.


Ichigo defeats Jidanbō.

Jidanbō attacks Ichigo, but Ichigo blocks the attack. Jidanbō says that nobody has ever stopped his second attack and hits again, but Ichigo blocks it once more. Jidanbō uses an attack called 'Ten Jidan-Hit Festival'. Jidanbō starts counting the attacks, but loses count, as Ichigo blocks all of them. Jidanbō then brings out a second axe and uses a double-axe attack called 'Ten Thousand Year Jidan-Hit Festival'. Ichigo, however, smashes both of Jidanbō's axes, knocking Jidanbō to the ground. As a mark of respect for beating him and showing concern for his broken axes, Jidanbō opens the gate for Ichigo and his group. However, much to Jidanbō's despair, Captain Gin Ichimaru appears on the other side.

Kon-sama's Ultimate Shinigami Illustrated Guide

The featured character is Captain Suì-Fēng.

Characters in order of appearance

  1. Renji Abarai
  2. Rikichi
  3. Ichigo Kurosaki
  4. Yasutora Sado
  5. Orihime Inoue
  6. Uryū Ishida
  7. Yoruichi Shihōin
  8. Jidanbō Ikkanzaka
  9. Izuru Kira
  10. Shūhei Hisagi
  11. Gin Ichimaru


Powers and Techniques used

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Ichimaru Gin's ShadowThe Man who Hates Shinigami