Gather Together! Group of the Strongest Shinigami!
Kanji 集結せよ! 最強の死神集団
Romanji Shūketsu seyo! Saikyō no Shinigami shūdan
Episode Number 62
Manga Chapters Chapter 176, Chapter 177, Chapter 178, Chapter 179
Arc Soul Society: The Rescue arc
Previous Episode Aizen Stands! Horrible Ambitions
Next Episode Rukia's Resolution, Ichigo's Feelings
Japanese December 20, 2005
English May 4, 2008
Theme Music
Opening Ichirin No Hana
Ending Life
Episode 62 Screenshots

Gather Together! Group of the Strongest Shinigami! is the sixty-second episode of the Bleach anime.

Sōsuke Aizen removes the Hōgyoku from Rukia Kuchiki's soul and retreats into Hueco Mundo.



Aizen easily blocks Komamura's attack.

7th Division captain, Sajin Komamura attacks Aizen. When the dust clears off it can be seen that Aizen has blocked Komamura's mighty blow barehanded. Komamura accuses Aizen of betraying the Soul Society and says that he will not be forgiven. Komamura then turns his attention to his close friend, Kaname Tōsen, and says this applies for him as well.

A flashback sequence commences, depicting Tōsen and Komamura's first meeting, both of them joining Gotei 13 and serving in the 5th Division under Aizen's command as a lieutenant.

Komamura releases his Tenken and swings a blow at Aizen, who jumps clear of the hit, using the dust cloud to release his Kyōka Suigetsu and appears to land near Tōsen. Komamura follows him, demanding Tōsen explains his actions. Receiving no answer, he starts to summon his Bankai, but is flabbergasted to find Aizen standing right beside him. As the illusion Aizen dissipates, Aizen uses Kurohitsugi to attack Komamura, severely injuring and incapacitating him.


Aizen removes the Hōgyoku from Rukia's soul.

Gin Ichimaru complements Aizen's ability to use a level 90 Kidō without an incantation, but Aizen replies that the attack only had a third of its potential power, and is therefore a failure. When Aizen is about to continue his explanation, Uryū Ishida, Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, Ganju Shiba, and Makizō Aramaki arrive at the scene. Seeing Rukia being held by Aizen, Inoue cries out her name and is about to act, but Ichimaru stops her and the others cold by raising his Reiatsu.


Byakuya takes Gin's attack, saving Rukia.

Aizen describes to Rukia how he massacred the Central 46 once he found her in the Human World, disproving what was previously believed. He then used his Kyōka Suigetsu to fool everyone into believing the Central 46 was operating normally. He confesses that the orders to arrest Rukia and the decision to execute her were both his and his cohorts' doing. After the two captain meetings, which forced all three captains to leave the Central 46 Compound, Aizen faked his death and hid underground. The execution, he explains, was necessary to remove the Hōgyoku from her body. Because he knew Rukia's Ryoka friends might save her, he knew that the execution might fail, he therefore made a backup plan in the form of a special device, created by Kisuke Urahara, which "breaks up the soul's cohesion" and allows separation between the soul and the object within it. Aizen pulls a small capsule and, as he opens it, six green spikes break out of the ground around Aizen and Rukia. Aizen's right hand is transformed or covered by the same matter as the spikes, and while a pale pink lightning passes between the spikes, Aizen pushes his left hand through Rukia's chest. Aizen quickly finds the Hōgyoku and removes it. Rukia's body falls to the ground, the gaping hole in her chest slowly closes and she appears unharmed.


All the most powerful Shinigami gather to confront the traitors.

Since Aizen now no longer has use for Rukia, he orders Ichimaru to kill her. Ichimaru's Shinsō attack is launched and a spray of blood is seen, but to everyone's surprise, the blood comes from Rukia's adoptive older brother, Captain Byakuya Kuchiki, who snatched her from Aizen's hand before the attack connected. Aizen approaches the brother and sister with the intent to kill them, but Jidanbō Ikkanzaka and Kūkaku Shiba drop in on him from the sky, and Kūkaku attacks with Raikōhō. Aizen dodges, but as he lands, he is captured by Yoruichi Shihōin, who grabs the hilt of Aizen's Zanpakutō, and Captain Suì-Fēng, who holds her sword to his throat. Ichimaru, pondering his next actions, is apprehended by Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto. Tōsen is caught by Lieutenant Shūhei Hisagi. As many other Shinigami arrive at the scene, including captains and lieutenants, Yoruichi assures Aizen that there is no escape for him.

Laughing at this outcome, Aizen apologizes, but says the time has come. Sensing a trap, Yoruichi calls for Suì-Fēng to back away. A column of Negación descends from the sky, enveloping Aizen as Yoruichi and Suì-Fēng are thrown back. A huge Garganta opens in the sky above the Sōkyoku, and two Menos Grande peer out of it, many more are seen behind them, and soon they pour into Soul Society. Hisagi spots something else behind the Gillians. Two more Negación columns shoot down on Tōsen and Ichimaru, forcing the Shinigami holding them to release them.


Aizen and his subordinates ascend into Hueco Mundo.

As the three rogue captains ascend into the Garganta, Komamura wakes up and calls for Tōsen, asking him where his sense of justice is. Tōsen replies that he has always and is continuing on the path of least bloodshed, which is where the justice always lies. Captain Jūshirō Ukitake asks Aizen why would he go so low as to join the Menos. Aizen replies that he needs to keep reaching up, and that soon the place at the top, that has never been occupied, will be filled by him. Saying that, Aizen removes his glasses, smashing them in his hand, and by combing his hair back with his hand, he reveals his new appearance. Bidding farewell to Soul Society and to Ichigo, Aizen and his cohorts enter the Garganta, which closes behind them.


Orihime heals Ichigo, impressing Unohana with her powers.

The 4th Division arrive on the Sōkyoku to begin treatment and evacuation under the command of 3rd Seat Yasochika Iemura. Iemura makes sure the Ryoka are also treated, saying they now enjoy the status of "Saviors of the Soul Society". Captain Retsu Unohana comes baring news about Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya and Lieutenant Momo Hinamori, who both have escaped death. Iemura reports that the two most severely injured are Byakuya and Ichigo Kurosaki, but Unohana, seeing Inoue's Sōten Kisshun at work, says there is no need to worry about the latter.


Byakuya explains about his past with Hisana and his vow.

Approaching Captain Kuchiki, she tells him he has been reckless. Seeing Rukia Kuchiki near by she calls for her to come. Byakuya tells Rukia the real motive behind her adoption: his wife, Hisana Kuchiki, was her older sister. She had asked him on her death bed to find and look after her younger sister, whom she had abandoned. When the orders came for her arrest and execution, he was torn between his promise to his deceased wife and the vow he made at his parents' graves to always adhere to the law, a vow he made when he forced his clan to accept Rukia's adoption, which was against the law. He apologizes to Rukia for having chosen to protect his vow over his promise.

Shinigami Cup Golden

Tessai Tsukabishi walks down the street while calling out Jinta Hanakari's name, whom he notes has skipped out on his store duties. Wondering where Jinta could be, Tessai is shocked to see him and Kon in Ichigo's body charging at each other with their Reiatsu flaring and declares that this is not right before ripping Kon's plushie body away from Jinta, tearing his left eye open in the process, as Kon and Jinta react with horror. The story is declared finished, but Ichigo pops up and proclaims that it is not.

Characters in Order of Appearance


Powers and Techniques Used

Kidō used:

Techniques used:

  • Kanzen Saimin (完全催眠, Complete Hypnosis)
  • Negación (反膜; Spanish for "Negation," Japanese for "Counter-Membrane")
  • Garganta (黒腔; Spanish for "Throat", Japanese for "Black Cavity")
  • Sōten Kisshun (双天帰盾, Twin Sacred Return Shield)

Zanpakutō released:



Aizen Stands! Horrible AmbitionsRukia's Resolution, Ichigo's Feelings