Ichigo Becomes a Hollow!
Kanji 一護、ホロウに墜ちる!
Romanji Ichigo, horō ni ochiru!
Episode Number 19
Manga Chapters Chapter 62, Chapter 63, Chapter 64, Chapter 65
Arc Agent of the Shinigami arc
Previous Episode Reclaim! The Power of the Shinigami
Next Episode Ichimaru Gin's Shadow
Japanese February 15, 2005
English January 20, 2007
Theme Music
Opening *~Asterisk~
Ending Thank You!
Episode 19 Screenshots

Ichigo Becomes a Hollow! is the nineteenth episode of the Bleach anime.

Kisuke Urahara helps Ichigo Kurosaki regain his Shinigami powers.


In Soul Society, Rukia Kuchiki and Lieutenant Renji Abarai learn from Captain Byakuya Kuchiki the former will be executed at Sōkyoku Hill in one month. When a stunned Renji asks if Byakuya is serious, Byakuya states the next time he sees Rukia will be at her execution. As Byakuya leaves, Rukia, feeling dejected, remembers a Shinigami must never cry, so she fights the depression and fear.


Tsubaki complains about being needlessly summoned by Orihime.

In Karakura Town, under Urahara's shop, Ichigo begins his second step of training. Ichigo learns he must recover his Shinigami powers in seventy-two hours, or he will become a Hollow and die. As such, his arms have been bound by Tessai Tsukabishi, and Ichigo dropped into a large pit dug by Ururu Tsumugiya. Meanwhile, Orihime Inoue and Yasutora Sado begin their training with Yoruichi Shihōin. At first, both are unable to use powers, but after remembering the first time she used them, Orihime's powers spring forth. Tsubaki, furious with her for summoning them without a good reason, begins to pull her hair. Watching the show, Yoruichi, turning her attention towards Chad, asks if he can now summon his strength after seeing Orihime do it.


Zangetsu talks to Ichigo as he falls.

Back at the training area, Ichigo's numerous attempts to escape the pit end in failure. Jinta Hanakari and Ururu, who are watching, decide to torture him by spitting on him from the top of the pit. After some time, Ichigo's chain finally begins the Hollowfication process, and Ichigo begins changing. Watching from above, Urahara tells the others not to interfere because the mask is forming first. Normally, when a Plus becomes a Hollow, the mask is the last thing to form. Kisuke says this is a sign Ichigo is resisting, and he might still become a Shinigami. Inside his soul, Ichigo comes face-to-face with a mysterious stranger. As the stranger tries to speak his name, Ichigo is unable to hear it. The stranger asks how many times must he call out to Ichigo before he can finally hear it, and Ichigo begins falling. Following him down, the stranger tells him his world is collapsing, and he must find his Shinigami powers in order to save his soul. Ichigo learns the powers Byakuya destroyed were Rukia's, but his own powers are still intact.


Ichigo finds his hidden Shinigami powers.

Plunging into a large lake, Ichigo, thinking of how he can find his power, remembers Uryū Ishida had a special way of finding a Shinigami: finding the red Reiraku, which is the color of all Shinigami Reiraku. Ichigo finds it, and inside the box linked to it is his Zanpakutō's hilt. Behind him, the stranger, reappearing, congratulates his success in finding it. As Ichigo realizes who this stranger really is, his inner world begins to crumble even more, and he removes his sword from the box. On the outside, as Ichigo's mask fully forms, Tessai tries to subdue the transformation with Bakudō 99. Bankin. As Ichigo shatters his restraints and the Kidō, a massive explosion of Reiatsu shoots out from the pit. When Ichigo, appearing with a Hollow mask and a Shinigami shihakushō, draws his broken sword, Jinta thinks he is going to attack, but Ichigo uses its hilt to shatter his mask, revealing he has indeed become a Shinigami.

Urahara reveals the third step of the training: Ichigo must knock off his hat. Ichigo's initial strike almost succeeds, but Urahara responds by drawing his sword.

Kon-sama's Ultimate Shinigami Illustrated Guide

The featured character is Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Rukia Kuchiki
  2. Renji Abarai
  3. Byakuya Kuchiki
  4. Tessai Tsukabishi
  5. Ichigo Kurosaki
  6. Kisuke Urahara
  7. Orihime Inoue
  8. Yasutora Sado
  9. Yoruichi Shihōin
  10. Chizuru Honshō
  11. Tatsuki Arisawa
  12. Ururu Tsumugiya
  13. Jinta Hanakari
  14. Zangetsu



Powers and Techniques Used

Kidō used:

  • Bakudō #99, Part 1. Kin (禁, Seal)
  • Bakudō #99, Part 2. Bankin (卍禁, Great Seal)


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