The Man who Hates Shinigami
Kanji 死神を憎む男
Romanji Shinigami o nikumu otoko
Episode Number 22
Manga Chapters Chapter 75, Chapter 76, Chapter 77
Arc Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc
Previous Episode Enter! The World of the Shinigami
Next Episode 14 Days Before Rukia's Execution
Japanese March 8, 2005
English February 10, 2007
Theme Music
Opening *~Asterisk~
Ending Thank You!
Episode 22 Screenshots

The Man who Hates Shinigami is the twenty-second episode of the Bleach anime.

Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends are forced to find another way into Seireitei.



Gin waving as the gate closes

Gin Ichimaru, the 3rd Division captain, is blocking the path of Ichigo and his friends into Seireitei. The captain slashes the left arm of Jidanbō Ikkanzaka, who is holding up the gate. This causes Jidanbō to lose his grip and fall to his knees. Ichimaru remarks that being a guardian of the gate doesn't mean you're supposed to open the gate, but rather; when a gatekeeper loses, it means death. Yoruichi Shihōin realizes that Ichigo, Uryū Ishida, Yasutora Sado, and Orihime Inoue, while stronger than they were before, are still no match for a captain, and when Ichigo steps inside to confront Ichimaru, he tells Ichigo to fall back immediately. Overhearing this, Ichimaru realizes Ichigo's identity and steps away from the gate, remarking that it is all the more reason why he can't let Ichigo pass. He then proceeds to attack Ichigo with his Shinsō's special ability. Ichigo blocks the attack with Zangetsu, but is knocked into Jidanbō, who's still holding the gate on his shoulders, and both of them are knocked back into the Rukongai district. Having lost its support, the gate closes.


Sado is reunited with Yuichi.

Shaken, but unharmed, Ichigo apologizes for allowing the gate to close, though Yoruichi says it could not be helped. Ichigo then asks Orihime to do what she can for the injured Jidanbō. Hearing this, and having witnessed Ichigo's fight with Ichimaru, the souls of West Rukongai realize the Ryoka are kind and offer them their hospitality. As Orihime summons Sōten Kisshun to heal Jidanbō's arm, the group is approached by Yūichi Shibata, who takes Chad to meet his adoptive family.


Ganju and Ichigo fight

Yoruichi decides not to try and enter through the gate again, but try a different strategy. Yoruichi asks the district's elder for the whereabouts of Kūkaku Shiba, shocking him. Before he can answer an increasing rumble is heard from outside and after a few seconds a strange man is thrown through the door. Seeing Ichigo's Shinigami uniform the man, identified only as Ganju Shiba, becomes antagonistic, and demands an explanation from Ichigo. Ichigo responds to him by punching the man in the face. Surprised that the strangers aren't recognizing him, Ganju proceeds to introduce himself using several made up titles, finishing with the #1 Shinigami hater of West Rukongai. Hurling another insult, Ichigo provokes Ganju's wrath and the latter attacks him. As the two roll into the street, Chad, Orihime and Uryū run to assist him but are stopped by Ganju's henchmen. Ganju draws his sword and begins to attack an unarmed Ichigo, but Chad throws Zangetsu to him. After Ichigo blocks several blows, Ganju uses his Seppa to sink Zangetsu's blade into the ground. Ichigo manages to disarm Ganju and the fight proceeds hand to hand. Ichigo slowly gains the upper hand, when suddenly a large alarm clock strapped to one of his henchmen goes off, stopping him cold in his tracks. Realizing the time is 9 o'clock, Ganju and his henchmen quickly withdraw.

Kon-sama's Ultimate Shinigami Illustrated Guide

The featured character is Captain Sōsuke Aizen.

Characters in order of appearance

  1. Gin Ichimaru
  2. Jidanbō Ikkanzaka
  3. Ichigo Kurosaki
  4. Yoruichi Shihōin
  5. Yasutora Sado
  6. Uryū Ishida
  7. Orihime Inoue
  8. Shun'ō
  9. Ayame
  10. Yūichi Shibata
  11. Horiuchi Hironari
  12. Ganju Shiba
  13. Taichi Miyamoto
  14. Sadatomo Saionji
  15. Mitsuru Ishino
  16. Kenji Yamashita



Powers and Techniques used

Techniques used:

Zanpakutō released:


  • Shinsō (神鎗, Divine Spear; Viz: Sacred Spear)


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