The Nightmare Arrancar! Team Hitsugaya Moves Out
Kanji 悪夢のアランカル!日番谷隊出撃
Romanji Akumu no arankaru! Hitsugayatai shutsugeki
Episode Number 128
Manga Chapters None
Arc The Arrancar arc
Previous Episode Urahara's Decision, Orihime's Thoughts
Next Episode The Swooping Descent of the Dark Emissary! The Propagation of Malice
Japanese June 6, 2007
English June 27, 2009
Theme Music
Opening Alones
Ending Tsumasaki
Episode 128 Screenshots

The Nightmare Arrancar! Team Hitsugaya Moves Out is the one hundred twenty eighth episode of the Bleach anime.

The Shinigami in the Human World find a boy named Shōta Toyokawa.


Ichigo Kurosaki continues his training with Hiyori Sarugaki, but he has only increased the amount of time he can use the mask by a half-second. At the Kurosaki home, Yuzu Kurosaki is about to cry over how Ichigo has not come home. Isshin Kurosaki suggests that it is just Ichigo rebelling from his surroundings. Isshin recalls a similar experience in his own adolescence and feels that Ichigo is currently doing something similar. Karin Kurosaki is also confident that Ichigo is fine, which calms Yuzu. Meanwhile, Captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya, Lieutenant Rangiku Matsumoto, 3rd Seat Ikkaku Madarame, and 5th Seat Yumichika Ayasegawa are at the park discussing how they need to get stronger for the upcoming battle, when Rangiku decides to go shopping. She ends up trying on and buying lots of outfits, and then checks out an accessory store. There, she finds a necklace with a flute-type object attached to it, but when she blows on it, she starts to hear another sound - one that reverberates through the city. Her cell phone informs her of a Hollow in town, and since she is closest to it out of all the Shinigami, she decides to go investigate.

Shōta and Tōsirō

Shōta disclaims Tōshirō Hitsugaya being a captain.

The sound eventually stops when Rangiku arrives at the park, but the ground suddenly explodes in front of her. A boy is tossed from the smoke, and Rangiku quickly realizes that he is a soul. This boy seems to be trying to fight a large Hollow, so Rangiku attacks it to protect him. It manages to catch her Zanpakutō swing with its mouth. Rangiku realizes that she is actually fighting something similar to an Arrancar, except that its spiritual pressure is murky. The Arrancar does not seem to care about her as much as it wants the boy, so Rangiku decides to take the boy to safety. Ikkaku then arrives and quickly destroys the enemy. Yumichika and Hitsugaya also show up because of how the Hollow’s spiritual pressure pattern had suddenly changed. They realize that Rangiku was fighting an incomplete Arrancar - but still an Arrancar - and Hitsugaya thinks that Sōsuke Aizen must have intentionally sent it. The boy annoys each of the Shinigami by addressing them as old or bald (in Ikkaku's case), and he refuses to go to Soul Society, claiming he still has things to do.

Hitsugaya asks the boy about hearing the sound and if the Arrancar had said anything to him, but since they think that the boy can’t tell them anything and just happened to be in the right place, Hitsugaya decides to send the boy to Soul Society. The boy still refuses to go, so Rangiku suggests that he might be confused about what happened earlier and allows him to stay with them for the night. However, in the middle of the night, the boy sneaks out with Matsumoto's Zanpakutō. He does not get very far before he is caught by her again. When she questions why he took her Zanpakutō, he tells her that it has nothing to do with them. She makes him realize that it does concern them and gets him to apologize. However, the boy still does not say anything when she asks him about his name, family, or why he was at that place. He finally admits that he is looking for someone and that his name is Shōta Toyokawa. Right after he says this, the sound starts up again. Across the city, the Arrancar is back, and Rangiku can sense his Reiatsu.

Arrancar Encyclopedia

Gin Ichimaru talks about Arrancar Resurrección's and just as he's about to reveal what Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez's is, Grimmjow comes out and states that whenever he tries to release his Zanpakutō someone always interrupts him. Gin then wonders who he should get to interrupt him next.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Hiyori Sarugaki
  2. Ichigo Kurosaki
  3. Kensei Muguruma
  4. Mashiro Kuna
  5. Shinji Hirako
  6. Yuzu Kurosaki
  7. Karin Kurosaki
  8. Isshin Kurosaki
  9. Tōshirō Hitsugaya
  10. Ikkaku Madarame
  11. Rangiku Matsumoto
  12. Yumichika Ayasegawa
  13. Shōta Toyokawa
  14. Nakeem Grindina (flashback)
  15. Jūshirō Ukitake
  16. Kiyone Kotetsu
  17. Cloning Arrancar



Powers and Techniques Used

Hollow techniques:

  • Cero (虚閃, Hollow Flash)

Techniques used:

  • Hohō (瞬歩, Flash steps)

Zanpakutō released:



Urahara's Decision, Orihime's ThoughtsThe Swooping Descent of the Dark Emissary! The Propagation of Malice