The Nightmare Which is Shown, Ichigo's Inside the Mirror
Kanji 見せられた悪夢、 鏡の中の一護
Romanji Miserareta akumu, kagami no naka no Ichigo
Episode Number 178
Manga Chapters None
Arc The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai arc
Previous Episode The Reversal of Rukia, the Rampaging Blade
Next Episode Confrontation?! Amagai vs. Gotei 13
Japanese July 2, 2008
English November 7, 2010
Theme Music
Opening Chu-Bura
Ending Orange
Episode 178 Screenshots

The Nightmare Which is Shown, Ichigo's Inside the Mirror is the one hundred seventy-eighth episode of the Bleach anime.

Ichigo Kurosaki finishes his battle with Hanza Nukui.


Ichigo once again finds himself trapped in Hanza's Bakkōtō. Ichigo sees an image of his younger self and remembers his mother and her death. From the outside, Hanza watches and reveals that his Bakkōtō's true power is hypnosis. Hanza states that he will have Ichigo suffer the worst nightmares he has ever had, before dying.

Ichigo gets choked by his mother

Ichigo is choked by his mother, Masaki.

On the inside, Ichigo suffers through his mother's death, however Masaki returns. Masaki turns on Ichigo and slightly hurts him. Ichigo begins to remember that his mother died many years ago. He starts to realize this isn't real. Masaki begins to strangle him, and Ichigo lacks the resolve to resist. Hanza appears and goads Ichigo into killing his mother, the person he loves more than any other, to break the illusion. Suddenly, an immense amount of Reiatsu begins gathering around Ichigo and Masaki. Ichigo hugs his mother before finally shattering Hanza's illusion.

Ichigo vs. Hanza (Rematch) v4

Ichigo fighting Hanza.

Hanza and Ichigo exchange some rather coarse words before attacking each other. It doesn't take long before Hanza's Bakkōtō begins devouring more of his body. Ichigo tries to stop him, but Hanza refuses. Ichigo asks why Hanza would go so far. Hanza replies he is willing to die for his pride and for the Kasumiōji Clan. Hanza reveals that his family has always served the Kasumiōjis since ancient times, and that it is their job to succeed in their missions. He also reveals that there have been times when they even had to kill Shinigami if ordered.

Hanza being devoured by his Bakkoto

Hanza being devoured by his Bakkōtō.

Ichigo points out the hypocrisy in Hanza, since his mission is to kill Rurichiyo Kasumiōji, the current leader of the family. Hanza says that she is a powerless child, not worthy to be the family's leader. At this, the two become furious with one-another and both power-up to their fullest. Try as he might, Ichigo is unable to overcome Hanza's seemingly endless power. Unfortunately, Hanza, fooled by his own pride and ego, has sunken too much of his spiritual power into the Bakkōtō, and it devours him.

Ryu Kuzu attempts to cut down Kumoi

Kuzuryū attempts to cut down Kumoi.

Back in Soul Society, Lieutenant Izuru Kira finds himself tailing Makoto Kibune. Izuru trails Kibune to the Kasumiōji house. Inside Shū Kannogi is seen wondering around looking for a restroom. He comes across Gyōkaku Kumoi. Kumoi completely ignores Kannogi's request to go to the restroom, and has to guards literally escort him back to his room. Kumoi meets with Kuzuryū, the only assassin to survive the battle in Karakura Town. Kuzuryū asks for Hanza's position and says he will succeed where Hanza failed. However, Kumoi tells Kuzuryū to get lost, as he is no longer needed. Kuzuryū becomes furious and tries to kill Kumoi. However, Kibune kills Kuzuryū with a single strike.

Shinigami Illustrated Picture Book

Lieutenant Tetsuzaemon Iba shouts loudly in the Shinigami Men's Association's toilet, upon hearing that they have to hold a joint meeting with their female counterpart. Yasochika Iemura confirms this, stating it was an official request from Lieutenant Nanao Ise. Iba agrees, believing that the Shinigami Women's Association has finally acknowledged them. However, Iba protests when he realizes that Ise called him to the meeting to show the other members how to repel pushy salesmen, as Kira and Lieutenant Shūhei Hisagi are seen moping next to him.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Ichigo Kurosaki
  2. Masaki Kurosaki (flashback)
  3. Tatsuki Arisawa (flashback)
  4. Hanza Nukui
  5. Karin Kurosaki (flashback)
  6. Yuzu Kurosaki (flashback)
  7. Isshin Kurosaki (flashback)
  8. Rurichiyo Kasumiōji (flashback)
  9. Makoto Kibune
  10. Izuru Kira
  11. Shū Kannogi
  12. Gyōkaku Kumoi
  13. Kuzuryū


Powers and Techniques Used

Techniques used:

Zanpakutō released:


Bakkōtō used:

  • Saiga (砕我, Ego Breaker)

Other Powers:


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