The Profusion of Blooming Crimson Flowers
Kanji 咲き乱れる紅の華
Romanji Sakimidareru beni no hana
Episode Number 171
Manga Chapters None
Arc The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai arc
Previous Episode Desperate Struggle Under the Moonlit Night, the Mysterious Assassin and Zanpakutō
Next Episode Kibune Goes to War! The Violent Wind that Rages
Japanese May 21, 2008
English September 19, 2010
Theme Music
Opening Chu-Bura
Ending Orange
Episode 171 Screenshots

The Profusion of Blooming Crimson Flowers is the one hundred seventy-first episode of the Bleach anime.

As Ichigo Kurosaki is forced to take care of Rurichiyo Kasumiōji, another assassin attempts to kill her.


The group at the arcade

The group at the arcade.

On the way home from school, Ichigo shows Rurichiyo the wonders of a vending machine. Later on, Rukia Kuchiki takes her to an arcade for some fun. In the process, Ichigo nearly lets it slip that he’s doing a favor for Kenryū and Enryū, but he corrects himself in time. Afterwards, the group arrives at Ichigo’s house, and Yuzu Kurosaki invites Rurichiyo inside for dinner. Rurichiyo enjoys the meal until she notices that there are carrots in it. She refuses to eat them, because she dislikes carrots. However, Ichigo insists that Rurichiyo eats the carrots anyway since the farmers worked really hard to grow them. However, Kenryū opposes forcing her, and asks Ichigo to stay out of it. This infuriates Ichigo, because Kenryū and Enryū were the ones who had asked him to look after her in the first place. When Rurichiyo hears of this, she suspects that the two guards are hiding something from her, and the fact that they never told her about the farmers who grew vegetables only reinforces that belief. Rurichiyo yells at Kenryū and Enryū, and tells them that she hates both of them. She then storms out of the house, leaving a depressed Kenryū and Enryū behind.The group later finds Rurichiyo's Gigai back at her house while she wanders around the river in her soul form.

The assassin attacks

Orihime protects Rurichiyo.

Rurichiyo mutters to herself about how angry she is with her guardians. Rurichiyo suddenly loses her balance and falls. She then begins to cry, and she is discovered by Orihime Inoue. When she tells Orihime about what happened, Orihime states that Kenryū and Enryū only want the best for her. However, Rurichiyo feels that she’s being treated like a child, so Orihime tries to make her understand that if she continues to take people for granted, she will come to regret it once they are gone. Orihime’s words deeply impact Rurichiyo, and she wonders if Kenryū and Enryū can forgive her. Orihime is positive that they will forgive her, and suggests that Rurichiyo return home. Just before the pair try to return home together, they are suddenly attacked by another assassin. When Orihime protects Rurichiyo, the assassin brings out a special pole-arm that attaches to his arm and creates walls of stone in the path of wherever it shoots. The assassin is able to trap them within his walls, and right as things take a turn for the worse, Kenryū and Enryū save them. Rukia and Ichigo also arrive on the scene and engage the assassin in battle. However, the assassin is able to immobilize both of their weapons with his walls, leaving Kenryū with no choice, but to bring out his own Zanpakutō. Ichigo is shocked to see flowers suddenly sprout on it and Kenryū explains that his Zanpakutō emits pollen and allows him to make other people’s weapons useless by sprouting flowers from where the pollen hits.


Rukia tries to get information from the assassin.

The wind from Ichigo and Rukia using powerful techniques in order to free themselves blows the pollen away, allowing the assassin to take Rurichiyo and company hostage. However, Kenryū still has another trick up his sleeve: he uses his flowers to cover the assassin’s face, blinding him long enough to escape the assassin's clutches with Rurichiyo. Kenryū, Enryū, and Rurichiyo leave the fighting to Ichigo and Rukia, who are ultimately victorious. The assassin commits suicide by crushing himself under the weight of his walls. After the fight, Rurichiyo is angry that Kenryū and Enryū didn't want her to worry about who her assailant was. However, after seeing all the scrapes and bruises that they have endured for her sake, she forgives them. Rurichiyo decides to go back to the Kurosaki residence, and promises to eat her carrots. After the group returns to the Kurosaki Clinic, the leader of the assassins arrives and retrieves the fallen assassin's weapon. The following day, Ichigo wakes up to a frantic Kenryū and Enryū rapping at his window, proclaiming that Rurichiyo has gone missing again.

Shinigami Illustrated Picture Book

In the men's bathroom, the Shinigami Men's Association's discussion of "manly" cellphone designs continues. Lieutenant Izuru Kira and Captain Jūshirō Ukitake present their ideas, but both are rejected by Lieutenant Tetsuzaemon Iba. Exasperated, Iba comes up with a design himself, but, just as everyone agrees on it, Akon comes into the bathroom and announces that the Shinigami Women's Association has just cut their budget.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Rurichiyo Kasumiōji
  2. Ryūsei Kenzaki
  3. Rusaburō Enkōgawa
  4. Ichigo Kurosaki
  5. Rukia Kuchiki
  6. Yuzu Kurosaki
  7. Karin Kurosaki
  8. Orihime Inoue
  9. Kakuyoku-Wielding Assassin
  10. Hanza Nukui


Powers and Techniques Used

Kidō used:

  • Hadō #33 Sōkatsui (蒼火墜, Blue Fire, Crash Down)

Techniques used:

Zanpakutō released:


Bakkōtō used:

Other powers:


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