The Shinigami's Work
Kanji 死神のお仕事
Romanji Shinigami no oshigoto
Episode Number 2
Manga Chapters Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4 (up to page 7)
Arc Agent of the Shinigami arc
Previous Episode The Day I Became a Shinigami
Next Episode The Older Brother's Wish, the Younger Sister's Wish
Japanese October 12, 2004
English September 16, 2006
Theme Music
Opening *~Asterisk~
Ending Life is Like a Boat
Episode 2 Screenshots

The Shinigami's Work is the second episode of the Bleach anime.

After becoming a Shinigami, Ichigo Kurosaki refuses to help Rukia Kuchiki with her work as the local Shinigami of the town.


Ichigo is awoken by a sudden attack from his father. After scolding his father, Ichigo asks about his sisters' injuries, to which his father has no idea what he is talking about. While his family discusses how no one got hurt or even woke up after a truck crashed into their house, Ichigo wonders why his family doesn't remember what happened and where Rukia disappeared to.


Ichigo panics when greeted at school by Rukia.

Once at school, Ichigo bumps into two of his classmates, Orihime Inoue and Tatsuki Arisawa. Orihime falls on the ground and Ichigo tries to help her up, but his face scares her and she takes off running. In class, Ichigo's friends discuss the truck crashing through the Kurosaki Clinic when Ichigo is greeted by a transfer student, who to his surprise is none other than Rukia.

After class, Ichigo confronts Rukia and asks her what she's doing at his school, to which she replies that she can't go home because only Shinigami can go there and she lost her powers when Ichigo took them. She then asks Ichigo to take over her duties while she waits for her powers to return, to which Ichigo refuses.


Rukia removes Ichigo's soul from his body.

Rukia decides to take matters into her own hands and forcefully removes Ichigo's soul from his body and tells him to come with her. They arrive at a playground where a Plus is getting attacked by a Hollow. Ichigo attempts to save the young boy, but Rukia tells him that if he saves this soul then he must commit himself to saving all the souls he can even if it means chasing them around and sacrificing himself. Ichigo attacks the Hollow and Rukia asks him if he’s ready. Ichigo tells her that he saved the soul of the boy because he wanted to and reminds Rukia that when she saved him she wasn't thinking about her duty as a Shinigami. He then gives the Hollow the finishing blow and performs Konsō on the boy.


Ichigo and Rukia run into Orihime.

Later that night, as a Plus is watching Orihime through her window, some Hollows appear and drag him away to their world. A large Hollow appears and commands the others to turn the spirit into a Hollow as well. The next day while out in town, Ichigo and Rukia meet with Orihime who has just been the victim of a hit and run. While they ask her if she is alright, Rukia notices a mark on Orihime's leg and asks her whether that mark was there before. Orihime tells her that it just appeared and it must have been from the car. Ichigo then asks Orihime if she wants him to walk her home, but she grabs her stuff and leaves.


Ichigo and Rukia are attacked by Acidwire.

On their way back home Rukia asks Ichigo how much he knows about Orihime and he tells her that she is friends with Tatsuki, and that three years ago, her brother died at his family’s clinic. Rukia asks Ichigo how his Spirit perception was back then to which he answers that only recently he really began to be able to see and talk with them. Rukia then tells Ichigo that she is going home. When he asks her where she's going, she asks him if he really wants to know and then takes her leave. That night, Tatsuki brings over some food for Orihime and tells her that if she didn't she would always be eating the odd food she makes for herself. Meanwhile at Ichigo’s home Yuzu Kurosaki asks him whether he has seen her pajamas. Ichigo asks her why she always asks him about everything, causing her to leave. Suddenly, Ichigo starts hearing a strange beeping sound and Rukia jumps out of his closet telling him that they got orders, removing Ichigo's soul from his body once again. A Hollow appears in Ichigo's room and a battle between the two begins. With a small piece of his mask broken the Hollow runs off and Ichigo is left dumbfounded. Ichigo tells Rukia that the face of the Hollow just now was that of Sora Inoue, Orihime's brother. Rukia tells Ichigo that all Hollows were once Human and even though he knew him before, he is just a monster now and they have to bring him down.

Back at Orihime's place, Tatsuki and Orihime talk about her encounter with Ichigo and Rukia, to which Tatsuki says how Ichigo is such a fast operator. Just then they hear a loud bang and a roar.

Next Episode Preview

Don Kanonji introduces himself as the charismatic medium of the new millennium, and that he is in a quest of raiding the holy ground from "BAD SPIRITS." Ichigo yells at him telling him that it is too early for him yet and is frustrated as he is out of time once again.

Characters in Order of Appearance

  1. Isshin Kurosaki
  2. Ichigo Kurosaki
  3. Yuzu Kurosaki
  4. Karin Kurosaki
  5. Orihime Inoue
  6. Tatsuki Arisawa
  7. Keigo Asano
  8. Mizuiro Kojima
  9. Yasutora Sado
  10. Rukia Kuchiki
  11. Sora Inoue
  12. Grand Fisher
  13. Acidwire


Powers and Techniques Used

Other powers:


  • A short clip in this episode of Orihime spinning a leek was notable for a short flash animation nicknamed Loituma Girl with the song "Ievan Polkka" by Finnish group Loituma playing in the background.


The Day I Became a ShinigamiThe Older Brother's Wish, the Younger Sister's Wish