Season 13: Zanpakutō Unknown Tales

# Episode Original Airdate English Airdate
230 "A New Enemy! The Materialization of Zanpakutō"
"Aratanaru teki! Zanpakutō jittaika"
July 28, 2009 ---
A never before seen character shrouded in mystery informs others that now is the time to attack.Ichigo Kurosaki then wakes up in the dimension that Zangetsu dwells in which his Zanpakutō asks if he can hear anything, he says he cannot and thinks it's fine. Meanwhile in the Seretei the Captains and Vice-Captains are wondering why their Zanpakutō are not working, then during the night a group of Ryoka try and infiltrate the Captain-Commanders home. Yama-Jii and his Vice-Captain then confront the intruders but whom or what they see leaves them in a state of shock. Later Yamamoto-Genryūsai calls all the Captains and Vice-Captains to Sōkyoku Hill, it is there they see the man who calls himself Muramasa, this was the mysterious figure seen at the beginning of the episode. Sajin Komamura then tries to attack Muramasa with his Zanpakutō, Tenken. Tenken then takes on it's human form and turns on Komamura, defeating him with a single swing of his blade. Then the other Shinigami try to attack and much like Komamura, their Zanpakutō assume their human forms and join Muramasa. It is then they tell their Shinigami that the rein of the Shinigami is over, and the Zanpakutō are declaring war.
231 "Byakuya, Disappearing with the Cherry Blossoms"
"Byakuya, sakura totomo ni shō yu"
August 4th, 2009 ---
Ichigo sees that Ruikia is injured and See's an unfamiliar woman attacking her and using her powers. Revealed by Rukia o be her very own Zanpakutō, Sode no Shiriyuki. Ichigo eventually beats the Zanpakutō into submission and she soon retreats back to Soul Society. Ichigo then takes Rukia back to Urahara's Shop where Rukia told them that the Zanpakutō were attacking their masters and that her brother Byakuya Kuchiki was defeated by his own Zanpakutō, Szenbonzakura.Yoruichi goes to investigate and reports back that all those whom met Muramasa had survived, and the remaining Shinigami of the Gotei 13 were recovering in the 4th squad's headquarters to heal the injured and re-gather their defences, and learn more about the rebellion of the Zanpakutō.
232 "Sode no Shirayuki vs. Rukia! Confused Heart"
"Sode no Shirayuki VS Rukia! Kokoro no madoi"
August 11, 2009 ---
Rukia rushes back to the 6th Division HQ to be greated by Renji, wishing to find her brother, Byakuya. Renji informs Rukia that the status and location of the captain was still unknown. Ichigo and Yoruici arrive in Soul Society to look for clues as to why the Zanpakutō are rebelling against their Shinigami. After a fierce battle between Rukia and Sode no Shirayuki, Rukia looses to her Zanpakutō and is above to get frozen when Ichigo makes an appearance and tried to rescue Rukia from her Zanpakutō, but, he to, is defeated by Sode no Shirayuki. After Ichigo is beaten, Rukia makes an attempt to gain her Zanpakutō back by telling her just how important Sode no Shirayuki is to her, and the bond that they share. She uses Kidō to restrain her Zanpakutō and herself and makes and attempt to kill hem both just to show that they need to live together, in which Rukia is severly injured after the explosion but Sode no Shirayuki seems to have attained minimal damage. After which Sode no Shirayuki tries to save her Shinigami, but Muramasa appears and stops her. He then reveals to Ichigo that he is a Zanpakutō.
233 "Zangetsu Becomes an Enemy"
"Teki to natta Zangetsu"
August 18, 2009 ---
Muramasa sends Sode no Shirayuki away, and Ichigi enquires as to why the Zanpakutō are turning against their masters. He doesn't give Ichigo and answer but does reply that Zanpakutō can be seperated from their Shinigami regardless of the fact they are the souls of the Shinigami, and that he himself is a good example of doing so. However, Ichigo enraged that Muramasa could suggest such a thing attacks. With Muramasa's excellent illusion ability he easily pins Ichigo to the ground, where he then reaches into Ichigo's chest and pulls out Zangetsu. After Zangetsu manifests himself he then immediatly attacks Ichigo, In the meanwhile Captain Kurotsuchi continues to experiment on himself in order to get some data on the Zanpakutō manifestations. After a seemingly easy defeat for Zangetsu Ichigo transforms into his Hollow self and strike back, forcing Zangetsu into defensice manuevers. Whilst the fight continues Muramasa tries to escape but Zangetsu is beaten and Ichigo's body transforms further, and attacks Muramasa. Before the hollow can do anymore damage Ichigo returns to his Soul Reaper form and falls uncoinscously at Muramasa's feet.
234 "Renji Surprised?! The Two Zabimarus"
"Renji kyōgaku!? Futari no Zabimaru"
August 25, 2009 ---
After her fight with Sode no Shirayuki, Rukia is found and sent to the 4th squad's barracks ro recover from the injuries she sustained. Whilst on patrol of Seretei, Hisagi and his patrol are attacked by his Zanpakutō, Kazeshini. Meanwhile Renji searches the debri for his missing captain,Byakuya, after going missing in his fight with Senbonzakura. Instead, he encounters his own Zanpakutō Zabimaru in it's snake and humanoid form, and much like other Zanpakutō they have no intention of returning to their sword forms. Zabimaru explains that the reason all the Zanpakutō attack is because, as a sword, it's in their nature to attack, no matter who that person may be. Ichigo wakes up in Zangetsu's dimension to find that the old man is missing. Instead he finds Muramasa, whom tries to attack him but he immediatly summons out his hollow form out as a seperate body. In his last fight, Muramasa had become increasingly interested in Ichigo's Hollow form, and uses his powers to freeze it. In an at to subdue the inner hollow, Muramasa advances toward the frozen specimen only to find that the hollow was tricking Muramasa and lashes out straight for him.
235 "Clash! Hisagi vs. Kazeshini"
"Gekitotsu! Hisagi vs Kazeshini"
2 September 2009 ---
Kyoraki and Ukitake are dicussing the possibility that defeating someone elses Zanpakutō could untimatly destroy it. Hisagi fights with Kazeshini, and disliking his blood list and desire for fighting plans on killing him even if it meant loosing his Zanpakutō. Ichigo's inner hollow fights with Muramasa inside his soul, Muramasa uses his powers to restrain the hollow, and then Ichigo, seeing through his powers, is able to save his inner hollow. Ichigo then challenges Muramasa. Eventually Muramasa is foced out of his soul and Ichigo continues his fight Soul Society. When Zabimaru threaten to kill Rukia he remembers why he and Ichigo fight and turns that into resolve. He then is able to activate his Shikai.
236 "Release! The New Getsuga Tenshō"
"Hanate! Arata naru Getsuga Tenshō"
9 September, 2009 ---
Renji's fight with Zabimaru continues, who taunts him about being weak, they also take the oppourtunaty to activate their Bankai whilst Renji cannot due to losing control over them. He tricks Zabimaru into taking his own sword by contemplating his weakness and destroys it with the Red Flame Cannon Kidō, and untimatly defeats his Zanpakutō. Meanwhile Ichigo fights Zangetsu and starts to struggle when Zangetsu activates his Bankai. He states he simply wishes to know if Ichigo is worthy of weilding him and his power. Whilst making a deal with his inner hollow to not use his mask, he and his inner hollow create a new Getsuga Tenshō and defeat Zangetsu, causing Muramasa to retreat. Zangetsu reveals Muramasa was using a Zanpakutō's instincts and by extension bein able to control them.
237 "Soi Fon, Surrounding the Zanpakutō"
"Soi Fon, zanpakutō o hōi seyo"
16 September, 2009 ---
Ichigo reports what he has found out about Muramasa and his abilties to Kyoraku, Ukitake and Unohana. In order to find out the extent of Muramasa's abilities both Ichigo and Ikkaku go out on patrol around Seretei to seek out Zanpakutō. Meanwhile something/someone breaks into the compound and beats all Shinigami protecting it. Ōmeada and his guards, upon patrolling the area, come across the unconsious Shinigami and go and investigate, only to encounter the Zanpakutō spirits Gegetsuburi and Hozukimaru. Ōmeada challenges Gegetsuburi to fight him and just because they cross blades, Ichigo and Ikkaku interupt. Ōmeada is knocked out leaving Ichigo to battle Gegetsuburi and Ikkaku against his own Zanpakutō - Hozukimaru. Ichigo defeats Gegetsuburi whilst Ikkaku is knocked out by Hozukimaru's Bankai. Just as the battle was about to continue, Shunsui, Ukitake, Soi Fon and the Stealth Corps arrive and surround Hozukimaru, but uses his Bankai to escape, but capture Gegetsuburi. Ichigo pursues Hozukimaru but his path is soon blocked by Senbonzakura's petals. After the petals disperse he notices that Byakuya was the one that issued the attack on him and vanishes.
238 "Friendship? Hatred? Haineko & Tobiume"
"Yūjō? Keno? Haineko & Tobiume"
23 September, 2009 ---
After their last encounter, Ichigo pursues Byakuya, and encounters the spiritis Tobiume and Haineko who are looking for Hyōrinmaru. Momo and Rangiku arrive to battle their own Zanpakutō whilst Ichigo continues his search. Momo uses Kidō to attack the two spirits which causes them confusion and they start arguing. Meanwhile Ichigo finds Hyōrinmaru to find he doesn't know his own name or who is master is. Soon after Tōshirō confronts him. Elsewhere, presumably Hueco Mundo Muramasa fights a group of Menos.
239 "The Awakening Hyōrinmaru!"
"Mezameyo Hyōrinmaru!"
30 September, 2009 ---
Ichigo is trapped in the ice prison created by Hyōrinmaru whilst Tōshirō confronts his Zanpakutō. Meanwhile Momo and Rangiku's battles are still enraging but eventually they mangage to over come their Zanpakutō with Kidō spells. As Hyōrinmaru and Tōshirō fight, Tōshirō attempts to lock Hyōrinmaru in an ice lock, and is to Tōshirō's suprise when Hyōrinmaru breaks free of it almost effortlessly. As the fight continues the sky turns black with the tremendous power used by the Zanpakutō. Tōshirō starts recollecting his past to when he and Hyōrinmaru first encountered one another, trying to use that to get him back with Tōshiro. Tōshirō then mangaged to activate his Shikai and ultimatly convinces Hyōrinmaru that he is his master.
240 "Byakuya's Betrayal"
"Uragiri no Byakuya"
7 October, 2009 ---
Mayuri experiements on Gegetsuburi, and makes a discovery - Zanpakutō can only be beaten by their masters, if they are defeated by anyone else, the Zanpakutō is destroyed. Momo and Rangiku send they Zanpakutō back to the 4th Division barracks, shortly after being trapped however, a sillhoetted figure frees them. Ichigo meets up with Rangiku and Momo, and stumbles across Muramasa who seems to be having trouble with his own body. Ichigo makes an attempt to attack Muramasa but it quickly stopped by Senbonzakura, and they fight. Ichigo gains the upper hand before Byakuya arrives. Byakuya reveals that he has joined forces with the Zanpakutō as a matter of protecting his pride, then he and Senbonzakura disspear with Muramasa.
241 "For the Sake of Pride! Byakuya vs. Renji"
"Hokori no tame ni! Byakuya VS Renji"
14 October, 2009 ---
242 "Shinigami and Zanpakutō, Total Sortie"
"Shinigami & zanpakutō, sou shutsugeki"
21 October, 2009 ---
243 "One-to-One Fight! Ichigo vs. Senbonzakura"
"Ikkiuchi! Ichigo VS Senbonzakura"
28 October, 2009 ---
244 "The Long Awaited...Kenpachi Appears!"
"Man o jishite...Kenpachi toujou!"
November 3, 2009 ---
245 "Pursue Byakuya! The Confused Gotei Divisions"
"Byakuya o oe! Konran no Gotei tai"
November 10, 2009 ---
246 "Special Mission! Rescue Captain Commander Yamamoto!"
"Tokumu! Yamamoto sō taichō o kyūshutsu seyo!"
November 17, 2009 ---
247 "Deceived Shinigami! The World Collapse Crisis"
"Damasareta shinigami! Sekai hōkai no kiki"
November 24, 2009 ---
248 "Dragon of Ice and Dragon of Flame! The Strongest Showdown!"
"Kōri no ryū to honō no ryū! Saikyō taiketsu!"
December 1, 2009 ---
249 "Senbonzakura's Bankai! Offense and Defense of the Living World"
"Senbonzakura bankai! Gensei no koubō"
December 8, 2009 ---
250 "That Man, for the Sake of the Kuchiki"
"Sono otoko・Kuchiki-ke yue ni"
December 15, 2009 ---
251 "Dark History! The Worst Shinigami is Born"
"Yami no rekishi! Saikyō no shinigami, tanjō"
December 22, 2009 ---
252 "Dark History! The Worst Shinigami Is Born"
"Byakuya, uragiri ni kakusareta shinjitsu"
January 5, 2010 ---
253 "Muramasa's True Identity Revealed"
"Akasareta Muramasa no shōtai"
January 12, 2010 ---
254 "Byakuya and Renji, the 6th Division Returns"
"Byakuya to Renji, roku ban tai futatabi"
January 19, 2010 ---
255 "Final Chapter·Zanpakutō Unknown Tales"
"Shūshō·Zanpakutō Ibun Hen"
January 26, 2010 ---

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