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This list contains all chapters in the Agent of the Shinigami, Soul Society, Arrancar & Turn Back the Pendulum Arcs, starting at Volume 1 of Bleach and ending at Volume 48.

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Volume #21 - BE MY FAMILY OR NOT
March 3, 2006 ISBN: 4-08-874027-0 October 2, 2007 ISBN: 978-1-4215-1165-8
Chapter List:
  • 179. "Confession in the Twilight"
  • 180. "Something in the Aftermath"
  • 181. "And the Rain Left Off"
  • 182. "Get Back from the Storm (Trigger for a New Concerto)"
  • 183. "Eyes of the unknown"
  • 184. "Hush"
  • 185. "Be My Family or Not"
  • 186. "Tell Your Children the Truth"
  • 187. "The Cigar Blues, Part Two"
Cover Character:
  • Shinji Hirako (School Uniform)
Bleach Volume 21
Number Of Pages: 192
As the Soul Reapers are being healed, Byakuya confesses to Rukia that he adopted her as his sister because his wife Hisana—who died a long time ago—was Rukia's sister and apologizes. As Ichigo, Orihime, Chad, Uryū and Yoruichi return to their world, Rukia chooses to remain in the Soul Society. As the others return to school, Ichigo meets a student named Shinji Hirako, who reveals himself to be a visored, a Soul Reaper who has obtained hollow powers. With his powers gone, Uryū is attacked by a hollow and is rescued by his father, Ryūken Ishida. Afterwards, his father decides to train him to recover his lost powers. Kon, who is in Ichigo's body, is attacked by the hollow Grand Fisher, who turned into an arrancar, gaining Soul Reapers' power. He attacks Kon, believing that he is really attacking Ichigo. Ichigo's father, Isshin Kurosaki, comes to Kon's defense and is revealed to be a former Soul Reaper.
May 2, 2006 ISBN: 4-08-874049-1 February 5, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4215-1179-5
Chapter List:
  • 188. "Crush the World Down"
  • 189. "Resolve"
  • 190. "Conquistadores"
  • 191. "Conquistadores 2 (Screaming Symphony)"
  • 192. "Conquistadores 3 (Hounded Priestess)"
  • 193. "Conquistadores 4 (Ebony & Ivory)"
  • 194. "Conquistadores 5 (La Basura)"
  • 195. "Death & Strawberry (Reprise)"
  • 196. "Punch Down the Stone Circle"
  • 197. "The Approaching Danger"
Cover Character:
  • Ulquiorra Cifer (Unreleased)
Bleach Volume 22
Number Of Pages: 208
Shinji tries to recruit Ichigo into the Visoreds, but the offer is rejected. As Chad and Orihime try to ask Shinji what happened to Ichigo, one of his friends, Hiyori Sarugaki, attempts to stop them. The following day, two arrancar similar to humans, Yammy Riyalgo and Ulquiorra Schiffer, are dispatched by Aizen to Karakura town and begin killing nearby people. Chad and Orihime attempt to fight them, but they are unable to inflict damage, and are saved by Ichigo. Ichigo's fright of his hollow side results in his defeat by Yammy. Urahara and Yoruichi save them and force the two arrancar to retreat. As they recover from their injuries, Soul Society sends Renji, Matsumoto, Hitsugaya, Ikkaku, Yumichika and Rukia to their aide.
Volume #23 - MALA SUERTE!
August 4, 2006 ISBN: 4-08-874140-4 June 3, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4215-1541-0
Chapter List:
  • 198. "The Icecold Discord"
  • 199. "Ugly"
  • 200. "Night of Sledgehammer"
  • 201. "Wind & Snowbound"
  • 202. "¡Mala Suerte!"
  • 203. "¡Mala Suerte! 2 (El Monstruo)"
  • 204. "¡Mala Suerte! 3 (Monstruo Sangrienta)"
  • 205. "¡Mala Suerte! 4 (Tempestad de La Lucha)"
  • 0. "Side-A The Sand"
  • 0. "Side-B The Rotator"
Cover Character:
  • Ikkaku Madarame (Shikai)
Bleach Volume 23
Number Of Pages: 200
A group of arrancar invades Karakura Town and the Soul Reapers move to stop them. Chad is attacked by the number 16 arrancar and is saved by Ichigo. Rukia defeats the arrancar by using the Soul Reaper power that she was forced to loose long ago. The group is attacked by Grimmjow Jeagerjaques, who is the 6th strongest arrancar. He overcomes and defeats Rukia. Meanwhile, one of Ichigo's friends is attacked by the 13th arrancar and is rescued when Ikkaku and Yumichika comes to his defense. Ikkaku begins to fight against him. Using his zanpakutō, the arrancar surpasses Ikkaku, but Ikkaku shows his bankai, which he managed to conceal until that point. His bankai creates giant swords, which he uses to defeat the arrancar.
October 4, 2006 ISBN: 4-08-874262-1 September 2, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4215-1603-5
Chapter List:
  • 206. "¡Mala Suerte! 5 [Lucky]"
  • 207. "Mode: Genocide"
  • 208. "The Scissors"
  • 209. "Lift the Limit"
  • 210. "Turn the True Power On"
  • 211. "Stroke of Sanity"
  • 212. "You Don't Hear My Name Anymore"
  • 213. "Trifle"
  • 214. "Immanent God Blues"
Cover Character:
  • Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez (Unreleased)
Bleach Volume 24
Number Of Pages: 192
Both Ikkaku and the arrancar fall to the ground. As Ikkaku awakens, he considers the reason as to why he keeps his bankai a secret: to keep the respect of his captain, Kenpachi Zaraki. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya, Matsumoto and Renji have problems fighting against the other arrancar and Ururu, an assistant of Urahara, attempts to attack the arrancar. However, she is seriously injured in the process. The Soul Society removes the power restrictions that were previously placed on the Soul Reapers, allowing them to fight at full capacity against the arrancar and kill them. Ichigo continues to fight Grimmjow, but even in his bankai he faces problems. Tōsen arrives and takes Grimmjow to Aizen. Aizen revokes his status as an Espada as punishment for entering the battle without permission. Saddened for not being powerful enough to protect his friends, Ichigo visits the Visoreds.
December 4, 2006 ISBN: 4-08-874289-3 December 2, 2008 ISBN: 978-1-4215-1796-4
Chapter List:
  • 215. "Tug Your God Out"
  • 216. "The Suppression of Darkness"
  • 217. "Hole in My Heart"
  • 218. "Dark Side of Universe 3"
  • 219. "Black & White 3"
  • 220. "King & His Horse"
  • 221. "Let's Eat the World's End"
  • 222. "No Shaking Throne"
  • 223. "The Scarlet Creation"
Cover Character:
  • Hollow Ichigo
Bleach Volume 25
Number Of Pages: 192
Ichigo tells Shinji that he has only come to them because he wants to learn to control the hollow inside him, and Hiyori attacks him using her hollow powers. Just before being defeated by Hiyori, Ichigo's hollow appears but is suppressed by the Visoreds. Shinji decides to let Ichigo confront his inner hollow, starting the process by rendering Ichigo unconscious. Ichigo's body starts turning into a hollow and the Visoreds attempt to stop a full transformation. Ichigo defeats his inner hollow, returning his body to human form. Yamamoto Genryūsai speaks with Hitsugaya about Aizen's objective. He explains that Aizen aims to sacrifice the citizens of Ichigo's hometown to create a key that would allow him to reach the king of Soul Society and defeat him, but mentions that it may take him four months before his preparations are complete.
February 2, 2007 ISBN: 978-4-08-874315-8 March 3, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2384-2
Chapter List:
  • 224. "Imitated Gaiety"
  • 225. "Slip Into My Barrier"
  • 226. "Right of My Heart"
  • 227. "The Swordless Soldier"
  • 228. "Don't Look Back"
  • 229. "The Howling Tempest"
  • 230. "Dead White Invasion"
  • 231. "The Mascaron Drive"
  • 232. "The Mascaron Drive 2"
  • 233. "El Violador"
Cover Character:
  • Luppi Antenor
Bleach Volume 26
Number Of Pages: 208
On Urahara's request, Renji begins training Chad so that he will be able to fight the arrancar. Because of the nature of Orihime's defensively oriented powers, Urahara requests to abstain from participating in the war against Aizen's arrancar. Rukia finds Orihime and after hearing what happened to her, she decides to train her on her own. The arrancar invade Karakura again, but this time the group includes several Espada, which are the ten highest-ranked arrancar. Ichigo finds Grimmjow and uses his hollow powers to fight against him. He severely injures him, but is only able to use his powers for eleven seconds before being overpowered. Grimmjow's replacement, Luppi, defeats multiple Soul Reapers, but is ultimately stopped by Urahara. While leaving Soul Society, Orihime is ambushed by Ulquiorra.
Volume #27 - goodbye, halcyon days.
April 4, 2007 ISBN: 978-4-08-874339-4 June 2, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2385-9
Chapter List:
  • 234. "Not Negotiation"
  • 235. "The Frozen Clutch"
  • 236. "The Sun Already Gone Down"
  • 237. "Goodbye, Halcyon Days."
  • 238. "Eagle Without Wings"
  • 239. "Winged Eagles"
  • 240. "Regeneration."
  • 241. "Silverflame."
  • 242. "Two Men are Burning"
Cover Character:
  • Orihime Inoue (School Uniform)
Bleach Volume 27
Number Of Pages: 192
Under orders from Aizen, Ulquiorra threatens Orihime, saying that he will kill her friends if she does not go with him. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya defeats Luppi and Ichigo continues his fight against Grimmjow. Unable to use his hollow powers completely, Ichigo is almost killed by Grimmjow but Rukia saves him. Shinji Hirako shows up and overpowers Grimmjow, but Ulquiorra appears, informing the Espada that his mission is over and ordering them to leave. The following day, Ichigo and his friends discover that Orihime is gone and that the Soul Society has no intention of saving her. However, Ichigo decides to go into Hueco Mundo, the hollows' world, without their help. So he, with Chad and Uryū, who have completed their training, leave for Hueco Mundo. With help from Urahara, they enter into a building from Hueco Mundo, where they are immediately attacked by two arrancar. Orihime meets Aizen and is forced to heal Grimmjow, making him recover his Espada rank.
June 4, 2006 ISBN: 978-4-08-874365-3 September 1, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2386-6
Chapter List:
  • 243. "The Knuckle & The Arrow"
  • 244. "Born From The Fear"
  • 245. "The Way Without Enemies"
  • 246. "The Great Desert Bros."
  • 247. "United On The Desert"
  • 248. "Alive and Back Here Once Again" (再び生きて この場所へ "Futatabi Ikite, Kono Basho e")
  • 249. "Back to The Innocence"
  • 250. "Five Ways To Three Figures"
  • 251. "Baron's Lecture 1st Period"
Cover Character:
  • Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio
Bleach Volume 28
Number Of Pages: 192
Using their new fighting skills, Uryū and Chad easily defeat the two arrancar. They, along with Ichigo, see that Hueco Mundo is a giant desert and begin running toward Las Noches, the castle where Aizen is headquartered. In the desert, they encounter three hollows in pursuit of small child, and go to her defense. They later learn that the child, Nel Tu, and the others are her mutually adopted brothers and their pet. As the hollow siblings guide them to Las Noches, they meet Rukia and Renji, who have come to help them. The group separates shortly after entering Las Noches. Nel decides to follow Ichigo, but when all her brothers attempt to follow her, they get lost. Instead, they each follow a different member of the group. Ichigo, Uryū, and Chad are then encountered by Privaron Espada, which are Espada that lost their status.
August 3, 2007 ISBN: 978-4-08-874398-1 December 1, 2009 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2387-3
Chapter List:
  • 252. "Rebut to the Baron's Lecture"
  • 253. "Don't Call Me Niño"
  • 254. "Leave the Chocolate Here" ("Deja Chocolate Aquí")
  • 255. "Don't Breathe in the Bush"
  • 256. "Infinite Slick"
  • 257. "The Slashing Opera"
  • 258. "Seele Schneider"
  • 259. "Flicker Flames"
  • 260. "Right Arm of The Giant 2"
  • Special: "Bleach on the Beach"
Cover Character:
  • Cirucci Sanderwicci
Bleach Volume 29
Number Of Pages: 200
Ichigo begins to battle Dordoni Alessandro Del Socaccio, and as the battle escalates—leading to Nel's injury—he chooses to use his hollow powers. Dordoni is struck down by Ichigo, and to thank Ichigo for using his full power against him, Dordoni fights the Exequias, a group of arrancar that specialize in eliminating intruders, to allow Ichigo to retreat. Uryū and Nel's brother, Pesche Guatiche, are attacked by Privaron Espada Cirucci Sanderwicci, who blocks their attacks with her zanpakutō. Uryū uses a tube to produce a powerful energy blade, which he uses to easily defeat her. Meanwhile, Chad fights against Privaron Espada Gantenbainne Mosqueda. After absorbing several blows, Chad realizes how to access his full power, and transforms his arms into weapons.
October 4, 2007 ISBN: 978-4-08-874423-0 March 2, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2388-4
Chapter List:
  • 261. "Left Arm of The Demon" ("Left Arm of The Devil")
  • 262. "Unblendable"
  • 263. "Unexpected"
  • 264. "Don't Say That Name Again"
  • 265. "Bang The Bore"
  • 266. "Hide Away From The Sun"
  • 267. "Legions of The Regrets" ("Legions of The Reglets")
  • 268. "You must not die" (君 死にたもうこと勿れ "Kimi Shinitamō Koto Nakare")
  • 269. "The End is Near"
Cover Character:
  • Kaien Shiba (Shikai)
Bleach Volume 30
Number Of Pages: 192
With his new power, Chad is able to defeat Gantenbainne. He is then attacked by the Espada Nnoitora Gilga, who easily defeats him, leaving his fate unknown. Rukia encounters the 9th Espada, Aaroniero Arruruerie, who reveals to her that he contains the soul of the former Soul Reaper Kaien Shiba. Meanwhile, Renji Abarai and Nel's oldest brother, Dondochakka Bilstin, are confronted by the 8th Espada Szayelaporro Grantz. Rukia fights against Aaroniero, who uses the abilities of Kaien to overpower her. She manages to stab his head, killing him and allowing Kaien's soul to be free. Rukia is severely injured, making the others think that she has died. Ichigo tries to go to her but runs into the Espada Ulquiorra.
December 4, 2007 ISBN: 978-4-08-874444-5 June 1, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2809-6
Chapter List:
  • 270. "Warning"
  • 271. "If You Rise From The Ashes"
  • 272. "Don't Kill My Volupture"
  • 273. "Dog Eat Dog"
  • 274. "The Monster"
  • 275. "The United Front 2[Red & White]"
  • 276. "Blockin' Beast"
  • 277. "Corrosion of Conformity"
  • 278. "Heal for The Crash"
Cover Character:
  • Szayel Aporro Granz
Bleach Volume 31
Number Of Pages: 200
Ichigo uses his bankai in addition to his hollow powers, but is unable to defeat Ulquiorra. Ichigo refuses to give up, however, believing Ulquiorra to be the top-ranked Espada, whose defeat would be a major victory in this war. But Ulquiorra reveals his "4" tattoo, indicating that he is only the fourth Espada. He stabs Ichigo in the chest with his hand, telling Ichigo to either escape from Hueco Mundo or die. Orihime is attacked by two female arrancar, Loly and Menoly, who are furious because Aizen favors Orihime over them. Grimmjow shows up and defeats the two arrancar, taking Orihime with him. In Renji's fight with Szayel Aporro, Uryū arrives to aid him. Despite joining forces to overpower Szayel Aporro, he survives. Grimmjow takes Orihime to Ichigo to heal him so that Grimmjow and Ichigo can finish their fight. Ulquiorra tries to stop him, but Grimmjow isolates him in another dimension.
Volume #32 - HOWLING
February 4, 2008 ISBN: 978-4-08-874473-5 September 7, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2810-6
Chapter List:
  • 279. "Jugulators"
  • 280. "Jugulators 2"
  • 281. "The Vulgarian Noise"
  • 282. "The Primal Fear"
  • 283. "You Don't Hurt Anymore"
  • 284. "Historia de Pantera y su Sombras"
  • 285. "Devour the Flesh, Alone" (肉喰みて, ひとり "Shishi Hamite, Hitori")
  • 286. "Guillotine You Standing"
  • -16. "Dying in the Ice Fields" (氷原に死す "Hyōgen ni Shisu")
Cover Character:
  • Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez (Resurrección)
Bleach Volume 32
Number Of Pages: 192
Orihime finishes healing Ichigo, and Ichigo begins to fight Grimmjow. Ichigo dons his hollow mask, which he can now use for longer stints. Grimmjow releases his zanpakutō. The two continue their fight, and Ichigo is slowly worn down by Grimmjow. Orihime cheers for Ichigo, who manages to slash Grimmjow's chest. Unwilling to submit, Grimmjow uses his strongest attack. Ichigo overcomes it and deals a final blow. After leaving Grimmjow on the ground, Ichigo prepares to take Orihime away from Las Noches. Grimmjow returns to fight, but is struck down by the 5th Espada Nnoitora. The last chapter is focused on Hitsugaya's backstory, showing how he discovered his Soul Reaper powers and met Matsumoto.
Volume #33 - THE BAD JOKE
April 4, 2008 ISBN: 978-4-08-874494-0 December 7, 2010 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2811-3
Chapter List:
  • 287. "Don't Forget Till You Die"
  • 288. "The Bad Joke"
  • 289. "The Scarmask"
  • 290. "Unleash The Beast"
  • 291. "Thank You For Defending Me" ("Thank You For Defend Me")
  • 292. "Rupture My Replica"
  • 293. "Urge to Unite" ("Urge for Unite")
  • 294. "If You Call Me a Beast, I'll Kill You Like a Tempest" ("If You Call Me Beast, Kill You Like Tempest")
  • 295. "The Last Mission"
Cover Character:
  • Nnoitra Gilga
Bleach Volume 33
Number Of Pages: 192
The fight between Nnoitora and an exhausted Ichigo begins. Renji, Uryū, Dondochakka and Pesche encounter Szayelaporro again, who uses his zanpakutō to create clones of them. Nnoitora recognizes the terrified Nel. It is revealed that Nel was formerly the 3rd Espada, Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck. Her brothers and her pet are arrancar servants known as Fracciones. Ichigo still attempts to protect her, but before he is killed, Nel transforms into her adult form and fights against Nnoitora. Uryū and Renji manage to destroy their clones, but Szayel creates voodoo dolls, which he uses to injure them. After recalling that Nnoitra was responsible for changing her into the child form and wiping her memory, Nel releases her zanpakutō.
Volume #34 - KING OF THE KILL
July 4, 2008 ISBN: 978-4-08-874541-1 March 1, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-2812-0
Chapter List:
  • 296. "Changed Again and Again"
  • 297. "King of The Kill"
  • 298. "Intruderz 3"
  • 299. "The Verbal Warfare"
  • 300. "Curse Named Love"
  • 301. "Nothing Like Equal"
  • 302. "Pride on the Blade"
  • 303. "Dumdum-Dummy-Dumbstruck"
  • 304. "Battle of Barbarians"
  • 305. "The Rising Phoenix"
Cover Character:
  • Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck
Bleach Volume 34
Number Of Pages: 216
Nel is about to defeat Nnoitora, but she transforms back into her child form and is knocked out. Nnoitra's Fraccion, Tesla, nearly kills Ichigo but is dispatched by Kenpachi Zaraki. Kenpachi informs Ichigo that Urahara was tasked with making the entrance into Hueco Mundo stable enough for the captains to enter, and that three others Soul Reapers Captains—Byakuya Kuchiki, Mayuri Kurotsuchi and Retsu Unohana—accompanied him. Retsu Unohana saves Chad from being killed by Exequias, and Byakuya saves Rukia from being killed by the 7th Espada, Zommari Rureaux. Zommari takes control of Rukia's weakened body, but Byakuya saves her by killing him with his bankai. Renji, Uryū and Nel's siblings are saved by Mayuri, who stops Szayel's techniques. After Mayuri kills him, Szayelaporro reconstitutes himself inside of Mayuri's daughter, Nemu Kurotsuchi, ingesting a large dosage of poison stored in Nemu's body in the process.
October 3, 2008 ISBN: 978-4-08-874575-6 June 7, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3312-4
Chapter List:
  • 306. "Not Perfect is Good"
  • 307. "Bite it, Slash it"
  • 308. "Satan from Orbit"
  • 309. "Pray For the Mantis"
  • 310. "Four Arms to Killing You"
  • 311. "The Undead 4"
  • 312. "Higher Than The Moon"
  • 313. "To Close Your World"
  • 314. "Night Side of Abduction"
  • 315. "March of the Death"
Cover Character:
  • Mayuri Kurotsuchi
Bleach Volume 35
Number Of Pages: 208
Mayuri stabs Szayelaporro through his hand and heart and breaks the blade. Due to the poison he ingested, Szayelaporro suffers for what seems an eternity to him, resulting in his death. Kenpachi and Nnoitora exchange increasingly more devastating blows. Once Kenpachi realizes that he is on the verge of death, the captain uses both hands to deliver a massive fatal blow to Nnoitora. Orihime is again kidnapped by the Espada Coyote Starrk and is taken to Aizen. Aizen explains that he only kidnapped Orihime to reduce the number of Soul Reapers in Karakura. This would allow him to destroy the town to create the royal key. However, Soul Society has created a duplicate of Karakura and switched with the original with Urahara's help. As such, Soul Society prepares their Soul Reapers to defend the duplicated Karakura. Ichigo goes to Las Noches again to save Orihime, who—this time—is alone with Ulquiorra.
December 4, 2008 ISBN: 978-4-08-874603-6 September 6, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3313-1
Chapter List:
  • -108. "Turn Back The Pendulum"
  • -107. "Turn Back The Pendulum 2"
  • -106. "Turn Back The Pendulum 3"
  • -105. "Turn Back The Pendulum 4"
  • -104. "Turn Back The Pendulum 5"
  • -103. "Turn Back The Pendulum 6"
  • -102. "Turn Back The Pendulum 7"
  • -101. "Turn Back The Pendulum 8"
  • -100. "Turn Back The Pendulum 9"
Cover Character:
  • Shinji Hirako (Shinigami)
Bleach Volume 36
Number Of Pages: 200
One hundred and ten years before the start of the series, the Visoreds are high-ranking Soul Reapers and Kisuke Urahara is made the captain of the 12th company. Since then, Urahara has turned the 12th company into the scientific division of the present. During that time, several Soul Reapers started to mysteriously disappear and the 9th company is sent to investigate. Eventually, Captain Kensei Muguruma and assistant captain Mashiro Kuna turn into Hollows that attack their fellow Soul Reapers. Several Soul Reapers, including Hachigen "Hachi" Ushōda from the company specialising in spells known as Kidō and Shinji Hirako from the 5th company, are sent to stop them. They subdue the Hollows, but are suddenly attacked by Shinji's assistant captain, Sōsuke Aizen.
February 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874628-9 December 6, 2011 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3314-8
Chapter List:
  • -99. "Turn Back The Pendulum 10"
  • -98. "Turn Back The Pendulum 11"
  • -97. "Let Stop The Pendulum"
  • 316. "Swang the Edge Down"
  • 317. "Six Hearts Will Beat As One"
  • 318. "Five Towers/Four Pillars"
  • 319. "Ants And Dragons"
  • 320. "Beauty is So Solitary"
  • 321. "Black Briers and Brambles"
  • 322. "Oath Under The Rose"
Cover Character:
  • Yumichika Ayasegawa
Bleach Volume 37
Number Of Pages: 216
Aizen reveals that his efforts to turning Soul Reapers into hollows is responsible for their recent disappearance. When Shinji and his comrades start turning into Hollows, Urahara and the Kidō company captain, Tessai, try to stop Aizen. Aizen escapes and Urahara tries to save the victims from Aizen's experiments. Aizen uses the court from Soul Society to frame Urahara and Tessai for the disappearance of Soul Reapers, but Yoruichi escapes with them to the human world with the Soul Reapers, who later become the Visoreds. In the present battle in Las Noches, Ichigo finds Orihime with help from his friends and initiates a battle with Ulquiorra. In order to make the Soul Reapers focus in confronting the Arrancar, Yamamoto traps Aizen, Gin and Tōsen in a fire prison. The Espada Baraggan Louisenbairn sends four Fracciones to destroy Karakura's protection from Soul Society, but they are confronted by the Soul Reapers Izuru Kira, 9th company assistant captain Shūhei Hisagi, Ikkaku Madarame and Yumichika Ayasegawa. Yumichika reveals the true form of his Zanpakutō and uses it to absorb the energy from his opponent.
Volume #38 - FEAR FOR FIGHT
April 3, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874649-4 February 7, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3597-5
Chapter List:
  • 323. "Gloomy, Ghastly and Full of Despair"
  • 324. "The Reaper"
  • 325. "Fear For Fight"
  • 326. "Knockdown Monster"
  • 327. "Knockdown Monsters"
  • 328. "The Knuckle Debate"
  • 329. "Raging Rampage"
  • 330. "Crossing Roads"
  • 331. "Don't Believe The Hide"
Cover Character:
  • Shūhei Hisagi (Shikai)
Bleach Volume 38
Number Of Pages: 200
Kira and Hisagi successfully use their zanpakutō to defeat their opponents. However, Ikkaku is defeated as he does not want to use his bankai in front of all the Soul Reapers, and thus, one of the four pillars protecting Karakura is destroyed. Before Ikkaku is killed, Captain Sajin Komamura confronts Ikkaku's enemy and easily defeats him with his bankai. As the four arrancar attacking Karakura were killed, the top three Espada and their Fracciones confront the Soul Reaper captains and captain assistants. While Matsumoto faces the Espada Tier Harribel's three Fracciones, Hitsugaya confronts Harribel herself. Meanwhile Captain Soi-Fong and her Luitenant, Marechiyo Ōmaeda, fight Baraggan Louisenbairn's last two Fracciones with Ōmaeda managing to knock out his opponent.
Volume #39 - EL VERDUGO
June 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874674-6 April 3, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-3598-2
Chapter List:
  • 332. "Stingy Stinger"
  • 333. "Ash & Salamander"
  • 334. "Dregs of Hypnosis"
  • 335. "Chimaera chord"
  • 336. "El Verdugo"
  • 337. "Hall In Your Inferno"
  • 338. "Fall Into My Inferno"
  • 339. "The Deathbringer Numbers"
  • 340. "The Antagonizer"
Cover Character:
  • Ayon
Bleach Volume 39
Number Of Pages: 192
After receiving some unneeded help from Ōmaeda, Soi-Fong defeats Baraggan's last Fracción and prepares to fight Baraggan. Matsumoto continues fighting against Harribel's Fracciones and when she is overpowered, she is aided by Hinamori, who decided she will fight Aizen despite how much she used to admire him. Kyōraku confronts Starrk, leaving the latter's Fracción, Lilinette Gingerback, to face Ukitake, who is unwilling to attack her due to the fact she looks like a kid. Meanwhile, Harribel's Fracciones summon, Ayon, their Hollow "pet" which seriously injures both Matsumoto and Hinamori. Kira, Hisagi, and the 7th company assistant captain Tetsuzaemon Iba fail to stop the Arrancar, which is later incinerated by Yamamoto. As Yamamoto easily disposes of Harribel's Fracciones, Harribel reveals herself to be the 3rd Espada, and Starrk shows he is the 1st, leaving Baraggan as the 2nd. Back in Hueco Mundo, Ichigo fights Ulquiorra; although neither of them use all their powers, Ulquiorra continues overpowering Ichigo.
Volume #40 - THE LUST
August 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874712-5 June 5, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4137-2
Chapter List:
  • 341. "The Envy"
  • 342. "The Greed"
  • 343. "The Gluttony"
  • 344. "The Pride"
  • 345. "The Sloth"
  • 346. "The Wrath"
  • 347. "The Lust"
  • 348. "The Lust 2"
  • 349. "The Lust 3"
Cover Character:
  • Ulquiorra Cifer (Resurrección)
Bleach Volume 40
Number Of Pages: 192
Orihime shields Ichigo from one of Ulquiorra's attacks, but Ichigo requests her to let him fight alone. While the battle continues, the arrancar Loly and Menoly try to torture Orihime once again. They are interrupted and killed by the Espada Yammy, who has grown angry with their actions. Before he is about to kill Orihime, Uryū stops Yammy, throwing him out of the tower they were fighting in. With Uryū protecting Orihime, Ichigo uses his Hollow powers to confront Ulquiorra. However, Ulquiorra releases his Zanpakutō which increases his powers to the point that Ichigo is virtually helpless before him. As Ichigo refuses to give up, Ulquiorra makes a second Zanpakutō release and blows a hole in Ichigo's chest. Uryū tries to fight Ulquiorra to give Orihime time to heal Ichigo, but when Orihime notes he is dead, she shouts for help, causing Ichigo's body to undergo a new transformation.
Volume #41 - HEART
October 2, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874734-7 June 5, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4138-9
Chapter List:
  • 350. "The Lust 4"
  • 351. "The Lust 5"
  • 352. "The Lust 6"
  • 353. "The Ash"
  • 354. "Heart"
  • 355. "Azul-Blood Splash"
  • 356. "Tyrant of Skulls"
  • 357. "The Colossus of Fear"
  • 358. "King of the Clouds"
Cover Character:
  • Yammy Llargo
Bleach Volume 41
Number Of Pages: 192
Now turned into a berserker Hollow, Ichigo attacks Ulquiorra until he is stopped by Uryū just before delivering the final blow. However, Ichigo sees his friends as enemies and before he attacks them, Ulquiorra knocks him out. Ichigo's body returns to its Soul Reaper state, but before he can continue fighting, Ulquiorra's body is destroyed as a result of receiving the previous attacks. With Ulquiorra dead, Yammy proceeds to fight Rukia, Chad and Renji. Meanwhile, in the fake Karakura Town, Suì-Fēng and Ōmaeda confront Baraggan who overpowers them in his released form. Hitsugaya is also surpassed by Harribel's released state, and is forced to use the full power from his bankai to counterattack.
December 4, 2009 ISBN: 978-4-08-874762-0 July 3, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4139-6
Chapter List:
  • 359. "The Frozen Obelisk"
  • 360. "Shock of the Queen"
  • 361. "I Hate Loneliness, But It Loves Me"
  • 362. "Howling Wolves"
  • 363. "Superchunky From Hell"
  • 364. "Grinning Revengers"
  • 365. "Whose Side Are We On"
  • 366. "The Revenger's High"
  • 367. "Your Enemy Is My Enemy"
Cover Character:
  • Tier Harribel (Resurrección)
Bleach Volume 42
Number Of Pages: 192
With their bankai, Hitsugaya and Soi-Fong temporarily overpower their opponents. Starrk releases his Zanpakutō by merging with Lilynette, forcing Ukitake to jump in to help Kyoraku. Arrancar Wonderweiss Margera arrives to aid the Espada, gravely injuring Ukitake, and Starrk wounds Kyōraku. As Wonderweiss' pet Hollow, Fura, frees Aizen, Gin and Tōsen from Yamamoto's fire-prison, and the Visored come to the Captains' defense. They quickly defeat Fura and then proceed to assist the captains, with Lisa Yadomaru and Hiyori helping Hitsugaya against Harribel, Hachi joining Soi-Fong and Ōmaeda against Baraggan and Love Aikawa and Rōjūrō "Rose" Otoribashi taking Kyōraku and Ukitake's places against Starrk. Komamura and an exhausted Hisagi then prepare to face Tōsen.
February 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-874794-1 July 3, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4296-6
Chapter List:
  • 368. "The Fearless Child"
  • 369. "Spit On Your Own God"
  • 370. "Debating Life From the Throne of God" (神の視座にて 命を論ず Kami no Shiza nite Inochi o Ronzu)
  • 371. "Kingdom of Hollows"
  • 372. "The Metal Cudgel Flinger"
  • 373. "Wolves Ain't Howl Alone"
  • 374. "Gray Wolf, Red Blood, Black Clothing, White Bone" (灰狼・赤血・黒衣・白骨 Kairō, Sekketsu, Kokui, Hakkotsu)
  • 375. "Execution, Extinction"
  • 376. "Execution, Extinction 2"
  • 377. "Shout at the Dark"
Cover Character:
  • Baraggan Louisenbairn (Resurrección)
Bleach Volume 43
Number Of Pages: 208
Sui-Feng and Hachi join forces and defeat Baraggan, but Love and Rose are overwhelmed by Starrk's abilities. However, Kyōraku returns and defeats Starrk with the full power of his released zanpakutō. After witnessing Baraggan's and Starrk's deaths, Aizen steps in Harribel's fight and wounds her, proclaiming that she and the other Espada were too weak to serve him. He and Gin then prepare to fight nearly all their remaining enemies by themselves. Meanwhile, Mashiro is defeated by Wonderweiss and Kensei takes her place. Aizen provokes his enemies into attacking him and Hiyori is severely injured by Gin as a result.
Volume #44 - VICE IT
April 2, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870020-5 August 7, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4297-3
Chapter List:
  • 378. "Eyes of the Victor"
  • 379. "Falta de Armonía"
  • 380. "Devil, Devil, Devil, Devil"
  • 381. "Words Just Don't Like You"
  • 382. "The United Front [Discordeque Mix]"
  • 383. "Too Early to Trust"
  • 384. "Can't Fear Your Own Sword"
  • 385. "Vice It"
Cover Character:
  • Kaname Tōsen
Bleach Volume 44
Number Of Pages: 192
Ichigo re-enters Las Noches to fight Yammy, who — now revealed as the strongest Espada — has defeated all of his friends. The clash is interrupted by Kenpachi and Byakuya, with the former battling Yammy and the latter convincing Ichigo to return to Karakura to protect it from Aizen, while Unohana accompanies him. In the meantime, Shinji starts fighting Aizen, while Tōsen attacks his former comrades, Komamura and Hisagi, with his new Hollow powers. Turned into a Hollow, Tōsen overwhelms Komamura, but before finishing him, his neck is stabbed by Hisagi and he falls, defeated.
June 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870046-5 August 7, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4298-0
Chapter List:
  • 387. "Ignited"
  • 388. "Eagle Without Wings 2 [Extreme Battlemasters Mix]"
  • 389. "Winged Eagles 2"
  • 390. "Beyond the Death Understanding"
  • 391. "The Blazing Glaciers"
  • 392. "The Breaking Glaciers"
  • 393. "The Burnout Inferno"
  • 394. "The Burnout Inferno 2"
  • 395. "The Burnout Inferno 3"
Cover Character:
  • Captain-Commander Genryūsai Yamamoto
Bleach Volume 45
Number Of Pages: 192
As Tōsen dies, Ichigo and Unohana arrive in fake Karakura Town. Ichigo's first attempt to kill Aizen fails, but the remaining captains and Visoreds jump to his defense, attempting to give Ichigo an opening that will finish the fight. But despite their combined efforts, Aizen defeats all his enemies single-handedly, prompting Yamamoto to join the fray. Yamamoto prepares an attack that will incinerate the both of them, but by sacrificing Wonderweiss, Aizen causes Yamamoto's Zanpakutō to backfire, defeating him. However, Yamamoto manages to catch him off-guard and wound him with his last strength. With the needed opportunity, Ichigo strikes at Aizen again.
Volume #46 - BACK FROM BLIND
August 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870085-4 September 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4299-7
Chapter List:
  • 396. "The Bite"
  • 397. "Edge of the Silence"
  • 398. "Back from Blind"
  • 399. "Deicide"
  • 400. "Deicide 2"
  • 401. "Deicide 3"
  • 402. "Deicide 4"
  • 403. "Deicide 5"
  • 404. "Deicide 6"
Cover Character:
  • Rangiku Matsumoto
Bleach Volume 46
Number Of Pages: 192
Although Ichigo's attack wounds Aizen, he is regenerated by the Hōgyoku, which he has merged himself with. Aizen explains to Ichigo that his growth from the time he met Rukia has been part of his plans, but is interrupted by Isshin. Isshin calms Ichigo, who battles Gin, while he confronts Aizen. As Aizen is weakened in battle, the Hōgyoku starts transforming his body into a greater form. Urahara and Yoruichi arrive and join Isshin in fighting Aizen, but all their methods are ineffective. Meanwhile, a wounded Matsumoto tries to get to Gin.
October 4, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870110-3 September 4, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4300-0
Chapter List:
  • 405. "Deicide 7"
  • 406. "Deicide 8 End of the Chrysalis Age"
  • 407. "Deicide 9"
  • 408. "Deicide 10"
  • 409. "Deicide 11"
  • 410. "Deicide 12"
  • 411. "Deicide 13"
  • 412. "Deicide 14"
  • 413. "Deicide 15"
Cover Character:
  • Gin Ichimaru (Commander of Arrancar Army)
Bleach Volume 47
Number Of Pages: 192
As the Hōgyoku transforms Aizen, he is able to defeat Yoruichi, Urahara and Isshin, and leaves with Gin to the real Karakura. Isshin takes Ichigo to a parallel dimension between both Karakuras where the time spent there is longer than in other worlds. Ichigo then goes into his inner conscience to make Zangetsu's spirit teach him his strongest technique to defeat Aizen, but he refuses and starts attacking him alongside his Hollow self. In the real Karakura, Aizen decides to kill Ichigo's friends, knowing about his current training and wishing to increase his anger. Matsumoto arrives at the real Karakura, but she is stopped by Gin. Matsumoto demands an explanation for Gin's betrayal, but Gin seemingly stabs her and returns to Aizen.
Volume #48 - GOD IS DEAD
December 3, 2010 ISBN: 978-4-08-870144-8 October 2nd, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-4215-4301-7
Chapter List:
  • 414. "Deicide 16"
  • 415. "Deicide 17"
  • 416. "Deicide 18 [The End]"
  • 417. "Deicide 19"
  • 418. "Deicide 20"
  • 419. "Deicide 21 [Transcendent God Rock]"
  • 420. "Deicide 22"
  • 421. "Deicide 23"
  • 422. "The Silent Victory"
  • 423. "Bleach My Soul"
Cover Character:
  • Sōsuke Aizen (Hōgyoku Hybrid)
Bleach Volume 48
Number Of Pages: 222
Gin turns on Aizen, as he was always planning to, and tries to steal the Hōgyoku. Aizen transforms again and easily cuts down Gin, leaving him near death. As Matsumoto goes to see Gin, Ichigo arrives and takes Aizen away from Karakura Town. Although Ichigo easily overpowers Aizen, Aizen continues evolving due to the Hōgyoku. Therefore, Ichigo uses the technique Zangetsu taught him to weaken Aizen at the price of his Soul Reaper powers. As Aizen tries to continue fighting, a kido spell placed on him by Urahara earlier activates, sealing Aizen away. While Soul Society recovers and Aizen is imprisoned, Ichigo loses the last of his powers and bids farewell to Rukia.