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Having fulfilled their objective, the Shinigami begin to leave as Ichigo and Kūgo fight.
As Kūgo reminds Ichigo that Xcution's members all had parents who were attacked by a Hollow and that he has some Hollow in him, the pair clash. To Rukia's surprise, Byakuya, Ikkaku, Kenpachi and Hitsugaya turn to leave. Byakuya reminds her that they were only tasked with observing Ichigo and his decision. Kenpachi interjects that he only came because he was bored. Hitsugaya states that they knew that if a new Substitute Shinigami ever appeared, Kūgo would take an interest in them. The captains had agreed to use that Substitute to lure out Kūgo and get rid of them both.
But when they encountered Ichigo, Soul Society changed and they shared their power with Ichigo to restore his powers and went to watch over him instead of killing him. He reminds Rukia of her reaction to being told to observe Ichigo and acknowledges that she was correct. Hitsugaya states that he is glad Ichigo is the one that followed Kūgo.
As he fights Ichigo, Kūgo ponders Ichigo's actions and remarks that he intends to crush the Shinigami that betrayed him. He attacks Ichigo, who blocks the attack and slashes Kūgo across the chest. chapters