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As Ichigo battles Ivan, the group of strangers declare war on Yamamoto and Sasakibe is injured.
When one of the group of strangers questions the level of security in the Captain-Commander's chamber, Yamamoto tells him that he himself is the best security there is. In Karakura Town, Ichigo fends of an attack from Ivan and wonders just what Ivan is, noting that he has a bracelet similar to Uryū's, but yet has a mask fragment that only an Arrancar should have. Ivan continues to attack and repeatedly taunts Ichigo. Ichigo realizes this, but decides that he has little choice in the matter and activates his Bankai. Ivan is pleased by this and notes to himself that it will be the end of Ichigo's Bankai as he prepares a special technique. As Ichigo wonders what is happening, Ivan chants an incantation, damaging Ichigo's arm. However, the Substitute Shinigami quickly breaks free from the attack and fires a Getsuga Tenshō at a stunned Ivan.
In the Captain-Commander's chamber, Yamamoto witnesses Sasakibe being thrown across the room with a large arrow through his body. The stranger tells him to praise the lieutenant for showing him what his fate would be and states that after fighting and sacrificing everything, Soul Society will be destroyed in five days by the "Vandenreich"..