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The Gotei 13's captains and lieutenants square off against the Sternritter.
Captain Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi receives a report about the casualties his Division suffered in the Vandenreich assault, including the disappearance of the reiatsu of Izuru and other senior officers. His opponent, Sternritter "U", NaNaNa Najahkoop, asks about the report, but Rōjūrō refuses to elaborate. The pair exchange words, with Rōjūrō commenting that Izuru inspires him to play guitar and that he would be very sad if Izuru died. Meanwhile, Stern Ritter "F", Äs Nödt, makes short work of the lower-ranked Shinigami, who are unable to injure him. The manner of their deaths prompts one Shinigami to flee. He is then attacked by lieutenant Renji Abarai. However, Renji's strikes have no affect upon him. Renji is attacked from above by another enemy, but Byakuya blocks the attack and tells Renji that they should crush their enemies.
Elsewhere, Captain Komamura stops Stern Ritter "E", Bambietta Basterbine, from her slaughter of the Shinigami, while Hisagi, Shunsui, Suì-Fēng and Hitsugaya each encounter a member of the Vandenreich.