As word spreads in Soul Society that Ichigo is en-route, the SRDI comes under attack and Quilge is brutally attacked by an unknown assailant.
In Soul Society, Rin Tsubokura receives a message that transmitter swords will be placed at every battlefield, so that Rin can send direct messages to the fighters when they are ready. Rin then sends out a message to all Shinigami in Seireitei that Ichigo is currently heading to Soul Society. He then divulges that the Quincy are unable to steal his Bankai, as confirmed by the Research and Development Institute. Various Shinigami react to this information. However, Akon then discovers that Ichigo's reiatsu in Garganta has vanished. In the Garganta, Ichigo struggles to escape from Quilge Opie's jail. He attempts to contact Akon, but while Ichigo can hear Akon, Akon is unable to hear Ichigo. In Soul Society, Jidanbō attacks the Research and Development Institute. Hiyosu tries to seal the area, but he is attacked by Rin. With a blank expression on his face, Jidanbō prepares to attack again without saying anything.
Meanwhile, Ichigo starts hearing not only the Research and Development Institute, but many people throughout in Seireitei that are near the transmitter swords. After hearing their words, Ichigo renews his attempt to break out of the jail he is in. Quilge reveals that he was given the letter "J" by his majesty for Quilge Opie of "The Jail". He then turns to Orihime and Sado, preparing to kill them but he is suddenly cleaved in two from behind. A sword's blade then appears at Urahara's neck, with the wielder's identity remaining a mystery.