Ichigo finally arrives in Soul Society.
As Akon comments upon how he had finally managed to open something from his side, he collapses with several blades jutting from his back. Shaz Domino introduces himself and starts to talk about his power.
Ichigo bursts forth form the sky and goes to Byakuya. He tells the captain that Rukia and Renji are still alive. Byakuya then tells Ichigo he does not have much time left and asks Ichigo to protect Soul Society. As Juhabach and Haschwald note Ichigo's reiatsu, Haschwald asks if he should eliminate Ichigo. Juhabach says no and that they are leaving, but Ichigo arrives at that moment.