Zaraki Kenpachi appears just in time to save Kira, and almost everyone is surprised to see him. Wabisuke tries to attack him right away, but Zaraki is able to finish Wabisuke off in one swing, breaking the Zanpakutou. Yachiru then explains that she and Zaraki were out in Rukongai and had gotten lost on their way back, and that's why they're so late. Since it's apparent that Zaraki has his eye on Byakuya, Senbonzakura steps in and tries to use his bankai, but Zaraki dispels it with one huge blast of spiritual power by taking off his eyepatch. This also has the effect of scattering everyone so that just Zaraki and Byakuya remain at the center of where the blast was. Meanwhile, Yumichika continues to struggle against Ruri-iro Kujaku, but he manages to free himself from the vines by expending a lot of his own power. He then gets Ruri-iro Kujaku to bring out the vines again, and he successfully uses a spell to bind them so that he can get in the finishing blow. This wins him the battle, but he loses consciousness soon after. Elsewhere, Ichigo starts fighting Senbonzakura again, and Soifon faces her own Zanpakutou. Back in the main area, Zaraki attacks Byakuya, and the two trade blows. Zaraki is quite happy to be having this battle and forces Byakuya to fight seriously.