In Soul Society, Zaraki continues to battle Tenken, Yoruichi continues to battle Tobiume and Haineko, and Yamamoto, Hitsugaya, Ukitake, and Kyouraku continue to try to get out of Ryuujin Jakka's flames. Over in the real world, Ishida and Sado engage in battle with Muramasa, however Muramasa has Senbonzakura on his side. He is able to incapacitate Sado by entering his inner world, but shortly thereafter, Rukia arrives to help. Muramasa opts to keep them busy by bringing forth a group of Hollows, and he personally makes his way to the tree where his master is being kept. Sado was able to regain himself and defend off the Hollows while Rukia tries to stop Muramasa. However he's able to free Kouga, and Ichigo doesn't show up until it's too late to stop the process.