Bleach – 356
「敵か味方か！？銀城の見えない心！ 」 (Teki ka mikata ka!? Ginjou no mienai kokoro!)
“Foe or Friend?! Ginjou’s Unseen Heart!”
Ichigo is pummeled by Ginjou, and Inoue is brought in to heal him. Chad also enters the video game, and begins training in a separate room. Chad privately reveals that Tsukishima had slashed him, yet no one had noticed and there was no wound.
Ginjou attempts to attack Ichigo before the healing is complete, but Inoue repels him with a reactive shield, showing that she had not been idle in the past months. Ginjou and Ichigo resume training, and Riruka also enters to watch and snack. She reluctantly shares some doughnuts with Inoue, who mentions to her that both her parents and brother are dead. Inoue says that Ichigo has already saved her, but Riruka storms off, visibly upset.
Ichigo wonders why he can feel nothing out of Ginjou’s sword, and wonders if he really trusts Ginjou. While he is distracted though, Ginjou slashes his eyes, stating that he will “drag him back into the battlefield”. Yukio traps Inoue in a restricted area, as a blind Ichigo attempts to battle Ginjou. He is cut down, and Ginjou states that he will kill Chad and Inoue along with him. Ichigo suddenly realizes he can see Ginjou’s reiatsu and rushes at him. At that moment Ichigo’s fullbring form is completed, and Ginjou shows that he had only been pretending to be the bad guy.
Ichigo finishes his usual shounen training regimen, and this time he even gets to go through the blind swordsman procedure (we all know that real swordsman don’t rely on their eyes to fight). Ginjou’s attitude and actions were far more violent than I would have expected, but he waves it away under the pretext of forcing out Ichigo’s powers (to be honest, this is the way he has always used to power up). Threatening the lives of his friends is clearly very effective, and Ichigo finally manages to complete his fullbring powers. That’s not going to last too long though, which is fortunate for us since his fullbring form looks kind of lame. Regardless, he’ll need them for now, as the situation continues to deteriorate and Chad gets cut as well by Tsukishima with his memory-altering abilities. Urahara, Isshin, and Rukia continue their own secret scheme, and Ichigo and his friends continue to be completely clueless to the true nature of everything happening around them. And I myself just want to see the end of this arc, especially as Kubo is bringing out the new material soon.