Bleach – 357, 358
「忍び寄る脅威…月島の能力！」 (Shinobiyoru kyoui…Tsukishima no nouryoku! )
“Creeping Menace…Tsukishima’s Ability!”
Ginjou contains the power of Ichigo’s transformation as his full-bring is completed, and he welcomes him to the Xcution. Inoue and Chad leave Yukio’s video game and head to school as Ichigo continues training. Chad wonders if Tsukishima is actually trying to force Ichigo to develop his full-bring powers. Inoue states that she realized Tsukishima now exist in some of her old memories.
Ginjou tells the other members of the Xcution that Tsukishima will likely attack soon, and they will all be in danger. At school, both Chad and Inoue notice traces of a strong reiatsu on their friends, and wonder if Tsukishima was be involved. They attempt to investigate, but run into Riruka who tries to tell them to give it up. They are also unable to contact Ishida, and attempt to find Sushigawara instead. That also proves unsuccessful, and Riruka, who had been following them, is stabbed by Tsukishima. Chad and Inoue fight Tsukishima, but their memories continue to change to show Tsukishima as an old friend, and eventually they fall unconscious.
「激突！？銀城を襲う 」 (Gekitotsu!? Ginjou o osou)
“Clash?! Xcution Attacks Ginjou”
Ishida arrives at the scene, but Tsukishima, Chad, and Inoue are gone. He goes to their school and runs into Keigo and Mizuiro, and senses another reiatsu on them, deducing it was the same one who had attacked him and contacted Chad and Inoue. He goes to Ichigo’s house to ask if anything was wrong, but Karin denies that anything unusual happened, and he also finds nobody at the Unagiya shop. Inside Yukio’s fullbring, Ichigo completes his stamina training, and Ginjou explains that his shinigami powers are also beginning to return. Ichigo releases his complete fullbring, and he easily defeats the hollows summoned by Yukio. After he leaves however, Ginjou is suddenly attacked by the other members of Xcution.
Ichigo arrives at home, only to find Tsukishima sitting in his living room, with his sisters referring to him as their cousin “Shuu-chan”. Shocked and furious, Ichigo confronts Tsukishima, just as Ichigo’s friends arrive. Tsukishima calls Inoue and Chad as well to ask them to come, and Ichigo punches him, to the horror of the others. He runs out of the house, and Ikumi picks him up and takes him to her shop. However, Tsukishima arrives as well and Ichigo flees again in confusion. He runs into Ginjou, who reveals that Tsukishima had also gotten the other members of the Xcution.
They may be trying to work together to find out what’s going on, but saying “it’s nothing” to each other every time they sense something wrong is also not helping. It may not have mattered either way though, as Tsukishima’s powers kick in and his highly-crafted scheme works just as planned, but at least Ichigo would have an inkling about what’s really going on around him, instead of being left completely mind-fucked as all his friends and family now casually refer to Tsukishima as an old friend. It’s pretty clear now that Tsukishima’s power is to insert himself into people’s pasts by stabbing them with his fullbring (yes that is a ridiculous ability).
The episode really brought out the horror Ichigo was feeling, with the color tone changes and dramatic frames, and I don’t really blame him. Luckily for him he’s not completely alone as Ishida and Ginjou aren’t affected yet, but they are still neck-deep in a very large pile of crap. Of course, Urahara and Isshin will show up whenever they feel like to save the day, but for now expect things to continue going downhill. It’ll be difficult for Ichigo to duel it out with Tsukishima since he has all his friends and family under his control, and this issue is made clear by their reaction to Ichigo attacking Tsukishima. The fact that all the fullbringers besides Ginjou are also on Tsukishima’s side now complicates things further, and Ichigo is left looking very pathetic as he is completely out of options.