Bleach – 359
「哀しみの戦い！一護VS茶渡＆織姫！ 」 (Kanashimi no tatakai! Ichigo VS Sado & Orihime! )
“Kanashimi no tatakai! Ichigo VS Sado & Orihime! “
Isshin and Urahara carry a sword glowing with reiatsu as they walk through the streets at night.
After Ichigo encounters Tsukishima at his home, he runs into Ginjou who takes him to another safe house. In frustration, Ichigo lashes out, but Ginjou tells him it’s nobody’s fault. Ginjou surmises that Tsukishima’s power allows him to manipulate the past, placing himself in the pasts of the people he cut. He tells Ichigo that their friends and family now think of them as the crazy ones, and that even killing Tsukishima may not necessarily revert the effects.
Yukio suddenly appears in their hideout though, and reveals that he had a tracking marker on Ginjou. Ginjou and Ichigo try to flee, but Yukio tells them to go back with him. Determined to kill Tsukishima, Ichigo agrees. They go to Tsukishima’s mansion, but when he goes in he finds all of his friends inside welcoming him. They continue to egg him to apologize to Tsukishima. Ichigo is unable to withstand the stress and runs upstairs after Tsukishima, only to find himself surrounded by the other fullbringers. Ginjou tells him that he destroyed the stairwell, allowing Ichigo to release and fight without restraint. He immediately charges Tsukishima, attacking him furiously.
Ichigo injures Tsukishima, but Inoue and Chad arrive and protect him. Chad tells him how Tsukishima had helped them save Rukia and Inoue, and defeat Aizen.
With these turn of events, we see a very different side of Ichigo — first, one of him in panic and horror, then one seething with a dark anger and determination to murder. I don’t blame him for wanting to kill Tsukishima though, as I certainly would have wanted to do the same if placed in his shoes. Tsukishima is seriously getting into the act though, and is deliberately trolling Ichigo by inviting him to his house where all his friends and family are gathered, telling him what a great guy Tsukishima is. Ichigo is quickly cracking as he’s backed into a corner, and all he can think of now is to kill him as soon as possible.
He soon gets a chance to put his new powers to the test, and does pretty well in a short period of time. Even though I’ve made clear my distaste for this arc, I’ll admit that things are a lot more epic when animated. A determined Ichigo is an effective Ichigo, but unfortunately there’s no way Tsukishima is giving him a straight fight, as Chad and Inoue have also fallen under his spell and now rush to his defense. That’s likely to be enough to shut down Ichigo’s attack as there is no way he could attack his friends, and if I remember correctly from the manga, things will continue to get worse for him.