As the various divisions spread out across Soul Society, Ichigo and Amagai receive Kira’s message about Rurichiyo. On their way to save her, they see her kidnappers carrying her in the opposite direction, so Amagai decides that he and Ichigo will give chase while his men go to Kira. These men arrive at the arena to find Kira fighting Kibune, and the latter responds by sending his massive blade spinning towards them. Kira protects his men by using Wabisuke to weigh down Kibune’s zanpaktou, and afterwards, he questions why Kibune is involved with the Kasumiooji family. Kibune thinks that Kira doesn’t need to know, but he does reveal that there is a great power in the Kasumiooji family, and he wants to use that power to become stronger. Kibune then attacks again with his zanpaktou – despite its weight – and the force of it sends Kira hurtling backwards into the nearby tower. When Kibune comes inside after him, Kira hides and questions why Kibune wants more power when he’s already got so much. This angers Kibune because he sacrificed a lot for this. He eventually finds Kira again, but Kira surprises him by using a demon spell. While Kibune is subsequently down, Kira leaps forward for the killing blow, and this gives Kibune no choice but to reveal the bakkoutou around his left arm.
Kibune uses this to repel Kira and to to send his blade against Kira with even more force, and this knocks Kira back outside. After explaining what a bakkoutou is, Kibune reveals that he’s using it to gain power. He had felt wronged because he had strength yet no one acknowledged it. Back when he was at the academy, he had done quite well, yet he never got an offer to join a division. Kibune had been instructed to think about what he was lacking and had trained until he was finally allowed in. However, he was ruthless in destroying Hollows and took out even other Shinigami who were in his way, and that didn’t sit so well with everyone else. He had been put on an expeditionary team, and that continued until he received the bakkoutou. Having this new power made him think that no one could ignore him any more, but he now feels that it’s still not enough. He despises Kira because he thinks Kira is weak and undeserving of his position, and Kibune uses his power to direct his zanpaktou towards Kira again. This knocks Kira to the ground, and Kibune goes in for the kill.
I realize how important having power and being strong is in shounen series like Bleach, but I still have to say that Kibune’s raison d’être is quite weak story-wise. All he apparently cares about is getting stronger and having everyone acknowledge him – as opposed to taking over the world or destroying Soul Society or something grandiose like that. I guess it just goes to show you how minor of a villain he is, and I’m sure that Kumoi will prove to be a bigger threat with bigger plans. At this point though, I’d just like to see Kibune get smacked down by someone really strong such as Ichigo or Amagai so that we can move on. It looks, however, like this will stay Kira’s fight and will drag on a bit longer through next week’s episode. I just hope Kira doesn’t attempt to resolve everything by doing something like trying to convince Kibune that he’s mistaken in his ways.