Having now seen the bakkoutou, Yamamoto explains that the Kasumiooji family has been producing swords for generations and has kept the forging process a secret. Because of what’s been going on, he orders the Kasumiooji estate to be stormed and leaves Byakuya in charge. This leads to a halt in the fighting between Rukia and Rangiku, but the peace is short-lived because they soon come under attack by Kasumiooji family assassins who are all wielding bakkoutou. Another set of assassins attack Ichigo and Shuu, and after Rukia catches up, Ichigo decides to have her and Shuu go on ahead while he fights. The rest of the Shinigami meanwhile start to overwhelm their opponents, and with some help from Soi Fon and Yoruichi, they capture the workshop where the bakkoutou are forged. This leaves Kumoi with little in terms of options, so he decides to take Rurichiyo hostage.
Ichigo, however, finds them and quickly takes down the remaining guards, but he’s stopped because Kumoi threatens Rurichiyo’s life. When Kumoi refuses to reveal what his real objective is, Rurichiyo speaks for him and reveals that he plans to destroy the order in Soul Society and take power as head of the nobles. Hearing this pisses Ichigo off, but everything gets interrupted when Amagai suddenly appears. He surprisingly steps in between Ichigo and Rurichiyo, and after slaying Kumoi in one swing, he collects all the eyeballs from the used bakkoutou. Amagai then creates a blinding light and proceeds to disappear with Rurichiyo. Once Amagai is gone, the dying Kumoi wonders aloud why this happened since he had done everything that Amagai had told him to. As it dawns on Ichigo and company that Amagai was working with Kumoi, Amagai meanwhile has taken Rurichiyo to Yamamoto.
I had been wondering how they were going to get rid of Amagai at the end of this arc if he had remained a good guy since it could have potentially screwed up the manga story. I guess he could have stuck around like Ririn and friends did, but for now, it looks like that won’t be a problem because Amagai’s going to be the final boss after all. I have to say though that a part of me thinks that the writers could try to pull another reversal or something, but maybe I’m just too used to all the plot twists in CODE GEASS. In any case, I suspect that this revelation means that the anime original arc won’t be able to finish before the new season begins next month, and if that is indeed the case, then they probably won’t be returning to the manga story until next year. A preview for next week might have hinted at what direction the story is going, but there was actually none this week. If this story does continue on though, what I really hope they cut down on is the use of the Kasumiooji family assassins who remind me of zombies with the way they get back up. I groan every time they appear because it’s just a waste of time for Ichigo and company to be fighting them.