「学校間抗争！？一護と雨竜、共闘！」 (Gakkou kan kousou!? Ichigo to Uryuu, kyoutou!)
“A Dispute in School?! Ichigo and Uryuu, Fight Together!”
Ishida and Ichigo beat up the punks at the gate to the school, and bicker about who’s business it is. However, Ichigo’s boss Ikumi shows up suddenly and hauls him off, solding him for ditching work. She puts Ichigo to work doing odd services for her shop Unagiya. However the man Ichigo helped previously shows up at the shop and requests a background check on Isshin. He then tells Ichigo that he knows nothing about his family.
Ichigo’s sister Karin also pays a visit to the Urahara shop to buy various spiritual goods. Urahara asks if everything with Ichigo has been the same, and she tells him that it’s best to keep things the way they are now. The man tells Ichigo to go to the Urahara shop, and he arrives just in time to see Karin leave. He then questions Ichigo about what he really knows about Urahara, and asks if he wants to protect his family. Ichigo requests his name, and he introduces himself as Kuugo Ginjou and hands Ichigo a black card that reads “welcome to the Xcution” before leaving.
Inoue and Ishida both sense a strange reiatsu around Ichigo, and both of them decide independently to visit Ichigo and ask him whether anything was wrong. Near Ichigo’s house, Ishida sees an unknown person reading a book and running at high speed. When Ishida gives chase however, the man suddenly attacks him and cuts him down.
I have to say it was pretty amusing seeing Ichigo and Ishida of them beating up low level delinquents like nobodies’ business while arguing with each other at the same time, especially how Ishida literally face-palmed a punk 10 meters into a pole. Ikumi and her son also make an appearance, but even now in the manga it’s unknown what role they will play in this arc, if any.
Things are quickly becoming more serious though as plot development starts to speed up. I didn’t realize how big Ginjou really was until this episode either and he really can be pretty intimidating. I’m glad to see that Ichigo doesn’t buy any of his coincidence bullshit though, and it’s pretty obvious Ginjou is trying to send him some subtle messages. Honestly, it seems like everyone is after Ichigo for one reason or another, and the poor guy can’t even graduate from high school properly. Ishida is out of commission early in the arc again as well, and because of that, Ichigo will finally be paying a visit to the “Xcution” by the next episode.