「一護VS雨竜！？裏切り者は誰だ！ 」 (Ichigo VS Uryuu!? Uragirimono wa dare da!)
“Ichigo vs Uryuu?! Who is the Traitor?! “
Ichigo continues to fight against Tsukishima and Ginjou faces off against the fullbringers. Tsukishima explains his power is to splice the pasts of those he cuts into something different, and states that Ichigo is the only one living a false life. Ichigo tries to attack Tsukishima, but Chad and Inoue interfere again. They take their fight outside, where Tsukishima notes how Ichigo has increased his speed and has begun regaining old powers.
In another room, Ginjou defends himself, but Sushigawara breaks his sword hilt with a punch. He explains his fullbring “Jackpot Knuckle” as the ability to manipulate odds. As Ichigo’s fullbring is complete though, they state that it is time, and Sushigawara uses a punch to blast Ginjou outside. As Tsukishima is about to strike Ichigo, Ginjou intercepts his blade and falls to the ground. Initially he seems to be unchanged, and Ichigo is relieved. Ishida suddenly arrives on the scene however, and tells Ichigo to get out of the way as he reveals that Ginjou was the one who attacked him. However Ginjou immediately cuts down Ichigo, and Tsukishima slashes Ishida. Ginjou explains that he was never actually allied with Ichigo and that he had been cut twice by Tsukishima. He then stabs him with his sword and claims Ichigo’s fullbring as his own.
I don’t think I was imagining the soft whispering in the BGM I heard throughout the episode, but it definitely brought out the desired effect. There’s no surprise for manga readers here but this was definitely the biggest twist in the whole arc. While there were various hints that Ginjou wasn’t quite what he claimed to be, he always brushed them off convincingly, even to the viewers. And indeed it made perfect sense since Ginjou truly believed that Tsukishima was an enemy, much as Ichigo’s friends now whole-heartedly think of him as a friend. Not only does Ichigo have absolutely no allies now aside from Ishida, who is immediately defeated (their lack of communicate no doubt contributed to that), but now he finds out that he has been played all along and the whole fullbringer business was a sham using him as a pawn. I don’t really know if it was necessary to portray Ginjou and Tsukishima as the epitome of pure evil, but they sure as hell fit every stereotype, all the way down to the maniac laughing and the in-depth explanation of their master plans. So yes, Ichigo has been utterly crushed and defeated, but luckily for him, help is on the way, in the form of all of his shinigami friends. At least, those battles will be something to look forward to as the full-bringers get the ass-kicking they deserve.