Bleach Episode 25: A Breakthrough into the Seireitei
In this episode of the popular anime series Bleach, Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends finally enter the Seireitei, the stronghold of the Soul Society, with the help of KÅ«kaku Shiba and her Kakaku TaihÅ. However, they face many obstacles and enemies along the way, including the powerful Shinigami of the Gotei 13. Ichigo also encounters Ikkaku Madarame, a fierce warrior of the 11th Division who wields a Bankai.
This episode is based on chapters 83 to 85 of the manga by Tite Kubo. It is part of the Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc, which spans from episodes 21 to 41. It was first aired in Japan on March 29, 2005 and in English on March 3, 2007. It is available for streaming on Crunchyroll.
If you are a fan of Bleach, you don’t want to miss this episode. It is full of action, humor, and suspense as Ichigo and his friends try to rescue Rukia Kuchiki from her impending execution. Watch it now and see how they penetrate the center with an enormous bombshell!
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The episode begins with Yoruichi ShihÅin observing the chaos caused by the Ryoka’s arrival in the Seireitei. She notes that the Shinigami are too busy fighting each other to notice them. Meanwhile, HanatarÅ Yamada, a timid member of the 4th Division, is assigned to take care of Rukia Kuchiki in her prison cell. However, he is shocked to learn that she has been transferred to SenzaikyÅ«, the Tower of Penitence, where she awaits her execution. He decides to follow her secretly and help her in any way he can.
On the other hand, Ichigo and his friends are launched into the Seireitei by KÅ«kaku’s Kakaku TaihÅ, a giant cannon that uses spiritual energy. However, they are separated by a barrier that surrounds the Seireitei and land in different locations. Ichigo lands near the 11th Division barracks, where he is confronted by Ikkaku Madarame, a bald and tattooed Shinigami who challenges him to a fight. Ichigo accepts and they clash with their ZanpakutÅ.
The episode ends with a cliffhanger as Ikkaku reveals his Bankai, RyÅ«mon HÅzukimaru, a massive halberd that can split into three sections. He declares that he will kill Ichigo with his ultimate technique. Ichigo is stunned by the sight of Ikkaku’s Bankai and wonders how he can counter it.
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In the next episode, Ichigo manages to survive Ikkaku’s Bankai and defeats him with his own Getsuga TenshÅ. Ikkaku admits his defeat and asks Ichigo to spare his life. He also reveals that he is loyal to his captain, Kenpachi Zaraki, who is the strongest Shinigami in the 11th Division. Ichigo agrees to let him live and asks him to keep his presence a secret. Ikkaku agrees and tells Ichigo to head to the 4th Division barracks, where he might find Rukia.
Meanwhile, Orihime Inoue and UryÅ« Ishida land near the 12th Division barracks, where they are attacked by a giant gatekeeper named JidanbÅ Ikkanzaka. They manage to defeat him with their combined powers and enter the Seireitei through the gate. However, they are soon confronted by 12th Division Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi, who is interested in experimenting on them. Orihime and UryÅ« are shocked by his appearance and demeanor.
On the other side of the Seireitei, Yasutora Sado lands near the 8th Division barracks, where he meets 8th Division Lieutenant Nanao Ise. She tries to arrest him, but he escapes with his brute strength. He then encounters 8th Division Captain Shunsui KyÅraku, who is sleeping under a cherry blossom tree. Shunsui wakes up and greets Sado politely. He offers him a drink and a game of cards, but Sado refuses and demands to know where Rukia is. Shunsui tells him that he does not know, but he will have to fight him if he wants to proceed.