Rukia Kuchiki, who was away from Seireitei and was therefore safe from this incident, is attacked by the same scythe wielder. As it hurtles towards her, she feels something inside her vanish, her heart and memories have been stolen. Meanwhile, in the human world, Ichigo Kurosaki senses danger, wakes up, and realizes that Rukia’s existence had vanished from his mind for a moment. Kon reveals another coded letter from Rukia, similar to the one she left before leaving to be executed in Soul Society.
Ichigo and Kon visits Kisuke Urahara, at Urahara’s store, only to discover that he, too, has completely forgotten Rukia. They do learn from him, however, that a part of Seireitei was destroyed and that there may be a relation. Ichigo refers to Rukia as “a precious comrade,” earning a smirk from Urahara, who opens a gate to the Soul Society.
Meanwhile, Rukia finds herself in a small cabin in the 78th district of Rukongai, Inuzuri, where she (along with Renji Abarai) was brought up in her childhood. She then finds two “siblings” beside her, calling her name and welcoming her with joy. When Rukia asks for their names, they reply by saying that she had promised to give them names a long time ago. Both ask for her to give them their names. Rukia tries to remember and does recall having taken care of the siblings in the same cabin, but cannot remember their names. Having forgotten her time and status as a soul reaper, she then questions what she had been doing, at which the siblings answer that she had been sleeping for a very long time.
In Seireitei, Ichigo is confronted by A group of Soul Reapers including Shūhei Hisagi, Renji, and Sajin Komamura) who proceed to attack him after seeing him accidentally use his hollow mask. When intruding in the Kuchiki mansion, Ichigo finds Byakuya Kuchiki staring at the picture of his late wife, Hisana Kuchiki; Byakuya informs Ichigo that Hisana was raised in Inuzuri. Thanking him, Ichigo hurries to Inuzuri, detects Rukia via smell, and finds her on the roof of the cabin looking over at her friends’ graves.
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