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The ninth season of the Bleach anime series, based on the manga series with the same name by Tite Kubo, is named The New Captain Shūsuke Amagai arc (新隊長天貝繍助篇 Shin Taicho Amagai Shūsuke Hen?). The episodes are directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot.[1] The episodes' plot focuses on the introduction of a new Soul Reaper captain, Shūsuke Amagai, and the mystery surrounding the Kasumiōji clan, one of the families that constitute the nobility of Soul Society.

The season began airing on April 23, 2008 in Japan on TV Tokyo and ended on October 7, 2008.[2][3][4] The English adaptation of the Bleach anime is licensed by Viz Media, and this arc began airing on August 28, 2010 on Adult Swim.[5][6] Five DVD compilations, each containing four episodes of the season, have been released by Aniplex; the first DVD compilation was released on November 26, 2008 and the fifth on March 25, 2009.[7][8]

The episodes use three pieces of theme music: one opening theme and two closing themes. The opening theme is "Chu-Bura" by Kelun. The first closing theme is "Orange" by Lil'B, used for episodes 168 to 179, and the second closing theme is "Gallop" by pe'zmoku, used for the remainder of the episodes.

Episode list

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
168 The New Captain Appears! His Name Is Shūsuke Amagai
"Shin taichō tōjō! Sono namae wa Amagai Shūsuke" (新隊長登場!その名前は天貝繍助)
April 23, 2008 August 28, 2010
Shūsuke Amagai, a member of a hollow-hunting group the Gotei 13, is appointed the new head of the third division. He appoints Makoto Kibune as his third seat; however, Amagai and Kibune are not well-received by the third division members. On the suggestion of Rangiku Matsumoto, Izuru Kira, the third division lieutenant, holds a welcoming party for Amagai, but Amagai collapses after one drink due to his low tolerance for alcohol. Hollows invade a dimension near Soul Society and the third division is ordered to destroy them. Kira leaves with the third division members. While fighting the hollows, a cleanser somehow gets called in leaving squad 3 in a race to escape before being "cleansed". During their escape Captain Amagai appears, and with a last minute rescue, destroys the cleanser with ease. Then once they have calmed from their near death experience, they find out that Captain Amagai is actually still drunk.
169 New Development, the Dangerous Transfer Student Appears!
"Shin tenkai, kiken na tenkōsei arawaru!" (新展開、危険な転校生現る!)
May 7, 2008 September 4, 2010
Lurichiyo Kasumiōji, a young princess of the Soul Society nobility, and her Soul Reaper assistants Kenryū and Enryū travel to Karakura Town to acquire sweets for Rurichiyo. Kenryū and Enryū leave and Rurichiyo starts to wander the town. Meanwhile, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki are alerted to an abnormal amount of hollow sightings. As they leave to dispatch them, Ichigo encounters Rurichiyo, who asks him for sweets and is attacked by hollows. As Kenryū and Enryū take Rurichiyo away, Ichigo uses his bankai to defeat the hollows, impressing Kenryū and Enryū. The following day, they move into the house next to Ichigo's, and become students at his school.
170 Desperate Struggle Under the Moonlit Night, the Mysterious Assassin and Zanpakutō
"Tsukiyo no shitō, nazo no shikaku to zanpakutō" (月夜の死闘、謎の刺客と斬魄刀)
May 14, 2008 September 11, 2010
Ichigo repeatedly asks Kenryū and Enryū why Rurichiyo is in the real world, and they refuse to answer him. That evening, one of Kumoi's assassins arrives at Rurichiyo's home. The assassin uses a weapon with a mirror that reflects the moonlight to stun Ichigo, and nearly kills him. Ichigo uses his sword to reflect the moonlight against the assassin on his second try, and rather than be questioned, the assassin allows himself to be killed when Ichigo uses his getsuga tenshō. Afterwards, Kenryū reveals that Rurichiyo is the heir to the noble Kasumiōji clan, and the clan's caretaker, Kumoi, has been attempting to take control of the clan by killing Rurichiyo. Under pressure from Rukia, Ichigo agrees to protect Rurichiyo.
171 Kenryū, the Profusion of Blooming Crimson Flowers
"Kenryū, sakimidareru beni no hana" (犬龍、咲き乱れる紅の華)
May 21, 2008 September 18, 2010
Ichigo and Rukia take Rurichiyo through the town, and have dinner at his house. After Ichigo starts an argument with Rurichiyo over her refusal to eat carrots, he accidentally reveals that Kenryū and Enryū hired him as a bodyguard. Furious, Rurichiyo runs towards the river, where she meets Orihime Inoue. They are attacked by a guandao-wielding assassin who can fire energy blasts that solidify into rock walls. Ichigo, Rukia, Kenryū, and Enryū arrive and Kenryū uses his shikai to immobilize the assassin, allowing Ichigo to defeat him. However, the assassin commits suicide by collapsing a rock wall on himself, and after the group leaves, Kumoi's head assassin retrieves the dead assassin's weapon. The next morning, Kenryū realizes that Rurichiyo is missing.
172 Kibune Goes to War! The Violent Wind that Rages
"Kibune shutsujin! Fukiareru reppū" (貴船出陣!吹き荒れる烈風)
May 28, 2008 September 25, 2010
Amagai orders the third division to perform several menial missions and training exercises to build trust within the division members. However, Kira believes that Amagai wishes to replace him with Kibune due to attention the division members give to him. One evening, Kira and Kibune investigate an old execution ground with division member Seko Shinta. The three fall into the execution pit, which is filled with caged hollows. Kira and Kibune easily defeat the hollows, but one of the hollows manages to absorb Shinta. When Kibune attempts to kill the hollow with Shinta, Kira stops his attack, and Kibune state that Shinta's lack of skill as the reason he should die. Amagai arrives and reveals that he created the entire affair. The following morning, Rurichiyo enters the Kasumiōji family household.
173 The Appearance of the Great Evil! The Darkness in the House of Kasumiōji
"Kyoaku no tōjō! Kasumiōji ka no yami" (巨悪の登場!霞大路家の闇)
June 4, 2008 October 2, 2010
Kumoi discovers that Rurichiyo has entered the household, and orders Hanza, his head assassin, to kill her. Ichigo, Rukia, Kenryū and Enryū arrive in the compound and separate to find her. Kenryū and Enryū are locked in a storehouse by Kumoi, Rukia encounters eleventh division captain Kenpachi Zaraki, who realizes that Ichigo is present and goes to find him, and Ichigo finds Rurichiyo. However, Ichigo is forced to evade the guards, and loses track of her. Rurichiyo is attacked by one of her child servants. Zaraki arrives and kills the assassin, and Rukia asks Zaraki to keep the incident a secret. Watching from a distance, Hanza tries to frighten Ichigo by releasing his spiritual pressure, but is surprised when Ichigo is unperturbed.
174 Break the Mirror's Boundary! Ichigo's Captivity
"Kagami no kyōkai o yabure! Toraware no Ichigo" (鏡の境界を破れ!捕らわれの一護)
June 11, 2008 October 9, 2010
Kumoi eliminates the remaining clan members that oppose him to consolidate his power. In Karakura Town, Kisuke Urahara finds that there has been a shortage of a type of spirit particles, and theorizes that this is linked to the activities of the Kasumiōji clan. Kumoi sends Hanza and a dozen assassins to kill Ichigo, his friends, and Rurichiyo. Hanza fights Ichigo using the mirror weapon an assassin previously used against Ichigo, and explains that the weapon, Saiga, is stronger by feeding on his spiritual energy. Hanza traps Ichigo in a separate dimension using Saiga. Ichigo is freed by Yoruichi Shihōin, who reveals that the remaining assassins have been defeated. Hearing this, Hanza retreats. The following day, Kumoi installs Rurichiyo's fiancé as the head of the clan.
175 The Revenging Assassin, Ichigo is Targeted
"Fukushū no shikaku, nerawareta Ichigo" (復讐の刺客、狙われた一護)
June 18, 2008 October 16, 2010
Having failed in his previous attempt to kill Rurichiyo, Hanza gathers three of his subordinates from the criminal underground and requests that they be given weapons similar to Saiga. Kumoi agrees and the four set out to kill Rurichiyo, Ichigo, and his friends. In Karakura Town, Rurichiyo tells Ichigo that others would frequently be blamed for her reckless actions, including Kenryū and Enryū. Sensing the arrival of Hanza and his subordinates, Ichigo and Rukia stay to protect Rurichiyo and Yasutora Sado and Uryū Ishida leave to confront their attackers. Hanza fights Ichigo and Rukia, Chad, and Uryū each begin to fight one of his subordinates.
176 Mystery! The Sword-Consuming Assassin
"Kaiki! Katana o kuu ansatsusha" (怪奇!刀を喰う暗殺者)
June 25, 2008 October 23, 2010
Rukia's opponent, Jinnai Dōkō, reveals that the unique blades the assassins are using are called bakōtō, swords that consume the user's spiritual energy to increase their strength. Jinnai eats his bakōtō to increase his power and fire blades from his back. Ishida fights Kuzuryū, who uses his bakōtō to transform into mist. Chad fights Genba, who uses the same rock wall-forming bakōtō a previous assassin used. Chad repeatably destroys the walls with his energy blasts, but Genba fuses with the walls to attack Chad from behind.
177 The Reversal of Rukia! The Rampaging Blade
"Gyakuten no Rukia! Bōsōsuru katana" (逆転のルキア、暴走する刀)
June 25, 2008 October 30, 2010
Rukia uses kidō to restrain Jinnai, and freezes him with her shikai. He breaks free from the ice, but is consumed by his bakōtō when it draws too much energy from him. Before Rukia can retrieve the bakōtō, several assassins arrive and take it. Ishida realizes that Kuzuryū is using his bakōtō to fuse with the surrounding mist, and uses his Sprenger technique to defeat him. However, Ishida is caught in the blast radius and is injured. Chad destroys the surrounding walls to stop Genba's attacks, and in a clash between the combatants' strongest attacks, Chad is victorious. Ichigo fights Hanza, and using the enhanced speed from his bankai, breaks Saiga's mirror. In response, Hanza uses one of Saiga's abilities to engulfs Ichigo in light from the shards of the mirror.
178 The Nightmare Which is Shown, Ichigo's Inside the Mirror
"Miserareta akumu, kagami no naka no Ichigo" (見せられた悪夢、 鏡の中の一護)
July 2, 2008 November 6, 2010
Sealed inside a different dimension, Ichigo is forced to relive his childhood and his mother's death. Reflecting Ichigo's guilt for being unable to save his mother, the image of Ichigo's mother tries to kill him. Ichigo manages to break free of the dimension by making peace with his mother. Ichigo dons his hollow mask and overwhelms Hanza, forcing him to allow his bakōtō to absorb more of his energy. However, Hanza is consumed by his bakōtō, ignoring Ichigo's pleas to stop. Meanwhile in the Soul Society, Kira covertly follows Kibune to the Kasumiōji compound, where Kuzuryū returns to report the death of his comrades to Kumoi. In response, Kumoi orders Kibune to kill him.
179 Confrontation?! Amagai vs. Gotei 13
"Tairitsu!? Amagai VS Gotei jūsantai" (対立!? 天貝VS護廷十三隊)
July 9, 2008 November 13, 2010
Amagai proposes joint training between the squads of the Gotei 13, citing the attack of the cleaners against his squad, but his request is denied. That night, Kira confronts Kibune for entering the Kasumiōji compound, and Kibune denies he did so. An alarm activates shortly afterwards, revealing that there are Hollows in Seireitei. Despite Kira's orders, the third division members follow Kibune to attack the Hollows. The various squads fail to reach the Hollows due to the lack of coordination between them. Amagai takes control of the situation and coordinates the squads in destroying the Hollows. Elsewhere, Commander-General Shigekuni Yamamoto-Genryūsai reveals that he orchestrated the attack to test Amagai, and approves the joint training.
180 The Princess' Decision, the Sorrowful Bride
"Hime no ketsui, kanashiki hanayome" (姫の決意、哀しき花嫁)
July 16, 2008 November 20, 2010
Kumoi schedules Rurichiyo's wedding for the following day, and Kenryū and Enryū realize that he will replace her with an imposter if Rurichiyo does not return for the wedding. Ichigo goes to speak with Rurichiyo, who reveals that she knew about the assassins' true goal and Kumoi's connection to them, and feels guilty that Chad and Uryu were injured. She escapes into Soul Society, intending to participate in the marriage to keep Kumoi in line; however, when she arrives on the other side, her eyes have gone blank and she expresses no desire to leave. Kenryū, Enryū, Rukia and Ichigo attempt to follow them, but are unable to reach Rurichiyo, as Kenryū and Enryū have been blamed for kidnapping her. On the day of the wedding, the four enter the compound to retrieve Rurichiyo, but second division captain Soifon and several members of the second division surround them, and Rurichiyo does not respond to Ichigo's calls to her.
181 The 2nd Division Sorties! Ichigo is Surrounded
"Nibantai shutsugeki! Hōisareta Ichigo" (二番隊出撃!包囲された一護)
July 23, 2008 November 27, 2010
Enryū uses his shikai to destroy the building, and in the confusion, Ichigo reaches Rurichiyo. Revealing Kumoi's intention to gain control of the clan to Rurichiyo's fiancé, Shū Kannogi, Ichigo is attacked by Rurichiyo, who is revealed as an imposter. Soifon begins to fight Ichigo, allowing Rurichiyo and Kumoi to escape. Kenryū and Enryū are captured by the second division members, and Ichigo and Rukia escape with Shū's help. The three decide to escape by having Shū pose as a hostage. In response, Yamamoto orders a manhunt for Ichigo and Rukia. When Soifon voices doubts concerning Kumoi's intentions to Yamamoto, he merely agrees to take them under consideration. Kira voices his suspicions on Kibune's recent actions and relations to the Kasumiōji family to Amagai, who reacts with skepticism, but asks Kira to observe Kibune.
182 Amagai's True Strength, the Released Zanpakuto!
"Amagai no jitsuryoku, zanpakutō kaihō!" (天貝(あまがい)の実力、斬魄刀解放!)
July 30, 2008 December 4, 2010
The second and third divisions begin to guard the Kasumiōji compound, and Soifon returns Kenryū and Enryū to the Kasumiōji clan at Yamamoto's order. Elsewhere, the real Rurichiyo is imprisoned by Kumoi's assassins and visited by Kibune. As Kibune leaves, he is noticed by a drunken third division member, whom Kibune kills. The following morning, sixth division lieutenant Renji Abarai asks his captain, Byakuya Kuchiki, if he is worried that Rukia is being pursued, and after Byakuya denies that he is, he gives control of the search party to Renji. Ichigo, Rukia, and Shū decide to rescue Rurichiyo, but are attacked by Amagai, who uses his shikai against Ichigo. Shū stops the battle, revealing the truth of Kumoi's intentions to Amagai, who agrees to help them.
183 The Darkness Which Moves! Kibune's True Colors
"Ugokidashita yami! Kibune no shōtai" (動き出した闇!貴船の正体)
August 6, 2008 December 11, 2010
For helping Ichigo, Amagai is branded a traitor by Yamamoto, who orders him to be hunted as well. Captains Shunsui Kyōraku and Jūshirō Ukitake ask Yamamoto for permission to investigate the Kasumiōji clan, but Yamamoto refuses. Meanwhile, Renji and Ikkaku Madarame begin to fight lieutenants Tetsuzaemon Iba and Shūhei Hisagi respectively over their differences concerning Ichigo's and Rukia's actions. Kira enters the Kasumiōji compound and finds Rurichiyo, and is attacked by several assassins. Although he defeats all of them, one of the assassins escapes with Rurichiyo, and Kibune arrives to fight him.
184 Kira and Kibune, Offense and Defense of the 3rd Division
"Kira to Kibune, sanbantai no kōbō" (吉良と貴船、三番隊の攻防)
August 20, 2008 December 18, 2010
Despite the patrols of the Gotei 13, Ichigo, Amagai, Rukia, and Shū manage to make contact with the third division members, and head towards the third division's training grounds, Rurichiyo's last known location. Kira begins to fight Kibune, and initially gains the advantage by using his shikai to increase the weight of Kibune's zanpakutō. Kibune uses his bakōtō to negate Kira's shikai, and continues to fight. Discussing his past, Kibune reveals that he was ostracized in the Gotei 13 for not protecting his weaker division members during missions, and assigned to a hollow-hunting squad as a result. He states that the bakōtō will give him enough power to gain respect from the Gotei 13.
185 Ice and Flame! Fierce Fight of Amagai vs. Hitsugaya
"Kōri to honō! Amagai VS Hitsugaya no gekitō" (氷と炎!天貝VS日番谷の激闘)
August 27, 2008 January 1, 2011
Kira realizes that Kibune is using his bakkōtō to negate his shikai, and he manages to exhaust Kibune, enabling him to use his shikai to increase the weight of Kibune's zanpakutō. Kibune attempts to draw on more of his bakkōtō's power, but is consumed in the process, and Kira collapses soon afterwards. Ichigo and Amagai pursue a pair of assassins with Rurichiyo, and discover that the Rurichiyo they are carrying is a fake. They return to the arena, where Kira reveals Kibune's association with Kumoi. Renji arrives and takes Kibune's bakōtō to Yamamoto. Ichigo, Rukia, Amagai, and Shū head to the Kasumiōji compound, which tenth division captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya is guarding. Amagai fights Hitsugaya and Rukia fights Matsumoto, the tenth division lieutenant as Ichigo and Shū enter the compound. Elsewhere, Yamamoto orders that the Gotei 13 attack the Kasumiōji compound after seeing the bakōtō brought by Renji.
186 Sortie Orders! Suppress the House of Kasumiōji
"Shutsugeki shirei! Kasumiōji ka o seiatsuseyo" (出撃指令!霞大路家を制圧せよ)
September 3, 2008 January 8, 2011
Hitsugaya and Matsumoto stop fighting after they hear the order to attack the Kasumiōji clan, and the remaining divisions attack the compound. Yamamoto reveals that he suspected the crimes of the Kasumiōji clan, but could not act until Ichigo revealed concrete evidence of their crimes. Kumoi, incensed about the attack, sends all of his assassins against the attacking Soul Reapers. Rukia and Shū find Kumoi, who is using Rurichiyo as a hostage, and reveals that he sought to take control of Soul Society's nobility. Amagai arrives, kills Kumoi, and teleports to Yamamoto's location with Rurichiyo.
187 Ichigo Rages! The Assassin's Secret
"Ichigo gekido! Ansatsusha no himitsu" (一護激怒!暗殺者の秘密)
September 10, 2008 January 15, 2011
Amagai reveals that he orchestrated the events surrounding the Kasumiōji clan, and desired revenge against Yamamoto for killing his father, Kisaragi Shin'etsu. He further accuses Yamamoto for allowing the Kasumiōji clan to create bakōtō, and declares that he dedicated his life to killing Yamamoto. Yamamoto uses his shikai, but Amagai uses his bakōtō to negate his attack, revealing that it surpresses all Soul Reaper powers save his own. Amagai uses his bankai, and Ichigo arrives to fight him.
188 Duel! Amagai vs. Ichigo
"Kettō! Amagai VS Ichigo" (決闘!天貝VS一護)
September 17, 2008 January 22, 2011
Ichigo begins to fight Amagai, but due to Amagai's bakōtō, he has difficulty in fighting at full strength. Ichigo dons his hollow mask to increase his power, as Amagai's bakōtō cannot negate his hollow powers. Amagai begins to attack Ichigo's mask, and Ichigo manages to hit Amagai with a getsuga tenshō. Injured, Amagai declares that he is willing to die for his revenge, and starts to draw more on his bakōtō's power.
189 The Fallen Shinigami's Pride
"Ochita shinigami no hokori" (堕ちた死神の誇り)
October 7, 2008 January 29, 2011
Amagai manages to regain control of himself after overusing his bakōtō, and Ichigo defeats him. Undeterred, Amagai stabs Yamamoto, who is unharmed by the attack. Yoruichi and the other captains arrive, revealing to Amagai that Yamamoto ordered Amagai's father, Kisaragi, to investigate the Kasumiōji clan's bakōtō. Kumoi used a bakōtō to control Kisaragi, and Yamamoto was forced to kill him. Upon learning this, Amagai forgives Yamamoto and to recant for his deeds, uses his zanpakutō to ignite himself. Before he dies, he apologizes to Kira. Later, Rurichiyo and Shū thank Ichigo for his aid, and Rurichiyo takes her position as the head of the Kasumiōji clan.

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