The Vandenreich attacks Soul Society at full strenght, and it's more a massacre than an actual war. The Captains of the Gotei 13 face the Sternritters, and Byakuya takes center stage against the terrifying Äs Nödt, whose Fear-based powers give him a nightmarish edge.
At the same time, Yamamoto goes all-out confronting his ancient enemy Juhabach.
- Chapter 500: Rescuer in the Deep Dark
- Chapter 501: Hear. Fear. Here
- Chapter 502: Falling Sakura (散桜 San'ō)
- Chapter 503: Wrath as a Lightning
- Chapter 504: Beyond the Thunder (雷鳴の彼方へ Raimei no Kanata e)
- Chapter 505: The Fire
- Chapter 506: The Fire 2
- Chapter 507: The Fire 3
- Chapter 508: Like a Raging Fire (烈火の如し Rekka no Gotoshi)
- Chapter 509: Tenchi Kaijin (天地灰尽 Tenchi Kaijin)