The Hueco Mundo Sneak Entry Arc
Season 7 of Bleach (of the same manga written and illustrated by Tite Kubo) began on July 4, 2007 and ended on Dec. 5, 2007 with a total of 20 episodes – 132-151. Episodes 132-137 & 147-149 are fillers.
The arrancar brings the battle to Karakura Town and Ulquiorra is ordered to capture Inoue. A domino effect of Inoue’s kidnapping takes place. Ichigo treks into Hueco Mundo with his friends to rescue her. It is all part of Aizen’s plan of distraction.
There are two opening and ending themes:
1. Aqua Timez’s Alones (ep. 132-144)
2. Asian Kung-Fu Generation’s After Dark (ep. 145-151)
3. Chatmonchy’s Daidai (橙 – Bitter Orange) (ep. 132-143)
4. Kousuke Atari’s Tane wo maku hibi (種をまく日々- Seed-scattering days) (ep. 144-151)
• Season 4 (Jan. – Aug. 2006)
• Season 5 (Aug. 2006 – Jan. 2007)
Kurosaki Ichigo ups his hollow mask time with his persistent and brutal training. Orihime Inoue and Kuchiki Rukia (13) both leaves for training in Soul Society for the impending winter war with Aizen and his living dead arrancar.
In Hueco Mundo, Sousuke Aizen (ex-5) creates Wonderweiss Margera, a small, child-like and even autistic Espada-level arrancar. He follows Kaname Tousen (ex-9) around and is hostile towards Tousen’s enemies. The Espada are gathered for a mission. Luppi (temp-6), Grimmjow (ex-6), Yammy [(10) (0)] and Wonderweiss enter Karakura Town. Ichigo takes on Grimmjow with his hollow mask, but because his limit is only 11 second, Grimmjow uses this to his advantage. Grimmjow nearly kills Ichigo, but for Rukia’s timely appearance. In time, she too becomes the victim until Hirako Shinji (ex-ex-5) steps in. With his hollow mask, Shinji quickly disarms Grimmjow.
Toushirou (10) takes on Yammy but Luppi wants in on the action. Luppi releases his zanpakutou, which sprout eight tentacles from his back and knocks Toushirou down. He then captures all the shinigamis and is about to rid himself off Matsumoto (10) when Urahara slices of his tentacles. Urahara then begins fighting Yammy and nullifies Yammy using one of his inventions. Toushirou dusts himself off and defeats Luppi with his bankai when the limiters are released.
Inoue returns to the human world with her shinigami guards, but us ambushed by Ulquiorra. He demands that she leaves with him or watch all her friends perish. After getting her consent, Ulquiorra goes into the human world and summons the four back to Hueco Mundo. Ulquiorra permits Inoue to bid her farewell to only one person and provides her with a bracelet, which makes her invisible. She travels into the Town and watches her friends from a distance and ends up in Ichigo’s room, where he lies recovering from his injuries from Grimmjow. She heals him and confesses her love to the sleeping Ichigo and leaves a note, “Goodbye, halycon days.” – wikipedia.com
The next day, the friends discover Inoue’s disappearance. General Yamamoto (1) rejects all attempts to rescue her, assuming her a traitor. Unwilling to believe this, Inoue’s friends gather in Uruhara’s shop to plan a rescue op. With the “door” opened by Urahara, Ichigo, Chad and Uryuu (who went back on his promise not to help a shinigami when he regained his powers) enter Hueco Mundo. First obstacle, the greeters of Hueco Mundo – Demora and Iceringer. Chad and Uryuu take them on and come out victorious, but the room collapses. The group escapes the crumbling building toward Las Noches that sits in a desert.
There, they see three hollows chasing a human child garbed in a green oversized robe and decide to help her. After “rescuing” her, they realized that the child is an arrancar named Nel Tu. The three hollows chasing her are her “brothers,” Pesche Guatiche and Dondochakka Bilstin together with their pet Bawabawa. Just as the group is about to proceed on with the help of Nel, a hollow made of sand attacks them and Renji (6) and Rukia (13) appear to save them. The hollow sinks the group beneath the sands and Rukia is separated from the group. After defeating the hollows, Rukia joins the group again, but the group splits once again as they reach a five-way fork after breaking into Las Noches. They each take a path, but Nel, who is beginning to be attached to Ichigo, runs after him. Pesche and Dondochakka not knowing which direction Nel took, each travel down different paths. Isyigo (as Nel calls him) and Nel are stopped by the Privaron Espada Dordonii. Dordonii overwhelms Ichigo with the release of his zanpakutou.
Inoue is brought before Aizen and forced to demonstrate her powers on Grimmjow. She restores his sliced off arm and his tattoo signifying his rank. Grimmjow then kills Luppi. Meanwhile, realizing there are intruders, Aizen gathers his Espada and tells them not to underestimate their enemies but neither are they in imminent danger yet. Ulquiorra informs Inoue that her friends, the intruders, are in Hueco Mundo trying to rescue her.
• Season 9 (Apr. – Oct. 2008)