end of hypnosis
The day of Rukia's execution comes and Soul Society is thrown into utter chaos as Ichigo arrives to save her at the very last minute. While the Gotei 13 members
turn against each other and Ichigo and Byakuya duel, Histugaya and Matsumoto pay a visit to Central 46 Chambers, the seat of Soul Society's supreme governing
All the members have been slain. The dried blood indicates that the massacre was not committed recently. Kira suddenly arrives on the scene, and Matsumoto and
Histugaya give chase. But Kira reveals that Momo had following them, and Hitsugaya rushes back. The scene cuts to Momo looking on in horror at Central 46. Gin
then appears behind her, and leads her to meet someone in the residential area of the Central 46: Aizen. He explains that he faked his death, and embraces his
crying Vice Captain and apologizes for worrying her. And then proceeds to stab her through the torso with a calm "good bye." Gin and Aizen walk off, leaving Momo
Hitsugaya arrives at the scene too late. Aizen explains that he never considered anyone other than Gin his Vice Captain: Momo was simply a tool; her admiration
rendered her blind to the fact that Aizen was deceiving Soul Society. Hitsugaya releases his Bankai, but Aizen effortlessly defeats him. Then Unohana arrives,
explaining that there was something suspicious about Aizen's corpse: it was a fake. But Aizen corrects her: it was not a fake, but an illusion. His zanpakutou ,
Kyouka Suigetsu, has the ability of "complete hypnosis." The other Shinigami had been told that it was a water type, able to create illusions with reflections in
water and fog. They had even been shown its ability. But Aizen reveals that viewing Kyouka Suigetsu's shikai was what enabled its true ability; the five senses of
those who viewed it would be entirely controlled. Thus, all of Soul Society was victim to Aizen's hypnosis. That is, all of Soul Society except Ninth Division Captain Tousen Kaname, who
was immune to the hypnosis because he is blind. Tousen is then shown intercepting Renji and Rukia, who are escaping while Ichigo fights Byakuya. Tousen
transports Renji and Rukia back to the hill near the soukyoku, and Gin and Aizen appear as well. Aizen demands that Renji leave Rukia and back away.
Inside Rukia's body is hidden an object called the Hougyoku. It was the creation of Urahara Kisuke, former Captain of the Twelfth
Division. The object allows for the erasing of the barrier between Hollows and Shingami, allowing for the creation of beings such as the
Arrancar. The act of erasing that line allows for one to go beyond the normal limits of a Shinigami's skills. Banished from
Soul Society, Urahara set up shop (literally) in Karakura Town, where he met Rukia after she transferred her powers to Ichigo. He managed to hide the Hougyoku
within a special gigai that drains a Shinigami of their powers, which was given to Rukia and allowed for the Hougyoku to be hidden within her soul. Aizen
destroyed Central 46 in order to ensure Rukia's execution: the soukyoku would destroy her soul, allowing Aizen to take the Hougyoku. Using complete hypnosis,
he killed off Central 46 as soon as Rukia was discovered, and he, Gin, and Tousen acted as the 46 while giving the outside appearance that the committee was still
functioning. Aizen even predicted the coming of Ichigo and his friends, and used the invasion as a distraction, allowing him to move about freely after his false
murder. He orchestrated the fights between Momo, Kira, and Hitsugaya, in hopes that Momo would be easily killed off.
Aizen tells Renji that the Aizen he, and the other members of Soul Society, knew never even existed in the first place. The kind, well-respected, and sympathetic
Captain that everyone had known was as the product of deception. The real Aizen is revealed to be a clever, manipulative, ruthless man who shows no hesitation
to kill those he doesn't need.
He is also unimaginably strong, able to stop Renji's shikai with his bare hand. Once Ichigo arrives on the scene, Aizen is able to stop
Ichigo's zanpakutou, in bankai release, with a single finger.
Aizen goes to far as to refer to Renji and Ichigo as "specks of dust," making it clear that he views others are insignificant.
Komamura Sajin, Captain of the Seventh Division, arrives soon after Ichigo only to be effortlessly
defeated by a kidou spell from Aizen before he can release his bankai. This impossibly powerful Aizen, the real Aizen, will be the individual that becomes the
central antagonist of Bleach.
The execution failed, Aizen uses another method to retrieve the Hougyoku, forcibly reaching inside Rukia's soul to retrieve it. By now, word of Aizen's betrayal
has reached all Captains, Vice Captains, and the invaders. Byakuya arrives to stop Gin from murdering Rukia after Aizen obtains the Hougyoku, taking a nearly fatal
hit for sister. Soon, the other Captains and Vice Captains arrive, cornering Aizen, Gin, and Tousen. It looks like there's no escape, but Aizen just smiles. Suddenly,
the sky cracks open and a mass of Menos Grande peak out. Beams of light shoot out of the sky and engulf the three traitors; called "negation," the light is used by
Menos to assist their own kind. Those inside it are untouchable. Floating into the void, Aizen declares that he will fill a vacant throne in the sky. Crushing his
glasses and brushing a hand through his hair, Aizen announces that he will be the one to "stand in heaven."