Ichigo returns to the human world to understand himself better.
The flashback episode gives the first full look at Ichigo's mother, Masaki.
Masaki uses Quincy's abilities to defeat a Hollow at the cost of her own health.
Isshin and Masaki meet for the first time.
Masaki is nervous to reveal her Quincy identity to Isshin.
Isshin doesn't seem to care about Masaki's Quincy identity.
Connection sparks between the two.
Sosuke Aizen has been conducting early Hollowfication experiments.
A dead Soul Reaper is revived as a powerful Hollow.
Isshin struggles against the Hollow before Masaki's intervention.