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The cover of the first DVD compilation of The Entry arc released by Viz Media

The Soul Society: The Sneak Entry arc (尸魂界・潜入篇 Soul Society Sennyū Hen?) is the second season of the Bleach anime series, containing 21 episodes. The episodes are directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot.[1] In the English release by Viz Media, the title is translated as The Entry.[2] The episodes are based on Tite Kubo's Bleach manga series, and adapt the ninth through fourteenth volumes of the manga over twenty one episodes. The episodes' plot centers around Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends' journey to Soul Society in order to save Soul Reaper Rukia Kuchiki from her impending execution.

The arc initially ran from March to July 2005 in Japan on TV Tokyo. The first English airing of the series lasted from February to July 2007. It was shown on both YTV's Bionix and Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming blocks.[3] The English airdates given for episodes twenty-one through twenty-six are the dates the episodes aired on Bionix, as they premiered the episodes a day before Adult Swim until the show went into reruns on Bionix.

The episodes use five pieces of theme music: two opening themes and three ending themes. The opening theme for the first five episodes is Orange Range's single "Asterisk";[4] the rest use "D-tecnoLife" by Uverworld.[5] The initial ending theme is "Thank You!!" by Home Made Kazoku,[4] switching at episode 26 to Younha's "Hōkiboshi" (ほうき星?, lit. Shooting Star)[5] and again at episode 39 to "happypeople" by Skoop on Somebody.[6]

Five DVD compilations, each containing four episodes of the season, have been released by Aniplex between July 27, 2005 and November 23, 2005.[7] The DVDs of the English adaptation of the series are distributed by Viz Media; five DVD compilations, each containing four episodes of the season, have been released by Viz Media between September 25, 2007, and May 20, 2008.[2][8]

Episode list

EP# Title Original airdate English airdate
21 Enter! The World of the Shinigami
"Totsunyū! Shinigami no sekai" (突入!死神の世界)
March 1, 2005 February 2, 2007
Ichigo Kurosaki, Uryū Ishida, Orihime Inoue, Yasutora "Chad" Sado, and Yoruichi Shihōin cross over into Soul Society using the gate. They arrive in Rukongai, where normal spirits reside. Ichigo quickly finds himself in a battle with the gate watcher Jidanbō when he carelessly tries to enter Seireitei, where the Soul Reapers reside. Thanks to Urahara's training, Ichigo easily defeats Jidanbō, but when Jidanbō opens the gate, Ichigo encounters the third division captain, Gin Ichimaru.
22 The Man Who Hates Shinigami
"Shinigami o nikumu otoko" (死神を憎む男)
March 8, 2005 February 9, 2007
Ichimaru uses his shikai and pushes Ichigo back through the gate. After being "shot" out of Seireitei by Ichimaru, Ichigo and his friends must find another way in. While searching for a friend of Yoruichi’s, Ichigo meets Ganju Shiba, a man who claims to be the "number one Soul Reaper-hater of West Rukongai." The two hate each other immediately and begin to fight, but their battle ends abruptly when the clock on the back of one of Ganju's friends goes off.
23 The Sentence of Rukia, Before the 14th Day
"Rukia shokei, jūyokka mae" (ルキア処刑、14日前)
March 15, 2005 February 16, 2007
Yoruichi solicits the help of Ganju's sister, Kūkaku Shiba, who agrees to send them into Seireitei using her fireworks cannon. Meanwhile, Rukia's sentence has been moved to fourteen days, and she is transferred into a cell called the Shrine of Penitence. An emergency meeting is called among all the captains of the Thirteen Court Guard Squads.
24 Assemble! The 13 Divisions
"Kesshū! Gotei jūsantai" (結集!護廷13隊)
March 22, 2005 February 23, 2007
In order to use the cannon to enter Seireitei, Ichigo and his friends must first learn how to focus their spiritual energies in order to use an item called a Spirit Orb, a task Ichigo finds especially difficult. He finally succeeds with the help of Ganju and creates the shell he will need to ride the cannon. Within Seireitei a meeting of all the captains in the
25 Penetrate the Centre with an Enormous Bombshell?
"Kyodai hōdan de chūō toppa?" (巨大砲弾で中央突破?)
March 29, 2005 March 2, 2007
Before the group launches into Seireitei, Ganju reveals that the reason he hates Soul Reapers is because his brother was killed by one. In Seireitei, eleventh division captain Kenpachi Zaraki sets out to hunt Ichigo, believing him to be a worthy opponent. Captain Sōsuke Aizen confronts Ichimaru in front of the tenth division captain Tōshirō Hitsugaya about his flimsy excuse for allowing the invaders to escape. As the crew passes through the shield surrounding Sereitei, Ichigo’s inability to control his spiritual energy results in the shell exploding, separating the group.
26 Formation! The Worst Tag
"Kessei! Saiaku no taggu" (結成! 最悪のタッグ)
April 5, 2005 March 9, 2007
Ichigo lands with Ganju, and Uryū with Orihime, while Chad and Yoruichi are alone. Ichigo and Ganju encounter and fight two eleventh division members, Ikkaku Madarame and Yumichika Ayasegawa respectively. Ikkaku gains an advantage by using the shikai of his zanpakutō. Ganju attempts to escape from Yumichika using a series of tricks.
27 Release the Death Blow!
"Hissatsu no ichigeki o hanate!" (必殺の一撃を放て!)
April 12, 2005 March 25, 2007
Ichigo eventually overpowers Ikkaku, although he is injured in the process. Ganju and Yumichika continue their fight, with Yumichika pursuing Ganju throughout Seireitei. The eleventh division captain, Kenpachi Zaraki continues to search for Ichigo, but is lost, thanks to the poor directions of his lieutenant, Yachiru Kusajishi.
28 Orihime Is Being Targeted
"Nerawareta Orihime" (狙われた織姫)
April 19, 2005 April 8, 2007
Ganju manages to defeat Yumichika by exploding fireworks on his face. Uryū and Orihime are confronted by Jirōbō Ikkanzaka, the fourth seat of the seventh division. Uryū is easily able to destroy the projectiles he sends at them, and destroys his ability to be a Soul Reaper when he threatens Orihime. Meanwhile, the twelfth division captain, Mayuri Kurotsuchi, dispatches squads to locate the intruders.
29 Breakthrough! The Shinigami's Encompassing Net
"Toppaseyo! Shinigami hōimō" (突破せよ! 死神包囲網)
April 26, 2005 April 15, 2007
Ichigo and Ganju attempt to escape the Soul Reapers following them by using Hanatarō Yamada, a fourth division officer, as a distraction. They fail, but the Soul Reapers are distracted by Sado's energy blasts elsewhere, enabling them to escape. Hanatarō promises to take Ichigo and Ganju to Rukia. Kenpachi is still attempting to find Ichigo, but Yachiru's directions are leading him in the opposite direction. He then heads to Ikkaku, and stops Mayuri from attacking Ikkaku when the latter refuses to answer any questions.
30 Renji's Confrontation
"Tachihadakaru Renji" (立ちはだかる恋次)
May 3, 2005 April 22, 2007
With Hanatarō's help, Ichigo and Ganju begin to move towards Rukia's location. However, Renji Abarai, the lieutenant of the sixth division, confronts them. Ichigo begins to fight him, and Renji reveals that he is five times more powerful than when they fought previously.
31 The Resolution to Kill
"Kiru tame no kakugo" (斬る為の覚悟)
May 10, 2005 April 29, 2007
Ichigo and Renji fight viciously, with Renji initially gaining the advantage. However, Ichigo reflects on his training with Urahara, and uses his "resolve" to fire a blast of spiritual energy at Renji, defeating him.
32 Stars and the Stray
"Hoshi to norainu" (星と野良犬)
May 17, 2005 May 6, 2007
Renji reflects on his past with Rukia, remembering how they were childhood friends, and how they joined the Soul Reaper Academy together. However, they steadily grew more separated, and he stopped interfering with her after she was adopted by the Kuchiki clan. After reminiscing, he begs Ichigo to save her.
33 Miracle! The Mysterious New Hero
"Kiseki! Nazo no shinhīrō" (奇跡!謎の新ヒーロー)
May 26, 2005 May 13, 2007
This is a filler episode featuring Don Kanonji and the Karakura Superheroes. Karin successfully destroys a hollow with her soccer ball after it falls from the sky, along with a kitten's soul. Elsewhere, Ururu Tsumugiya and Jinta Hanakari see a hollow and destroy it. At the park, Don Kanonji informs the group that he intends to form a team of heroes, the Karakura Superheroes. Later, the kitten shields Yuzu as more hollows attack her, and the minor hollows around them meld into one larger hollow. With help from the kitten, the Karakura Superheroes defeat the hollow.
34 Tragedy of Dawn
"Yoake no sangeki" (夜明けの惨劇)
June 1, 2005 May 20, 2007
Hanatarō and Ganju carry Ichigo away as the Soul Reapers arrive. Hanatarō begins to heal Ichigo in the underground tunnels. Renji, despite being heavily injured, is incarcerated on the orders of his captain, Byakuya Kuchiki. Meanwhile, the Soul Reaper high command orders all-out war against the intruders. As fifth division lieutenant Momo Hinamori travels to a lieutenants' meeting the following day, she finds the corpse of her captain, Sōsuke Aizen, hanging from a tower.
35 Assassination of Aizen! The Darkness which Approaches
"Aizen ansatsu! Shinobiyoru yami" (藍染暗殺!忍び寄る闇)
June 7, 2005 May 27, 2007
Believing that he murdered Aizen, Hinamori attacks Ichimaru, but is stopped by Kira. Hitsugaya stops their fight, and orders both to be incarcerated. He then promises to kill Ichimaru if he harms Hinamori in any way. Chad continues through Seireitei, but the eighth division captain, Shunsui Kyōraku, decides to stop him. Ichigo, Ganju, and Hanatarō travel towards Rukia's prison, but are immobilized by Kenpachi's immense spiritual force.
36 Kenpachi Zaraki Approaches!
"Zaraki Kenpachi semaru!" (更木剣八、迫る!)
June 14, 2005 June 9, 2007
The tenth division lieutenant, Rangiku Matsumoto, gives Hinamori a letter from Aizen, which discloses the true identity of his murderer. Meanwhile, Ichigo begins to fight Kenpachi. However, Kenpachi's spiritual energy is so great that Ichigo cannot even attack him.
37 Reason of the Fist
"Kobushi no riyū" (拳の理由)
June 21, 2005 June 17, 2007
As Chad continues through Soul Society, he encounters members of the eighth division. He manages to defeat them all until the eighth division captain, Shunsui Kyōraku, confronts him. Although Chad is determined to win to uphold his promise to Ichigo, Shunsui easily (albeit regretfully) defeats him.
38 Desperation! The Broken Zangetsu
"Zettaizetsumei! Orareta Zangetsu" (絶対絶命! 折られた斬月)
June 28, 2005 June 24, 2007
Rather than kill him, Shunsui orders Chad to be incarcerated. Elsewhere, Ichigo is fleeing Kenpachi, terrified of Kenpachi's overwhelming power. After realizing the importance of his mission, however, Ichigo finds the resolve to face him. He manages to cut Kenpachi, but becomes overconfident after learning that Kenpachi has not mastered his zanpakutō. Kenpachi then stabs him in the chest, breaking Ichigo's zanpakutō in the process.
39 The Man of Immortality
"Fujimi no otoko" (不死身の男)
July 5, 2005 July 1, 2007
Zangetsu, the spirit of Ichigo's zanpakutō, brings Ichigo into his world. Through fighting a hollow version of himself, Ichigo realizes that zanpakutō are more than mere tools, and that simply knowing his zanpakutō's name does not make him more powerful. Ichigo is then able to fight Kenpachi on equal footing, and as the two clash in a massive strike, Ichigo collapses.
40 The Shinigami whom Ganju Met
"Ganju no mita shinigami" (岩鷲の見た死神)
July 12, 2005 July 8, 2007
Kenpachi falls down beside Ichigo in defeat, and Yachiru takes him away for medical treatment. Yoruichi also retrieves Ichigo. Ganju and Hanatarō arrive at Rukia's cell, but Ganju becomes infuriated because he believes Rukia was the killer of his brother, Kaien Shiba. Byakuya arrives, and Ganju decides to fight him.
41 Reunion, Ichigo and Rukia
"Saikai, Ichigo to Rukia" (再会、一護とルキア)
July 19, 2005 July 15, 2007
As Ichigo awakens, Yoruichi reveals that she is actually a woman. Afterwards, Yoruichi shows Ichigo a device that allowed her to fly, and Ichigo uses it to go save Ganju and Hanatarō. Meanwhile, Byakuya easily defeats Ganju with his shikai, but is then stopped by the thirteenth division captain, Jūshirō Ukitake. Ichigo arrives and fights Byakuya. Before Byakuya can activate his shikai, Yoruichi stops him.


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