Sosuke Aizen brings Kaname Tosen, Gin Ichimaru, and the Espadas Stark, Barragan, and Halibel to the World of the Living on a mission to destroy Karakura Town. The Espadas stand before the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. Before facing the Espadas, The Head Captain uses Ryujinjakka to trap Sosuke and the others in a ring of flames, but this doesn't seem to faze Sosuke. In the meantime, Ulquiorra and Orihime are fighting at Las Noches' Fifth Tower. When Ulquiorra asks her if she is afraid to die alone, Orihime's response surprises him.