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Episode 1 - The day I became a Shinigami - October 5th, 2004
An orange-haired boy beats up some hooligans for knocking over flowers laid for a dead girl, and we soon learn that he is Kurosaki Ichigo, who is able to see ghosts. A weird creature appears in the town and wreaks havoc, but is stopped by a woman dressed in a black kimono. She appears in Ichigo’s room later, and we discover that she is a Shinigami, and that the creature is a Hollow or evil spirit. One appears at Ichigo’s house, attracted by his high spirit power. In a bid to save his family, Ichigo becomes a Shinigami.
Episode 2 - A Shinigami's Work! - October 12th, 2004
Ichigo’s family seems to believe that a truck had smashed into their house, and find it a miracle no one was hurt. That’s not the last surprise for Ichigo that day, for when he gets to school, he discovers that the new transfer student sitting next to him is none other than Kuchiki Rukia. She wants him to take over her role of Shinigami for the area, but he does not feel ready yet. He soon discovers yet another surprise: his closet has an inhabitant - Kuchiki Rukia! After a short fight with a Hollow he recognizes as Orihime’s brother, he learns what a Hollow really is.
Episode 3 - The Older Brother's Wish, The Younger Sister's Wish - October 19th, 2004
Orihime’s brother-turned-Hollow turns on her, pushing her soul out of her body and attacking Tatsuki. Initially, Ichigo loses to him, but later gives the Hollow a good talking to about the roles of Big Brothers. Orihime’s words strike a chord in the Hollow, and after fighting a winning battle against another Hollow, he decides to end himself instead of becoming a monster once more. After Orihime bids him a proper goodbye, the Hollow disappears. Orihime and Tatsuki do not remember anything the next day because Rukia used a memory modifier on them, like she had on Ichigo’s family previously.
Episode 4 - The Cursed Parakeet! - October 26th, 2004
Chad receives what his friends say is a cursed cockatiel, which is really a normal cockatiel possessed by a young boy ghost who saw the murder of his mother right before his eyes. The bird is said to bring misfortune to its owners, and true enough, Chad meets with numerous accidents; from traffic accidents to a steel girder falling on him. Finally, he encounters a Hollow, but Rukia is there to help, although she has not regained enough of her powers to fight properly. The memories of the ghost have flown into Karin, who now feels unwell. She begs Ichigo to save the boy and send him to heaven.
Episode 5 - Beat the Invisible Enemy! - November 2nd, 2004
Rukia, unable to fight the Hollow in her weakened state, has no choice but to wait for Ichigo. But help appears earlier in the form of Chad, who with his bulging muscles puts up a gallant fight against the Hollow, who is the murderer of Shibata’s mother as well as the one who put Shibata in the cockatiel’s body. The Hollow is also able to produce Stitch-like creatures which have within them leeches detonable with a ring of the Hollow’s tongue. Ichigo arrives to save the day as usual, slaying the Hollow and sending it to hell, and Shibata to Soul Society.
Episode 6 - Fight to the death! Ichigo vs. Ichigo - November 9th, 2004
Rukia is late for school, after having gone to shop at the Urahara Store. Punching Ichigo and dragging him away to the rooftop, she throws him a tube of Soul Candy, and asks him to try one. Ichigo does, and his soul exits his body, and a temporary soul is inserted. Unfortunately, this soul is a mod soul that has the supernatural power of jumping high and running fast. He uses this power to amaze everyone, and in class, ruins Ichigo’s image by kissing Tatsuki and Orihime. Escaping from the real Ichigo and Rukia, he stumbles upon three boys playing video games and deleting their characters.
Episode 7 - Greetings From A Stuffed Toy - November 16th, 2004
Urahara and company prepare to collect their merchandise, while “Ichigo” tries to attack three children, but is stopped by Ichigo. A Hollow appears and “Ichigo” fights it, getting injured in the process. Ichigo arrives to save the day, but “Ichigo” is the real hero – he saves those 3 children from being squashed by the Hollow. Urahara comes to remove the mod-soul from Ichigo’s body, but Rukia and Ichigo take back the “inferior goods” and end up putting it into a lion plushie. From Soul Society, a Shinigami has been dispatched to look for Rukia, whilst memories of a very rainy night fill Ichigo’s head.
Episode 8 - June 17, Memories in the Rain - November 23rd, 2004
The Kurosaki family goes to visit the grave of Masaki, their mother. Ichigo finds Rukia already there, and Rukia tells him that it is possible that a Hollow had killed his mother. She later discovers a Shinigami who has come to ask her reason for exceeding her time limit in the human world, and when Ichigo comes and says that he is a “temporary Shinigami”, he says that she has committed a felony and fights with Ichigo. But a Hollow appears to divert their attention from each other, and once more, the lives of the Kurosaki family are put in jeopardy.
Episode 9 - Unbeatable Enemy! - November 30th, 2004
Ichigo realizes that the Hollow he now faces is the one who killed his mother, and is enraged enough to carelessly lunge at him, who has evaded the Shinigami for over 50 years – Grand Fisher. As Ichigo gets beaten up pretty badly by Grand Fisher due to his ability to use his head appendage to take the form of his opponent’s loved one, in this case, Masaki. However, this appendage suddenly remembers Masaki’s dying wish, and hearing that wish, Ichigo is inspired and manages to defeat the Hollow, although not killing it. Ichigo wants now to become stronger to protect people from Hollows.
Episode 10 - Assault On Trip At Sacred Ground! - December 7th, 2004
Ichigo and Rukia are at a very popular show, “Drop-in”, in which Don Kanonji supposedly exorcises spirits. Ichigo hates these shows but goes to appease his father and Yuzu. Things go awry, however, when Kanonji opens the hole in the chest of a demi-Hollow (spirit bound to the earth by regrets), thinking he is exorcising it, thus turning it into a Hollow. Ichigo must fight this Hollow without involving the innocent bystanders. Is that possible? Well, he does get some help from Urahara and Kanonji, the “hero”, himself.