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A while has passed since Ichigo Kurosaki sacrificed his spiritual powers to put an end to the Big Bad's plans. Utterly spent, Ichigo settles down into what appeared to be a life as a normal human for once, with nothing even remotely supernatural about to kill him. As summer vacation approaches and he thinks about what he's going to do, his father reveals that he's been signed up for the prestigious Honnouji Academy for the next school year, without asking Ichigo if he wanted to go or not.

After being forced to throw a going away party, Ichigo finds out that Urahara requested his presence at his store, Upon reluctantly coming at Kisuke's behest, he receives a call from the shopkeeper, who tells Ichigo that he's being chased by a ditzy blonde child with a hankering for pink and urges him to recover the project that he's been working on for a while now - a Kamui.


This Fanfic is a Crossover between Bleach and Kill la Kill, written by BahamutReishiki. As of Jan 28, 2018, it is now complete.

The story can be found here. Now has a character sheet.

Tropes for "To My Death I Fight":

  • 10-Minute Retirement: Ichigo before he is accosted to go to Honnoji.
  • Absurdly Powerful Student Council
  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Ichigo's Tournesol is said to slowly become this through each life fiber absorbed.
  • Acceptable Breaks from Canon: Inevitable. Also type: Canon Mixing. Heavy elements of Bleach and Kill La Kill Canon events are kept, with tweaks.
  • Accidental Public Confession: Having decided to return to Karakura Town in order to provide assistance against Satsuki's forces, Ichigo is confronted by Satsuki, who - in a rare moment of emotional turmoil - accidentally phrases her words in a way that allows Ichigo to deduce that Ragyo is a life-fiber hybrid.
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  • Achievement Test of Destiny: Each student takes this to determine their social status. Actually a way to discover Life Fiber resistance.
  • Action Girl: Ryuko, and to a lesser extent, Ururu.
  • Afraid of Needles: Ichigo's irrational fear of injections after a traumatic incident. Sounds familiar to Ryuko? This is one of the main clues that he is a Life-Fiber Hybrid.
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Yhwach to Ichigo in regards to their part in Alucard having devoured all 3 million souls of London's inhabitants.
  • Anyone Can Die: Well if Urahara and Mako can, you have to wonder...
    • ''Then again...''
    • Near the end of the London arc, Alexander Anderson dies, and unlike the other two above this one sticks.
  • Armor-Piercing Attack: Ryuko does this to try and get inside Scourge Regalia.
  • Armor-Piercing Slap: Ragyo delivers one to Isshin (Kurosaki) for hiding her other daughter, Amu (Ururu) from her for so long. Granted, he didn't take much damage, but his surroundings? Sure hope that place has insurance...
  • Assimilation Plot: Played Straight with the original source material. Ragyo is still hell-bent on this.
  • Axe-Crazy: Where to start...
  • Berserk Button: For Ryuko, don't hurt Mako. And god help you if you kill her, as Nui learns.
  • Berserk Mode: Ryuko is triggered after the above happens.
  • Best Her to Bed Her: During their conversation inside Satsuki's mind, Satsuki tells Ichigo that they are to be revealed as a couple to the general public; surprised, Ichigo questions Satsuki about why she would even think about a relationship between them is possible, to which Satsuki replies that only someone as powerful as Ichigo would be worthy to stand by her side as a partner, both in status and love.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Nui and Ururu.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Ichigo interrupting Ryuko from getting killed by the Boxing captain. The same thing happens again when Ryuko confronts Satsuki and is knocked out.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Kiryuins, Ragyo being Ichigo's Godmother, Ururu being the twin sister of Nui, and Orihime is another sister to Satsuki and Ryuko sadly includes them in there.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Mako after becoming a pincushion by way of Life Fiber disruption needles peppered all over her skin.
  • Bonding over Missing Parents: Lampshaded with Ryuko and Ichigo, even though Isshin Kurosaki is not her dad. The name is familiar though.
  • BFG: Ururu's trusty rocket spammer.
  • Butt-Monkey: Poor Jack Naito just can't seem to catch a break in this fanfic...
  • Call-Back: During his fight against Satsuki, Ichigo - now much faster than her - creates afterimages of himself while taunting her, saying he could go faster so that he'd be on her level - just like he did against Byakuya over a year ago.
  • Character Overlap: The author's done this quite a few times so far;
    • The first was Alex Louis Armstrong. Introduced initially in an Omake, he joins the story proper in Chapter 32; he's a member of Nudist Beach... Of course. He is also the father of Maxwell Bradley Armstrong a.k.a. Ira Gamagori.
    • Next up was Genesis Rhapsodos, Armstrong's sister Olivier, Motoko Kusanagi and Batou. All of them were members of Xcution who originally joined when their goal was to fight/contain Life Fibers and attempted to rebel when Ragyo decided to use them instead. It didn't end well for any of them...and only Batou and Olivier survived the experience.
    • Next, we have Alexander Anderson. He's also a member of Nudist Beach, and his single-minded hatred/desire to destroy Heathens and Vampires translates into a hatred/desire to destroy Life Fibers. And, of course, his debut chapter has him be informed of Ichigo being a Life Fiber-hybrid...
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Mugetsu is this when it comes to Ichigo wearing clothes other than herself.
  • Chick Magnet: Ichigo; Satsuki's feelings for him are deeper than she'd like to admit, Ryuko all but freaks out when Mako almost accidentally reveals what she told her (Mako) about Ichigo the other night, Nonon - while less than thrilled about him beating her in battle - acknowledges his good looks and Orihime definitely counts if she's anything like her canon-self.
  • Crapsack World: After apparent nuclear winter.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Isshin goes to great lengths to Life-Fiber proof his house.
  • Competitive Balance: As opposed to Canon where all known Kamui could be assumed as equal in power, here it's explicitly stated that each Kamui has one specific trait/ability/statistic that they excel best in.
    • Senketsu is stated to have the highest raw strength overall but the lowest speed, making Ryuko the Mighty Glacier.
    • Junketsu is stated to have the highest endurance, making Satsuki the Jack-of-All-Stats.
    • Mugetsu is stated to have the highest speed, making Ichigo the Fragile Speedster.
    • Danketsu is stated to have the highest defense, making Kinue the Stone Wall.
  • Combat Parkour: The arena brawl after The Reveal, when the suspended platform is wrecked has most of the cast doing this.
  • Continuity Overlap: The ending of the Winter War arc overlaps with the beginning of the Kill La Kill opening.
  • Covert Pervert: While she'd die before admitting it, Nonon is fully aware of Ichigo's good looks and even thinks to herself: "Seeing his naked body is just a bonus!" while trying to force him to come see Satsuki.
  • Chubby Mama, Skinny Papa: Inverted with the Mankanshoku Family.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ryuko takes the butt end of this in the beginning, then almost every Elite Mook becomes a victim after Ichigo and Ryuko get better with their Applied Phlebotinum.
    • Ururu inflicts one to Uzu Sanageyama when he was suspecting her of a hostile student given no approval from Satsuki. Granted, he didn't have the chance to activate his Blade Regalia beforehand and that Ururu is a Life-Fiber Hybrid like Nui Harime.
  • Cute Bruiser: Ururu and Nui.
  • Deadly Gaze: The nameless female Taichou's Bankai in chapter 49 has the ability to turn everything they look at, into ash.
  • Death by Adaptation: Meninas, Lille and Jackie all bite the dust eventually.
    • Surprisingly enough, Hououmaru dies fairly late into the story.
  • Demonic Possession: The Original Life Fiber hijacks Ragyo's corpse after Ichigo kills her.
  • Demoted to Extra: Aikuro Mikisugi is this literally as he goes from the leader of Nudist Beach and Prof. Matoi's number two guy in the anime to a much less important sub-role. While he retains his role at Hounoji Academy early on, he ends up overshadowed by the Armstrongs and Anderson in later sections. Tsumugu is also hit with this.
  • Death Course: What Ira Gamagoori sets up on No-Late day.
  • Determinator: Most of the protagonists, actually.
  • Dirty Coward: Yuu Akiyama, and he's quite proud of it.
  • Discard and Draw: Instead of regaining his spiritual powers, as in canon, Ichigo gets a Kamui and is revealed to be a life fiber hybrid.
  • Distracted by the Sexy: At one point in his fight against Satsuki, Ichigo is accused by her to have the audacity to say ridiculous things about drive and ambition while not even looking at her, to which Ichigo replies that he just can't stand looking at her Kamui as it "leaves virtually nothing to the imagination"; though surprised by his modesty, Satsuki nonetheless compliments him on being able to fight her on equal terms while suffering from this.
  • Don't Make Me Destroy You: Isshin, upon hearing Nui - who has traveled to Karakura Town specifically to see him - say how she should kill his daughters since they're "holding him back", grabs her by the throat, momentarily sheds his "disguise" as a normal human and threatens her to never, EVER try to act upon her words lest he use his full power to destroy her; Nui wisely decides to retreat but would hold a serious grudge against him for making her feel fear for years to come.
  • The Dreaded: As Carry On Wayward Son shows, Ichigo's already built a reputation for delivering top-class beatdowns, so much that the One-Star Student messenger from Satsuki shivers just being near him. It doesn't stop the Two-Stars from trying in order to gain a better life, though.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: In the midst of the Karakura Invasion arc, Nui - affected by the Kaizo Trap that Isshin previously installed to protect Karakura Town from the Life-Fibers - sits down and has a talk with him, all the while speaking with little to no emotion and eyes to match that lack of emotion.
    • That same character also suffers from this while agonizing about Ichigo not being 'awake' or after being questioned about her long-lost sister, 'Amu' (Ururu)
  • Enemy Mine: You know things are going to get real messy when you have both Millennium and the Vandenreich aiding Ichigo and friends in their struggle against Ragyo.
    • Nui aids Ichigo's group against the Original Life Fiber after it possesses Ragyo's corpse.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Ragyo, Nui, and Clone Satsuki can't understand why Ichigo, Ururu, Ryuko, Isshin, and Satsuki would choose to save humanity rather than feed it to the Life Fibers, especially since their plan was to have the group survive the resulting cataclysm and rule the world with them.
  • Evil Parents Want Good Kids: Ragyo muses over how none of her children turn out quite perfect. Hybrid-wise.
  • Evil Twin: Nui is this to Ururu ('Amu').
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Aizen is so utterly contemptible that even Ragyo feels repulsed by his presence.
  • Everyone Chasing You: After Satsuki declares rewards for whoever takes out Ichigo, he gets hounded for a while.
  • Exact Words: Nui's agreement not to hurt Mako in exchange for her eye being repaired.
    • Played straight when she goes after Ichigo instead.
  • External Retcon: Explanation of why most of Japan is a ruined wasteland.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Harime Nui. Ururu to a lesser extent whenever she accesses her Berserker Mode.
    • One could postulate that the Kamui themselves are this.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Aizen, as usual.
    • Nui, as well. She's cheerful most of the time, but causing her to feel pain will make her drop that mask like a hat. She also keeps referring to Ichigo and several others - Ryuko, Satsuki, Orihime, and Ururu - as family members, ignoring their protests as a form of playing hard to get... until her Humiliation Conga in Chapters 57-60, in which Ururu breaks free of Ragyo's brainwashing and disowns her completely; Urahara uses his Bankai to destroy her life fibers; Ryuko subjects her to a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown while simultaneously drilling it into Nui's head that her "family" holds nothing but utter hatred for her.
  • Fake Memories: Isshin plants several fake memories in Nui's mind, hoping that - once manifested in her dreams - they could provide her with the choice of either continuing to help Ragyo or abandon her, a choice that Ragyo had been denying her from birth.
  • Flash Step: Implied with the Nui vs. Ururu fight.
  • Fight Magnet: Anyone with a Kamui. Anyone with a Star uniform for that matter.
  • Finishing Move: THREAD STRIPPER!!!
  • Forgotten First Meeting: Being too young to remember at the time, Ryuko had forgotten her past with Heinkel, Yumiko, and Maxwell, the four of them having lived in the same orphanage together for a while.
  • For Want of a Nail: At one point in his attempt to save Satsuki from having Junketsu consume her mind, Ichigo sits down for a conversation with a mental representation of Satsuki, the latter firmly convinced that like in the canon material, Nui never had her eye fixed by Orihime and she tore Senketsu to shreds, leading to the events of the Tri-School Raid Trip, suggesting that Ichigo's presence was a key factor in that change of events; Ichigo even lampshades this as he ponders the subject.
  • French Jerk: Jackie Tristan.
  • Friendly Sniper: In chapter 11, Sukuyo Mankanshoku, of all people, is shown to be a VERY experienced sniper as she snipes Ichigo with vaccinations, while being very... modest, about it; Gamagoori's reaction is HIGHLY justified.
  • Genki Girl: Mako.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Ragyo's invaded Karakura with an army of COVERS, along with Nui and Ururu. Kisukes plan? Free Aizen.
  • Good All Along: Kugo Ginjo and Rei Hououmaru... Except not really regarding Rei.
  • Good with Numbers: Mako suddenly becomes this during the Fight Club initiation.
  • Groin Attack: Ichigo, having only just arrived at Honnouji Academy and has not yet awakened his kamui, does this to Jack Naito in their fight which Jack initiated against Ichigo's will.
  • High School A.U.: Both Bleach and Kill La Kill are this taken Up to Eleven so it stands to reason.
  • Humiliation Conga: Nui gets one starting in Chapter 57. And it reaches its peak in Chapter 60
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Much like in Kill la Kill, chapter titles are named after popular songs from the 70s and 80s. Instead of J-Pop, though, they're songs from western bands like Queen and Kansas.
  • "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Ryuko's rage fight with Ichigo and Satsuki.
  • Improvised Weapon: The Bleach Bomb in Chapter 2.
    • Ira's clipboard, utilized by Ichigo to headshot his embarrassing father.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Everyone with a bladed weapon.
  • Implied Love Interest: A lot of people think Satsuki has a crush on Ichigo. Right now, she doesn't.
  • Instrument of Murder: Nonon's Subwoofers.
  • Journey to the Center of the Mind: Ichigo enters Satsuki's mind in order to save both her and Junketsu.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Ichigo and Satsuki.
  • Kendo Team Captain: Uzu asks Ichigo to consider this after a demonstration of his skill.
  • Kick the Dog: When Ragyo creates a clone of Satsuki, she gives the girl free will, in full knowledge that this will result in the girl realizing she's nothing but a clone and becoming emotionally unhinged by this fact.
  • Kids Versus Adults: Or everyone else against impossibly old people. (Ragyo)
  • Kill the Cutie: Played straight with Mako. Then subverted.
  • Lack of Empathy: Ragyo and Nui, just like their show canon counterparts; also, we have just about everyone in Xcution except for Ginjo, Yuu Akiyama and Millennium.
  • Landslide Election: What Ragyo is hoping to accomplish in her attempt to lift the Revocs embargo placed on England, which is the only thing that's stopping her right now from achieving the % of people around the Earth wearing COVERS that's necessary to initiate her plans.
  • Large and in Charge: Ira Gamagoori.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Done a shocking number of times when BOTH Ichigo and Ryuko comment on things that usually happens in Manga.
    Ichigo: "That makes things a lot easier to understand, but what's the deal with the blackboard behind you?
    Uryu: "I'm not quite sure..."
    • Later on when Ryuko is fighting Sanageyama, we get this little gem:
      Sanageyama: "H-How? My Tengantsu should have seen that attack coming! What did you do?"
      Ryuko: "This isn't a manga, you know. I'm not going to explain my powers so you can find a weakness!"
  • Living Weapon: Ryuko, per the manga, and Ichigo. Ururu, Ragyo, Nui, Isshin, and the Kamui to a lesser extent.
  • Love Triangle: One in the past between Masaki, Isshin, and Ragyo. Ragyo never really had a chance to win Isshin over— unfortunately for a lot of people, she hasn't quite accepted her loss.
    • Possibly Ryuko, Ichigo, and Satsuki. A variation of Type 3: While Ichigo hasn't shown any sort of interest in either of them romantically, the girls have shown some level of interest in him.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Aizen Sosuke.
  • Master Swordsman: Ichigo, Satsuki, and Sanageyama.
  • Meaningful Name: Every single Kamui revealed so far.
    • Danketsu stands for Unison signifying the relationship to its wearer, Kinue Kinagase.
  • Mind Rape: Poor Junketsu has her memories, personality and just about everything that makes her, herself - slowly and forcefully altered due to having Ichigo's life-fibers sewn into her, and she's wide-awake during all of this, desperately trying to hold on to her very being.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Isshin Kurosaki reveals that he thinks Uryu is gay just because he sews, and asks if his father knows he's in the closet. When Uryu indignantly says his father was the one who taught him how to sew, Isshin assumes his father is gay too.
  • More Than Mind Control: Debatable, but Maxwell's actions in England come across as more this than just being controlled by the Life-Fiber-infused clothing he was wearing.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Scissors, clothes, and a Bleach bomb. Yes, a Bleach Bomb.
  • Must Make Amends: Kinue, having ignored Danketsu's voice within her mind for years, finally begins to see the error of her ways and just how badly Danketsu was hurt by her actions, leading her to try to make amends with Danketsu with little (but some) progress made.
  • Mysterious Past: Nui calls Isshin on this. Technically, a ton of people have this.
  • Nepotism: Satsuki initially thinks this is why Ichigo was invited to Honnouji by her mother.
  • Nerf Arm: A sewing machine gun.
  • No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Ichigo believes this when Satsuki invites him to her office.
  • Not Quite Dead/He's Just Hiding!: Kisuke, as revealed at the end of Chapter 38.
  • Noodle Incident: What the hell did Ichigo do at the Water Works while evading Sanagaeyama and his minions?
  • Nominal Hero: Alucard and Sosuke Aizen.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Gamagoori says this to Chad during their fight, comparing their roles as shields for their comrades (Satsuki and Ichigo, respectively).
  • Pervert Revenge Mode: Ryuko, having received a dubious 'compliment' from Kon about her figure, begins chasing him around the academy, grinning maniacally upon receiving permission from Ichigo to do as she pleases with him, so long as it's not fatal.
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Nui, Ururu, and Nonon.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Yhwach.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner:
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Ryuko does this in chapter 49 during her fight against one of Alucard's minions, a nameless female Gotei 13 Taichou.
  • Race Lift: Jackie Tristan, who was implied to be American in the original Manga but is portrayed as French here
    • In a more literal example, Ururu, whose original species is ambiguous in Bleach canon, is now a Life Fiber hybrid (Nui's twin, in fact) who was spirited away by Isshin after her birth and given to Kisuke to raise.
  • Rape as Backstory: During his Journey to the Center of the Mind in order to save Satsuki, Ichigo learns why Satsuki is the way she is, and it dramatically changes his opinion of her.
  • Reality Warper: Aizen's Bankai gives him this ability. He uses it to rescue Orihime, thereby severely weakening Ragyo.
  • Retcon: Xcution are agents of Revocs, rather than Fullbringers.
  • Sadistic Choice: Realizing she can't beat Isshin (Kurosaki) in her current state (apparently, they're equally matched) thus being unable to proceed with commanding the COVERS around the academy to devour every human in sight, Ragyo 'surrenders', much to her opponent's surprise; what she meant was that she was giving up on fighting in the traditional manner, following which she proceeds to make a phone-call and tell her opponent that she has just ordered an assassin to kill both his daughters, claiming that while said assassin would not stop on his own now, Isshin is fast enough to return to Karakura Town and stop the assassin in time, but not fast enough that he'd be able to also save everyone present from the COVERS, the only obstacle in their way being Isshin's presence, forcing him to choose between his daughters' lives and the lives of every (normal) human currently present in Honnouji Academy.
  • Sanity Slippage: When Aizen realizes that Ichigo has just given up his powers out of the desire for a normal life and all of his plans to save the world from the original life fiber are now worthless, he snaps and devolves into a Hogyoku-fueled ranting.
  • School Clubs Are Serious Business: The Gardening club.
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Poor Ichigo repeatedly gets teased about Satsuki's hidden (even from herself) feelings towards him, much to his dismay. He also tells Ryuko later on that his father has been teasing him about her possibly becoming his girlfriend, which doesn't bother her that much.
  • Shipper on Deck: Isshin strongly wants Ichigo to hook up with either Ryuko or Satsuki and constantly pesters him on the subject. Ragyo wouldn't mind it, either.
  • Shout-Out: There are a lot of them.
  • Shouldn't We Be in School Right Now?: What exactly is Ryuko even learning here? What is Ichigo learning here that he didn't already know at Karakura?
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Ryuko delivers this to Ragyo in Chapter 62, declaring that she's sick of hearing the latter's doomsday speeches and Evil Gloating. When Ragyo responds by pointing out that Ryuko had to rely on others to get where she is, Ryuko acknowledges this, then fires back that Ragyo is in no position to criticize anybody for anything, given that she's nothing more than a whiny bitch who keeps pining after a man who hates her guts.
  • Sibling Team: Ryuko and Ururu taking on Nui together.
  • Sins of Our Fathers: Why Nui is so hell-bent on mentally torturing Ryuko until she gets her eye restored completely by Orihime, at which point she becomes much less antagonistic towards her (but still very villainous).
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Danketsu.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Ryuko's had the Red sword scissor for months, yet she never really trained with it, despite the fact that she can handle it well.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Kinue Kinagase.
  • Sword Beam:
  • Taking You with Me: Ryuko's dad's reaction to Nui.
  • Tell Me About My Father!: Ryuko, having just learned that Isshin (Kurosaki) knew her father back when he was alive, pleads with him to tell her everything he knows, which is quite difficult for him to do since he's unsure how Ryuko would react to learning the full extent of her father's actions; thus, he tells Ryuko half-truths and hopes that she'll be pleased with them - and she partially is.
  • The Corruption: The Hogyoku was made with a piece of the Original Life Fiber and thus functioned as this for Aizen, constantly trying to brainwash him into serving the OLF and is responsible for his A God Am I moments.
  • The Tape Knew You Would Say That: Urahara writes a letter to Ichigo, which starts predicting his reactions and then boasts about it.
    Urahara: "And yes, I can read your thoughts even through this letter that I wrote days before you found it. I am THAT good."
  • The Villain Knows Where You Live: Popping up in Isshin's car, Nui - in her attempt to 'persuade' Isshin to come meet Ragyo - shows him something that forces him to relent: items belonging to his daughters, which she could've only obtained by physically entering his house.
  • Trespassing to Talk: Nui's modus operandi whenever she feels like it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Sukuyo Mankanshoku, giving Ichigo his scheduled injections with a sniper rifle from half a mile away.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Xcution, excluding Ginjo.
  • Tongue-Tied: While he did gain a considerable power-boost thanks to the Original Life Fiber, a side-effect of its influence also involves Isshin (Kurosaki) being unable to tell the good guys the more critical bits of information about Ragyo's plans, forcing him to tell them half-truths and hope that they'll connect the dots, themselves.
  • Training from Hell: Ichigo recalls this when Ururu tells him she wants to spar. Ryuko eventually complies and is shown why.
  • The Unfavorite: Ragyo believes that Satsuki is a failure as she is merely a human, while Hybrids like Nui or Ichigo continue to outclass most of the rest of the cast.
  • Troll: Nui Harime, Schrodinger and - to some extent - Kisuke.
    • Aizen tugs at Ragyo's Berserk Button by casually revealing that had it not been for his machinations, Masaki and Isshin never would have met.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Nui; having been defeated by the combined efforts of Ururu and Ryuko, she is rendered unconscious and provides them with the perfect opportunity to finish her off... and they don't, because they're not killers. Nui knows she was vulnerable back then, but still sides with Ragyo and continues to act like her old self.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Ryuko knew how to use the Scissor Blade, but not how to use it well.
  • Use Your Head: Ichigo uses this method to deal with Satsuki several times throughout the story.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Nui after feeling pain. Real pain. She gets an even bigger one when Urahara uses his Bankai to destroy her Life Fibers. And then comes Chapter 60, in which she goes completely off her rocker after Ryuko kicks her ass while delivering a vicious "Reason You Suck" Speech, snarling that they are not family and that everyone she considers as such - Ichigo, Ururu, Ryuko, and Satsuki - do not reciprocate her feelings at all and will always regard her and Ragyo as enemies to be destroyed. All Nui can do is curl up in a fetal position and sob like a helpless child. It's so pathetic that Ryuko, who's been itching to butcher Nui after learning that the little bitch killed her dad and almost killed Mako, cannot find it in her to strike the finishing blow.
    • At the end of Chapter 62, Ragyo is finally Out-Gambitted by Aizen, to the point where all she can do is pathetically try to reclaim Orihime while shouting This Cannot Be! in between cursing her enemies.
  • Villain Takes an Interest: Taken to a disturbing degree with Ragyo and Nui towards Ichigo and Ururu ('Amu').
  • We Can Rule Together: This is one iteration that Satsuki puts forth when asking Ichigo to become Vice-President.
    • Subverted with Ragyo. While she would like to have Isshin and Ichigo on her side, she ultimately realizes that neither of them would ever see things her way, and thus, doesn't bother trying to recruit them. Doesn't stop her from bemoaning her failure to achieve this, though.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In addition to Satsuki - whose intentions are identical to those of her canon counterpart - Alexander Anderson will not rest till he has completely and utterly removed the threat of life-fibers from the planet, but said threat, unfortunately, happens to (in his opinion) include life-fiber hybrids, such as Ryuko, Ichigo and Ururu.
    • As it turns out Aizen is this. Everything he did was to stop the Original Life Fiber, even manipulating Ichigo into becoming a weapon capable of killing Ragyo. When Ichigo rejected his powers at the end of their fight he didn't take it well.
  • Wham Episode: Chapter 40, 'Blumenkranz'; notice how it's named in a different fashion from all the other chapters? That should clue you in.
    • Speaking of oddly named chapters how about 54, 'Turn Back The Pendulum'. Guess who does this chapter point to?
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed by Ichigo and Alucard, the former claiming that it's one's actions and beliefs that determine the extent of their humanity while the latter admonishes the former for not embracing his nature as a monster.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Ichigo to Satsuki, having learnt from Mugetsu that she had sewn Ichigo's life-fibers into Junketsu without her consent, which is basically the equivalent of RAPE. Ichigo is rightfully outraged, as is Mugetsu.
  • When They Smile: Kinue says that despite being able to survive her experiment, it has been a long time since she's ever seen Tsumugu and Aikuro smile sincerely again. Because of this, the same could also be said of herself.
    • Also in chapter 36: having saved Satsuki from having Junketsu devour her mind, Ichigo gets to see one of the rarest sights in Kill La Kill - Satsuki smiling a "warm and wide smile".
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Chapter 54: Turn Back The Pendulum. This Chapter shows how Sosuke Aizen enters the official story before and during his time in Muken.
  • Why Are You Not My Son?: Ragyo believes that Ichigo would serve as a better heir than her own daughter.
  • Worthy Opponent: Gamagoori acknowledges Chad as one during their fight in the Karakura Invasion arc.
    • Sanageyama considers both Ryuko and Ichigo to be this, the latter having defeated him in battle.
  • Yandere: Ragyo towards Isshin (Kurosaki); Ragyo freely admits that had Masaki not died on her own, she would've definitely killed her eventually.
    • Nui towards pretty much everyone she considers "family" - such as Ichigo, Ururu, Satsuki, Orihime, and eventually Ryuko. She so desperately wants them to embrace her and Ragyo's misanthropic beliefs and rule the world as a "big, happy family"; but absolutely none of them are interested in the slightest, and take every opportunity they can to drive it into her skull (verbally and physically) that they hate her guts and want her dead. It's one of the biggest contributors to her breakdown in Chapter 60.
  • You Shall Not Pass!: Keigo Asano, of all people, pulls this on Gamagoori during the Karakura Invasion arc, denying him access to Karakura.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry!: Gamagoori says these exact words to Chad in the midst of their fight in the Karakura Invasion arc.


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