3 Works in Protective Shiba Kaien
On a bright autumn afternoon, a series of events take place:
1) In an outer district of Rukongai, eight captains and lieutenants are Hollowfied, saved, and brought back to the Fourth Division for treatment under the combined protection of Urahara Kisuke and Unohana Retsu.
2) Aizen Sousuke attempts to stage a coup against the Gotei 13 and fails. Very badly.
And 3) Shiba Kaien suddenly reveals never-before-observed Zanpakutou abilities, and his reiatsu levels absolutely skyrocket, all before single-handedly saving the Shinigami from Aizen's machinations, mental manipulations, and probably a drawn-out civil war just to round it out.
All of these events are far more intertwined than anyone will ever understand, but Shinji tries anyway.
“Well, Ichi-kunnn, think of it this way. You were holding it at some point in time. And time, is fluid. Fix this, Ichigo. Not just this. Something went wrong. Events were not supposed to progress this way. And you’re the keystone. You bring change. Fix this. I know you can.”
“You want me to…” the teen settled himself in his mind, quickly catching on and focusing his remaining energy on the task.
“Exactly. I want you, to turn back the clock.”
Ichigo stranded in a future of death and rubble, pushes forward. In doing so he is warped to a time long past where faces are familiar and strange all at once. Will the sorrow and anguish at seeing such life once again, overcome him.
- Part 1 of It's about Time