Bleach Episode 342 Thank You!

Bleach Episode 342 Thank You!

Bleach Episode 342 Thank You! is the continuation of the Bleach Anime Series. And as part of the Gotei 13 Invading Army arc.
From the last episode Bleach Episode 341 Invading Army Arc, Final Conclusion! Having returned to Karakura Town, Ichigo and Rukia engage a large flying Hollow (shaped like a dragonfly). Ichigo is hit by the Hollow, and knocked down into a building roof, however Rukia easily kills the Hollow with a single attack. After the fight Rukia asks Ichigo why he didn't just dodge the Hollows attack with a Flash Step. Ichigo refutes by saying he didn't need to. They are suddenly interrupted by Zennosuke Kurumadani whom Ichigo refers to "Imoyama". Kurumadani gets angry since he knows Ichigo is doing it on purpose. He tells them that he is in charge of Karakura, and as such they aren't do do anything without his approval, such as moving into attack Hollows. Kurumadani leaves and Ichigo and Rukia notice an Ice Rink below them,where many people are skating. The next day Rukia talks to Jūshirō Ukitake. Realizing that Ichigo's spiritual pressure is beginning to fade away, again; he instructs Rukia to prevent him from fighting anymore. That night, another Hollow attacks. Ichigo initially gains the upper hand, but his powers suddenly drop to the point that he can barely stand. He is saved by Uryū and Rukia who quickly dispatch the weak Hollow. Another Hollow is quickly detected, and Uryū tells Ichigo to stay behind to perform a Konsō on a young spirit who is at the park. In reality, this was a lie from Uryū, whom has noticed that Ichigo's powers are beginning to fail him. Rukia also has noticed and tells Uryū that she feels Ichigo can no longer perform even a single Flash Step.

The next day, after school; Ichigo takes Rukia Ice Skating with him and many of his friends from school. After Ichigo teaches her how to skate they all watch the fireworks which are launched nearby the stadium; and afterwards they begin to head home. On their way home Rukia tells Ichigo that she had fun, but before their conversation goes much farther, another Hollow appears. Ichigo rushes off to fight it; however this Hollow is rather big and powerful for a regular Hollow, and it easily beats Ichigo whom is once again rescued by Rukia. Away from the Hollow, Ichigo apologizes to Rukia for being in the way, but she rebukes his statement and promises to always help him, because they are friends. Ichigo tells Rukia to disable his legs, which she does by freezing them. Ichigo then uses the last of his strength to fire "his last Getsugatenshō", which kills the Hollow. Afterwards Ichigo collapses on the street from exhaustion.

The next day he wakes up at home. He reveals to Rukia Sado, Uryū and Orihime that he knew that his powers were fading, and also knew that Rukia was ordered not to let him fight any longer. The four of them walk outside; and Ichigo realizes that he can't feel the presence of anything nearby. Rukia also realizes that his powers are all but gone. She tries to be funny and says that just because he can't see her doesn't mean she can't see him, which distresses Ichigo. As Rukia begins to fade from his sight both of their complexions sharply change. Ichigo tells her to give everybody his regards, to which she replies "I will". Ichigo finally say to Rukia as she completely disappears, "Bye, Rukia.... Thank you".