005. Binda•blinda Edit
During Ichigo's fight with Acidwire, it's revealed that the Hollow is actually Orihime's deceased brother.
Ichigo has arrived at Orihime's house to rescue her from a Hollow attack, and evaluates the situation. Orihime's soul greets him warmly, and he questions why she can see him, as Rukia had told him that only spirits can see other spirits. The Hollow tells him that it's because Orihime is already dead, so her soul can see him. He then whips his tail around and attacks Ichigo with enough force to break the window and send him outside of the house.
The Hollow follows Ichigo, mocking him, and continues to attack, burning Ichigo's hand and knocking him to the ground. When Orihime cries out in distress, the Hollow grabs her, and asks if she remembers him. Orihime identifies the Hollow as her deceased brother, Sora.
Outside, Rukia reminds Ichigo that he cannot lose, or the Hollow will consume Orihime's soul. Inside, Orihime asks if it's really him, which he confirms, and then questions why he attacked her friends. He states that it's because they tried to tear Orihime and him apart. When he died, Orihime prayed to him daily, which made him happy, but when she befriended Tatsuki, she began praying less and less. When she met Ichigo, she stopped praying altogether, only talking to him about Ichigo all the time. This was really painful for him, making him believe she had pushed him out of her heart.
Ichigo rushes inside, and the Hollow asks Orihime to live together with him, like they used to. She says he should have told her he was sad, instead of attacking her friends, because this isn't her brother. This angers him, and he blames the situation on her, stating he'd kill her. Upset, Ichigo cuts up the Hollow's arms, and tells him to never say such a thing again.
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