Kurosaki Ichigo is a 15 year old boy that has an ability to see ghosts/spirits. Because of his ability, he is able to meet a female death god (a.k.a Shinigami) named Kuchiki Rukia. To save his family and friends from unwanted soul-eating spirits (Hollows), Rukia transfers her Shinigami powers to Ichigo. As Rukia takes on a human shell, together they solve mysteries involving spirits and hollows until from the spirit world comes 2 other shinigamis explaining that it is illegal to transfer Shinigami powers to humans and Rukia exceeded the time limit to stay in the human world. After they sentence her death for breaking the laws, Ichigo snaps and swears to everyone he will retrieve Rukia by breaking into the spirit world. [ANN]
This episode was very disappointing. Having read the manga beforehand, they left at least three chapters (probably more) out by summarizing it all. There was a ton of dialogue cut out between the arrancars and the soul reapers back at Karakura town which developed them further especially Starrk and Shunsui.
I was also very disappointed that the fight with the huge monster that Tia's fraccion made with their left arm was almost completely cut out. You didn't know that when Yamamoto finally showed up to defeat it, it was because Rangiku had been fighting all three of Tia's fraccion by herself for most of the time and wore them (and herself) down for quite awhile, but was eventually severely injured by that huge monster and was being healed by Kira in a barrier directly behind Yamamoto when he came and put a hole in it's shoulder. This was an intense battle going on at this point spanning several chapters and it was all cut out. Battles, character development, all of it cut out.
Very disappointing first episode. I think they are getting tired of making these things or something.