The story opens with the sudden appearance of the shinigami, Rukia Kuchiki, in Ichigo Kurosaki’s bedroom. She is surprised at his ability to see her, but their resulting conversation is interrupted by the appearance of a hollow, an evil spirit. After Rukia is severely wounded, she intends to transfer half her powers to Ichigo, hoping to give him the opportunity to face the hollow Ichigo unintentionally absorbs almost all her powers instead, allowing him to defeat the hollow with ease.As he absorb almost all her powers, thus leaving her stranded in the human world. Rukia has transferred herself into a gigai — an artificial human body — while waiting to recover her abilities. In the meantime, Ichigo must take over her job as a shinigami, battling hollows and guiding lost souls to Soul Society.