The distraction proved more than useful, the moment the ice using Simha was hit by the bullet Ichigo moved in for the kill. The pressure he was applying on his the elite Simha's dagger suddenly died, this put the Simha off balance for a moment allowing Ichigo to drive a knee to the beastman's sides. The knee was blocked quite well, though not only did Ichigo feel a rib crack, the Simha was always launched a couple of feet back an away from the forest. Taking that opening his blade made a b line toward the icer-user's chest going cleanly through the heart and coming out the back.
As Ichigo watched the Simha fall with a sword sticking out of the chest, he moved his head to see where the other Simha was...it was just in time to partially draw his sword and block the dagger's swing aimed at his head. The Simha seemed to have speed up, it was much faster than before and seemed like it was increasing the speed each passing second.
The Simha immediately jumped back while drawing a second dagger and landing in a battle stance. It no longer seemed to have any intention of running away and hiding like before, instead it was challenging Ichigo, with bloodshot eyes and heavy breathing...it seemed like the same bloodlust the ones had before was taking control of its actions. It was interesting, Ichigo liked the beast's attitude and style thus he complied with the challenge with charging forward first. Holding his sword in just one hand Ichigo swung vertically down at the Simha, it quickly spun to the left and aimed a spinning back kick to Ichigo's face which was narrowly dodged on purpose allowing him to grab the Simha's leg, however before he could make another attack the Simha jumped and nearly landed a kick to Ichigo's face with the other leg. Ichigo dodged the second kick but releasing the other leg in the process, but then the Simha wasn't done, it took advantage of the momentum to spin once more and aim his daggers at Ichigo. Luckily Ichigo rose his sword fast enough to not only block the blades but also drive a push kick into the Simha's stomach sending it flying back once again. The swordsman followed the opponent immediately, executing another downward slash at the Simha as it landed but unlike last time it blocked the sword with both blades, the sheer force of the attack sending the large beastman down to one knee, even though Ichigo was still only using one arm to swing his sword.
Ichigo was smiling the whole time, he was enjoying it even though he was much stronger than the Simha, the beastman's skill and style were interesting...plus it knew it was weaker but still had the balls to face him head-on. He applied a little more pressure to the blade making the edge grow menacingly close to the Simha's snout but it was then that something caught his attention. Ichigo had grown a bit distracted and only then did he notice the power that was right above them.
He ignored the Simha for a moment, but he wasn't the only one, even the beastman looked in the same direction he did for in the sky above them was a man, cloaked in lightning and looking down at the group. Ichigo quickly applied an abnormal amount of strength to the blade, breaking through the Simha's blades and making a large gash on its chest.
Ichigo shouted in a rage at the enemy above them and at the same time he swung his now energy clad sword, releasing a large blade of purple energy toward the man. The man did not move an inch, he simply held out his hand protected by an armor of energy and lightning and simply grabbed the blade and sending it flying in a different direction.
A few minutes before
The Onigami group finally managed to exit the storm right into the calm area roofed by the giant physics defying island in the sky. They moved fast and efficiently, using Tenmichi to reach the island while discarding their unneeded clothing. Once they landed the group's faces were finally revealed completely, one was none other than Onigami Tamaki, Captain of the 1st Squad, another went by the name of Onigami Yuki, Captain of the 10th Squad and temporary Captain of the 9th. The others wore clothing similar to Tamaki, each with the lower half of their faces covered, that clothing was something only the members of the 1st Squad used...a special operations squad with each member having power that could possibly rival a captain.
"Thank f.ucking God...I was tired of that f.ucking storm!"
Captain Yuki grunted while looking back at the spot they had come out from. He was about to comment on how hot it was on that weird island but before the words left him Captain Tamaki intervened.
"They stopped. I'm going ahead to the sword, Yuki, Hayato and Kaede follow my energy quickly and take care of the criminals. Masato, stand guard here and eliminate every possible threat."
The three subordinates immediately confirmed their orders while Yuki simply grunted and spat on the ground. Not missing another second Tamaki drew his sword Tenchu, one of the legendary blades, and lightning imminently surrounded his body...the next moment he had vanished, moving in Ichigo and Ryuhou's direction at blinding speeds through the air, using a technique he dubbed Raijin no Mai (Lightning God's Dance).
The two rivals exchanged a couple of seconds of glares before Tamaki turned and moved along, toward the large building in the distance, formally Ichigo and Ryuhou's intended destination as well. Ichigo was just about to follow him when he suddenly noticed a massive energy trucking in their direction, there were three of them but one was far stronger than the other two and it was a familiar feeling. It was a tough choice, Tamaki was the fastest among them with his lightning techniques and he was already ahead of them in the race for the sword, on the other hand the energy that was heading in their direction was abnormally high and had a strange feeling to it.
"Ryu! Go on ahead, try to catch up to Tamaki and see if you can steal the sword before he can."
Ryuhou would never be fast enough to bridge the gap between him and a rushing Tamaki but Ichigo hoped that wherever the sword was, it would have guards that would delay Tamaki even for just a bit. He paused for a moment and then turned to his pupil again.
"Do NOT fight him! If he has the sword just forget about it and run. Now go!"