Meet the Espada is the second chapter of Bleach: Ultimate Alien Volume I.


Ben Tennyson is properly introduced to the group in front of him, specifically Aizen's top two subordinates: the blind Kaname Tosen and the enigmatic Gin Ichimaru. He is then introduced to Aizen's top ten subordinates, called the Espada: Yammy Llargo, who has already "met" Ben; Aaroniero Arruruerie, a masked being with two distinct voices; Szayel Aporro Granz, a mad scientist who quickly puts Ben on edge; Zommari Leroux, who says almost nothing; Grimmjow Jaegerjaquez, a blue-haired man with a punkish demeanor; Nnoitra Jiruga, a tall, thin man with an enormous scythe-like ax; Ulquiorra Cifer, a white-skinned, emotionless man; Tia Harribel, the only female of the group; Baraggan Luisenbarn, an elderly man who takes an instant dislike to Ben; and Coyote Starrk, who is rather lethargic.

Following the introductions, Aizen asks Ben to show him all the forms in the Ultimatrix. Ben is initially reluctant, but Tosen convinces him to comply. Before he can, Szayel suggests that such an action would be boring and it would be better to "test" Ben further. Aizen agrees and summons two other Arrancar, Cirucci Sanderwicci and Gantenbainne Mosqueda, who fight Ben respectively, with Aizen asking Ben to use a different form each time.

Ben initially uses Jetray against Cirucci, who quickly releases her Zanpakuto in response. Unable to get a direct hit on Cirucci, Ben transforms into Big Chill and freezes her. He then uses Swampfire against Gantenbainne, but Gantenbainne presents more of a problem with his Resurreccion, thus Ben uses Echo Echo to overload his eardrums, defeating him.

After the fights, Aizen asks Ben which Espada he would like to serve under. Ben is unsure, so Aizen gives him time to think about it and allows him to leave the room. As he does, Ben jokingly wonders if Hueco Mundo has chili fries.

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Aliens UsedEdit


  • The Espada are properly introduced in this chapter.
  • Ben has fought (and defeated) all three Privaron Espada by the end of this chapter, having defeated one already in the previous chapter.
Previous chapter:
"Welcome to Hueco Mundo, Ben Tennyson"
Chapters of
Bleach: Ultimate Alien Volume I
Next chapter:
"Ben 10 the Fraccion!"