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A Guide to Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War!

After the much-awaited hyped anime this Fall of 2022, Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War has aired. If you’re one of the fans who have waited for the return of Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen for a decade, the wait was so worth it.

If you’re a new fan and found curiosity getting the best of you, do check out Bleach’s new season. Here’s a useful guide for both old and new fans before starting Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War.

What happened before Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War?

The previous anime Bleach ended with the Fullbringer arc where Ichigo regained his powers again. The anime ended with Ichigo going to Soul Society to ask permission for retrieving Ginjo’s body and bury it in the Human world.

Yamamoto actually complies with the request. Ichigo Kurosaki continues to fulfil his duties as the Substitute Soul Reaper as he watches over Karakura town.

What manga volumes are getting adapted for Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War?

Volumes 55-74 are getting adapted into Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War. The previous arc ended at volume 54 “Goodbye to Our Xcution”. The 55th volume began with “The Blood warfare”.

From which manga chapters can fans read?

If you’re curious to read or reread Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War, starting from chapter 480 is recommended. Chapter 480 “The Blood warfare” gives a glimpse of the disaster soon to befall Soul Society, Karakura town and Hueco Mundo.

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 1

The chapters from 480-484 were adapted into Episode 1 of Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen. Ichigo Kurosaki is back in action with his Bankai Getsuga Tenshou! We did get an epic fight with an undefeated Ichigo Kurosaki whopping and defeating Ivan Azgiaro, the unknown enemy.

How many episodes will be in Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen?

The exact number of episodes for Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen has not been declared yet. Judging from the first episode of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War, five chapters were adapted.

If the production team divides a total of 207 chapters for Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen, they can approximately make over 50+ episodes. Following a 13-episode series format, there can be 4 seasons, more or less. Let’s wait for the official news!

Where to watch Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War?

Unfortunately, Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is not available on Netflix or Crunchyroll. It is available on Disney Plus and Hulu. Let’s hope the series is available on many streaming platforms for a global audience to watch it legally.

What happened in Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 1?

man kicks the guy

Two new soul reapers went sent to Karakura town for watchful duty. There is an issue of missing hollows and the disappearance of people from the Rukon district. The shinigami stationed were attacked but thankfully we have Ichigo Kurosaki to save the day.

Let’s not forget Ishida Uryu, Chad and Orihime Inoue to help fight the hollows. Ichigo Kurosaki is greeted with hostility by a mysterious character Ebern Asguiaro (Ivan Azgiaro in the manga) who mocks Kurosaki Ichigo for a fight.

Ichigo being the king of sass kicks him out of his bed (you don’t mess with Ichigo Kurosaki) and unleashes his Bankai.

While Captain Yamamoto is in a difficult situation with intruders attacking Vice Captain Sasakibe. The intruders declared war on Soul Society in Five days.

The intruders identified themselves as the Wandenreich challenging Yamamoto they would annihilate the Soul Society.

Thankfully, the fight between Kurosaki Ichigo and Ebern doesn’t end up serious for Ichigo as he defeats him with his Bankai. A frustrated Ebern lashes out as he is unable to steal Ichigo’s Bankai.

creepy scheming guy

We do get to see Wandenreich’s leader Yhwach make his stellar appearance in Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 1.

It was quite nostalgic to see everything captured in the closing credits with all the previous characters.

As usual, the gathering in Ichigo’s room was one of the best! Orihime is cheerful as ever, Chad is the quiet one in the group and Uryu bickering with Ishida.

Nothing has changed yet every one of them has gradually matured. They aren’t the powerless 15-year-old kids anymore. The shocked face of the new shinigami nursed back to health by Ichigo Kurosaki was one of the priceless moments in Episode 1.

Thanks for reading!!!



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