Bleach is back
Ichigo Kurosaki is picking up his gigantic sword again after a ten-year break in order to compete in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’s last match. The original is a staple among anime fans worldwide and is sometimes lumped with One Piece and Naruto as being part of the “big three,” thus the anticipation for its return on Hulu are high. And after seeing an episode, everyone in Thousand-Year Blood War looks finally amazing.
The first episode of new series is out
The new show, produced by Pierrot, the same studio that created the original run of the series from 2004 to 2012, picks up right where it left off. The first episode quite nearly corresponds to the first five chapters of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc. And it’s obvious from the initial frames of the new show that anyone unfamiliar with Bleach won’t find much to go on, and longstanding fans may also find themselves having to catch up. You are immediately drawn back into the story because it appears like Pierrot is just as determined to pick up and finish the series as if there had been no hiatus.
Episode have a stronger impact on viewers
With little to no context, we observe mayhem in a deep, shadowy lab in the Seireitei. Characters in the series casually use terminology like “Gigai,” “Bankai,” and “Soul Reaper.” For those who are familiar with the characters and their importance in the greater universe, certain moments, such as the revelation that the military-clad warrior Asguiaro Ebern is a Quincy, will have a stronger impact.
What matters most is that we first witness the old gang’s abilities before we see them reunited in all their splendour. This appears as small arrow-like objects darting across the screen, a blade of light, or energy that is blue and falling down. Ichigo Kurosaki, Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado (Chad), and Uryu Ishida are all corresponding to different members of the main gang. Just in time, the four Soul Reapers are saved by them when we next see them. It’s startling to see the four again after such a long time; for a brief period.
We weren’t able to watch Ichigo and the rest of the cast develop into more modern animation as we have with One Piece because the anime was older. Old, somewhat sluggish battle scenes have been replaced with operatic high-flying antics that put a lot more emphasis on the movement and feel like fight scenes that were intended to excite rather than serve as filler to fill up an episode. Each of the four main characters receives a flashy name card as they are introduced, giving homage to older anime cliches in a more modern way.
It’s a twist that seems appropriate for its star.
How to watch new Bleach episodes:
The latest episodes of Bleach are available to stream without having to sign up for yet another anime subscription service, which is good news. Hulu will start streaming new episodes as soon as they are available in Japan. International viewers can also watch the show on Disney+.
In how many episodes does Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War take place?
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will include 52 episodes, according to Studio Pierrot, the show’s creator. Four courses, or portions, will be created from the episodes. There will be a three-month gap between each of the roughly 13 episodes that make up each cour. This indicates that the full season will end in just over a year.