Bleach fans have been eagerly waiting for the second part of the Thousand Year Blood War arc, which is the final arc of the anime series based on the manga by Tite Kubo.
The first part of the arc ended with a shocking cliffhanger, as Ishida Uryu, one of Ichigo’s closest friends and allies, betrayed him and joined the Wandenreich, the army of Quincies led by Yhwach, the Father of the Quincies and the main antagonist of the arc.
Now, the second part of the arc is finally here, and it promises to deliver more action, drama, and revelations as the war between the Soul Society and the Wandenreich reaches its climax. Here is everything you need to know about Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1, “The Last 9 Days”.
What Happened in Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 1?
The first part of the Thousand Year Blood War arc covered chapters 480 to 546 of the manga, and it aired from October 2022 to March 2023. It introduced the Wandenreich, a hidden Quincies empire plotting to destroy the Soul Society for a thousand years.
They launched a surprise attack on the Soul Society, stealing and killing many of the Shinigami’s Bankai (their ultimate weapons). Ichigo, who was in Hueco Mundo fighting against remnants of Aizen’s army, rushed back to help his friends in the Soul Society.
However, he was confronted by Yhwach, who revealed that he was Ichigo’s true father and that Ichigo had both Shinigami and Quincy’s blood in him. Yhwach also claimed that he was the one who gave Ichigo his powers and that he would take them back when the time came.
Ichigo was shocked and confused by this revelation, but he managed to escape from Yhwach with the help of his father Isshin, and Urahara. He then learned that his mother Masaki was also a Quincy who a Hollow sent by Yhwach killed.
He also learned that his Zanpakuto (his sword) was a manifestation of his Quincy powers and that he had another Zanpakuto that represented his Shinigami powers. Ichigo decided to undergo special training with the Zero Squad, a group of elite Shinigami who guard the Soul King, the ruler of all souls.
He hoped to unlock his true potential and gain a new Zanpakuto combining his Shinigami and Quincy powers. Meanwhile, Captain-Commander Yamamoto decided to take matters into his own hands and confronted Yhwach in the Soul Society.
He unleashed his Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, which was said to be the most powerful in history. He managed to defeat Yhwach’s elite guards, the Sternritter, but he was ultimately killed by Yhwach, who revealed that he had stolen Yamamoto’s Bankai using a special medallion.
Yhwach then declared that he would return in nine days to finish off the Soul Society and take over the world. He retreated with his army back to their headquarters in the Seireitei (the main city of the Soul Society), which they had invaded using a special portal.
The first part of the arc ended with a shocking twist, as Ishida Uryu appeared before Yhwach and pledged his loyalty to him. Yhwach then announced that Ishida Uryu would be his successor as the next leader of the Wandenreich.
What Will Happen in Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1?
The second part of the Thousand Year Blood War arc will cover chapters 547 to 686 of the manga, which is the story’s final stretch. It will air from July 2023 to December 2023. The first episode of the second part will pick up where the first part left off, as Ishida Uryu joins Yhwach and becomes his heir.
The episode will explore Ishida Uryu’s motives for betraying Ichigo and his friends and how he plans to deal with his new role in the Wandenreich. The episode will also show how Ichigo completes his training with the Zero Squad and obtains his new Zanpakuto, a dual-bladed sword representing both his Shinigami and Quincy powers.
He will also learn more about his true heritage and connection to Yhwach and the Soul King. The episode will also set up the stage for the final battle between the Soul Society and the Wandenreich, which will take place in the next nine days. The Shinigami will have to face the Sternritter,
who have their own unique abilities and personalities. The Sternritter are also divided into ranks, from A to Z, based on their power and loyalty to Yhwach. The episode will also introduce new characters and concepts, such as the Royal Guard, the Schutzstaffel, the Almighty, and the Soul King Palace.
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Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1
The premiere of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1 will occur on July 8, 2023, at 11:00 pm JST (Japan Standard Time). The series has been licensed by TV Tokyo in Japan, whereas Hulu and Disney Plus will stream the new episodes for international admirers.
Given that both streaming platforms adhere to a simultaneous release schedule, the release times for various locations around the globe are listed below:
- Pacific Time: 7:30 AM
- Mountain Time: 8:30 AM
- Central Time: 9:30 AM
- Eastern Time: 10:30 AM
- British Time: 3:30 PM
- European Time: 4:30 PM
- Indian Time: 9:00 PM
— VIZ (@VIZMedia) July 8, 2023
Where Can You Watch Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1?
Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1 will premiere on July 8, 2023, at 11:00 pm JST (Japan Standard Time). It will be broadcasted on various TV networks in Japan, such as TV Tokyo, TV Shizuoka, and Hiroshima TV.
The episode will be available for fans outside Japan on various platforms, depending on your region. Here are some of the options:
- Hulu: Hulu is the exclusive streaming partner of Bleach in the US. You can watch the episode on Hulu with a subscription plan that costs $5.99 per month with ads or $11.99 without ads. You can also get a free trial for 30 days if you are a new user.
- Disney+: Disney+ is another option for streaming Bleach in some countries, such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Europe. In the US, you can watch the episode on Disney+ with a subscription plan that costs $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year. You can also get a free trial for 7 days if you are a new user.
BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2: The Separation coming to Hulu, Disney+ & Star+ tomorrow! GET READY!
— AnimeTV チェーン (@animetv_jp) July 7, 2023
- Ani-One Asia: Ani-One Asia is a YouTube channel that streams anime in South and Southeast Asia. You can watch the episode on Ani-One Asia with an Ultra membership service that costs $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. You can also get a free trial for 14 days if you are a new user.
- Netflix: Netflix is another option for streaming Bleach in some countries, such as India, Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, and Singapore. You can watch the episode on Netflix with a subscription plan that varies depending on your region and device. You can also get a free trial for 30 days if you are a new user.
Why Should You Watch Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1?
If you are a fan of Bleach or anime, you should watch Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1. It is the beginning of the end of one of the most iconic and influential anime series ever, which has been running for over 20 years.
The episode will offer you a chance to witness the epic conclusion of the war between the Soul Society and the Wandenreich, involving some of the most powerful and memorable characters and battles in anime history. You will also see Ichigo’s final transformation and ultimate showdown with Yhwach, arguably his most formidable enemy ever.
The episode will also deliver more surprises, twists, and revelations that will keep you on the edge of your seat and make you emotional. The episode will also pay tribute to the legacy and impact of Bleach as a series that has inspired and entertained millions of fans worldwide.
Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 1 is a must-watch for anime lovers. Don’t miss it!