Bleach’s New Anime Confirms It’s Different From The Manga In a Good Way

Warning: SPOILERS for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War episode #7The new Bleach anime, Thousand-Year Blood War, is moving away from the story of the manga, and this is something that fans of the series should appreciate. Episode #7 of the anime adds original content that was not present in the manga, confirming the theory that The Thousand-Year Blood War will try to fix some of the issues that plagued Bleach‘s final arc.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is the adaptation of the final arc of the manga that was left out of the original anime run. Fans waited for nine years to see the epic battle of the Shinigami against the Quincy animated, and their expectations were not disappointed. Studio Pierrot delivered a product of the highest technical quality that faithfully adapts Tite Kubo’s source material. However, fans were surprised to see new, original content added to episode #7, proving that Thousand-Year Blood War could be more than a mere adaptation.


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In episode #7 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, fans got to see a glimpse of the past of the Head Captain of Gotei 13, Genryusai Yamamoto. One thousand years before the present of the series, Yamamoto fought against the Quincy Emperor, Yhwach. In the manga, this battle was never shown, and the only information was that it supposedly brought the Quincy to the brink of extinction. The anime, instead, not only shows young Yamamoto battling Yhwach, but also introduces the original captains of the Gotei 13, ten brand-new characters who were only briefly mentioned in the manga. The same episode also adds a small but important detail to the battle, showing Yamamoto’s lieutenant, Chojiro Sasakibe, stabbing Yhwach from the back with a surprise attack.

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This is the first original content that the anime adds to the source material, and it’s a very welcomed addition. The Thousand-Year Blood War arc from the manga is infamous for being incoherent, rushed, and leaving a lot of questions unanswered. Bleach‘s author Tite Kubo was suffering from bad health and wanted to get to the end of his story as soon as possible, so there was a lot of expectation for the new anime to fix some of the outstanding issues of this arc. The debut of the original Gotei 13 captains, while not having a significant impact on the current story, is at least proof that the anime is not afraid of adding new content, and also of the direct involvement of Tite Kubo, who conceived and designed the characters.

There are a lot of questions that fans would like to see answered in The Thousand-Year Blood War. The whole backstory of Yhwach and the Quincy is full of holes, for example. The Soul King, the most important existence in the entire Soul Society, is still mostly a mystery. There are many Bankai (the strongest power of a Shinigami) that stills have to be revealed or properly explained. Finally, the final battle between Ichigo and Yhwach is incredibly disappointing in the manga. The Thousand-Year Blood War anime could fix some or all these issues easily, as long as it’s not afraid to add new, original content to the Bleach story.

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Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War is streaming on Hulu and Disney+.

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