Here is everything you need to know about the most well-animated episodes of Bleach.
The Fire: Episode 372
Throughout Bleach’s narrative, each one of the Soul Society’s thirteen captains receives an opportunity to showcase their power. However, Captain Yamamoto, the leader of the First Division, and his abilities largely remain a mystery until the Wandenreich’s invasion of the Soul Society — thankfully, his efforts to repel the invaders more than live up to the hype.
In one of the most well-animated episodes in shonen history, Yamamoto finally debuts his Bankai, proving that he serves as the head of the Soul Society for a reason. Aided by flames rivaling those of the Sun and the spirits of his former opponents, the First Division’s captain unleashes his full might to defeat Yhwach, falling just short in a literal blaze of glory.
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BORN IN THE DARK: Episode 373
This is never more true than in the episode “BORN IN THE DARK,” which picks up immediately after Yhwach emerges victorious over Captain Yamamoto. With Yamamoto defeated, Yhwach is free to lay waste to the Soul Society.
He and the Wandenreich brutalize the remaining Soul Reapers with devastating attacks until Ichigo Kurosaki arrives, at which point the leader of the Quincy engages Bleach’s protagonist in an awe-inspiring display. Although the conflict ends in Ichigo’s defeat, it’s a fantastic display of both character’s abilities.
The White Haze: Episode 385
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War does an excellent job of showcasing the long-term development of its cast. Often subverting the expectations surrounding established characters like Rukia and Byakuya Kuchiki. Their contentious relationship causes significant problems for both parties. However, as seen in “The White Haze,” they’ve seemingly grown from these experiences.
Rukia and Byakuya face off against the Sternritter’s As Nodt. The pair is backed into a corner after Byakuya’s Bankai is stolen by their opponent. This opens the door for Rukia to finally achieve her own Bankai.
I AM THE EDGE: Episode 386
Kenpachi Zaraki serves as an antagonist when he is first introduced in Bleach. But thanks to his ferocious attitude and immense strength, he quickly transforms into a fan favorite. The Eleventh Division captain continues to play a major role in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War.
Zaraki’s fight with the Sternritter’s resident visionary, Gremmy Thoumeaux, displays both combatant’s unique fighting styles, and thanks to the latter’s ability to manifest anything that he imagines, the sequence is full of imaginative attacks.
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Changing History, Unchanging Heart: Episode 366
Bleach’s abrupt hiatus came as a shock to both its fandom and its production studio. The show never dips in animation quality, as clearly evidenced by the last episode of the original series, “Changing History, Unchanging Heart.”
Ichigo Kurosaki finishes his fight with the leader of the Fullbringers, Kugo Ginjo, in Bleach’s original conclusion.