Key takeaways from Bleach TYBW: The Separation Arc – First Impressions:
- Bleach TYBW: The Separation Arc episode 1 delivers an exhilarating start with Yhwach’s intriguing backstory and the announcement of Ishida as his successor, setting the stage for intense conflicts within the Sternritter.
- Shunsui’s character development shines as he displays a strong sense of responsibility towards Ichigo, resulting in a powerful and heartfelt moment in the human world.
- Visually stunning and with improved pacing, the episode sets the tone for an action-packed arc, leaving viewers eagerly anticipating what’s to come in the second invasion.
I am sorry; someone, please help me. I can not calm down for the love of Yhwach. Just how much more hype can you make a first episode? Bleach TYBW: The Separation is finally here, and man, I love what they’re doing with the anime. On the surface, I am calmly typing this article, but inside my head, I am running around screaming like a madman because of the hype.
I am sorry I may be unable to contain my excitement and write this article calmly, but I will try my best—so many awesome things to talk about in this episode. As expected, many changes were made to the source material to improve the pacing.
So let’s talk about all that. Welcome back to another edition of my first impressions article, and today I am talking about Bleach TYBW: The Separation arc!
How good was Bleach TYBW: The Separation Arc episode 1?
The episode opens with a quick glimpse of Yhwach’s backstory. I am sure we will get a more detailed version of the backstory down the line, but that one quick opening scene is enough to show how he grew up. The episode doesn’t show Ichigo much, which is sad, but we do get to see what Ishida had been up to all this time. Yhwach announces Ishida as his successor, a decision which not all Sternritter agree with.
On the soul reaper side of things, we got an amazing character moment for Shunsui as he went to the human world to meet Ichigo’s friends and warn them that they may not see Ichigo again. He went there because he felt that he had an obligation to Ichigo after all he had done for the Soul Society. That is some really good character development for Shunsui; we will see more of it as this arc goes on. Shunsui is one of the big winners of the TYBW arc’s character development.
Also, we get to see a bit of training Ichigo, Rukia, and Renji had been going through; in the manga, the training happens pretty much off-screen. The episode ends with the 2nd invasion finally beginning, and man, the color scheme shift of the Soul Society as soon as the Quincy veil is raised looks amazing.
The visuals were a definite highlight of the episode, just like Part 1 of the TYBW anime. There are a lot of scenes I am excited about in this arc, and if the anime continues improving over the manga, nothing can stop this season from being a banger.
That is all for now. I am impressed with Bleach TYBW: The Separation Arc episode 1. It lived up to the hype and delivered so much more than I expected. Easy 10/10 for this episode. Let’s see how the future episodes go. Let me know what you guys think in the comments. I will take my leave here. See ya!
Jujutsu Kaisen Season 2 Episode 1 also dropped recently; check out my thoughts on it here!