BLEACH: TYBW Part 2 Ep. 2 – Peace From Shadows

BLEACH: TYBW Part 2 Ep. 2 - Peace From Shadows

BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 2: The Separation

Jugram Haschwalth

The second episode of BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 aired on the protagonist’s birthday, but it was anything but a joyous occasion. The Quincies launched yet another unexpected attack, armed with stolen Bankais from the Shinigami Captains. Their orders from Yhwach were clear: no enemy should be left alive. Talk about a party pooper!

It turns out that the Quincies have been hiding right under the Shinigami’s noses for the past 1000 years, rebuilding their forces in secret. Sneaky, sneaky! This continuation of the climactic arc in the BLEACH anime introduced several intense battles. Will the Shinigami be able to defeat the shadows that loom over them?

Shadows Lurk

Hitsugaya Falls Against Bazz-B

The Quincies responsible for the attack include Jugram Haschwalth, the Second-in-Command; Askin Nakk Le Vaar, with the schrift “D”; Bazz-B, known as the schrift “H”; the robotic BG-9, who possesses the schrift “K”; and the enigmatic Cang Du, with the schrift “I”. Nakk Le Vaar surprises everyone by emerging within Squad 12’s barracks, the department responsible for spiritual tool research and development. Haschwalth pays a visit to Squad 1, delivering the message that Yhwach intends to wipe out every single Shinigami.

The 12th Squad, led by former Captain Urahara, has been working tirelessly to understand the Bankai plundering medallions and analyze the enemy’s abilities. Captain Mayuri Kurotsuchi tried to convince the Captains and Vice-Captains to limit their Bankai usage, but let’s just say his request fell on deaf ears.

BG-9, after stealing Soi Fon’s Bankai in their previous encounter, shows up at the Omaeda mansion, ready to face-off against her. Meanwhile, Hitsugaya finds himself going head-to-head with the fiery Bazz-B, but luckily, he has Matsumoto by his side. Nakk Le Vaar and Haschwalth reveal that the Quincies didn’t actually “invade” Soul Society; they’ve been there all along, constructing their world within the shadows. Crafty maneuvering, I must say. Only Mayuri Kurotsuchi, the mastermind scientist, had an inkling of what was to come.

On The Precipice of Defeat

In this episode, the spotlight shines on Hitsugaya’s fight against Bazz-B and Soi Fon’s battle with BG-9. These Captains re-enter the fray after their previous defeats at the hands of the Quincies. Like Kurotsuchi, other high-ranking officers of the Gotei 13 have developed new tools and techniques to aid their side. Nanao Ise from Squad 1 created an anti-Quincy barrier, while Soi Fon mastered the Shunko technique pioneered by Yoruichi Shihouin.

Nakk Le Vaar decides that Kurotsuchi is not his worthy adversary and tries to lure him into his domain. Although Kurotsuchi sees through the ruse, Nakk Le Vaar ominously states that everything is going according to Yhwach’s plan. Hitsugaya initially holds his own with Matsumoto’s assistance, but he soon finds himself overwhelmed by Bazz-B’s scorching attacks. Soi Fon’s mastery of Shunko is quickly suppressed by BG-9’s relentless firepower. Haschwalth taunts Nanao, suggesting that if her handy new technique was available to all Captains, they wouldn’t be facing certain doom.

As Hitsugaya lies gravely injured, Cang Du, the Quincy who took his Bankai, appears and announces his intent to deliver the finishing blow. Kurotsuchi senses Hitsugaya and Soi Fon’s fading reiatsu, signaling that hope of defeating their current enemy without their Bankai has all but vanished. However, there is a glimmer of hope amidst the sacrifices as Urahara announces the completion of his analysis of the Bankai stealing medallions. This episode may not have featured Ichigo much, but we catch a glimpse of him walking through a strange realm, burdened by an unknown weight.

The Omen of the Unapproachable Path

Irazusando

After the credits roll, Hyosube’s narration adds an eerie touch to the episode. He reads a scroll that describes Ichigo’s current situation. Ichigo finds himself facing a gate-like structure at the end of a long tunnel, but the weight he feels is unlike anything he has experienced before. Hyosube’s words paint a foreboding picture of Ichigo becoming a vessel of immense power, unable to enter the path towards the shrine. The term “irazusando,” meaning “no entrance to the road of the shrine,” hints at an ominous future. Will Ichigo be able to obtain the tremendous power that Kyoraku and Seireitei believe is necessary? More questions arise as the Thousand-Year Blood War continues.

MORE: BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 Opening a Visual Masterpiece