Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Hints at Bloody Confrontation With New Images

Bleach's Thousand Year Blood War just struck a blow at the heart of the Soul Society with its latest anime episode, as the fight taking place between Yamamoto and Yhwach spelled disaster for the Soul Reapers. In picking up the pieces, Ichigo is going to have to perform some serious heavy lifting if he wants to stop the Wandenreich's reign of terror, but the strength behind the Sternritter might be too much for the resident substitute Soul Reaper to handle. Now, new images have emerged for the anime's seventh episode.    

The Thousand Year Blood War hasn't wasted any time in proving that this Shonen arc might be the bloodiest arc of the franchise to date. Hitting the ground floor running, the Wandenreich have not only proved their strength by carving their way through Arrancar and Soul Reapers alike, but they have also stolen their fair share of Bankais not only from lower Shinigami that make up the supernatural force, but also the captains that once fought against Ichigo. With Yamamoto seemingly losing his life thanks to Yhwach's power and a strategy that saw a doppelganger get the fight started, Ichigo is going to have a battle on his hands, unlike anything that the substitute Soul Reaper has seen before.

The Blood War Heats Up

Bleach's Thousand Year Blood War has shared new images for its seventh episode that see Ichigo Kurosaki struggling in what might be his first confrontation with Yhwach, following the possible demise of the strongest Soul Reaper that has led the afterlife organization since the beginning of the Shonen franchise:

While the anime adaptation has only begun the Blood War, the manga's future has yet to be determined at this point following Tite Kubo's return to his masterpiece last year, introducing readers to Ichigo and company years following the conclusion of the fight against the Wandenreich. The special chapter ended on quite the cliffhanger as the Soul Society learned a dark secret regarding what happens to their powerful captains when they are killed in battle and how these events transform them into potential threats.

Do you think the Blood War will only get bloodier for the Soul Society as the anime marches forward? Feel free to let us know in the comments or hit me up directly on Twitter @EVComedy to talk all things comics, anime, and the world of the Soul Society.