Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 10 is as direct a sequel episode as possible. Let’s see how the attack of the zombies goes in this review!
Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 10 Overview
What is there to be said about Bleach that hasn’t been said before? It is one of the most popular anime in the West of Japan of all time and is considered a part of the Big Three, a trio of anime widely recognised as having been a part of popularising the medium of anime. The show is back after a hiatus of nine years, as its first run ended in 2013. The newest season of the show is being developed by Studio Pierrot, the studio behind the original series, as well as other giants such as Naruto and Tokyo Ghoul.
The second part of the final arc of Bleach is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi, who has been involved in the productions of Persona 4 The Animation and Twin Star Exorcists, and the series is based on a manga written by Tite Kubo. This episode is also referred to in original Japanese as Bleach Sennen Kessen-hen Ketsubetsu-tan Episode 10 (Bleach Sennen Kessen hen Ketsubetsu tan Episode 10) and Bleach TYBW Part 2 Episode 10. Click here to read the review of the previous episode of the season!
– Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Season 2 Episode 10 Review does not contain spoilers –
Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 10 Review- Marching Out The Zombies 2
I mentioned it in the previous review briefly, but this episode has cemented a particular opinion of mine- Mayuri is my favourite captain amongst the 13 Court Guard Squads, or the Gotei 13. There is something delightful about how cartoonishly evil he is despite being on the side of the good guys. The Soul Society is lucky to be on his side, as he was written so strongly in this episode that he could have conquered Soul Society by himself if given the chance. Mayuri is the rare character who can convincingly go up against anyone and defeat them, which is much appreciated.
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He went up against Zombie Toshiro, or Zosh, as a few manga readers call him. Don’t get me wrong, he is a cool character with a ton of great scenes in this episode. However, his existence means that Toshiro is no more. In what is perhaps the biggest loss to the good side since the death of Head Captain Yamamoto, they have now lost Toshiro to the powers of Gigi, the Zombie creator. All the potential he had as a character and all the ways he tried to improve himself are long behind us. In front of us are cold, dead eyes that don’t recognise anyone in Soul Society.
That is also what makes him going up against Mayuri, of all people, so interesting. Anyone knowledgeable about Bleach’s story and characters would probably pick Toshiro in a one-on-one battle against Mayuri. They would all also be wrong and drastically underestimating just how strong Mayuri is, and the way Tite Kubo, the writer of the show, wrote him in this episode was the smartest and most resourceful he has written any character in the show, except perhaps Kisuke, and he has never defeated a captain on-screen.
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Other than Mayuri, there was also a spotlight on Byakuya once again in this episode, although it was much smaller than Mayuri’s. Byakuya is the original iconic Bleach captain, and seeing him kicking people around is always fun. The Senbonzakura Kageyoshi is almost as iconic a Bankai as Ichigo’s Zangetsu and is always the prettiest and deadliest thing you’ll see in each episode that it is released, with this episode being one of them.
The Quincies have finally started to incur some heavy losses, as Yhwach seemed plenty content to let all these ones die in order to invade the Soul King’s palace successfully. We saw Gigi was a great one who got to show the truly frightening extent of her powers alongside a new and somehow even creepier Pepe in this episode. There haven’t been as many iconic Quincies as we had Arrancars, but they have been strong and varied enough, alongside some fantastic ideas for their powers. This episode had a few of them, but not all were at the same level of quality.
Bleach Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 Episode 10 was a very fun episode that had some very creative ideas alongside increased stakes for the battle.