The tension at Soul King Palace boils with the heat of Squad 0’s impenetrable guard and Yhwach’s unorthodox power restoration. The two sides are extremely colliding while people on the surface level get affected by the great battles in the sky.
Clashes of The Titans
In these two back-to-back episodes, mad respect and props should definitely be given to Pierrot Studio who once again doubles up the thrill and feels with a flawless anime adaptation, crystal clear visuals, and dreading battle sequences.
Nothing goes wrong with the first-half fight between the Shinigami and Quincy’s top men. Ichibe truly showcases how unimaginably strong he is with his ability to erase something way too abstract but essential like one’s name, while Yhwach never stops to amaze with his ability to distribute and give powers to himself.
With the usual back-and-forth struggling battle of Bleach, we get to witness one of the most epic fights of two top men in anime history so far, arguably after Netero vs. Meruem in Hunter X Hunter or Madara vs. The 5 Kages in Naruto Shippuden. And wonderfully, it is not only applied to the top men’s fight but also the rest of Squad 0 and Royal Guards’ battles.
One thing that has been a massive letdown of Bleach’s final arc in the manga is the number of powerful and potential characters in the story that are underutilized, and most of the letdown is attributed to the four other members of Squad 0. But this time, Tite Kubo and the staff of Pierrot clearly fulfill their promise to give more spotlight and show unseen battles in the arc.
Probably the best additional role is given to Uryuu and Jugram who although do not do big in the battles, at least they both get more moments in the anime to show their involvement and presence as the antagonists by engaging in combat with Squad 0 members along with the other Sternritters.
Divine Holy Selection
The iconic Yhwach’s Auswählen is animated perfectly in this episode, and it is one of the most jaw-dropping and eye-pleasing moments, probably in the entire of Bleach. In order to flip the disadvantage and situation, Yhwach takes back the souls and powers that he gave to all of his troops and absorbs it all for himself and his six chosen men.
The shining reishi pillars across the surface from the sky are a mindblowing view not only for the wasted and left Quincies on the ground but also for us the viewers who did not think that Yhwach would go that far to easily sacrifice his men and claim all of the strengths only for the few remaining ones.
Jushiro’s Hidden Card
As a bit of a teaser of what will be coming in the next part, the post-credit scene lets us see an interaction between two long-time friends, Jushiro and Shunsui. As two captains bearing the responsibility to protect Seireitei, both of them seem to plan their next move in silence. As Shunsui is leaving his barrack to go someplace, Jushiro is preparing a spiritual action inside of him.
The penultimate episode of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War – The Separation is a great next-to-closure story while also adding up more crucial moments and explanations for the rushed parts in the manga. The intensity of the colliding forces between the Shinigami and Quincies is once again flawlessly portrayed and presented by Pierrot Studio.