10 anime to watch while waiting for Bleach TYBW cour 2

10 anime to watch while waiting for Bleach TYBW cour 2

As Bleach’s Millennium Blood War first cour comes to a dramatic end, fans eagerly await the second cour with nervous energy. Bleach’s the series focuses on stopping Hollows and rogue Shinigami through Soul Society. The Thousand Year Blood War is the adaptation of the final manga arc where business really starts to pick up for everyone.

Naturally, some fans wonder what the anime can recreate or if it can recreate the fun, nostalgia and action. Someone has suggested Dragon Ball Super for the nostalgic factor, while others suggest getting into newer fairs that Chainsawman. Look no further than this list of 10 anime movies that fans can catch while they wait Bleach’s Thousand Year Blood War’s (hereafter abbreviated as TYBW) monumental second act.

Disclaimer: This will contain spoilers for Bleach and other animated profiles. The opinions contained therein reflect only the opinion of the author.


Chainsawman, Attack on Titan, and eight other anime to keep fans satiated while they wait Bleach’s TYBW’s second cour

1) Chainsawman

Denji as seen in Chainsaw man (Image via MAPPA)
Denji as seen in Chainsaw man (Image via MAPPA)

Since Bleach’s final arc is relatively graphic and well animated, with blood and gore and some coarse language included for older audiences, Chainsawman is a simple recommendation. It has a very manipulative villain, a teenage protagonist, and enough blood and gore. Jokes aside, it’s one of the most popular anime currently airing and very well animated. Everything from character movements to crazy action is recommended.

If you love Bleach’s propensity to escalate threats, Chainsawman is for you. It also has more than a few manipulative villains pulling strings that make Aizen look tame.


2) Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan promotional art for final season (image via Studio MAPPA)
Attack on Titan promotional art for final season (image via Studio MAPPA)

As Fallout 3’s iconic intro once said, “War never changes.” This statement is true for Bleach and the action-horror anime Attack on Titan. Both series deal with political manipulation, antagonists playing people as puppets, and people having to deal with human-sized giants and monsters.

While the only supernatural element in the Attack on Titan are the titans and subjects of Ymir, Attack on Titan still deals with raw human emotions and the conditions of being under constant attack. This is not unlike Shinigami having to deal with Hollows constantly, and there are many betrayals in store for the soldiers in the scout regiment.

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It goes without saying that the last season of Attack on Titan contains an all-out war between Paradise and the rest of the world.


3) Dragon Ball Super

Dragon Ball Super key visual art (Image via Toei Animation)
Dragon Ball Super key visual art (Image via Toei Animation)

A related topic of Bleach’s Thousand Years of Blood War updates a decade old anime with new animation. Dragon Ball Super is a good comparison piece, as the last time audiences saw Goku was under Dragon Ball GT. This was over a decade earlier Quay was the filter-free reboot of the original Dragon Ball Z. Super is a good sequel series to the original Dragon Ball Z.

Dragon Ball Super involves Goku and the other Z-fighters fighting actual gods and other stronger humans capable of shaking the universe. Bleach’s final arc deals with just that, with the godly Ywach vs. the whole Soul Society, like how Goku has to fight against Beerus and others like Golden Frieza, Jiren and Broly.

In other words, Super has the same God vs. The man action that Bleach does and is highly recommended for fans who may not have tried it yet.


4) My Hero Academia

My Hero Academia key visual (image via Studio Bones)
My Hero Academia key visual (image via Studio Bones)

While My Hero Academia featuring actual superheroes and supervillains, the stories center around friendship, personal and societal growth, hope and destiny Bleach’s core themes of personal growth. This anime stars Izuku Midoriya, also known as Deku, as he has plunged into the world of superheroes after gaining the One For All Quirk from Number One Hero and the Symbol of Peace All Might.

There are many similarities between the two series. Ichigo and Deku originally dug their signature powers (from Rukia and All Might respectively) while coming to terms with more responsibility than either of them intended. Both have teammates that drive them crazy sometimes and/or are battle crazy (Bakugo and Renji/Kenpachi).

When it comes to Thousand Years of Blood War In comparison, the two series are now in their respective war arcs intent on changing the face of their worlds, with Hero Society and Soul Society both on the tipping point of collapse.


5) Naruto/Shippuden

Naruto Shippuden promo art (image via Studio Pierrot)
Naruto Shippuden promo art (image via Studio Pierrot)

Nostalgic hits keep coming, like Naruto recommended alongside Shippuden. Bleach and Naruto were neck-and-neck as two of anime’s “Big Three” when they first aired. There are many reasons to recommend Naruto and Shippuden to Bleach fans. One of them is that both Naruto and Ichigo share the motive of fighting for friends and family.

Additional core highlights of Naruto that looks like Bleach would be Naruto and Ichigo in danger most of the time. Shippuden’s last arc even involved fighting a divine being, and Boruto followed with even more gods.

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It can take a while to get to the godly fight, with lots of fillers, but Naruto is an easy recommendation for fans of action and conservation despite impossible odds.


6) Hellsing/Ultimate

Alucard as of Hellsing Ultimate (Image via Studio Satelight/Madhouse/Graphinica)
Alucard as of Hellsing Ultimate (Image via Studio Satelight/Madhouse/Graphinica)

While not necessarily dealing with highly supernatural concepts such as gods and soul reapers, Hellsing and its sequel series Hellsing Ultimate deals with vampires and Nazi werewolves. The basic plot revolves around conspiracies and horrific carnage involving vampire soldiers, werewolves and other supernatural phenomena, and thus Integra Hellsing of the Hellsing Organization activates the organization’s ultimate weapon – Alucard, the first vampire.

While they are diametrically opposed protagonists, Alucard and Ichigo share a few things in common: they are not out to destroy the world and face extreme threats. They also need help in many ways, as Alucard has help in the form of Police Lieutenant Seras Victoria as Ichigo has his friends.

Over-the-top plot of Hellsing and Ultimatum is not the only thing it shares with Bleach, the two also enjoy crazy battles involving swords and spirit blasts. The only real difference is that Hellsing has more bullets and more blood.


7) Yu Yu Hakusho

Yu Yu Hakusho's main cast (Image via Studio Pierrot)
Yu Yu Hakusho’s main cast (Image via Studio Pierrot)

Another literal blast from the past is Yu Yu Hakusho. This anime stars the criminal Yusuke Urameshi. After dying to save a child from a car accident, Yusuke becomes a spirit detective to atone for crimes. His case-solving supernatural mysteries lead Yusuke and his new allies to save the world against a variety of threats, including seemingly god-fearing humans.

When comparing Yusuke to Ichigo, the character development mirrors each other. They usually both start out as arrogant criminals, but improve over time. The shows themselves showcase several supernatural powers against both demons and humans.

Yu Yu Hakusho is practical Bleach’s Forerunner and well worth a watch despite its age. It’s also worth pointing out that the supporting cast, from Botan to Koenma to even Keiko, all get a shot, sort of like Bleach’s supporting cast.


8) Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

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Jojos Bizarre adventures make this list for many reasons. Each character, from protagonists to antagonists and even supporting characters, has a unique sense of style, visual appeal and power. All in JoJo feels like they can trade in with one Bleach character and eventually fit in for some reason, usually powers and attitudes.

Jojo is also recommended for much the same reason as Bleach, battles that don’t just rely on the protagonist being more powerful than the antagonist. Many of Jojos battles rely on the hero being more intelligent than the villain, especially if the hero is outclassed like Joesph was against Kars.

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It also helps that each of Jojos cast usually has some identifying trademark line and pose and that Jojo jumps forward in time through the Joestar Line. It doesn’t feel too cramped with characters, unlike most shonen anime.


9) Soul Eater

Soul Eater's main cast (image via Studio Bones)
Soul Eater’s main cast (Image via Studio Bones)

Soul Eater and bleach might as well be cousins ​​because of their similarities. Both deal with supernatural warriors eliminating supernatural threats, both have protagonists who are considered punks, and both manage to be creative with their weapons. Soul Eater stars the trio of Death the Kid, Maka Albarn, and Black Star along with their living Demon Weapons as they enter the Death Weapon Meister Academy to become scythes of death for various reasons.

Bleach and Soul Eater both focus on their protagonists going against threats large and small. They also share manipulative villains, such as Aizen’s counterpart in Soul Eater is Medusa the Gorgon. Even Soul Eater’s ends, controversy in how that ending aside, involves fighting a god-like being.

You have to watch Soul Eater, at least for humor’s sake. Even though it gets dark, it’s a little more upbeat than other anime on this list.


10) Demon Slayer

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A more down-to-earth demon-slaying anime, Demon Slaughter, adds a feudal Japanese twist to the plot’s premise. In this story, the kind-hearted Tanjiro Kamado undergoes training as a member of the Demon Slayer Corps to avenge his family, who were killed by the Demon King Muzan. Tanjiro also tries to free his sister, Nezuko, from a demonic curse placed on her.

Unlike other typical supernatural anime, Demon Slayer’s the sword fighting version does not rely on flashy techniques such as Bankai. Demon Slaughter has “Breathing Styles”, similar to Hamon i Jojo, which allows the casters to summon elemental attacks. Some have fire, wind, water and can concentrate to increase speed.

The animation is sharper than most, with everything looking stunning and picturesque. Demon Slaughter is a must for Bleach fans who want more humanizing stories in their lives.

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