Bleach’s new anime just made a big plot hole

Bleach’s new anime just made a big plot hole

Bleach shows how Yhwach was defeated in his previous battle against the Shinigami, but in doing so it also creates another major plot hole.


Warning: SPOILERS for episode #7 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War


The new Bleach anime adaptation has attempted to explain one of the series’ biggest mysteries, but it ended up creating yet another huge plot hole. Episode #7 of Bleach: Millennium Blood War shows how the King of the Quincy, Yhwach, lost his first war against the Shinigami of the Soul Society, but this does not make sense in light of his incredible powers that will be revealed later in the series.

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The last arc of Bleach focuses on the final war between the Quincy and Shinigami. The two groups have been bitter enemies for a millennium, since the Shinigami wiped out the Lichtreich, the realm created by the Quincy emperor, Yhwach. This ancient battle was not shown in the manga, but the anime unexpectedly gave a glimpse of it through a flashback of Genryusai Yamamoto, head captain of the Shinigami’s Gotei 13. It was already known that Yamamoto defeated the incredibly powerful Yhwach in battle, but it was unclear exactly how he managed it, until now.

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In episode #7 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood WarYamamoto, who has just been humiliated and split in half by Yhwach, reminisces about their previous encounter. On that occasion, while the two leaders were squaring off on the battlefield, Yamamoto’s lieutenant, Chojiro Sasakibe, emerges from a pile of corpses he has been hiding in and catches Yhwach off guard, stabbing him in the back. This gives Yamamoto the opening he needs to unleash his powerful Bankai, Zanka no Taichi, and hit Yhwach. Allegedly, this damaged the Quincy Emperor enough that he had to go into hiding for a thousand years, to recover his strength and prepare to strike back.


Sasakibe’s role in Yhwach’s defeat makes no sense

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The anime has recently shown the power of Sasakibe’s Bankai through a flashback in episode #5. But the role he played in defeating Yhwach makes absolutely no sense. The Quincy Emperor actually has an incredible ability called The Almighty, which gives him the power of absolute cognition. He can see everything that happens in every possible future, and even change the results he does not want. Considering this, Yhwach could never be surprised by a sneak attack. It is true that in the flashback Yhwach did not use the Almighty, but this is just another plot hole that leaves unanswered the question of how and why Yhwach was defeated in his first fight against Yamamoto, when he then dominates the second. Sasakibe stabbing Yhwach has already generated a lot of discussion online, and even some dedicated memes, so it seems that this is a topic that Bleach fans will debate for a long time.

The Millennium Blood War arc is notorious for its many inconsistencies and loose plot ends, Yhwach’s overpowered (and mostly unexplained) abilities being the most prominent. BleachAuthor Tite Kubo was suffering from overwork and ill health at the time, so he rushed the end of the story. The recent anime adaptation has a chance to answer the many questions lingering after the manga, including why Yhwach was defeated in the first war against the Shinigami, but instead, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War just created another huge plot hole.

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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War flows on Hulu and Disney+.

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