After a decade off, the show returned for a smashing finale. Part 1 remains true to the source material while introducing some interesting new elements, fleshing a few things out further for the successive cours. The animation breathes life into the intense battles with its subtle shading and fluid motion. Bleach TYBW Part 1 ended with a one-hour special. But in reality, it was a 50 minutes story, combining two 25 minutes of episodes. Despite the long hiatus, Studio Pierrot knew how to step up and deliver the final arc. We have the Bleach Season 17 Ending Explained just for you!
This season, Uryu Ishida’s position as a Quincy makes him the show’s eccentric. And this side of him is convoluted in the part 1 finale. Unfortunately, Bleach TYBW did not yet deeply examine Uryu’s intentions and true purpose. However, the ending gave subtle hints about the same. So, keep reading to find out!
Part 1 Of The Finale: Mystery Behind Ichigo’s Dual Source of Powers
Split into two parts, the first half of Bleach TYBW part 1 finale centers on a flashback of Ichigo’s parents. Isshin told Ichigo that he reported the mission’s success to Yamamoto but omitted Masaki. He patrolled the human world after feeling pulled to her. After the White Hollow’s strike, Masaki feels dizzy and pushed down into the darkness. She fell with a gaping hole in her chest. Ryuken pulled Masaki up and hurried for aid, blaming Isshin for her predicament. Urahara, who had briefly met Masaki earlier, intervened and said he knew how to treat her.
He found it while in exile, attempting to cure the Visoreds. As a strong Echt Quincy united with a hollow, her treatment would be different than for a Soul Reaper. Quincy has no means to combat hollow souls. She needed a Soul Reaper’s full might to balance out her soul with the hollow’s. So, Urahara gave Isshin a Gigai that could hold a Soul Reaper soul and transform it human. Later, Isshin and Masaki started dating and moved in together while Ryuken wedded Katagiri.
The screen then turns to the present, where Isshin explains to Ichigo how Masaki died. Yhwach caused her death and Katagiri’s sickness. Nine years ago, he deprived many Quincies of their powers to recover his own. This caused Masaki to die in the hands of Grand Fisher. In the meantime, Ichigo gets his badge back from Ikumi before he leaves again. On the other side, Ryuken unearths proof that Uryu met with the Stern Ritters.
Part 2 of The Finale: Ichigo’s New Weapon
The second part centers on Ichigo and the Soul Reapers. Nimaiya’s Zanpakuto guards promptly collect Ichigo and put him among the Asauchi to battle until one picks him. All the Asauchi bow before Ichigo as he picks the hollow “White”. Meanwhile, in Soul Society, the soul reapers began their training. Captain Hitsugaya practices his swordplay in the Soul Reaper academy once more. Captain Kensei of the 9th Division sends Hisagi out to fight Mashiro Kuna in her hollowed form to revive his Bankai.
At the same time, Akon returns to the division 12 camp after treating his wounds. There he finds Kurotsuchi and Nemu creating something in the lab. While Captain Soi-Fon trains her body in the mountains, Captain Komamura returns to the clan’s stronghold to persuade the clan leader to teach him a special skill. In the meantime, Nimaiya’s guards get the forge ready. As Nimaya works on restoring Ichigo’s Zanpakuto, he explains that Zangetsu is not his Zanpakuto. The hollow White within him was the original one. Zangestu was the source of his dormant Quincy powers, which shocked Ichigo.
Bleach Season 17 Ending Explained: Uryu’s Betrayal
Once again, Ichigo connects with Zangetsu. He praises Ichigo for his decision to become a Soul Reaper, despite his constant efforts to limit Ichigo’s powers. Zangetsu bids goodbye to Ichigo and frees him off his Soul Reaper and Quincy abilities. His Zanpakuto changes into a real double-bladed as that of head captain Kyoraku. Meanwhile, Yhwach and Haschwalth have a meeting in Silbern. And Haschwalth brings Uryu, dressed as a Stern Ritter.
A new drama is about to unfold with Uryu as the traitor of Cour 2. On Tuesday, a promo video announced that Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 will return in the summer of 2023. It will release in July. However, no exact date is out yet. Disney+, Hulu, and Ani-One Asia will stream the second cour. Keep following The Anime Daily for more updates!