Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Ep 3 TV REVIEW: Forwarned is apparently not ALWAYS forearmed.

Bleach: The Thousand Year Blood War Episode 3: March Of The Starcross.

Animated by Studio Pierrot.

Created by Kubo "God of Character Design" Tite.

Last episode, on the greatest Shonen series: Ichigo, Orihime, and Sado set off to Hueco Mundo, to rescue Tier Halibel the current Queen of the Arrancar. When they arrived they found the place in ruins and a creepy dude in a snazzy uniform battering the stuffing out of The Tres Bestia, Halibel's Fracción.

FYI: Fracción is a term used by the Espada, to denote their direct followers. The Espada are the ten strongest members of the Arrancar. The Arrancar are... you know this series has WAY too many titles, and we're about to be hit by a whole bunch of new ones. Have fun keeping up!

Anyway, the guy murdering everyone is Quilge Opie and he's creepy as shit. If you want to see just HOW creepy, stick around, because he's in this episode a LOT.

Seriously, though: Why do his eyes look like teeth? WHY?

This episode picks up almost exactly where the last episode left off. Building up Opie and the Stern Ritter a little more and explaining their history.

History seems to be a big focus of the episode, as Ishida is also doing a little digging into the history of his family, and their Quincy heritage.

Then, in Seireitei, the forces are gathering, to recover from last episode's invasion, and prepare for what is to come... but will it be enough, and will it be ready in time?

Hi, I'm Kurosaki Ichigo! Welcome to the Disney Channel!

They really packed a lot into this episode. Also, there are a lot of spaces in places that I didn't think had spaces. So that's fun.

This episode has a little action, as Ichigo's fight against Opie continues, and Opie unleashes the Quincy's ultimate move: Voll Stern Dich. Which I've been calling Vollstandig for the last decade. I also thought it was Sternritter, not Stern Ritter. fun fact: Stern Ritter is German for Star Knight and Japanese for Star Cross Knight, which explains the title!

But, really, this episode was ALL about the exposition. In the manner of all great "First boss of the arc" fights, Ichigo trades blows with Opie... who we all know has no chance of winning, but that's not really his purpose in this fight.

He has one job, and one job alone: Explain all the important stuff to Ichigo, and by extension, us.

So, during this fight, we learn about Quincy's abilities: their names, roughly what they can do, and why a Stern Ritter's Voll Stern Dich is different, and considering better, than the Letzt Stil we saw Ishida use, against Kurotsuchi!

It's a quick and relatively simple way to get the audience caught up, so that in the next few episodes when ALL HELL BREAKS LOOSE they can skip the talking and jump right to the fighting. It's a classic shonen trope, and one we've all come to appreciate, over the years.

We also get a rather important hint: during the fight, Opie refers to Ichigo as a "Special Threat", and lets slip that the leader of the Quincy has taken particular notice of Ichigo. Keep that in mind, as things progress.

Back in Seireitei, the Shinigami are preparing for the coming invasion, which means the two random newbie Shinigami we were introduced to are back, and bothering the seated officers. In addition to adding a little levity, this is a perfect excuse for the show to explain just WHY there is such animosity between the Shinigami and the Quincy, and to remind us all of the great Quincy Perge which took place years before. Again, it's a nice way to dump a load of important information, without slowing everything down too much.

One thing that stood out, to me, during this scene: They really put the blame firmly onto the Quincy, for their extermination. They hammer home that if the Shinigami hadn't stopped them they would have destroyed the world, and made sure to really highlight that the Shingami of the time tried, multiple times, to open up a dialog with the Quincy...

But you have to wonder: How much of the official Shinigami line can we believe? are things really as clear cut as they are telling us? Was there REALLY no way to avoid the near genocide of the Quincy?

All this and more, will NOT be answered in the next episode. Because the next few weeks are more than likely going to be total carnage. It's going to be AWESOME.

If you're ready for some knowledge bombs, check out Bleach: The Thousand Year Blood War on Hulu/Disney+ streaming NOW!

Or, if you want to cheat and read ahead, check out chapter 480 onwards, of the Bleach Manga, on the Shonen Jump App!

Hulk's got NOTHING on Yama-ji's rage.

Taheg Gloder is a Freelance Copywriter from England. Obsessed with comics and Manga since his teens, he now splits his time between writing comic reviews and retrospectives for POP, and doing reactions on his YouTube Channel, The Dragon & The Hound. He lives alone, because he’s a hermit.

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