Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Ep11: Everything but the rain TV REVIEW. Ichigo your mother was a...
Bleach: The Thousand Year Blood War Episode 10: The Battle
Animated by Studio Pierrot.
Created by Kubo "God of Character Design" Tite.
Last week, on the greatest Shonen series, Unohana, the first Kenpachi, gave her life to unlock the full potential of Zaraki, the latest Kenpachi. It was a brutal, extremely bloody battle, and some of the finest animation I've seen in a weekly series.
We also met Nimaiya Oetsu, the creator of the Zanpakuto! He explained that there was no way to repair either Renji or Ichigo's Zanpakuto, and that they would instead need to reforge them from scratch. Somehow, this involves being dumped into a pit filled with creepy lookin "Asauchi", the blank form that every Zanpakuto takes, when it's first formed.
After three LONG days of combat, Renji was ready to begin forging his blade... And to the surprise of no one, Ichigo was not.
So, this week, Ichigo must go back to where it all began. Because if you want to know where you're going, you've got to know where you came from.
That's right, folks, it's flashback time! We get a couple of scenes of Ichigo moping about, but then we jump to the real stuff:
How I Met Your Mother, the Bleach version!
"Everything But The Rain" is a classic tale. Guy meets monster, guy tries to kill monster, girl shows up, girl tries to kill monster. Suddenly, explosions. Mainly in Ishin's trousers. It's really quite romantic.
But, of course, when it's Bleach, and there's nonsense afoot, you know it's never long before Aizen shows up...
Which means we once again have to ask the burning question that all Bleach fans must ask themselves:
How did a doofus like Urahara, get a total babe like Yoruichi?
Wait, no, sorry. The OTHER burning question that all Bleach fans must ask themselves...
How much of what happened here was random... and how much was all part of Aizen's plan?
Okay, anime aficionados, I'm going to describe a character and I want you to tell me which one I'm talking about:
Our hero is a plucky young guy, with a unique power, and a couple of crazy friends. He'd do anything to protect them, after losing his mother at an early age, which filled him with a desire to protect those precious to him.
Any guess? That's right. It's freakin ALL of them. The "Dead Mother" trope is so prevalent in anime, that "The Anime Dead Mom Haircut" is basically a meme at this point.
Which is why I rather enjoy that, despite following this most well worn path, Kubo decided to branch out a little and actually give Masaki a little freakin personality. She has her own mini arc here, her own chance to really shine and show us that she's more than just some Fridge bait who only exists to spur on the lead.
I mean, the damage is already kinda done, since we know her fate. But it's good that Kubo, on realising that he's kinda messed up, took the time to expand the character in this arc and show a little growth. Sadly, he then falls into the "Anime Dad Haircut" trope with Ichigo, but that's an issue for much later in the series.
Overall, "Everything But The Rain" continues Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War's incredibly strong run. Delivering a slightly more low key episode than the previous few, but one LOADED with some really great lore, and a few answers to some questions that fans have been asking for a VERY long time.
Of course, it also asks a few, too... like, "If Masaki was such a badass, how did Grand Fisher kill her?"
For that answer, though, you'll have to wait a little longer.
If you want to dance in the raid, check out Bleach: The Thousand Year Blood War on Hulu/Disney+ streaming NOW!
Or, if you want to start the journey from its very beginning, you can now watch the series in its entirety, also on Hulu/Disney+!
Or, if you want to cheat and read ahead, check out Chapter 480 onwards, of the Bleach Manga, on the Shonen Jump App!
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.