Warning: Spoilers for Bleach: The Millennium Blood War, Episode #26An issue that some of its fans Bleach: The thousand-year blood war What happened was that the rapid pace of the series forced it to cut most of the humor from the story, making it seem much more serious than it was in the manga. The second trial’s finale responded to this particular complaint by bringing back an old segment from the original anime, consisting of comedic skits set during the Millennium Blood War story.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has been adapted into 8 chapters per episode, which is really fast compared to the 2–3 chapters per episode usually seen in anime. That means many moments were shortened, or even cut entirely, and these cuts were applied to the fight scenes as much as the comedic moments. At the same time, Bleach has added new content, often battles that are resolved off-screen in the manga, changing exactly who and what is in the spotlight. While these changes were largely for the best of the story, some fans couldn’t help but mourn the humorous moments that were lost along the way.
Kon returns with humorous post-Bleach scenes
In a surprising move, the finale’s post-credits sequence is not a teaser for the next batch of episodes but the return of “The Illustrated Guide to the Shinigami,” also known as “Shinigami Zukan ”. This is a segment hosted by Bleach’s troublesome mascot Kon, which in the original anime featured comedy skits, often adapted from manga “omake” or bonus content. During Kon’s return, he commented on how serious the Bleach anime has become and how it needs more comedic moments to help balance it, while also addressing one of the a common fan complaint about the Millennium Blood War adaptation so far.
This segment featured two sketches, one featuring Mayuri, Kon, and Ichigo, and another featuring Renji, Rukia, and Senjumaru of Squad Zero. The first scene adapts a moment from chapter #516 of the manga, when Kon at Team 12’s barracks runs into Ichigo, while the second scene adapts a moment from chapter #545, with Renji and Rukia lamenting about their time with Senjumaru and sympathizes with Byakuya, who still has that ordeal ahead of him. Both scenes are shown in a limited animation style, with pop-up images of the characters’ heads against a static background, but are fully dubbed.
Bleach openly acknowledged fan criticism
While it may not have been exactly what fans had in mind, this segment brought back moments cut from the anime, restoring some of the lost comedy that the show’s fast-paced pace had left behind. . This segment is described as a special treat, so it seems unlikely that this will become a standard part of post-credits like it has in the past, but even it is a welcome addition to Those who miss the comedy of Bleach. However, it’s not out of the realm of possibility for the segment to return sporadically, perhaps at the end of the next leg’s finale. Bleach At least took the time to acknowledge the comedy was cut, so hopefully that’s enough to tide over some fans until the series returns in 2024.