Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War part 1 episode 8 recap & review

The eighth episode of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War sees Squad 0 arriving to aid the Soul Society. The episode is now streaming on Hulu.


The Quincies left the Soul Society in chaos. The remaining members who are alive prioritize the lives of the injured. Ichigo receives a message from Kisuke Urahara suggesting that Inoue and Sado are safe.

Fortunately, even Renji and Rukia have managed to escape death. Ichigo pays them a visit and meets Rukia, who hasn’t lost her wit.

Rukia is grateful to Ichigo for coming, but Ichigo, on his side, doesn’t want to take any credit, even though he was the one who handled the Quincies well. If it wasn’t for him, the remaining members of the Soul Society would have also perished.

Meanwhile, the captains discover Head Captain Yamamoto’s sword but fail to find his body. It seems like Yhwach has completely destroyed it.

They are informed that Byakuya and Zaraki have survived but are in critical condition. The news further brings the mood down, and Soi Fon immediately reacts.

The captains fight among themselves, while Kurotsuchi informs Ichigo that fixing his Zanpakuto is not going to be easy.

Their conversation is interrupted by a call notifying Kurotsuchi that Squad 0 is coming. Kurotsuchi asks Ichigo to tag along. He believes Ichigo should definitely meet them.

Squad 0, consisting of a total of five members, comes down from the Royal Palace from up above in the sky. The squad isn’t made up of ordinary members. In fact, they are all captains.

On top of that, their combined strength is greater than that of the entire Thirteen Court Guard Squads.

Squad 0 discloses that they are here to rebuild the Thirteen Court Guard Squads. They will also be taking Ichigo to the Soul King.

Upon getting criticized for not aiding the Seireitei, they clarify that their job is to protect the Royal Palace, not the Seireitei.

It’s the Thirteen Court Guard Squads who should’ve done the job of protecting it and the Soul Society.

Squad 0 gets their hands on Byakuya, Renji, and Rukia. Now they want Ichigo to come with them as well. While Byakuya, Renji, and Rukia are being taken for recovery, Ichigo is being called up for a completely different reason.

Ichigo wonders if the Royal Squad will be able to fix his Zangetsu or not. Though the answer is no, Squad 0 assures Ichigo that they can at least reforge a new sword that resembles the original.

Ichigo accepts the invitation and joins Squad 0 on their way to the Royal Palace. After arriving at the palace, Ichigo learns a thing or two about how the place works.

The Soul King resides at the main shrine, the Reio Greater Palace. The discs surrounding the palace are individual palaces of Squad 0 members.

The first palace Ichigo visits, along with his injured friends, is Captain Tenjiro Kirinji’s Kirinden. Ichigo and his friends find themselves in a hot spring, where they recover from their injuries.


  • The eighth episode is the very first easy-to-watch, laid-back episode compared to the ones the show has been delivering since the very beginning of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc.
  • The majority of the episode provides updates on every character’s status. It is also filled with minor funny moments somewhere in between.
  • Squad 0’s introduction is a bit underwhelming. ‘The world’s strongest warriors who are quite amusing’ is something the viewers have seen before in various animes.
  • The background music during Squad 0’s arrival is something that will stay with you. It’s odd but a blessing to the ears at the same time. On top of that, it goes well with the traits of Squad 0.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War part 1 episode 8
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War part 1 episode 8 recap & review 1

Director: Young Hoon Jung

Date Created: 2022-11-28 21:00

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