Thousand Years of Blood War introduces Ichigo’s shocking new power

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has reached the climax of the first major conflict between the Soul Reapers and the Quincies, and the series’ latest installment has unlocked one of Ichigo Kurosaki’s surprising secret powers! The first few episodes of the new anime taking on the final arc of Tite Kubo’s manga were filled with all sorts of gore as the Soul Reapers found out how outmatched they are compared to the mighty Sternritter group. But there was still hope that Ichigo could turn things around if he got to the battlefield in time, and that was put to the test in the latest installment.

After being trapped in Quilge Opie’s trap between Hueco Mundo and the Soul Society for the last few episodes, Ichigo was finally able to break out and return to the Soul Society. Ichigo begins a huge battle against the Sternritter Yhwach soon after and is so overwhelmed that he eventually unlocks a surprising new ability. When he is nearly defeated and stabbed in the neck by Yhwach, it is revealed that he can also use the Blut Vene technique the Quincies have been using.

What is Ichigo’s new Blut Vene power?

Episode 7 of Bleach: Millennial Blood War sees Ichigo struggling against Yhwach, as the Sternritter leader is currently much harder for Ichigo to deal with. Ichigo is bloodied and exhausted after putting so much effort into escaping Opie’s trap, but it is soon revealed that this ultimately saved him in a difficult moment. When Yhwach discovers that Ichigo can instinctively activate the Quincies’ Blut Vene technique in his body, he comes up with a theory.

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He explains that when Ichigo escaped from Opie’s prison trap, his spent spirit pressure started mixing with Opie’s spirit pressure and that entered Ichigo’s body and activated a dormant power within. It seems to tease that Ichigo is actually a Quincy too, and now this led to a huge mystery about where the anime will go from here as a result of this new power.

What did you think of Ichigo discovering his Quincy powers in the latest episode? Wondering where this is going as the new anime continues? Let us know all your thoughts about it in the comments! You can even contact me directly about all things animation and other cool stuff @Valdezology on Twitter!

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