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Who are the five Special Threats in Bleach TYBW? War Powers explained

Who are the five ‘Special Threats’ in the Bleach TYBW anime series and why are these five characters chosen to be Special War Powers?

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is a culmination of not only years of patience, but of countless different characters from all backgrounds; Reapers, Quincies, Captains, and Rookies all have a role to play in the TYBW series.

However, there is a special emphasis on the five characters known as ‘Special Threats’, which played a key part in this week’s broadcast of episode 7 ‘Born in the Dark’.

So, who are these five ‘Special Threats’ in Bleach TYBW and how many chapters of the original manga have been adapted by episode 7?

Who are the five Special Threats in Bleach TYBW?

In the Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War manga and anime adaptation, there are five characters who are referred to as ‘Special Threats’ or ‘Special War Powers’.

Each ‘Special Threat’ was chosen/identified because they offer unique powers or attributes; these five characters are:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Kenpachi Zaraki
  • Ichib? Hy?sube
  • S?suke Aizen
  • Kisuke Urahara

Ichigo is also known as ‘Potential’ in regards to being one of the five ‘Special Threats’ as he was able to control his Bankai attack just two-and-a-half days after demonstrating its power.

Zaraki is a ‘Special Threat’ because of his incredible physical power, which ultimately meant he became the 11th Kenpachi and was given authority over the 11th Division.

Hyosube is also on this list thanks to their outstanding wisdom. Being one of the grandparents of the modern Soul Society that we see in TYBW, Hyosube was actually the character that named the Bankai attack.

Aizen, as the main villain of Bleach’s prior story arc to TYBW, is one of the ‘Special Threats’ because of his immense spiritual presence, especially after he fused with Hogyoku in The Fake Karakura Town Arc.

Finally, we have Urahara as the final ‘Special Threat’ in the Bleach TYBW anime. Kisuke was chosen as a ‘Special War Power’ because of his unpredictability and strategy in planning out every single possible situation that could occur.

How many chapters of the Bleach TYBW have been adapted?

The Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War anime series began it’s part 1 broadcast on October 11 with ‘The Blood Warfare’, which adapted chapter 480 of the original manga series.

After seven fantastic episodes, the following chapters have been adapted:

  • Episode 1 ‘The Blood Warfare’ – Chapters 480, 481, 482, 483, and 484
  • Episode 2 ‘Foundation Stones – Chapters 485, 486, 487, and 488
  • Episode 3 ‘March of the StarCross’ – Chapters 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, and 494
  • Episode 4 ‘Kill The Shadow’ – Chapters 495, 496, 497, 498 and 499
  • Episode 5 ‘Wrath as a Lightning’ – Chapters 500, 501, 502, 503, 504 and 505
  • Episode 6 ‘The Fire – Chapters 506, 507, 508, 509, and 510
  • Episode 7 ‘Born in the Dark – Chapters 511, 512, 513, and 514

The Bleach TYBW story arc lasts 208 chapters in total in the original manga series.

By Tom Llewellyn – [email protected]

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Tom Llewellyn

Tom Llewellyn is the Head of World Content, Anime, and Comics at HITC Entertainment and also helps oversee all things deemed ‘nerd culture’ at Forever Geek. After gaining a BSc degree in Animal Behaviour, Tom continued his education with a Master’s degree in Science Communication (MSc) and post-graduate research; with his own independent project being published in the Journal of Zoological and Botanical Gardens in 2021. Since joining GRV Media in early 2020, Tom has amassed over 48 million views on his content and has conducted interviews with various actors and filmmakers from the wonderful world of anime.

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