Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 (Bleach 369) screenshots hype battle between Ichigo and Quilge Opie

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring Ichigo preparing to fight the Sternritter Quilge Opie.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring Ichigo preparing to fight the Sternritter Quilge Opie. Pic credit: @BLEACHanimeEN/Twitter

The Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Episode 3 release date is on October 24, 2022. In the overall series, the Bleach 2022 episode will be Bleach Episode 369.

On October 20, 2022, the official Twitter account for the anime adaptation of Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga titled Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War released 5 screenshots teasing the events that will occur in Bleach TYBW Episode 3: “March of the Starcross”.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring a worried Orihime and Sado as they watch Ichigo's battle against Quilge.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring a worried Orihime and Sado as they watch Ichigo’s battle against Quilge. Pic credit: @BLEACHanimeEN/Twitter

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 will open with Ichigo, Orihime, Sado, Nel, and Pesche in Hueco Mundo trying to save the captive Arrancar. Emilou Apacci, Franceska Mila Rose and Cyan Sung-sun are defeated by the mysterious Quincy. Will Ichigo be able to save their lives?

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuirng a smug looking Quilge as he prepares to face off against Ichigo.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring a smug-looking Quilge as he prepares to face off against Ichigo. Pic credit: @BLEACHanimeEN/Twitter

That’s when Ichigo arrives to confront the Quincy. Ichigo demands to know if the man is a Quincy and has his suspicions confirmed. The man’s name is Quilge Opie and he’s the executive hunting captain of the first Jagdarmee of the Wandenreich (Quincy empire). He is also a member of Sternritter (Elite Quincy Squad) and has the nickname “The Jail”.

Quilge reveals he’s been warned about Ichigo and that he must kill him. Quilge unsheathes his sword and the battle begins. When Ichigo sends a Heilig Pfeil attack Quilge’s way he’s surprised. Ichigo is used to sparing with Ishida so he’s able to easily use his Getsuga Tenshou to block the arrows sent his way easily.

When Quilge demands to know how Ichigo is used to dealing with such attacks Ichigo vaguely states that Ishida’s arrows are more powerful than his. At that moment, Quilge receives an order from Yhwach to kill Ichigo swiftly and he decides to transform into an angelic form known as Quincy Vollstandig. Will Ichigo be able to withstand the awesome power of this new form? We’ll have to wait until Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 in order to find out!

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto giving orders.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto giving orders. Pic credit: @BLEACHanimeEN/Twitter

Meanwhile, in Soul Society, Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto is giving commands to those who have survived.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring a pensive Ishida trying to figure out if the new enemy may be Quincy.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 3 screenshot, featuring a pensive Ishida trying to figure out if the new enemy may be Quincy. Pic credit: @BLEACHanimeEN/Twitter

Around the same time, in the Human World, Ishida begins to suspect who their new enemies might be and decides to investigate. What will Ishida do when he discovers the new enemies are Quincy? Will he decide to join them? Or will he betray his own people?

What is the plot of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War?

Things were peaceful in Ichigo’s hometown of Karakura until a group of new, mysterious Soul Reapers and a new enemy appeared. Ichigo is ready to grab his Zanpakto and jump in to protect his friends and allies from this new threat. Meanwhile, strange things are occurring in Soul Society from the mysterious disappearances of the residents in the Rukon district to the surge in the number of Hollows being destroyed in the World of the Living. When Soul Society comes under attack by a group calling themselves Wandenreich, it’s up to Ichigo to turn the tide of the bloody battle that ensues.

But who is this new enemy lurking in the shadows? Yhwach, the founder of all Quincies, decides to declare war against the Soul Society and gives them the following message, “Five days from now, the Soul Society will be annihilated by the Wandenreich.”

The dark history and truth that Soul Society has been trying to keep secret finally come to light and they must atone for their past.

Who are the members of the production team?

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War production team members include:

  • Director – Tomohisa Taguchi (Twin Star Exorcists, Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World, Akudama Drive)
  • Script overseers – Masaki Hiramatsu and Tomohisa Taguchi
  • Character designer – Masashi Kudo
  • Music composer – Shiro Sagisu
  • Chief Animation Directors – Michio Hasegawa, Sei Komatsubara, Kumiko Takayanagi
  • Action Effects Animation Directors – Satoshi Sakai, Yoshihiro Kanno, Yong Hoon Chong
  • Art Director – Yoshio Tanioka
  • Art Design – Toshiki Amada
  • Color Design – Saori Goda
  • Editing – Akinori Mishima
  • Director of Photography – Kazuhiro Yamada
  • CG Directors – Toshihiro Sasaki, Kazushi Goto
  • Sound Director – Yukio Nagasaki
  • Sound Production – Zack Promotion

Who are the cast members?

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War cast members include:

  • Masakazu Morita – Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Fumiko Orikasa – Rukia Kuchiki
  • Noriaki Sugiyama – Uryu Ishida
  • Yuki Matsuoka – Orihime Inoue
  • Hiroki Yasumoto – Yasutora Sado
  • Kentaro Ito – Renji Abarai
  • Shinichiro Miki – Kisuke Urahara
  • Satsuki Yukino – Yoruichi Shihoin
  • Binbin Takaoka – Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto
  • Houko Kuwashima – Sui-Feng
  • Shouto Kashii – Rojuro Otoribashi
  • Aya Hisakawa – Retsu Unohana
  • Masaya Onosaka – Shinji Hirako
  • Ryotaro Okiayu – Byakuya Kuchiki
  •  Tetsu Inada – Sajin Komamura
  • Akio Ohtsuka – Shunsui Kyoraku
  • Tomokazu Sugita – Kensei Muguruma
  • Romi Park – Toshiro Hitsugaya
  • Fumiko Tachiki – Kenpachi Zaraki
  • Ryusei Nakao – Mayuri Kurotsuchi
  • Hideo Ishikawa – Jushiro Ukitake
  • Naomi Kusumi – Ichibe Hyosube
  • Yoji Ueda – Oetsu Mimaiya
  • Tomoyuki Shimura – Tenjiro Kirinji
  • Rina Satou – Senjumaru Shutara
  • Ayumi Tsunematsu – Kirio Hikifune
  • Takayuki Sugo – Yhwach
  • Yuichiro Umehara – Jugram Haschwalth
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi – Askin Nakk Le Vaar
  • Ayana Taketatsu – Bambietta Basterbine
  • Yuki Ono – Bazz-B
  • Yumi Uchiyama – Candice Catnipp
  • Natsuki Hanae – Gremmy Thoumeaux
  • Satoshi Hino – Lille Barro

Some of these voice actors and actresses haven’t appeared in the anime, but have played different characters in the game Bleach: Brave Souls.

Where can I watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War?

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War airs every Monday from 24:00 on TV Tokyo, BS Teletext, Sendai Broadcasting, AT-X TV, and other networks in Japan. It also airs on Tuesdays on Hiroshima TV. It will air on Sundays on TV Shizuoka.

Internationally you can watch Bleach on Disney+ with certain delays expected in Europe. Simulcasts are expected in Canada, Latin America, Australia, and New Zealand. In the U.S. you can watch Bleach via the following streaming services: dTV, Anime Times, All-you-can-eat Anime, U-NEXT, dAnime Store, Bandai Channel, TELASA, J:COM on Demand, milplus, auSmart Pass Premium, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Paravi, FOD, ABEMA, Hikari TV, Rakuten TV, Nico Nico Channel, Google Play and HAPPY! The popular go-to streaming site for people in the U.S. to watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War appears to be Hulu.

Are you enjoying Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War? Are you looking forward to the battle between Quilge Opie and Ichigo? What side do you think Ishida will choose? Let us know in the comment section below!

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