OP15: 「HARUKAZE」 by SCANDAL
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「高校３年生！装い新たに新章開始！」 (Koukou 3 nensei! Yosoi arata ni shinshou kaishi!)
“3rd Year High School Student! Dressed Up, and a New Chapter Begins!”
It’s been seventeen months since the battle with Aizen, and Ichigo continues life as a normal high school student. His sister Yuzu starts high school as well, and Karin’s spiritual power continues to grow. Ishida deals with the hollows in his place, and Rukia hasn’t shown up in Karakura Town since Ichigo lost his powers. However, he reflects on his life now and is happy to live in peace. With his fighting skills, Ichigo is able to deal with brawls easily, and makes money hiring himself out. Both Tatsuki and Orihime work, and Ichigo also has a part-time job.
Ichigo bumps into a man and helps him recover his bag from a thief. After Ichigo leaves, the man reveals that he knows Ichigo’s name, and that he also has a shinigami badge. Later, a group of delinquents show up at his school demanding for Kurosaki, but Ishida confronts them. Elsewhere, the man Ichigo helped earlier enters a room filled with various other people, and tells them that he found the next substitute shinigami.
ED29: 「Re:pray」 by Aimer
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It feels like a fresh start to the series again with a return to manga material, and is even more so with the upbeat new opening song by SCANDAL. Production is putting more money into the art clearly too, and there’s more detail than I usually see and overall quality feels better. Even though I don’t have a great opinion of the lost shinigami badge arc in the manga, I do find myself somewhat excited to see how the anime adaption will go. After all I did forget a lot of what happened early in the arc, so the content won’t be completely stale.
Many characters we haven’t seen in a long time make an appearance again, especially some of Ichigo’s school friends like Tatsuki and Keigo. The Kurosaki family antics are featured again too, and with Yuzu’s brother complex and Isshin’s inane, silly behavior it’s all pretty amusing. Seeing normal slice of life is a fairly interesting change of pace for Bleach and the comedy is actually kind of funny too, though the pervasive foul language perhaps adds more of a shounen spice to it. There’s not too much else to say about the episode, but I didn’t find the slow tempo here to be a problem. We are gradually shifting into the main plot of course and most of the new characters made an appearance, so things will start to speed up as the weeks roll on.