Season 2, episode three of Bleach TYBW: The Separation introduced fans to Hirako Shinji’s bankai ability. The animated version of the ‘mind-boggling’ second release of his Zanpakuto, Sakanade, has left Bleach fans hyped all around the world. While his Shikai created an Inverted World, the Bankai went a step further in messing with the enemies’ minds.
The de-facto leader of The Visored possesses a strong Shikai named Sakasama no Sekai that alters direction such that up was down, left was right, and forward was backward. He used it against Sosuke Aizen, albeit the mirage one, during the Arrancar arc. Complementing Sakasama no Sekai’s psychological effect is his Bankai which reverses the roles of allies and enemies.
Hirako Shinji’s bankai, Sakashima Yokoshima Happōfusagari, was one of the highlights in the Season 2 Bleach TYBW (Thousand Year Blood War arc) trailer. Even though fans only got a glimpse of its ‘forbidden’ power, it was enough to break the internet. Shinji released the forbidden ability when he was all alone, surrounded by a number of Qunicies, such that a combined attack of the Quincies only led to their own demise.
When Hirako Shinji’s Bankai, his katana-like sword turns into a staff with a large ring at its hilt. A large flower-like construct that is similar to a white lotus encloses Shinji and protects him from his own ability. This is one of the major downsides of his Bankai release. It affects the people within the vicinity around the user, including the user, and performing it closer to other fighting Captains would have been catastrophic.
Hirako mused about Sakanade’s second release in Bleach TYBW Separation.
If they (the Quincies) had just created a defined battle formation outside of the walls, I would have been able to clean up most of them by myself. It’s (Shinji’s Bankai) not all that useful when I’ve got allies around. There isn’t even much point to using it when facing someone directly.
As many fans guessed, Shinji wasn’t able to his Bankai against Aizen as the whole Gotei 13 guards, captains, and The Visored were present at the scene.
Hirako Shinji’s Bankai and three other forbidden Bankai in Bleach
Forbidden Bankais are those that threaten the overall peace and security of the Soul Society itself or the user’s allies due to its immense power and range. The Central 46 issues these bans. The general procedure nor the criteria has been explained for its release but fans eventually got an idea after watching the series.
The use of Forbidden Bankai is usually discouraged. However, it can be activated given specific circumstances. Genryusai’s Bankai must not be activated for too long – otherwise it will ‘melt’ the Soul Society and the Sereitei with its power. Similarly, Hirako Shinji’s Bankai must not be activated when he is near allies.
Thus, the four Forbidden Bankai in Bleach are:
- Hirako Shinji’s Bankai – Sakashima Yokoshima Happōfusagari: Alters the roles of enemies and allies
- Genryusai Shigekuni Yamamoto – Zanka no Tachi: Even in its Shikai form, Ryujin Jakka could spark flames that could destroy the Sereitei. Genryusai’s Bankai, Zanka no Tachi, has four distinct techniques and each is based on a direction – North, South, East, and West.
- Shunsui Kyoraku – Katen Kyokotsu Karamatsu Shinjo: One of the most savage Bankais, Kyaten Kyokotsu’s ultimate form has four distinct “acts.” The basic concept is about the sin of injuring an opponent such that the enemy gets hurt when they try to hurt Shunsui. His Bankai has a wide reach and obviously fatal to allies.
- Kenpachi Kuruyashiki – Gagaku Kairo: According to the story Bleach: Spirits Are Forever With You, Kuruyashiki was the 7th Kenpachi. His Bankai summoned monsters similar to the ones attached to Sosuke Aizen’s final Hogyoku form that ate everything within reach except the user. It had the potential of a mass massacre.
Tite Kubo, writer of Bleach, may introduce more Forbidden Bankai in the story as canon. After all, there is much to reveal about the other Kenpachis and Captains.
Where to Watch Bleach TYBW Online?
Fans of Bleach TYBW can watch the season 2 on Crunchy Roll and Netflix. Every Saturday a brand new episode is released on these platforms. The fans in the Indian Sub-continent can watch Bleach TYBW for free on Ani-One Asia YouTube channel. The show is streamed on Hulu in the United States and will also be casted outside United States (USA) on Disney+ Hotstar in selected regions.
Where can I watch Bleach TYBW Season 2?
Bleach TYBW season 2 is available on Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, Ani-One Asia YouTube channel.
Will Bleach TYBW come to Netflix India?
Yes, Fans in India can watch Bleach TYBW on Netflix.
On Which OTT Platform is Bleach TYBW Streamed in India?
Bleach TYBW is available on Netflix India and streamed for free on Ani-One Asia YouTube channel.
Where to watch Bleach TYBW Season 2 in USA?
Fans in USA can watch Bleach TYBW Season 2 on Hulu.
How many episodes will Bleach TYBW Season 2 have?
A total of 13 episodes will be aired in season 2 and another 26 episodes in 2023/2024 leading to a grand total of 52 Episodes, overall.
Where can I watch Bleach TYBW Part 2 in India?
Anime fans in India can watch Bleach TYBW season 2 on Ani-One Asia YouTube channel for free.