Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is getting ready to come back later this Summer with the second season of its new anime series, but it ended on a pretty big cliffhanger when it was revealed that Ichigo Kurosaki’s Zanpakuto, Zangetsu, had been keeping a secret from him the whole time. The fact that Ichigo had some Quincy powers in his blood was one of the biggest surprises in the first part of the new anime based on Tite Kubo’s original manga series. It was a hard way to get better, so Ichigo had to find out more about himself before he could face the Sternritter again.
In the last few episodes of Part 1, Ichigo finds out that his own mother was also a Quincy. But it wasn’t quite that simple because she had both the power of a Quincy and a Hollow inside her. This was passed on to Ichigo, and it turns out that both of his mother’s sides were always buried inside him. But the bigger surprise was that Zangetsu wasn’t really who he said he was, so all this was right in front of his eyes the whole time.
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Ichigo’s father, Isshin, told him that his mother also had the blood of Yhwach running through her because she had Quincy powers. The same thing happened to Ichigo, and it seems that this part of Yhwach had been watching him all along. Ichigo’s power had been held back by Yhwach’s blood, which had taken the shape of his Zanpakuto, out of fear that he would become more of a Soul Reaper (and thus less of a potential Quincy as a result).
Ichigo unlocks a new level of power and makes a new Zanpakuto. This is where Ichigo says goodbye to Zangetsu as he knows him. He wasn’t really the spirit helping Ichigo that Ichigo thought he was all this time, but after seeing Ichigo get stronger and stronger, he became one of his best friends. But now, this piece of Ichigo’s power that he had lost has come back to him and taken him to a new level.
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What did you think of the secret link between Ichigo and Yhwach? How do you think it will affect Ichigo’s powers in the future? Tell us in the comments what you think about it.