Bleach is one of my favorite anime and I have probably watched it 5-6 times. I just can’t get enough of it. Between the Gotei 13’s stubbornness and Ichigo’s persistence to stand by and protect what’s close to him, I completely get lost inside the bleach world. When I was watching bleach for the first time I didn’t know that the anime only has 366 episodes and the story after that hasn’t bee animated so when I was done with episode 366, I was literally all pissed off for a few days. I did read the manga but it not as fun as the anime was. Since then I have been dreaming for bleach to return and filling out every online petition out there for bleach’s return. I was also looking up to the bleach adaptation but ( as expected from the record of all other anime adaptations ) it shitted all over my feelings and expectations. Finally ( THANK GOD!! ), Retro Ryno, a youtube channel has created animation for BLEACH THOUSAND YEAR BLOOD WAR EPISODE 1.
I’ll be honest, the animation is not great, but its good, it’s actually really good. Of course, we cannot compare it with the quality of an official anime, but it was able to easily get my heart beat at a crazy pace.
The sound quality is great, the voice of most of the characters is quite similar to the original anime. The video has a new soundtrack which is just as good as the old one and fits the setting of the animation perfectly.
The attitude and personality of all the character’s have been shown flawlessly. Orihime has been animated just as caring as she is in the original anime. Ichigo has the same badass attitude (how Ichigo says at 8:15 in the video “I don’t give a damn who you are, get off my bed”). The dramatic voices have been recorded perfectly (like when the Quincy says to Yamamoto “we are here to declare war”). Overall, this thing is a piece of art we all have been waiting for.
I am a big time fan of long running anime’s and most of them are getting disappointing lately. Boruto is shitting all over the legacy of Naruto (read the review here), One Piece is going just too slow, it’s making many fans lose interest in the anime completely and only follow the manga. Between all that, this episode came as a lifesaver for me. The best part about this fan-made episode is the pace of the episode. The pace is just perfect, it covers enough content in one video to keep the viewer interested (compared to most of the official anime which get viewers freaking bored because of the slow pace). I really want to thank Retro Ryno for creating this amazing video and we all look forward to the next episode.