Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War First Cour: The Bronze Medal Shines

The era of the Shonen “Big 3” was a golden age for the genre and the anime world in general. Three massively popular series that were running side by side for well over a decade. They were the shows that influenced an entire generation of anime fans. Anyone who grew up in the fan-sub era knows those three shows, and their legacy is marrow deep. 

Yet out of those three, there was a clear hierarchy when it came to their strengths and weaknesses. For Bleach, it was always and forever the bronze medal, the distance third to the titanic One Piece and the beloved Naruto. Yet it was also the one most damaged by the era it was made and whose cancellation left a bad taste in many fans’ mouths. However a second chance has come with a new anime adaptation of the final arc. Will it serve as a rebirth for this beloved series, or would things have better been left in the past? After the cut let’s take a dive into the first cour of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War and find out.

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On my Radar for Fall 2022: The (Mostly) Eight Episode Check-In!

Fall 2022 is reaching its climax and it has been an overall strong season overall! Plenty of good shows, some surprises and a few that weren’t as good as you would expect. As always I have my thoughts as we reach the last quarter and it’s time to get into them! So after the cut, let’s see where I stand after eight episodes!

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Jujutsu Kaisen 0: That Time I turned my Childhood Crush into my Demonic Bodyguard

Jujutsu Kaisen was an anime that set the world on fire in its debut a few years back. With great action, fun characters and a vibe that reminded me of ‘street-level’ Bleach. It was another example of the possible Shonen Renaissance that the genre has been experiencing. And while some of the accolades thrown to the series may have been premature, I can’t deny that it is a damn good piece of entertainment. Which is why the prequel movie was something I knew I had to check out. So after the cut let’s take a dive into Jujutsu Kaisen 0 and see what’s what.

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On my Radar for Fall 2022: The Three Episode Check-In!

Fall 2022 has shaped up to be a real smasher of a season so far, one with many big hits and some surprising small ones. With a few weeks under our belt, it’s time to see how things are shaping up. Note that I have pushed Golden Kamuy off this list. Not because I haven’t enjoyed it, but that it is more a show I binge when I feel like it. You can still expect my thoughts on that later. Now let’s get into it all after the cut.

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On my Radar for Fall 2022: Shinigami, Chainsaws, Spies, Witches, and Homoerotic Treasure Hunting

Anime in 2022 has been the definition of Feast or Famine. There has been a sprinkling of heavy hitters, but a lot of stuff that has just been eh. Much seemed to having be saved for this season and now it is finally time to see if it does indeed deliver. Plenty to choose from, but after the cut, let’s see what is on my radar this Fall anime season!

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One Piece: Romance Dawn to Alabasta

One Piece

While I do think it is safe to say that while Dragon Ball is the most significant series to come out of Shonen Jump, it is One Piece that is its greatest. While it has not finished yet, I think we can say as we approach the final arc that the series is shaping up to be Jump’s Magnum Opus. I have full confidence that Oda can stick the series landing, because if he does, then hoo boy, is that going to be something.

Of course with a series this popular there are hundreds of people wanting to discuss, pick apart and analyze the series. It’s a cottage industry and while I have no interest in doing the same thing, I do think I can talk about my thoughts regarding the series. So in Shallow Dives fashion, here is a to the point, direct, and easy to digest post on the first third of the series: Romance Dawn to Alabasta!

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