Bleach Creator Shares New Art to Honor Thousand-Year Blood War Anime's Latest Death

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Yhwach and the Wandenreich army Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 6, titled The Fire, have already killed many Soul Reapers in Soul Society, but one major death had anime fans mourning, and that character is the leader of the Gotei 13, Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto. Unfortunately, even after unleashing his powerful Bankai against Yhwach, Yamamoto is killed after finding out that who he's been fighting all along is the imitating Sternritter, Royd Lloyd.

When the captain tries to initiate his Bankai again, Yhwach steals it with his medallion, and the emperor of the Wandenreich explains how it was not that they could not take his Bankai, but it is that his power is too enormous for anyone but him to handle. The villain manifests a large sword made of spiritual energy from the sky, and as he bids the elder captain farewell, he kills him.

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Now, Bleach creator Tite Kubo took it to his official Twitter account to share a new piece of art to honor Yamamoto and Chojiro, his lieutenant who died earlier this season. As you can see below, the two fallen Soul Reapers are shown back-to-back from each other.

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Now that Yamamoto is dead, fans are wondering how Soul Society will survive the invasion of the Wandenreich army. With the Sternritter's ability to steal the Bankai of the captains of the Gotei 13, it's hard to image how they'll find a way to take them down. Even though Ichigo Kurosaki is expected to return to Soul Society to help his Soul Reaper allies, it's still unclear for anime-only fans how this war will end.

Related: How is Yhwach Defeated in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War? Spoilers Ahead!

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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is expected to have more than fifty episodes and run for four cours (quarter of a year).

Episode 7 is set to release next Monday, November 21.