Welcome to the New Year (and a new decade)! We're kicking things off right with a birthday tribute to a certain hero (or should we say heroine?) from Bleach, Yoruichi! She's a fighter, she's a cute cat, she's a font of wisdom, and her birthday is January 1, so give it up for our favorite feline, and send some good wishes her way -- just don't step on her tail!
Happy Birthday, Yoruichi! And here’s to a Happy New Year!
While the whole world is busy celebrating the start of another year, a very special someone will be marking her own beginning—the one and only Yoruichi Shihoin. The enigma formerly known as Mr. Yoruichi couldn’t blend into a crowd if she tried. Whether she’s prowling around Karakura Town disguised as a black cat or saving the day with her phenomenal fighting skills, Yoruichi is a commanding presence—possibly a result of her days running the Soul Society’s secret assassination squad.
Even in her feline form, Yoruichi can silence anyone with a look. Just try to avoid doing anything stupid, like grabbing her tail. Ichigo may want to forget that awkward moment… (See episode 25.) In less stressful times, Yoruichi has been known to reveal a playful side. No one, least of all Ichigo, will ever forget the experience of seeing Yoruichi’s true form for the first time. Talk about a shocker (episode 41)!
It’s hard to believe, but long before Ichigo and his friends knew her, Yoruichi was a daughter of the nobility! Elegant, dignified and extremely powerful, she fulfilled her duty as the defender of the realm (episode 57). But then one day she disappeared for reasons that remain a mystery, and she went underground, presumably with her childhood friend and former captain Kisuke Urahara. Together, these two appear to share more than a few secrets between them. Wouldn’t you want to be a fly on the wall when these two talk?
This January 1st may mark just another birthday among many for Yoruichi (trust us, she’s a lot older than she looks), but we all know how exceptional she is. Who else would we pick to teach us bankai in just three days?
-- Yuki Takagaki
It's Soul Reaper vs. Bount as Captain Hitsugaya is taking on all comers! The Bount storyline continues in Bleach with the release of episodes 105-9 today. Find the episodes at the Bleach series page, along with all the other episodes from the series!
Captain Hitsugaya has defeated Koga, leaving Jin Kariya as the last surviving Bount.
During the battle between Jin Kariya and Rantao, Karyia learns the origin of his powers.
Ichigo arrives just in time, as Uryu and Rantao struggle to fend off Jin Kariya. Captain Hitsugaya and the others try to go after Ichigo, but Rantao stops them.
Ichigo and Kariya's final clash begins on Sokyoku hill. Ichigo realizes that Kariya's fighting style consists of counterattacks that rely on his incredible ability to recover.
It has been a few days since Kariya was defeated, and all of the Jokai Crests have been sealed away. Ichigo and his friends rest until the Senkaimon is prepared so that they can return to the World of the Living.
For one day only, on December 27, PlayStation®Network is having an "End of the Year Anime Blowout," with select Naruto and Bleach movies and TV episodes getting deep discounts. Titles that will receive the discount include:
Bleach Movie 1
Naruto Movie 1: NINJA CLASH IN THE LAND OF SNOW
Naruto Movie 2: LEGEND OF THE STONE OF GELEL
Naruto Movie 3: GUARDIANS OF THE CRESCENT MOON KINGDOM
First and last 10 episodes of both Bleach and Naruto TV series
Head over to the VIZ Media section of PSN to check out the discounts -- but remember, the sale is for one day only, on December 27!
Being a Soul Reaper in Bleach is a serious profession, but let's face it, it's also fun to lay down the laws of the Soul Society and give Hollows (or even other Soul Reapers) a good spanking when it's deserved! We've assembled our picks for the most devastating smackdowns from Bleach season 1 -- click here to view the video collection and enjoy!
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