Quick Look: Bleach – Series 16 Part 1


A new series, a new storyline and yet everything else about this DVD release of Bleach – Series 16 Part 1 is very familiar. So what can you expect from this instalment of the ever-continuing but nearly concluded series; well lets take a quick look and find out.

For starters Series 16 Part 1 follows the ‘current norm’ of having a selection of episodes spread out across three DVD discs; in this case episodes 343 to 354 with 4 episodes per disc. Thats not the only thing thats the same either; as just like with the recent releases this set once again features shilouettes of characters from the show as disc artwork – with fan favourite Ichigo being the most obvious. Yet again its a hit-and-miss approach as while Disc 2 looks good the remainder are a bit bland; especially Disc 1. It’s not much different on the disc itself either; as while the episode content has changed we still have the same old menu layout with individual episode listings and audio options being listed across the entire screen.


Basically not a lot has changed on the outward appearence of this release – and KAZE still refuse to number their discs as well – but when it comes to episode content then this is where things get interesting. It takes place a year after the events of the previous season, whereby Ichigo (once again) lost his Soul Reaper powers, and despite leading a peaceful life for the past year he finds himself wanting to help protect his friends from a new enemy threat. Ironically his only saving grace is a new character known as Kugo Ginjo, but can he be trusted? Unlikely especially when he makes Ichigo fight a group known as the Xcution. In essence troubled times lie-ahead for Ichigo and for him it’s one decisive battle after another – all of which will, hopefully at least, help him retrive his lost powers.

Forget Hollows and Espadas – this is a new storyline which sets Bleach on a downward sprial to its conclusion; but change is good and it makes this series a refreshing break from the past 300 plus episodes of the franchise. Of course we aren’t reviewing this DVD; but as i mentioned before its pretty much the same as past instalments – just different episodic content on the disc and a slightly different artwork; which is all you can really ask for when it comes to a long-running show such as this. Bleach – Series 16 Part 1 is now available on DVD within the UK.

About Scott Emsen
Scott is the Founder and Executive Editor of AnimeBlurayUK but in the past he has worked on ZOMGPlay and was once a Community Moderator for the Nokia N-Gage forums. Based in the UK, he loves anything related to Games & Anime and in In his spare time you'll mostly find him playing on one of his many gaming consoles; namely the PS Vita or Xbox One.

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