After roughly 10 years on hiatus, Ichigo Kurosaki is picking up his giant-ass sword once again, returning for his final bout in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War

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The expectations for its return on Hulu are stacked high; and is often grouped together with One Piece and Naruto as being part of the “big three.”

Made by Pierrot, the same studio that animated the series’ original run from 2004 to 2012, the new show doesn’t miss a single beat when picking back up

The first episode covers roughly the first five chapters of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, and matches them pretty closely

From the first frames of the new show, it’s clear those new to Bleach won’t find a whole lot to go by, and longtime fans may find themselves catching up as well

Most importantly: Before we see the original gang back together in their full glory, we see their powers

As an older anime, we didn’t get to see Ichigo and the rest of the cast age into more contemporary animation like we have with One Piece

Old, semi-stagnant fight scenes have been replaced with operatic high-flying antics that focus a lot more on the movement and feel like much more choreographed fight scenes to entertain