Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Gives Meaning to Yhwach’s Motives as a Villain After Being Defeated in the Past

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War starts with a new scene not in the manga, giving viewers insight into Yhwach's motives and past

Thousand-Year Blood War Gives Meaning to Yhwach’s Motives as a Villain After Being Defeated in the Past


  • The episode 24 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War delves into Yhwach's past and motives
  • The episode reveals more details about Yhwach and his connection to the Soul King and what led to his original defeat
  • This new detail added to the anime makes Yhwach a more relatable villain and not just someone willing to kill for fun
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Spoiler Alert: The article contains major spoilers for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War episode #24.


Episode #24 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War opened with a new scene that’s not in the manga. The episode delves into Yhwach’s past and motives, adding more depth to the story.

In Thousand-Year Blood War, the Quincy king has been mysterious. He led the first and second attacks on the Soul Society, but his motives are not yet entirely revealed.

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War
Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War

At first, revenge for the Quincy genocide seemed like his motive, but again – his past defeat and sealing were still unexplained. Now the episode clarifies all these undisclosed aspects and his connection to the Soul King in episode #24’s flashback.

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Yhwach’s Ambition to Restore The World of Bleach

In episode #24 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, the first scene takes us back in time, 1,000 years before the current events. Ichibe Hyosube, the leader of Squad 0, tries to make a peace agreement with the Quincy king, Yhwach.


However, Yhwach sees it as deceit and asks about the world’s state, divided into three realms, and the concept of death’s origin. Yhwach doesn’t like how things are and wants to go back to a time when the Soul Society, Hueco Mundo, and the World of the Living were all one, with no difference between life and death.

Yhwach mentions the Soul King as his father and is unhappy with how the Soul King is kept, with body parts separated. It hints that the Soul King’s condition and the world’s division are connected.

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Episode #24 Explains Yhwach’s Past Defeat

Yhwach learns the truth from Ichibe’s hand (which is actually the Soul King’s), and the audience sees quick images. Yhwach takes the hand but loses some of his divine power.

This explains why Yamamoto defeated Yhwach 1,000 years ago when Yhwach didn’t have the Almighty, while he easily defeated the Soul Reaper commander in the present.

Yamamoto vs Yhwach
Yamamoto vs Yhwach

Yhwach’s motivations now make more sense. This information wasn’t revealed in the manga until much later, and it left many questions unanswered. Quincy’s history, the Soul King’s nature, and Yhwach’s connection to him were all mysteries.


This new revelation about Yhwach’s past and his true goals helps the story. It also shows that Yhwach isn’t just a one-dimensional villain.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has been good at clarifying and expanding on parts of the story that were unclear in the manga. This new flashback helps fans understand Yhwach and the world of Bleach better.

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Written by Tanmay Jha

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Tanmay writes about anime for FandomWire. He's currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. With a passion for animation and graphics, he has authored over 240 articles on anime, sharing insights and reviews with fellow fans, seamlessly combining his love for animation with journalism.