This thrilling second installment takes place directly after the events of the first one (Bleach series 12 Part 1 – so best to watch that before reading this).
Part 2 comprises episodes 242-253 of this anime-only story arc and continues the battle between the rebel Zanpakutō under the command of Muramasa and the captains and members of the Court Guard squads.
The balance begins to shift in favour of the soul reapers with the arrival of Kenpachi Zaraki, the captain of division 11, a powerful soul reaper who takes charge of the situation.
As 4th Division Captain Retso Unohana arrives to begin healing the wounded, Yoruichi reveals that she has located the Captain-Commander Yamamoto and as the soul reapers begin the task of rescuing their leader, it begins to become apparent that much more is at stake than they previously realized. Muramasa reveals his true intentions, and as the fight is moved to Karakura town, Ichigo faces a desperate fight to save his friends.
This is very good, lovely animation, great story and a thrilling climax which leaves you looking forward to Part 3. The soundtrack is as well thought out as ever, all adding to the effect of the stunning battle scenes. The Zanpakutō get ever crazier looking too (e.g. the giant, poison spewing butterfly baby thing). A must see for all Bleach enthusiasts.
Bleach series 12 Part 2 is available to buy now on DVD.