September 30 saw a new page in the history of Bleach: Brave Souls unfold with a fury when four new ★5 characters debuted inside the game in the Thousand-Year Blood War: Eyes Wide Open summons. Four Captains stepped straight from the pages of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc of the Bleach manga by Tite Kubo, which began with chapter 480.




What makes these new introductions so unique? In addition to the fact that these versions of the characters are animated for the first time ever, they also come loaded with unique gameplay mechanics that set them apart from almost anything that’s come before in the game.

WARNING: SPOILER ALERT!


This article dives right in and shows you everything you need to know about these four new characters and what they can do. We’ll compare a maxed ★5 and a maxed ★6 version of each character. We’ll also list the skills each ★6 has. Let’s start with the new Head Captain himself.


SHUNSUI KYORAKU

Shunsui is promoted to Head Captain of the 13 Court Guard Squads after the death of Genryusai Yamamoto. He devises many plans to fight the Quincies, and he and Nanao fight together on the front lines, with Shunsui even unleashing his Bankai.


This is the first time EVER Bleach fans have been able to witness Shunsui’s Bankai animated. He even says "Bankai" during his special in the game and shows his Bankai that until now was only confined to the two dimensions offered by paper and ink.


Maxed ★5 Shunsui


Maxed ★6 Shunsui


As a ★6, Shunsui can unlock these skills:


Sprinter: Increased number of Flash Steps

Havoc: Increased strong attack area-of-effect

Bruiser: Increased normal attack damage

Frenzy: Increased strong attack hits

Long Reach: Increased normal attack area-of-effect

Devastation: Increased Special move damage


On top of all that, his special has a chance of causing sudden death (Stamina immediately reduced to 0) to any enemy, no matter how large or small.


BYAKUYA KUCHIKI

Byakuya comes to know fear in the fight against the Quincies, and after losing his Bankai, he is forced to examine his true strength. After defeating his enemy with a secret Senbonzakura technique, he dispatches Rukia and Renji to help Ichigo.


This Byakuya packs a new first for BBS—his shield ability. This unique attack carries a shield that lasts for 20 seconds that “shields” him from up to 3 hits during that time period. It even shields his partners in Co-op for 1 hit. This is also the first time we see this version of Byakuya animated.


Maxed ★5 Byakuya


Maxed ★6 Byakuya


As a ★6, Byakuya can unlock the following skills:


Sprinter: Increased number of Flash Steps

Bruiser: Increased normal attack damage

Berserker: Increased strong attack damage

Bombardment: Increased number of Special Move hits

Havoc: Increased strong attack area-of-effect

Weaken Defense: Adds Defense debuff ability to Special Move


SAJIN KOMAMURA

In order to avenge Genryusai, Sajin undergoes his tribe's "humanification" ritual. It gives him immense power and an indestructible body for a short time, but it comes with a heavy price after the battle is completed.


Sajin also comes with a new first for the game. After performing his special (a.k.a. his Bankai), the last stroke of his normal attack change is boosted, making it more powerful and giving it a wider attack range. This is the first time such a feature has ever been available in the game.

Maxed ★5 Sajin


Maxed ★6 Sajin


As a ★6, Sajin possesses these skills:


Sprinter: Increased number of Flash Steps

Long Reach: Increased normal attack area-of-effect

Berserker: Increased strong attack damage

Flurry: Increased normal attack hits

Poise: Negates stagger effect when taking damage

Sajin is one of only a few characters that can unlock the Flurry (increased normal attack hits) + Poise skill combination, making him a formidable “normal attack” fighter.


TOSHIRO HITSUGAYA

Toshiro's Bankai, Daiguren Hyorinmaru, finally reaches full maturity in the fight against the Quincies, but the process ages him slightly.


Ever true to form, all of Toshiro’s attacks come complete with a chance to freeze his foes. His strong attacks are quicker than hail, too.


Maxed ★5 Toshiro


Maxed ★6 Toshiro


As a ★6, Toshiro can unlock these skills:


Sprinter: Increased number of Flash Steps

Frenzy: Increased strong attack hits

Devastation: Increased Special move damage

Debilitator: Increased duration of inflicted status ailments

Long Reach: Increased normal attack area-of-effect

Weaken Defense: Adds Defense debuff ability to Special Move


As if that wasn’t cool enough, the ★6 version of this character’s special can freeze + debuff the defense of his enemies. This is also the first time we’ve ever seen this version of Toshiro animated. We have to admit, he looks ice cold.