In the first Ichigo vs Yhwach fight, Ichigo was completely outmatched by Yhwach’s power, and it was only through the intervention of Aizen that Ichigo was able to survive. However, in the second fight, Ichigo learned to control his Quincy and Hollow powers, and he was able to defeat Yhwach with the help of his friends and allies. The outcome of Ichigo vs Yhwach Part 2 would have been a decisive victory for Soul Society.
The Most Anticipated Battle: Ichigo vs Yhwach
Attacking Ichigo with a blast of Reiatsu, Yhwach wonders if he did not have time for Orihime to heal his wounds before claiming that Ichigo cannot hope to change anything no matter when he arrives. When Yhwach states that the same holds true for him, Renji leaps into the air while activating his Bankai, Soo Zabimaru, joined with Aizen using Hadō #99. Goryūtenmetsu in hand.
Seeing Ichigo attacking him from behind with a missing arm, Yhwach states that he has already foreseen this before stopping Tensa Zangetsu with his hand as he commends Ichigo for allying himself with Aizen.
Proclaiming that Kyōka Suigetsu cannot match his power, Yhwach shatters Tensa Zangetsu and blows a hole in Ichigo’s torso while declaring that it is over. Yhwach prepares to destroy Ichigo and Soul Society with his Reiatsu but suddenly finds his hand embedded in Aizen’s torso as Aizen notes that Yhwach saw him as Ichigo. Suddenly, the real Ichigo impales Yhwach from behind with Tensa Zangetsu before unleashing a Getsuga Tensho that rips Yhwach in half.
Staring at Ichigo up close, Yhwach dissolves into a puddle of Reiatsu as Aizen commends Ichigo for adjusting to Kyoka Suigetsu so quickly.
As he notes how useful not showing Ichigo the release of Kyoka Suigetsu proved to be, Aizen is suddenly engulfed by a mass of black Reiatsu, which spreads over the surrounding area as Yhwach, having been revived, notes that Kyoka Suigetsu has been activated before asking Ichigo if he truly believed he had killed him with that attack.
As Yhwach proclaims that his ability to change the future allows him to overwrite even his own death, Ichigo attempts to attack him, only for Yhwach to blast Tensa Zangetsu away before engulfing Ichigo in his black Reiatsu.
With his Reiatsu spreading to cover even the Shakonmaku, Yhwach declares that both the Human World and Soul Society will become one before his power, only to be interrupted when Uryu fires an arrowhead of Still Silver through his chest while recalling his father’s explanation of how Still Silver will briefly stop Yhwach’s powers upon making contact with his blood.
With Yhwach’s Reiatsu receding, Ichigo grabs Tensa Zangetsu and leaps toward him on Uryu’s command. As Ichigo swings Tensa Zangetsu toward him, Yhwach attempts to break the blade once more, but the white portion of the Bankai crumbles to reveal Ichigo’s original Shikai within. Realizing that the dream which Jugram Haschwalth sent him was actually a vision of this future, Yhwach is bifurcated by Ichigo.
Ichigo vs Yhwach was BRUTAL! pic.twitter.com/AR1TvM1n9Z
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If Ichigo had been defeated in the second fight, it would have been a disaster for Soul Society. Yhwach was a powerful and ruthless enemy, and he would have destroyed Soul Society and its inhabitants without mercy. However, Ichigo’s victory ensured that Soul Society would be safe from Yhwach’s wrath, and it allowed the Soul Reapers to continue their important work of protecting the living world from the Hollows.
In the end, Ichigo’s victory over Yhwach was a triumph for Soul Society and for all of the living world. It showed that even the most powerful enemies can be defeated if people work together and never give up hope. Watch the anime here if you haven’t already.