The new trailer for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime adaptation shows off all of the season’s new and returning characters.
A new trailer for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has been released.
The continuation of the classic shonen anime series was highly anticipated at this year’s Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The trailer focuses on Yhwach, the Quincy King who has been imprisoned for over 900 years and plays a significant role in the events of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, in addition to all of the returning characters. The panel also confirmed that key members of the original English voice cast will return to dub the new season, including Johnny Young Bosch as main character Ichigo Kurosaki and Michelle Ruff as Rukia. The trailer concludes by once again confirming the new season’s October premiere date.
The original Bleach anime aired from 2004 to 2012, but it was cancelled before it could fully adapt Tite Kubo’s shonen manga, which published its final chapter in 2016. Thousand-Year Blood War, the anime adaptation of the manga’s final arc, was first announced in 2000 and will be the first animated adaptation of the manga’s final arc. Kubo stated again during the panel that the new anime will include new scenes and story elements that he was unable to include in the original manga.
Bleach, created by Tite Kubo, debuted in 2001 and was considered one of Shonen Jump’s “Big Three” franchises at the time, alongside Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto and Eiichiro Oda’s still-running One Piece. Ichigo’s story ended in 2016, but Kubo returned to its world in 2018 with Burn the Witch, a spinoff series set in England that explores Soul Society’s western branch. In 2021, Kubo released “No Breaths from Hell,” a new chapter of the main Bleach series. While the new chapter was initially marketed as a one-time, stand-alone release to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary, fans were pleasantly surprised to learn that it was actually a prologue for a new adventure starring Ichigo and the rest of the Soul Reapers. However, since its release, both Kubo and Shonen Jump publisher Shueisha have been tight-lipped about the possibility of additional chapters or a full sequel series.
VIZ Media carries both the original Bleach and its spinoff series in English. It can be viewed on a variety of platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, Crunchyroll, and numerous other websites (if you know what I mean).