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'Bleach' Anime Returns After Eight Years, Adapts Final Arc

by Vindstot
Mar 20, 2020 6:47 PM | 97 Comments
The Bleach 20th Anniversary Project & Tite Kubo New Project Presentation livestream announced on Saturday that the anime series is making a return. The new anime will adapt the final manga arc, Sennen Kessen-hen (Thousand-Year Blood War arc), which spans from the 55th to the 74th volume. The announcement commemorating the manga's 20th anniversary comes approximately eight years after the last anime episode aired in 2012.

A paranormal action-adventure about sword-wielding guardians of the afterlife.

Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Shinigami, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace.

The peace is suddenly broken when warning sirens blare through the Soul Society. Residents there are disappearing without a trace, and nobody knows who's behind it. Meanwhile, a dark shadow is also extending itself toward Ichigo and his friends in Karakura Town.

When a mysterious group of warriors calling themselves the Wandenreich attacks, Ichigo Kurosaki heads to Hueco Mundo to help his friend Nel Tu. And when the Wandenreich takes the fight to Soul Society, an all-out war between Shinigami and Quincy breaks out! (Source: VIZ Media, edited)

Prior to serialization, Tite Kubo published a pilot chapter in December 2000. The supernatural adventure manga debuted in Weekly Shounen Jump in August 2001. After a 15-year serialization, Kubo ended the series in August 2016. Shueisha published the 74th and final volume in November that year. Bleach has a cumulative 120 million copies of its compiled volumes in print worldwide.

The television anime series produced by Studio Pierrot began airing in Fall 2004 and ended with 366 episodes in Winter 2012, covering the first 54 volumes. The manga also inspired two Jump Festa specials in June 2005 and March 2006, and four anime films in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2010 December.

VIZ Media acquired the series' master license in March 2006 and serialized the manga in English in its print edition of Shounen Jump magazine between November 2007 and March 2012. The manga concurrently moved to the Weekly Shonen Jump Alpha digital anthology in January 2012. The company published the 74th and final volume in October 2018 and released the 26th home video installment of the anime in September 2015.

A live-action film adaptation produced by Warner Bros. Japan opened in Japan in July 2018. Directed by Shinsuke Satou (Gantz, I Am a Hero), the film grossed over 541 million yen (approximately US$4.9 million).

Bleach won the 50th Shogakukan Manga Award in the Shounen division in 2005.


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Source: Comic Natalie

Bleach: Sennen Kessen-hen on MAL

Correction: An earlier version of this news stated that the anime will return in 2021. A premiere date for the anime has not been announced yet. MyAnimeList regrets this error.

20 of 97 Comments Recent Comments

worth the wait! finally!! after 8 years

Dec 8, 2020 9:30 PM by Zicnarf

Oh, I'm shocked

That is really cool, that the anime which I saw in y childhood is realizing to our days. Bleach is a really legendary anime that we love it.

Dec 7, 2020 12:08 AM by AlisaFrost

Uh oh I don't find this to be good news if it is going to be anything like the manga. The anime ended around when Bleach was really good still. Aizen is the best villain in the show and the final arc in the manga is just an absolute insult to everything that came before it

I'd sooner watch filler arcs again before watching the final arc in the manga. The main bad guy in the final arc is just terrible in comparison to someone like Aizen.

Maybe they'll take some liberty with the story and change it up is my only hope. Otherwise for people who haven't read the manga and only seen the anime you have my early condolences if they follow the manga into the dumpster fire it became

Dec 6, 2020 12:20 PM by LimeNade

As long as there’s a fan of Bleach, will never go away. 🤦🏻. It needs to be shot like a Horse with a broken leg.

Nov 12, 2020 3:32 PM by BlueEyeSamurai

Yep! hype hype hyyype!

Nov 11, 2020 12:29 PM by Kap92

Hope they will make some new ost for the final arc .

Nov 10, 2020 5:48 PM by TheAwakenHD

It's been a long time since I read so many good news one day :) My favorite TV show Supernatural is just about to end and I was afraid that I would not have anything to watch <3

Nov 8, 2020 11:15 PM by Owshem

I started my adventure with Bleach :) I hope that the new version will be even more atmospheric. Basically, my adventure with animation and computer games began with this anime

Nov 8, 2020 11:10 PM by Owshem

I knew It!!!! It will back ! Oh my goshhh, my Bleach is back :D
Time to read manga from TYWB :D

Nov 8, 2020 10:31 PM by Aya_AshikagaPL

I'm primarily hype for the OP (and ED) songs. The music was always nice and the animations very cool and stylized.

Oct 27, 2020 1:25 PM by Rivara

spectrojan said:
Don't wanna spoil it for anyone but Ichigo dies and Rukia is crippled for life.

F in the chat for our fallen protagonists.

Aug 1, 2020 8:36 PM by malvarez1

Don't wanna spoil it for anyone but Ichigo dies and Rukia is crippled for life.

Jul 30, 2020 1:51 AM by spectrojan

i am so happy! its a great news after ages for bleach lovers. The animation of this anime is Perfect.

Jul 19, 2020 11:30 PM by SanaSaleem

I was so hyped for this, I thought eff it, I'll just read it. So I did.

A big ass disappointment, man. But ofc I'll still watch it, need to see some moments animated.

Jul 18, 2020 8:20 AM by spectrojan

Actually I always believed that Bleach will return one day and now it's official.

Jul 15, 2020 8:34 PM by sneakyFire

is there any news yet about when exactly in 2021 it's going to happen?

Jul 15, 2020 3:23 AM by User-Name

F I N A L L Y ! Have waited so long for this.

Jul 4, 2020 4:23 AM by zeeeph912

Can’t wait for bleach battle osts. It’s gonna be so good. I’ve waited so long for this

Jul 3, 2020 11:31 PM by Rithic

I'm not gonna lie, I'm strangely excited for this *new* series of Bleach, even after all these years :)

Jun 2, 2020 1:42 AM by matt_myosin

I'm so excited!!!!

May 18, 2020 12:22 AM by Akatsuki09

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