Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Release Date Status: Is It Confirmed?

The popular soul reaper is back in action! When viewers believed that one of their favorite anime series would never have a satisfying conclusion, the producers shocked them by announcing Bleach Season 17, which is anticipated to adopt the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War of Tite Kubo’s manga series.

Studio Pierrot’s Bleach, which made its television debut on October 5, 2004, produced 16 seasons of the shonen show with a total of 366 episodes. Since the final episode aired on March 27, 2012, fans have been requesting additional episodes to adapt the remaining manga series by Tite Kubo.

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The makers are finally giving the fans what they want, despite the fact that it took over ten years. It is anticipated to be released next year, and according to reports, Studio MAPPA will be animating the new season of Bleach. What you need to know about Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is as follows.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Plot

As was already mentioned, the last arc of the Bleach manga series will be adapted for the upcoming season of the anime series. Bleach Season 17 is anticipated to cover 218 chapters of the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc, which spans more than 200 chapters and starts at Chapter 480, and lasts until the end of the manga series, which has a total of 698 chapters.

Where Season 16 of Bleach left off, Season 17 is likely to do the same: The Wandenreich, which means “Invisible Empire,” is a secretive Quincy organization. The Quincy lost a battle with the Shinigami a thousand years ago. As a result, they managed to flee and remain hidden for years, but they have been accumulating strength.

The Wandenreich is anticipated to invade Soul Society, starting a full-scale conflict between the Shinigami and the Quincy. Ichigo, the protagonist of the soul reaper series, will go through rigorous training to improve his strength so he can defend Soul Society.

Update: Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach, conducted a Q&A session with members of his fan club in February 2022, and during that session, he gave two significant updates on the revival of the anime. The anime adaptation of the Thousand-Year Blood War storyline will take time to address issues that the original source was unable to address, the manga artist explained.

Fans of the anime series may anticipate fresh material from this adaptation because Kubo collaborated closely with the team behind the animation to deliver the solutions. For instance, Rukia’s specific assailant during the first Quincy Invasion will be made known in the final season, but that is just the beginning.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will adapt the Isshin and Masaki story arc, according to an update from director Tomohisa Taguchi and producer Yoshihiro Tominaga provided by Viz Media ahead of the Anime Expo 2022. One of the most depressing scenes in Bleach is shown in manga volume 60:

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Cast

Fans can anticipate that the original series’ voice actors (VAs) will return even if the voice cast for every character has not yet been formally confirmed.

Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Cast
Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Cast
  • Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Rukia Kuchiki
  • Uryu Ishida
  • Orihime Inoue
  • Yasutora ‘Chad’ Sado
  • Renji Abarai
  • Byakuya Kuchiki

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Release Date

There have been rumors that the animated Thousand Year Blood War arc may be released in the middle or toward the end of 2021. However, there is no formal announcement as the year 2021 draws to a close with only a few days left. The long wait was caused by essentially no information being released between March 2020 and December 2021.

But we managed to obtain a rumor from Shueisha House magazine. See the tweet that follows! It is official that Bleach will make its debut in the fall of 2022. Bleach Final Arc: Thousand Year Blood War will premiere in the very first days of October 2022, accounting for Japanese transmission restrictions.

When we finally get to see Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends back in action, we will have to endure another impatient wait of a few more months. Studio Pierrot unveiled the first Bleach promotional teaser in honor of Jump Festa 2022. It will adapt the Millennial War Saga’s events and honor Ichigo and his pals’ comeback to television.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Trailer

Jump Festa 2022 served as the setting for the major revelation in the Bleach Final arc. Fans weren’t let down by it. For the return of the Bleach anime, which will adapt The War of the Thousand Years’ concluding story arc, a trailer and promotional video (PV) have been made available.

The original Tite Kubo work, which was written and animated, and is confirmed to debut in October 2022, served as the inspiration for the anime.

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