Millennial Blood War Arc Trailer Revealed


Image: Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot

Two years ago, Bleach fans lost their minds when it was revealed that the anime adaptation of Tite Kubos supernatural adventure manga would make a comeback. The much-loved anime ended all the way in 2014 with the “Lost Substitute Shinigami” arc, just a few years before the manga was slated to shut down in 2016. But now Ichigo Kugisaki and the rest of his crew are back to finish the fight right this time.

Again at the helm of Studio Pierrot and directed by series newcomer Tomohisa Taguchi (Digimon Adventure: Last Evolution Kizuna), the adaptation of the “Thousand-Year Blood War” arcact was unveiled at Japan’s Jump Festa on Saturday morning. It seems bad when a sudden spike of Hollows is killed in the World of the Living, and even worse when a new enemy called the Wandenreich and their leader Yhwach appear to wipe out the Soul Reapers. With his trusty sword Zanpakuto, Ichigo must do what he does best to save the world and the Soul Society.

The “Blood War” arc is quite controversial, with fans split on whether it’s the best arc of the series or one of the worst. Anyway, they still wanted the series to have a happy ending, and it looks like they’ll get their wish in October. With the anime’s Japanese voice cast poised to return, and composer Shiro Sagisu back to tackle the music, it looks like a fun return to the world fans have come to love over the years.

During the unveiling, Viz Media revealed that Kubo has acquired the worldwide distribution rights of the anime. And what’s more, Viz will allow fans to digitally pick up the entire 366-episode, 13-season English-language series for just $99 in February during “anime month.” When you consider that it would normally cost you $1,000, that’s a damn good deal to take advantage of.

Image: Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot

Bleach’s “Thousand-Year Blood War” arc will premiere in October 2022.


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