The latest announcement regarding Bleach anime made by Weekly Shonen Jump is nothing but sweet music to the ears of millions of fans of the anime who have been waiting for a revival of the hit shinigami- based shonen series.
After years of wishing and praying for the anime to return, Bleach is finally set to return as the “Thousand Year Blood War” arc will get an anime adaptation. The good news was revealed by Weekly Shonen Jump on their official twitter account.
A release date for the anime adaptation has not been revealed by Shonen Jump. More details will follow on 21st March 2020 during the Bleach 20th Anniversary project presentation by Tite Kubo, including the cast, crew, studio etc. of the anime.
Ever since the anime ended in 2012, countless fans have signed a number of petitions to adapt the final arc of the manga into the anime. This makes the latest reveal of Bleach Anime Return the most anticipated project for the Bleach fans.
The Thousand Years Blood War is a battle between the Gotei 13 forces, with the help from the Royal Guard, who clash with the forces of Quincy, powered by their king who has awakened. The origins of how the Quincy get their powers too is revealed in this arc. The Thousand Year Blood War arc also has Ichigo Kurosaki discovering his latent powers, which combine those of a Soul Reaper, Hollow, and Quincy.
The 20th anniversary project for Bleach was originally scheduled to be held at AnimeJapan 2020. However the worldwide effects of Coronavirus (COVID-19) forced the organisers to cancel the event affecting almost 200 companies who were set to take part in the event and anticipating announcements.
But while the event got cancelled, Shuisha confirmed that Bleach’s 20th Anniversary Announcement will still take place by means of a special live stream that will feature the event in both Japanese and English. A special countdown has begun on the official website and a special placeholder video has been prepared for the fans to keep an eye on on Youtube.
You can watch the live stream of the event in the following link!!
Apart from the anime adaptation, WSJ also announced that Burn the Witch will receive a serialization this summer in Shonen Jump, while a manga adaptation will most likely come out in the fall. Burn the Witch is Tite Kubo’s one-shot manga released on July 16, 2018., his first work released after Bleach.
Bleach anime was a huge hit among the fans as the adaptation ran from 2004 to 2012. It has four full-feature animated films and one Live-action adaptation movie which was released in 2018.