In his recent interview to North American publishers Viz Media, Tite Kubo said that he wanted to include battle scenes that never made it to the manga in the Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War anime.
As an example, the author mentioned that battle featuring The Bambies was omitted from the manga.
“I had decided in my head to end the manga in 15 years, & with so many characters appearing in the last arc, there were many battle scenes that never made it to the manga. So I hope to help insert those scenes back in as much as possible,” Kubo told in the interview.
He said that he’s been sending over battle and design ideas to Studio Pierrot, so that they can make good use of them.
“I’ve actually been sending over lots of battle and design ideas for all the characters, so I think the studio will make good use of these ideas,” the author said.
Kubo added that since he drew the Thousand Year Blood War arc without worrying about the television guidelines and restrictions in mind, he was worried that the scenes would be too heavy to be animated.
“I think I started drawing the Thousand Year Blood War around the time it was decided that the original anime series would end,” Kubo said. ” While the series was airing on television, I was drawing the manga with television guidelines and restrictions in mind, so I didn’t go all out for various things, like the battle scenes.”
“But I drew Thousand Year Blood War arc without having to worry about any of that. Instead, I was worried the scenes might be too heavy if it was ever animated,” the Bleach mangaka said.
Kubo added that he doesn’t want “them to be cut from the anime”.
“I’m pretty confident that this arc will be animated faithfully, without those heavier scenes being cut,” the creator told in his message to fans in the interview.
The Jump Festa ’22 Bleach panel event revealed in Dec 2021 that the Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War anime will premiere as a television anime in October 2022. The event also confirmed that the adaptation will cover the rest of the original manga up through its ending.
A new trailer and key visual was released for the anime at Anime Expo 2022.
The staff working on the anime are:
- Director and screenplay: Tomohisa Taguchi
- Character design: Masashi Kudo
- Music: Shiro Sagisu
- Chief Animation Directors: Michio Hasegawa Sei Komatsubara, Kumiko Takayanagi
- Action Effects Animation Directors: Satoshi Sakai, Yoshihiro Kanno, Yong Hoon Chong
- Art Director: Yoshio Tanioka
- Art Design: Toshiki Amada
- Color Design: Saori Goda
- Editing: Akinori Mishima
- Director of Photography: Kazuhiro Yamada
- CG Directors: Toshihiro Sasaki, Kazushi Goto
- Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
- Sound Production: Zack Promotion
- Character Designer: Masashi Kudo
- Studio: Pierrot
The previous cast members will be returning to reprise their role in the anime. Joining the original Bleach cast will be the cast returning from the Bleach: Brave Souls game.
- Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki
- Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kuchiki
- Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryū Ishida
- Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue
- Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado
- Kentaro Ito as Renji Abarai
- Shinichiro Miki as Kisuke Urahara
- Satsuki Yukino as Yoruichi Shihōin
- Binbin Takaoka (replacing Masaaki Tsukada) as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto
- Houko Kuwashima as Suì-Fēng
- Shouto Kashii as Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi
- Aya Hisakawa as Retsu Unohana
- Masaya Onosaka as Shinji Hirako
- Ryotaro Okiayu as Byakuya Kuchiki
- Tetsu Inada as Sajin Komamura
- Akio Ohtsuka as Shunsui Kyōraku
- Tomokazu Sugita as Kensei Muguruma
- Romi Park as Tōshirō Hitsugaya
- Fumihiko Tachiki as Kenpachi Zaraki
- Ryusei Nakao as Mayuri Kurotsuchi
- Hideo Ishikawa as Jūshirō Ukitake
- Naomi Kusumi as Ichibē Hyōsube
- Yōji Ueda as Ōetsu Mimaiya
- Tomoyuki Shimura as Tenjirō Kirinji
- Rina Satou as Senjumaru Shutara
- Ayumi Tsunematsu as Kirio Hikifune
- Takayuki Sugo as Yhwach
- Yuichiro Umehara as Jugram Haschwalth
- Shunsuke Takeuchi as Askin Nakk Le Vaar
- Ayana Taketatsu as Bambietta Basterbine
- Yūki Ono as Bazz-B
- Yumi Uchiyama as Candice Catnipp
- Natsuki Hanae as Gremmy Thoumeaux
- Satoshi Hino as Lille Barro
Bleach is a Japanese anime television series based on Tite Kubo’s original manga series of the same name. It was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. The series aired on TV Tokyo from October 2004 to March 2012, spanning 366 episodes. The anime adaptation includes original storylines not found in the manga with repeated appearances and stories containing these original characters.
Viz Media obtained foreign television and home video distribution rights to the Bleach anime in March 2006. Bleach was broadcast in the United States on Adult Swim from September 2006 to November 2014.
Bleach follows the adventures of the hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki, who inherits his parents’ destiny after he obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper—a death personification similar to the Grim Reaper—from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki. His newfound powers force him to take on the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife and set him on journeys to various ghostly realms of existence.
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