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Over a decade after Bleach’s run ended short of the story’s final arcs, Bleach is back as the Thousand-Year Blood War arc is finally being animated. On Sunday morning at 6:00 a.m. EDT / 3:00 a.m. PDT, VIZ Media released a new trailer and key visual for Bleach’s long anticipated final season, revealing that the premiere is scheduled for airing in Japan and simulcasting worldwide on October 10.
VIZ on Twitter: “10/10/22. The wait is nearly over.#BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War simulcast begins on October 10th! pic.twitter.com/5s3fJiENr0 / Twitter”
10/10/22. The wait is nearly over.#BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War simulcast begins on October 10th! pic.twitter.com/5s3fJiENr0
The trailer also reveals the theme music for the first cour; the opening song is Scar by Tatsuya Kitani, while the ending theme is Saihate by SennaRin.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will be a four-cour anime season (around 48-52 episodes) with breaks in between every 12 or so episodes. Studio Pierrot will be returning to animate the series, with Tomohisa Taguchi as series director (taking over for Noriyuki Abe) and scriptwiter alongside Masaki Hiramatsu, Masashi Kudo as character designer, and Shiro Sagisu as music composer.
During Anime Expo 2022 in July, Viz Media released the first trailer for Bleach‘s final season, which you can also see below:
For those who will be attending New York Comic-Con on the weekend of October 6-9, Viz Media will be hosting a Bleach panel on the Saturday of the convention, where among other things, fans will get to be the first in North America to see the season premiere, two days before its official simulcast release. For those looking to go, the panel will take place on Saturday, October 8 at 2:15 p.m. EDT, at the Empire Stage.
New York Comic Con on Twitter: “In this must-see panel of #NYCC, thousands of lucky fans will get to see the North American premiere of BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War ahead of the simulcast thanks to @VIZMedia. Check out special messages & an epic cosplay contest with amazing prizes! #BleachTYBW Sat · 2:15 PM pic.twitter.com/kOzSVoKBPP / Twitter”
In this must-see panel of #NYCC, thousands of lucky fans will get to see the North American premiere of BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War ahead of the simulcast thanks to @VIZMedia. Check out special messages & an epic cosplay contest with amazing prizes! #BleachTYBW Sat · 2:15 PM pic.twitter.com/kOzSVoKBPP
Viz Media has yet to reveal which streaming service(s) will be simulcasting the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War as of this writing. Episodes of the original Bleach series are presently available to stream on Crunchyroll and Hulu. While both streaming platforms have historically simulcast Viz Media titles, neither service has officially revealed if they will be simulcasting the final season. There have been rumors that Disney+ had inked an exclusive deal to have the series on their service, but Viz Media has not commented on said rumors.
Adult Swim and Toonami previously premiered the English dub of the Bleach anime from September 9, 2006 to November 2, 2014. It is unknown if Toonami and VIZ Media have any plans on bringing the show back to the block for its final season. As with any potential Toonami show, If you wish to see Bleach return to the block for the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, continue watching the block every Saturday and feel free to send your show requests to Toonami’s Facebook page or by directly messaging Jason DeMarco on Twitter (@Clarknova1). We also recommend letting VIZ Media know through their respective social media outlets.
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