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Bleach fans have had to wait over a decade to see the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, the story’s final arc, in animated form since the show ended prematurely in 2012 (and 2014 for dub/Toonami viewers). But the light is quickly appearing at the end of the tunnel in just 10 days, as Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War is scheduled for airing in Japan and simulcasting worldwide on October 10.
It has yet to be revealed when the English dub will be released, but this morning, Viz Media has revealed who will be among those returning to reprise their roles for the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. Those names include:
- Johnny Yong Bosch returns as Ichigo Kurosaki
- Michelle Ruff as Rukia Kuchiki
- Derek Stephen Prince as Uryu Ishida
- Stephanie Sheh as Orihime Inoue
- Wally Wingert as Renji Abarai
- Doug Erholtz as Kisuke Urahara
Doug Erholtz on Twitter: “Can’t wait to start recording!!!#kisuke #Bleach #VIZ #TYBW https://t.co/ZbpsNOQx9B / Twitter”
Can’t wait to start recording!!!#kisuke #Bleach #VIZ #TYBW https://t.co/ZbpsNOQx9B
In addition, a third trailer was also revealed for the Thousand-Year Blood War. The trailer features Yhwach and the Stern Ritters, the arc’s antagonists. Viz Media has released an English-subtitled trailer on their social media channels, which you can see below.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will be a four-cour anime season (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 scriptwriter alongside Masaki Hiramatsu, Masashi Kudo as character designer, and Shiro Sagisu as music composer. The season’s opening song is Scar by Tatsuya Kitani, while the ending theme is Saihate by SennaRin.
In Japan, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will air on TV Tokyo on October 10 at Midnight JST, with successive episodes airing every Monday. The season will also be available for streaming across various streaming services in Japan. Internationally, Viz Media will be simulcasting the show concurrently however, they have not revealed which streaming services will be simulcasting Bleach at this time.
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.
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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