The Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc will begin in Japan on October 10th. The announcement of the premiere date was accompanied by the release of a new trailer.
Details about the theme song and some new cast members were also revealed. The opening theme song is titled “Scar” and is performed by Tatsuya Kitani, while the ending theme song is titled “Saihate” and is performed by SennaRin.
Meanwhile, KENN will play Berenice Gabrielli, Takahiro Fujiwara will play Jerome Guizbatt, Wataru Komada will play Asguiaro Ebern, and Daiki Hamano will play Luders Friegen.
Additionally, Oricon reports that the anime will have a four cour-length.
Based on the final arc of Tite Kubo’s Shueisha-published manga, Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc, which ran from 2001 to 2016 with 74 tankoubon volumes, Ichigo and Soul Society will face off against a powerful Quincy faction known as the Wandenreich. It is the first Bleach anime to be released since 2012.
Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive) is the director and series composer, Masashi Kudou (Sakura Wars the Animation) is the character designer, Yoshio Tanioka (Akudama Drive) is the art director, Saori Gouda (Akudama Drive) is the color designer, Kazuhiro Yamada (Akudama Drive) is the photography director, and Shirou Sagisu (Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice The animation production company is Studio Pierrot.
The chief animation directors are Michio Hasegawa (Shadows House), Sei Komatsubara (Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon), and Kumiko Takayanagi (Akudama Drive animation director), while Satoshi Sakai (Attack on Titan Final Season effect animation director), Yoshihiro Kanno (Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld action animation director), and Yeong-Ho
Meanwhile, some of the cast members include:
- •Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki
- •Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kukichi
- •Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue
- •Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryu Ishida
- •Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado
- •Kentarou Itou as Renji Abarai
- •Takayuki Sugou as Yhwach
Previously, the Bleach manga was adapted into an anime series that aired from 2004 to 2012. It also served as the inspiration for several anime films. Aside from anime adaptations, the manga has inspired games, a live-action film, and other projects. An anime film adaptation of Kubo’s BURN THE WITCH manga, set in the same universe as Bleach, was released in 2020.
Viz Media describes the manga’s first volume as:
Ichigo Kurosaki has always been able to see ghosts, but this ability doesn’t change his life nearly as much as his close encounter with Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper and member of the mysterious Soul Society. While fighting a Hollow, an evil spirit that preys on humans who display psychic energy, Rukia attempts to lend Ichigo some of her powers so that he can save his family; but much to her surprise, Ichigo absorbs every last drop of her energy. Now a full-fledged Soul Reaper himself, Ichigo quickly learns that the world he inhabits is one full of dangerous spirits and, along with Rukia–who is slowly regaining her powers–it’s Ichigo’s job to protect the innocent from Hollows and help the spirits themselves find peace.
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