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Bleach is one of the classic “big three” of shonen, alongside its peers One Piece and Naruto, but unfortunately for its fans, the Bleach anime and manga have both fallen behind, and the anime has was canceled outright in March 2012, while the manga’s final arc seemed rushed to some fans. For years it seemed like Bleach had fallen out of favor, but today Studio Pierrot is ready for round two.
The fall 2022 season will feature a variety of fan-favorite shonen series, including the sixth season of My Hero Academia and the return of Spy x Family, but for seasoned fans, the return of Bleach is the true highlight of this season. high-tension anime season, and viewers may want to brush up on their knowledge of Bleach’s story and characters ahead of the launch of this exciting new storyline, the “Thousand Year Blood War” arc.
The Bleach Story and Characters So Far
Bleach is a supernatural action/adventure anime series with some light isekai elements. The story begins when black-robed soul reaper Rukia Kuchiki grants her powers to Ichigo Kurosaki, a spiritually-minded high school student. Since then, Ichigo has been heroically fighting to save the day, zanpakuto in hand. Soon, Ichigo’s true enemy appeared, the traitorous Captain Sosuke Aizen, who was plotting to take over the empty throne of Heaven and rule over all of creation. Ichigo and his friends Orihime Inoue, Uryu Ishida the Quincy Archer, and Chad faced this monstrous threat and won, for which their Soul Reapers allies are eternally grateful. For a while, it seemed like peace had returned, and Ichigo thought his adventure was over. However, the real battle has only just begun.
At the end of the original Bleach anime, Ichigo lost his Soul Reaper powers after defeating Aizen, but he encountered the spirit members of Xcution, who used Fullbring’s power to help Ichigo gain new powers. Then, after Rukia awakened Ichigo’s true Soul Reaper powers, the latter once again saved the day against Kugo Ginjo, reuniting with his zanpakuto Zangetsu and all of his friends, humans and Soul Reapers. Once again, Ichigo thought he had found peace, but after the end of the Bleach anime and before the start of the new season, one last enemy rises: the Wandenreich, the hidden empire of the Quincy avengers. These Quincy and their almighty king, Yhwach, are bent on revenge on Soul Society for their defeat 1000 years ago, and they won’t stop until they crush the Soul Reapers. and reshaped the world to match the terrifying ambitions of King Yhwach.
Now it’s up to Ichigo and his friends to answer the call of duty one last time and prepare for the final battle for the fate of the entire universe, along with their home of Karakura Town, Soul Society, and even the desert kingdom of Hueco Mundo in the balance. The stakes have never been higher, and Ichigo’s enemies have never been stronger. Ichigo is ready for the fight of his life, and along the way he might uncover a shocking truth about his own family.
Where to watch the new Bleach anime?
The new Bleach anime is both a continuation, a sequel, and a soft reboot of studio Pierrot’s original anime series from 2004 to 2012. Studio Pierrot is back to bring the story of Bleach to the small screen, but with vastly improved animation techniques to bring Tite Kubo’s original manga to life in authentic style. Director Tomohisa Taguchi will oversee the anime’s production and broadcast, and composer Shiro Sagisu will return to create the soundtrack for the new Bleach anime.
As for streaming, the new Bleach anime will be split into four parts, with the first set to begin airing on October 11, 2022 on TV Tokyo. Streaming giant Crunchyroll will simulcast the Bleach anime in the West in Japan. The Bleach anime will probably only be available in Japanese dubbed and French subtitled version at first, but other subtitle languages will probably be added soon. A French dub of the new anime will also be available at some point, but it’s not yet known when episodes of this dub will begin airing. With the original Bleach manga finished, it’s unlikely there will be any filler episodes in the new anime, which stands in stark contrast to the heavy use of filler arcs in the original Bleach anime.