Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc Begins on October 10, Gets New Trailer


Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc is set to begin on October 10 in Japan. The premiere date reveal was accompanied by the release of a new trailer..

The theme song details and some additional cast members were also announced. The opening theme song, which is previewed in the trailer, is titled “Scar” and performed by Tatsuya Kitani, while the ending theme song is titled “Saihate” and is performed by SennaRin.

Meanwhile, the newly announced cast members are KENN as Berenice Gabrielli, Takahiro Fujiwara as Jerome Guizbatt, Wataru Komada as Asguiaro Ebern, and Daiki Hamano as Luders Friegen.

Additionally, Oricon reports that the anime will have four split cours.

Based on the final arc of the Shueisha-published manga by Tite Kubo, which ran from 2001 to 2016 with 74 tankoubon volumes, Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc will see Ichigo and Soul Society battling a powerful Quincy faction known as the Wandenreich. It is the first Bleach anime since 2012. 

The staff includes Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive) as director and series composer, Masashi Kudou (Bleach) as character designer, Yoshio Tanioka (Akudama Drive) as art director, Saori Gouda (Akudama Drive) as color designer, Kazuhiro Yamada (Akudama Drive) as photography director, and Shirou Sagisu (Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time) as music composer. Studio Pierrot is the animation production company.

Other staff include Michio Hasegawa (Shadows House), Sei Komatsubara (Fate/Grand Order Final Singularity – Grand Temple of Time: Solomon), and Kumiko Takayanagi (Akudama Drive animation director) are the chief animation directors, 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-Hoon Jeong (Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld sub-designer)  are the action effects animation directors.

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

The Bleach manga was previously adapted into an anime series that ran from 2004 to 2012. It also inspired several anime movies. Outside of anime adaptations, the manga has inspired games, a live-action movie, and more. In 2020, an anime movie adaptation of Kubo’s BURN THE WITCH manga, which takes place in the same universe as Bleach, was released.

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.

Source: Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc website

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