Bleach fans rejoice! Eight years after the popular anime series ended, many viewers were distraught that the show concluded without adapting the final arc in the manga, “Thousand-Year Blood War”. The big news comes after the manga prepares to celebrate its 20th anniversary since Tite Kubo launched the series back in 2001.
During a livestream for the series in March, a presentation was given for a project to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Bleach as the creator announced that the anime will make a return next year to adapt the last arc of the manga. Kubo began his series in 2001 with the first volume in Weekly Shonen Jump and ended in August 2016. The “Thousand-Year Blood War” arc covered volumes 55-74, which told the story of a battle between the Shinigami and Quincy. The arc answered a lot of its mysteries regarding the formation of the Shinigami and the origins of the Quincy. With the anime making a comeback, it’ll be good to see how the show will adapt the final story from the manga.
The anime originally ran for 366 episodes from 2004 to 2012. The series adapted much of the manga along with five original side stories. The franchise inspired other media like video games, novels, plays, and even a live-action film that was released in 2018. Since the manga ended, Kubo has been already hard at work with the spin-off series Burn the Witch, which is already getting an anime adaptation. The one-shot series takes place in the same universe as Bleach, with the setting going from Japan to London.
Studio Pierrot was in charge of adapting the Bleach anime series, so it’s hard to tell if they will be involved again for the upcoming revival. Along with this announcement, the livestream also revealed an exhibit for the beloved manga to launch sometime next year. So there’s a lot of things to look forward to in the world of Bleach as fans get excited to join Ichigo and the rest of his comrades on one last journey. In the meantime, fans can read the manga on Viz Media as well as the anime before it’s triumphant return.