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Aniplex Japan Reveals 2nd ‘Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War’ Anime DVD/BD/LE Release

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The promise of more Bleach has been in the air for awhile to cover the final arc of the manga and now the reality is starting to show up for it. The new series saw an October 2022 debut as Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War through the usual broadcasters in Japan and the folks at Aniplex Japan are handling the home video releases once again.

This new four-cour series is going to be done as a series of box sets for each cour, so we’ll be seeing four announced over time. The first set was scheduled with an April 26th, 2023 debut where both the DVD and Blu-ray are listed as limited editions and are priced at 20,000 yen and 24,000 yen respectively.

With the second cour underway, we now have a look at the first round of cover artwork for the second release that’s scheduled for release on February 28th, 2024 with the same pricing plan and formats for continuity. Check the full schedule and details below.

This show is directed by Tomohisa Taguchi, taking over for Noriyuki Abe, with Masashi Kudo returning on the character designs. It’s scheduled for a four-cour run with skip seasons in between.

Tatsuya Kitani is handling the opening theme song “Scar” while singer SennaRin will perform the ending theme song “Saihatte” for it.

Check out our Ten Years Later article on the series.

Originally beginning its run in 2004 and finishing in 2012, the series was picked up by Viz Media and released on DVD over the years and is currently getting new Blu-ray releases as well in North America.

The Japanese cast includes Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki, Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kuchiki, Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryū Ishida, Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue, Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado, Kentaro Ito as Renji Abarai, Shinichiro Miki as Kisuke Urahara, Satsuki Yukino as Yoruichi Shihōin, Binbin Takaoka as Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto, Houko Kuwashima as Suì-Fēng, Shouto Kashii as Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi, Aya Hisakawa as Retsu Unohana, Masaya Onosaka as Shinji Hirako, Ryotaro Okiayu as Byakuya Kuchiki, Tetsu Inada as Sajin Komamura,Akio Ohtsuka as Shunsui Kyōraku ,Tomokazu Sugita as Kensei Muguruma, Romi Park as Tōshirō Hitsugaya, Fumihiko Tachiki as Kenpachi Zaraki, Ryusei Nakao as Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Hideo Ishikawa as Jūshirō Ukitake, Naomi Kusumi as Ichibē Hyōsube, Yōji Ueda as Ōetsu Mimaiya, Tomoyuki Shimura as Tenjirō Kirinji, Rina Satou as Senjumaru Shutara, Ayumi Tsunematsu as Kirio Hikifune, Takayuki Sugo as Yhwach, Yuichiro Umehara as Jugram Haschwalth, Shunsuke Takeuchi as Askin Nakk Le Vaar, Ayana Taketatsu as Bambietta Basterbine, Yūki Ono as Bazz-B, Yumi Uchiyama as Candice Catnipp, Natsuki Hanae as Gremmy Thoumeaux, and Satoshi Hino as Lille Barro.

The new cast members for this run include Daiki Yamashita as Ryūnosuke Yuki, Asami Seto as Shino Madarame, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Äs Nödt, Kōichi Yamadera as Quilge Opie, Hideyuki Tanaka as BG9, Takaya Hashi as Robert Accutrone, Nobuaki Kanemitsu as Driscoll Berci, Yasuhiro Mamiya as Mask De Masculine, and Tomoaki Maeno as NaNaNa Najahkoop.

The English dub cast includes Johnny Yong Bosch as Ichigo Kurosaki, Michelle Ruff as Rukia Kuchiki, Derek Stephen Prince as Uryu Ishida, Stephanie Sheh as Orihime Inoue, Wally Wingert as Renji Abarai, and Doug Erholtz as Kisuke Urahara.

Check out the official site and Twitter.

Plot concept: For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling — to protect the world of the living and the dead as a Substitute Soul Reaper. When Rukia is taken away to face the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, Ichigo and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world…

Volume Date Extras
1 04/26/23 Booklet, Clean Openings, Clean Closings, Promos, Ten Lookbacks, Mini Featurettes
2 02/28/24 Booklet, More TBA
3 TBA
4 TBA
Bleach – Thousand Year Blood War Japanese Volume 2 Cover B
Bleach – Thousand Year Blood War Japanese Volume 2 Cover A
Bleach – Thousand Year Blood War Japanese Volume 1 Cover
Bleach – Thousand Year Blood War Japanese Volume 1 Packaging

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