The promise of more Bleach has been in the air for a while to cover the final arc of the manga and now the reality is starting to show up for it. The new series is set for an October 2022 debut as Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War through the usual broadcasters in Japan. This storyline is basically covered in about the final twenty volumes of the 74-volume manga series.
The new series, which debuted on October 10th, 2022 with its simulcast, saw a July 8th, 2023 return date for the second part. Now, Viz Media is starting to offer the show for sale digitally with its English dub. The first part of it, clocking in at 312 minutes, is now available on most digital services such as Amazon, iTunes, VUDU, and others as you can see from here. They include English closed captions for the thirteen-episode run.
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. The second part opening theme song “STARS” by w.o.d. performing 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. Some new cast additions were also revealed with Aoi Yūki as Liltotto, Tsuyoshi Koyama as Gerald, Sōichiro Hoshi as Nianzol, and Nao Tōyama as Giselle.
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…
A recap of the original series was also released for Japanese audiences: