While it was previously announced that Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga was initially ending in the upcoming 36th/37th double issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump, an early look at the magazine has revealed that there is still one more chapter left.
The manga will not end with chapter 685 as previously reported, but will end in the chapter afterwards, 686. The final chapter will be out in this year’s 38th issue of the magazine. It will not release until August 22nd, as the week of August 15th will be a break.
The 38th issue will also feature a big announcement for the Bleach series and a colour page.
It was previously reported that the Bleach manga and Nisekoi manga were to conclude in the upcoming double issue, both with colour pages. However the information for Bleach was yet to be clarified. The Nisekoi manga will still be having its final chapter in the new issue, after 229 chapters and 25 volumes.
Bleach is a long running action shounen manga written and illustrated by Tite Kubo. The series first began publication in August 2001 in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine where it has been featured every week. Since its debut a total of 73 compiled bolumes. The series has become one of Japan’s most popular and well known series. There has been numerous adaptations of the series across various media, including a TV anime adaptation by Studio Pierrot (Naruto, Tokyo Ghoul) that ran from 2004 till 2012, which was directed by Noriyuki Abe (Yu Yu Hakusho, Ghost Stories). Apart from the anime TV series, there has been many Bleach anime films, OVAs, various video games, a few light novels and manga spin-offs, and even a series of musicals that ran from 2005 till 2012.
Here is a synopsis of the series from MAL:
15-year-old Kurosaki Ichigo is not your everyday high school student. He has from as far he can remember always had the ability to see ghosts and spirits. A fateful day arrives as Ichigo encounters the shinigami Kuchiki Rukia, who saves him and his family from a Hollow at the cost of injuring herself. During this encounter, with Rukia unable to defeat the hollow she transfers her shinigami powers into Ichigo. In the aftermath, unable to continue with her job, Rukia allows Ichigo to take on the role of a shinigami in her place as they together defeat the Hollows plaguing Ichigo’s town.
The Bleach manga will finally end on chapter 686, releasing on August 22nd in the 38th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump. There will also be a big announcement. The 36th/37th double issue of the magazine will be out in Japan on August 8th, with the final chapter of Nisekoi.
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