Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc Anime Adaptation Announced

The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine has announced the return of the anime adaptation of Tite Kubo’s Bleach series. The new adaptation will be adapting the final arc of the manga, the Thousand-Year Blood War.


The announcement is part of the Bleach 20th Anniversary Project, celebrating 2 decades since the franchise began in 2001. The adaptation is tentatively slated for a 2021 broadcast. There will also be a livestream of the project that will take place on March 21st at 9:45am JST. Further details on the anime project will be revealed during the broadcast.

The final arc runs from the 480th chapter until the manga’s completion with chapter 686.


The series had a long-running anime adaptation from 2004 until 2012, which covered all of the manga’s major arcs until the prior arc, the Lost Substitute Shinigami arc.

Since the manga’s completion in 2016, Kubo co-authored a series of light novels titled Can’t Fear Your Own World. A total of 3 volumes have been released.

The mobile game Bleach: Brave Souls has also been adapting pieces of the new arc, with many new playable characters and story scenarios.

Bleach was 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 and ended in August 2016 with a total of 74 volumes The series has become one of Japan’s most popular and well-known series. There have 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 have 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. A live-action film adaptation was produced in 2018.

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 anime is returning for the 20th Anniversary Project, adapting the manga’s final arc.

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