At the recent Jump Fest 2021 event, the staff of Shueisha announced that the return of the anime adaptation of Tite Kubo’s Bleach will premiere in October 2022. In addition, the first trailer, teaser visual, and staff were also revealed at the event.
The return of the Bleach anime, which will cover the manga’s final arc the Thousand-Year Blood War, will be in October 2022, during the Fall/Autumn 2022 anime season.
Here is the first trailer for the anime, which gives us the first glimpse of new Bleach animation in over 9 years and also a remix of Number One:
The first members of the anime’s production staff have been unveiled :
- Director and Series Composer: Tomohisa Taguchi (Akudama Drive, Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World)
- Anime Character Designer: Masashi Kudo (Bleach, Tower of God)
- Music Composer: Shiro Sagisu (Bleach, Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- Animation Studio: Studio Pierrot (Bleach, Naruto)
The new anime will be part of the Bleach 20th Anniversary Project, celebrating 2 decades since the franchise began in 2001.
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: Thousand-Year Blood War anime is in production and will air in October 2022, during the Fall/Autumn 2022 anime season.