The Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War release date has been confirmed to be in October 2022, the Fall 2022 anime season.
The anime-turned manga, Bleach Season 17 is coming back in 2021 after a torturous wait of 8 long years. Bleach fans across the world were feeling hopeless due to the lack of a conclusive finale. Fortunately, during the 20th anniversary of the manga series last year, Tite Kubo, the maker revealed future plans. He announced a lineup of a few Bleach projects and a befitting finale season. Since then fans are showing different shades of reactions.
Bleach Season 17 is a direct adaptation of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc from the creators Tite Kubo. In addition to the finale, there will be a new Bleach OVA, titled Burn the Witch. It is based on the manga one-shot and a museum in honor of the franchise.
Let us explore more on the current news and rumors we have for you on Bleach Season 17 aka Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc anime.
For the people wondering about what is Bleach, here are some highlights to introduce you to Bleach.
- Bleach is a Japanese manga comic novel, by Tite Kubo and a TV series was made in the same name.
- The novel has almost 74 volumes, spanning over 650 chapters.
- The story is set in a town called “Karakura Town”
- The hero, Kurosaki Ichigo, is a 15-year-old high school student.
- Ichigo is a teenager who turns into a soul reaper due to some unforeseen circumstances, and he now fights evil spirits, thereby, protecting the people.
- His life takes turns when he faces new enemies and discovers secrets about his life.
- An anime by the same name as manga premiered in October 2004 and ran till March 2012.
- The last episode aired was 366
- Bleach Season 17 will be making a comeback after 8 years and begin from the 367th installment.
The Bleach Blu-Ray is also available with English subtitles and the dub sold roughly 40,000 copies in North America and 1.9 million copies in the United States alone. The series is now one of the top ten best-selling manga series of all time.
There is also a massive amount of merchandise, more than 1150 figurines, and 19050 goods.
Quality and subject matter are two factors that influence Bleach’s overall season 16 rating. IMDB gave the film a score of 9.0.
How many episodes of Bleach’s upcoming 17th season have already been planned?
As with last season, there was no set number of episodes for this anime series. The next season will have seven episodes or any combination of these two extremes. In other words, this story will come to an end in this season.
An October 2022 release date for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has been confirmed.
When Bleach’s 20th-anniversary project was announced, the show’s final arc was confirmed to be in the works. Apparently, according to Weekly Shonen Jump #17, 2021, the Bleach manga series’ Thousand-Year Blood War story arc by creator Tite Kubo will be adapted for Season 17, which means the anime will complete its adaptation of the Bleach manga’s conclusion.
“I’ve decided on the opening and ending songs for the Anime!!! Great!!!,” Kubo exclaimed on April 21, 2022. While it’s unusual for manga creators to have any say in the selection of theme song music, this announcement gives anime fans an idea of just how involved Kubo is in the production of the final anime series.
The latest Weekly Shonen Jump news leaked out on December 16, 2021, confirming that the new Bleach anime will begin broadcasting in Fall 2022. During Jump Festa 2022, which took place on December 18 and 19, 2021, the release date for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War was officially confirmed.
The cast and dub will remain the same for season 17 as well. The names of the dub actors are shown as the credits roll.
- Ichigo Kurosaki is dubbed Johnny Young Bosch (in English) and Masakazu Morita (in Japanese), respectively.
- Renji Abarai is dubbed by Wally Wingert (in English) and Kentaro Ito (in Japanese).
- Rukia Kuchiki was dubbed by Michelle Rough (in English) and Fumiko Orikasa (in Japanese).
- Uryu Ishida is voiced by Derek Stephen Prince (in English) and Noriaki Sugiyama (in Japanese).
- Noel Nillhashi is voiced by Yuina Yamada (in Japanese).
- Asami Tano played Spangle Niniii (in Japanese).
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The final season will adapt the last story in the manga series titled ‘Thousand-Year Blood War.’
Just a quick recap, in the 16th season of the anime, we saw Ichigo Kurosaki losing all his powers. Struggling to regain his abilities, Rukia Kuchiki assisted him in getting his powers back as a Soul Reaper.
Meanwhile, all the Hollows mysteriously disappeared, causing the hard-fought union to crush. No one knows what happened and what circumstances triggered their disappearance.
Eventually, a new group of soldiers called Wandenreich (which translates to Invisible Empire) launched its attack against the Soul Society. The Wandenreich is a secret group of the Quincy. After losing the war against the Shinigami 1,000 years ago, Quincy escaped from the human world and built a hiding place in the Seireitei. They used Reishi to create space in the shadows, successfully concealing their whereabouts. Wandenreich wants to use the abundant Reishi that can only be found in the Soul Society. For a thousand years, they have been secretly growing their powers in the shadow, waiting for the day to orchestrate an attack and harness all the Reishi in the Soul Society.
The Wandenreich is determined to take down everyone who gets in their way. In season 17, Ichigo must undergo intense training and find a way to defeat the Wandenreich to save the Soul Society. Judging from the lack of censorship, expect the final battle of Ichigo to be bloody and brutal. Will he manage to save the Soul Society?
After 8 tiresomely long years, the story is said to resurface for the fans. It can be estimated that the new season of Bleach will have 60-80 episodes since it has to cover hundreds of chapters of Manga in the final season. The Thousand-Year Blood War arc is anticipated to have several cours.
Season 17 of Bleach has been confirmed to pick up from where the anime ended in 2012. In other words, one will get to see the final manga arc that one can read after the Fullbring arc.
Bleach Season 17 plot will center around the anarchy followed by the sudden disappearance of Ichigo Hollow. The Soul Society is invaded by the secret group, Wandenreich. War is declared between the Quincy and the Shinigami. The period of the disappearance of Ichigo Hollow is explained by the rugged training he undergoes to fight against Wandenreich and save the Soul Society. The finale should answer all the abrupt questions the previous chapters left.
According to sources, the new season is not going to be censored. Thus, this new season is going to be raw and rustic, appealing to its mature audience. The Return of the Bleach anime saga “The Thousand-Year Blood War” will be adapted and animated by Pierrot animation studio, as per the leaks.
Recently on March 2, 2021, Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World, Vol. 3 was released. There is no official news regarding the future of Bleach Season 18. The makers have issued that this is the last season for Bleach and they are not sure about coming back to the story. However, the popularity, demand, and availability of content will guide the renewal of Bleach Season 18.
In the meantime, Bleach fans will be treated with unreleased episodes to stream on the platforms. “Shinigami Invasion Edition” and “Reaper Acting Disappearance Edition” will be released sequentially from Friday, June 17th. This will continue for 49 days with the last, 49th episode releasing on 4th October.
It was earlier rumored that makers will release Bleach Season 17 trailer during the Anime Japan event on March 26. Somehow it did not turn out true. Now we have another one from Jaymes Hanson, a well-known industry insider. He has tweeted sharing with his readers that the production of Bleach started in January.
Though the Bleach Season 17 release has been confirmed for the Fall Anime lineup of 2022 the exact date has not been revealed. As we are aware of the Japanese transmission blocks, it is speculated that Bleach Final Arc: Thousand Year Blood War will debut in the first half of October 2022. It falls in line with the theory that Studio Pierrot usually takes 10 months to release a new season. According to insiders production started in January, and it can be safely assumed that Bleach Season 17 Episode 1 release date will air in October 2022.
October is only a few months away, though we all know it is an impatient wait when we see Ichigo Kurosaki and his mates in action once again.
There is another interesting leak informing about Tite Kubo also participating in the drafting of the script. The mangaka is there not only there to supervise but also to help to extend the storyline of the finale of Bleach and thus prepare extras for the final stage of the story.
Not yet. We are still waiting for the official trailer for ‘Bleach‘ season 17. Don’t worry because we will make sure to update this article and share the official trailer with you once it’s available.
Season 16 of Bleach is now streaming in English on Amazon Prime and Hulu. Those who want to catch the first episode of Bleach Season 17 Episode 1 will have no problem finding it. You can watch it on Amazon Prime Video. There are a few videos of the season 17 teaser on YouTube, but they are not the official trailer.