Bleach’s new season has finally been confirmed to be in production as part of the Bleach 20th anniversary project! Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 17, 2021 reported that Bleach Season 17 will adapt the Thousand-Year Blood WQar story arc from the Bleach manga series by maker Tite Kubo.

On November 8, 2021, WSJ publisher Shueisha revealed that Jump Festa 2022 will contain an announcement concerning the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime. The event takes place on December 18 and 19, 2021. Besides the Bleach Season 17 announcement, Jump Festa 2022 will also have stage presentations for Spy X Family, World Trigger, Jujutsu Kaisen, Dr. Stone, My Hero Academia Chainsaw Man, Platinum End, and much other anime.

What’s more, there will be a bleach 2020 project that animated the Bleach Burn The Witch story arc. Directed by Tatsuro Kawano animation director for a season of the Psycho-Pass anime series, the blech OVA episode is being produced by animation company Studio Colorido.

The original blech anime ran from October 2004 through March 2012 ending with Episode 366 of Bleach Season 16. Presumably, Bleach’s new season will be called Bleach Season 17 and start Bleach Episode 367. the number of Bleach 2022 episodes has not yet been announced. however, the Thousand-Year Blood War arc is hundreds of chapters in the manga, so the bleach 2022 anime is likely to run for many cours.

                                                    Image showing interest in Bleach Season 17 in 2021
Image showing interest in Bleach Season 17 in 2021

A “cour” is a 3 month TV broadcasting unit based on the physical seasons, and anime seasons usually have between 10 to 13 episodes per cour. That means there will probably be Bleach Season 18, 19, and so on. The main staff and animation studio that will produce the Bleach 2022 anime season has not yet been announced. Not has the voice cast been announced.

However, the studio project produced the original 16 seasons. Since they’re well-known for producing long-running anime series like the Black Clover anime, the studio may return to produce Bleach’s new season. the Bleach season 17 opening theme song music and end have not yet been announced.

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In March 2020, during Bleach’s 20th-anniversary project, Weekly Shonen Jump Issue 17 revealed that ‘Bleach; season 17 is officially in the works and will adapt the ‘Thousand-Year Blood War Arc’ from the manga series, which is also its conclusive arc. Fans were in frenzy! They have been waiting for this news for so long, and currently, it’s finally coming true. The upcoming season will be uncensored, meaning fans can expect an uninhibited amount of violence and action scenes.

According to the reports, Bleach season 17 is confirmed and this will probably be the last and final season of the series. The creators have not officially announced the date except for the year of the premiere. Shonen Jump had tweeted a year ago about it. The pandemic has hit the production timelines, due to which there might be slight delays.

The exact release date is yet to be announced. However, the production of a Bleach 2022 sequel has been announced. Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information. In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when the Bleach 2022 premiere date will occur in the future.

Considering the timing of the announcement the Bleach 2022 anime may be coming out in Spring or Summer 2022.

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 Wanderreich which translated to Invisible Empire launched its attack against the Soul Society. The Wanderreich 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. Wanderreich 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 Wanderreich 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 Wanderreich 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?

Bleach Episode 367 will start on a great war that envelops all of Soul Society and concerns the Soul Palace itself. Meanwhile, Ichigo is nowhere to be found.

Now chaos arrives, The Quincy Society, which was believed to be dead for 1000 years, is actually alive. Ishida is not the last Quincy! It is the return of Yhwach: he is the first Quincy!, the emperor of Wandenreich, and surprisingly, the son of the Soul King!

Ichigo is Quincy too, via his mother. He is a direct descendent of Yhwach. As Seiretei breaks down into total war, Ichigo returns to battle. But this time, the opposing forces are a little too tough. Yhwach is the almighty, the man who absorbs the soul king. Can Ichigo manage to solve the crisis? Watch Bleach Season 17 to find out.

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The two main Bleach characters for this story are named Noel Nihashi and Spangle Ninii. They will be voiced by Japanese voice actors Yuina Yamada and Asami Tano, respectively. The cast included are-

bleach season 17: Characters
  • Actress Matsuoka Yuki or Masakazu Morita might return as Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Marsuoka Yuki might also be playing Orihime Kurosaki!
  • Orikasa Fumiko will be playing Rukia
  • Itou Kentarou will be acting as Renji

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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 finale 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. The creators are adapting the final manga arc that comes directly 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. Wandernreich War is declared between the Quincy and the Shinigami. The period of the disappearance of Ichigo Hollow is explained by the rigged training he undergoes to fight against Wandernreich and save the Soul Society. The finale should answer all the abrupt questions the last chapters left.


According to recent news on various anime social media handles, new spoilers have suggested that Bleach is returning as anime. Not only that but makers Tite Kubo’s current work Burn the Witches is also getting serialized this month. The report states that the Thousand Year Blood War Arc will be animated and released in mid or late 2022.

Yes, you read it right, Bleach is officially coming back solely on fans, demands. The official announcement by Shonen Jump didn’t talk about the global release or whether there will be sub, dub, or simul dub, any streaming partners. The final season will start with Chapter 480 and will be a huge one with nearly 20 volumes of content.

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No, there is no official trailer at this time & No official announcement has been made even regarding the making of the movie so it will take more time. We may expect a trailer hopefully by early 2022. On the 20th anniversary of the release of the anime, the artists and Bleach studio have released a trailer of Bleach’s’ Thousand-Year Blood War’ Arc. The trailer is set to feature the final arc of the series.

Bleach Season 17 Thousand-Year Blood Arc release on Netflix confirmed. The English Dub of “Bleach” is available on the website of its official licensor Viz Media and also on Netflix, Amazo Prime Video, and Crunchyroll. Bleach season 16 English Dub is currently streaming Hulu, & Netflix. Once Bleach Season 17 Episode 1 gets released, fans might be able to see the series on Funimation & Crunchyroll.

It can be safely assumed, looking at the past, Thousand-Year Blood War Arc English dub will come since the last dubs were incredibly popular. It’d be weird if it didn’t return. Though it will most likely start coming out after the Japanese version that can mean waiting a pretty long time. Till then Japanese version or Bleach Season 17 English sub should work.

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Diya Gupta
Diya Gupta is a student with her new profound love for anime and manga. She takes her readers along as she explores the most fun anime and manga out there. She loves to write and paint in her past time.

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