After almost a decade of waiting, Bleach anime is finally giving fans a proper ending. Bleach Season 17 is coming out this year! Bleach season 17 is one of the most popular manga anime shows.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a hot-headed Japanese teenager who has been the hero of many anime series. The series began on October 5, 2004, and aired approximately 19 episodes. The series’ final episode aired on March 27, 2012, with a total of 366 episodes.
When Tite Kubo, the creator of Bleach, revealed future plans during the manga’s 20th anniversary last year, everything began to float in the air. He also revealed that an OVA will follow, titled after the one-shot manga and a museum in tribute to the series.
Knowing that the anime series will be returning for one last time, we couldn’t even be more excited. So, let’s get right into the information and find out everything there is to know about season 17 bleach.
Bleach Season 17 Announcement & Release Date
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.
The upcoming season will be uncensored, meaning fans can expect an uninhibited amount of violence and action scenes. Bleach Season 17 might make a debut in the very first days of October 2022.
It is again an impatient wait of a few more months when we see Ichigo Kurosaki and his companions in action again. The release date was confirmed during the Shueisha’s Jump Festa ’22 through a new promotional video.
Bleach Season 17 Cast & Characters
We expect to hear some new voices when the season finally hits the screen. Also, a lot of characters die in this arc, so expect to hear some of the voices for the last time. We still don’t know who will return or not.
But we predict that Masakazu Morita (Ichigo Kurosaki), Fumiko Orikasa (Rukia Kuchiki), and Ryotaro Okiayu (Byakuya Kuchiki) will reprise their roles, since they all appeared during the presentation of the 20th Anniversary Project back in March 2020.
The official cast members, including some new characters that are going to have their debut in Season 17, were revealed in December 2021, as part of Jump Fest‘s presentation. The currently known cast members are:
- Uryū Ishida voiced by Noriaki Sugiyama
- Orihime Inoue voiced by Yuki Matsuoka
- Yasutora Sado voiced by Hiroki Yasumoto
- Renji Abarai voiced by Kentaro Ito
- Kisuke Urahara voiced by Shinichiro Miki
- Yoruichi Shihōin voiced by Satsuki Yukino
- Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto voiced by Binbin Takaoka
- Soi Fon voiced by Houko Kuwashima
- Rōjūrō Ōtoribashi voiced by Shouto Kashii
Bleach Season 17 Expected Plot (SPOILER)
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?
Bleach Season 17 Trailer
On the 20th anniversary of the anime, the creators also announced an OVA episode titled Burn The Witch. A PV of the anniversary was also released. Check it out. Bleach Season 17 trailer is likely to be released a month before the premiere of the season.
Sales & Merchandise
The 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.
How Many Episodes Will Bleach Season 17 Have?
The Bleach new season 17 is expected to contain between 60/80 episodes, as it must cover 100 chapters of the manga in the concluding season. Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War arc is expected to feature multiple installments.
Bleach anime Season 17 has been confirmed to follow up where the series left off in 2012. The producers are adapting the manga’s final arc, which comes the Fullbring arc.
Bleach Season 17 Rating & Reviews
If you’ve never seen the series before and are curious about its plot, I can guarantee you that it’s good! 8.1/10 is an IMDb Rating, and in MyAnimeList, the show has a 7.71 critics score. If you’re still undecided about seeing it, have a look at what others had to say about it after you.
Bleach is one of my favorite anime series, and I hope you enjoy it as well. The characters, the scenery, the swordfights, and the overall plot were all amazing. There is a great deal to be invested in here. the characters are unique, and the plot is fascinating, there is also a great deal of suspense and surprises along the way.
Where to Watch Bleach Season 17?
FUNIMATION has a streaming version of this series available. You have to have a NETFLIX or HULU subscription to watch all previous seasons. But there are many sites available on the internet where you can watch for free.