Bleach Anime Begins 20th Anniversary Project!

Popular anime Bleach has kicked off its 20th anniversary project!

The anime first aired on October 5, 2004. During its 20th anniversary year, fans can look forward to not only the third cour of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc, but also special exhibits and merch at Bleach the Locus of Brave, an event that will be held at Yokohama Landmark Tower from April 26 to May 26.

Another part of the celebrations is the upcoming release of a music video for the first cour's ending theme song, "Reaper" by SennaRin. The video will premiere at AnimeJapan 2024 on March 23.

This is the second theme song to receive a special music video, following Tatsuya Kitani's "Eien."

Based on the final arc of Tite Kubo's original manga, Thousand-Year Blood War will see a resolution to the mystery behind protagonist Ichigo's roots, set against the background of the historic Shinigami and Quincy conflict.

The first cour premiered on October 11, 2022, and ended on December 27 with a one-hour special combining episodes 12 and 13. The second cour aired from July 8 to September 30, 2023.

In addition to the original cast members, numerous staff members have returned for the new arc, including Tomohisa Taguchi as director, Kudo Masashi for character design, Shiro Sagisu for music, and Studio Pierrot for animation.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War's third cour will air sometime this year.

©Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV Tokyo, dentsu, Pierrot
Adapted with permission from Anime!Anime!


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