Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War

New Bleach anime to air in October 2022; cast revealed

Bleach is back! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tite Kubo’s manga, a teaser announcing an anime adaptation of the Thousand-Year Blood War story arc was released during the annual Jump Festa event in Chiba, Japan.

Viz Media, which holds the license for Bleach in North America, uploaded the video to their YouTube channel earlier today.

The Thousand-Year Blood War animates the gripping end to Bleach, with the Soul Society under siege by Yhwach, the forebear of the Quincies, as he attempts to eradicate all Soul Reapers.

Staff who worked on the original anime run have returned, including character designer Masashi Kudo and composer Shiro Sagisu. Tomohisa Tagushi is directing this new series with animation by Studio Pierrot.

Also revealed was the lengthy Japanese voice cast:

  • Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kuchiki
  • Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryu Ishida
  • Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado
  • Kentaro Ito as Renji Abarai
  • Shin-ichiro Miki as Kisuke Urahara
  • Satsuki Yukino as Yoruichi Shihoin
  • Binbin Takaoka as Shigekuni Yamamotogenryusai
  • Houko Kuwashima as Sui-Feng
  • Shouto Kashii as Rojuro Ohtoribashi
  • Aya Hisakawa as Retsu Unohana
  • Masaya Onosaka as Shinji Hirako
  • Ryotaro Okiayu as Byakyua Kuchiki
  • Tetsu Inada as Sajin Komamoura
  • Akio Otsuka as Shunsui Kyoraki
  • Tomokazu Sugita as Kensei Muguruma
  • Romi Park as Toshiro Hitsugaya
  • Fumihiko Tachiki as Kenpachi Zaraki
  • Ryusei Nakao as Mayuri Kurotsuchi
  • Hideo Ishikawa as Jushiro Ukitake
  • Naomi Kusumi as Ichibee Hyosube
  • Yoji Ueda as Ouetsu Nimaiya
  • Tomoyuki Shimura as Tenjiro Kirinji
  • Rina Sato as Senjumaru Shutara
  • Ayumi Tsunematsu as Kirio Hikifune
  • Takayuki Sugo as Yhwach
  • Yuuchirou Umehara as Jugram Haschwalth
  • Shunsuke Takeuchi as Askin Nakk Le Vaar
  • Ayana Taketasu as Bambietta Basterbine
  • Yuki Ono as Bazz-B
  • Yumi Uchiyama as Candice Catnipp
  • Natsuki Hanae as Gremmy Thoumeaux
  • Satoshi Hino as Lille Barro

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will begin broadcasting in October 2022.

Bleach was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine and subsequently published in 74 volumes from August 7th, 2001 until its conclusion August 22nd, 2016. The anime had an even shorter run between October 5th, 2004 and March 27th, 2012.

Sources: Viz Media, YouTube

© Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot

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