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Novel follow up to Bleach scheduled for Summer 2020

While the manga and anime series for Tite Kubo’s Bleach ended rather hastily, there is some good news. There’s an official novel which continues after the series conclusion, but it was only available in Japan.

Viz Media revealed they have acquired the rights to Can’t Fear Your Own World at New York Comic Con 2019 earlier in October. This novelisation is scheduled to hit bookstore shelves in the summer of 2020 in North America.

A tweet posted to Viz Media’s Twitter account shows the cover artwork for volume one of Can’t Fear Your Own World. Written by Ryohogo Narita with artwork by Tite Kubo, the story is based around Shuhei Hisagi, the sub-lieutenant of the ninth division in the Soul Society.

Can’t Fear Your Own World was published in Japan over three volumes since 2016.

Sources: Comicbook.com, Twitter

Live-action Bleach movie coming to Netflix Sept 14, 2018

Tite Kubo’s Bleach has joined the ranks of other popular anime and manga receiving live-action feature films. Fans living outside of Japan can catch the live Bleach movie on Netflix later this month.

Identified as a Netflix Original title, Bleach revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki (portrayed by Sota Fukushi), a teenager pressed into service as an emergency soul reaper. In addition to guiding spirits through to the underworld, Ichigo uses his newfound powers to protect those in the living world from malevolent spectres known as Hollows. Directed by Shinsuke Sato, the film was released in Japan on July 20th, 2018.

Bleach becomes available on the Netflix streaming service Friday, September 14th, 2018.

Sources: Vulture, CB, Warner Bros.

Bleach volume 74

<em>Bleach</em> volume 74
Bleach volume 74

It’s been a long journey for Ichigo Kurosaki, from that fateful day he became a soul reaper, with the manga series coming to a close. Volume 74 of Bleach, the last chapters, are coming this fall.

It’s the final fight, the last stand between the Soul Reapers and Quincies as Ichigo heads into battle against Yhwach. Can Ichigo and the rest of Soul Reapers stand up to enormous and endless power of the leader of the Quincies?

The last volume of Bleach, number 74, will hit store shelves in North America on October 2nd, 2018.

Uniqlo to release t-shirt collaboration with Weekly Shonen Jump

As part of Weekly Shonen Jump’s 50th anniversary, Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo has unveiled a line up of t-shirts to celebrate this milestone.

Tops will feature artwork from popular manga including Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Dragon Ball, Haikyuu!!Gintama, and Hunter x Hunter.

UT X Jump 50th

Coming Soon: In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, wear your favourite manga characters with the all new UT x Jump 50th Graphic T-shirt collection! #UT2018 #WearYourWorld

Posted by Uniqlo Canada on Friday, April 6, 2018

These shirts are expected to go on sale later this month.

Uniqlo has in the past run campaigns with Weekly Shonen Jump manga, including Naruto, One Piece and Dragon Ball.

Source: Uniqlo

Final Bleach manga cover unveiled

Bleach volume 74
Reported cover of the Bleach manga volume 74

After a long run, Tite Kubo’s manga series, Bleach, is over. Japan gets volume 74 on November 4th, 2016, but don’t expect it in North America anytime soon — volume 68 comes out in English November 1st, 2016.

Possibly one of the more contentious endings of a manga, the closing chapters of Bleach have riled fans in Japan, with some even going as far as destroying their collections of books and memorabilia.

Sources: Crunchyroll, Twitter

Bleach manga series to end this year

Tite Kubo’s manga series Bleach is coming to a close. The 73rd volume hit Japanese store shelves today, July 4th, 2016.

Highschool student Ichigo Kurosaki unwittingly becomes a part-time soul reaper tasked following his ability to see spirits. Upon rescuing an injured soul reaper, Ichigo’s temporary assignment becomes permanent when the society he is reluctant to join depends on him to save it.

Published in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, Bleach has branched out into an anime, movies, video games and a live musical.

The final volume, numbered 74, has an anticipated release in the fall of 2016.

Source: Natalie

BLEACH The Movie: Hell Verse trailer

The fourth Bleach movie, aptly titled BLEACH The Movie: Hell Verse, is finally coming to North America! After revisiting the final fight between Ichigo Kurosaki and Ulquiorra, Rukia Kuchiki and Renji Abarai drop in on Ichigo unannounced. Masked beings, the Unforgiven, have descended upon Ichigo’s school and it’s soon discovered where they’ve come from: Hell.

Shuren, the head of the Unforgiven, attempts to kidnap Ichigo’s sisters, but succeeds in taking Yuzu Kurosaki. With the aid of one of the spirits, Ichigo, Rukia, Renji and Uryu Ishida depart for Hell to save Yuzu. Descending into Hell, Ichigo finds that his Hollow keeps awakening and threatens to overtake him. The quest to recover his sister exposes the grim background of the Unforgiven and Shuren’s plan to break the gates of Hell wide open – a culmination that would devastate the world of the living.

BLEACH The Movie: Hell Verse will be available on Viz Media’s Neon Alley streaming service on November 25th, 2012 and on DVD December 4th, 2012. The film initially premiered on December 4th, 2010 in Japan.

Toonami launch line-up

If you haven’t already heard, Toonami is making its long awaited return on Cartoon Network beginning Saturday, May 26th, 2012. There had been plenty of feedback from fans pining Toonami’s departure when the programming block went off air in 2008.

According to the Anime News Network, Cartoon Network’s new vice president, Jason DeMarco, confirmed the line-up of shows for Toonami (which actually start on the morning of Sunday, May 27th, 2012).

  • 12:00 am – Bleach
  • 12:30 am – Deadman Wonderland
  • 1:00 am – Casshern Sins
  • 1:30 am – Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
  • 2:00 am – Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG
  • 2:30 am – Cowboy Bebop

DeMarco went on further to say Toonami will not be broadcasting certain series such as Naruto and Dragon Ball Z due to financial limitations and competition from other stations and media companies.

Toonami is also looking to acquire the broadcasting rights for other popular series like One Piece, Gundam Wing, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Fairy Tail, and InuYasha: The Final Act.

Cartoon Network will be examining the ratings to see if Toonami will be a success – a lack of viewers will hamper the programming block’s ability to obtain new shows.

Source: Anime News Network

Longest running anime series

If you thought The Simpsons was the longest running animated television show, take a look at some of the series from Japan. While a lot of the mainstream series such as Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Z seem neverending to those who watch them outside of Japan, there are some shows which eclipse these shows easily. This is a select list of anime shows, with episode counts up to November 6th, 2011 – the original broadcast start and end dates are in parentheses. While Pokémon has an insatiable list of episodes (more than 700), it was difficult to sift through the numerous series and versions available to get an accurate count.

  1. Sazae-san – 6,000+* episodes (October 5th, 1969)
  2. Doraemon – 1,787 episodes (April 2nd, 1979 – March 25th, 2005)
  3. Case Closed/Detective Conan – 635 episodes (January 8th, 1996)
  4. One Piece – 521 episodes (October 20th, 1999)
  5. Bleach – 346 episodes (October 5th, 2004)
  6. Dragon Ball Z – 291 episodes (April 26th, 1989 – January 31st, 1996)
  7. Naruto Shippuden – 235 episodes (February 15th, 2007)
  8. Naruto – 220 episodes (October 3rd, 2002 – February 8th, 2007)
  9. Inazuma Eleven – 127 episodes (October 5th, 2008 – April 27th, 2011)

* Fuji TV’s web site lists 5,620 episodes for Sazae-san which is not up-to-date.

Heroes of Anime Sweepstakes

Viz Media is celebrating 25 years with a contest for our favourite anime heroes. The Heroes of Anime Sweepstakes will award a video game or DVD box set from Naruto or Bleach to a random fan each month. Fans who enter before midnight, September 15th, 2011 will be in the running for a 16GB Apple iPad 2 and a month’s paid subscription of Hulu+ (not sure how that will work for Canadian residents since Hulu isn’t available north of the border) or the grand prize: a trip for two to New York City to catch a special screening of Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds.

Residents of the United States and Canada (excluding Quebec) are eligible to enter on Viz Media’s web site. Check the web site for full contest details and regulations.