Bleach has been in the news for quite some time as we are finally getting a new season in October. It, one of “The Big Three” shonen classic anime along with One Piece and Naruto is making a huge comeback this October as it announces a new anime arc adaptation titled – “Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War”.
This will be the anime’s continuation season after season 16 which was about the Lost Agent Arc. Directed by Noriyuki Abe and produced by TV Tokyo, Dentsu, and Studio Pierrot, season 16 had outstanding visuals. When it ended with ep 366, fans had thought it was the last season that would get animated.
Since the anime ended before the actual manga did, the anime missed out on the final arc, the “Thousand-Year Blood War Arc” which ran from 2012-to 2016. Back in 2020, Fans got an unexpected surprise when it was accidentally leaked through a two-page advertisement from the then-running issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.
What Time Does Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Come Out and Where?
The Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc will premiere with Episode 1, “The Blood Warfare,” on Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 8:30 AM (Pacific Timing). Fans in the U.S. can stream the latest Bleach episodes exclusively on Hulu, while fans elsewhere can watch the TYBW arc on Disney Plus. The new episode will be streamed on both streaming platforms soon after its release in Japan, but the release time will vary by region.
On September 30, Ani-One Asia announced that Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War would be screened in Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Here is the exact release schedule for Bleach TYBW in different regions:
|Pacific Time||8:30 AM PT||Every Monday from October 10th||Hulu|
|Central Time||10:30 AM CT||Every Monday from October 10th||Hulu|
|Eastern Time||11:30 AM ET||Every Monday from October 10th||Hulu|
|British Time||4:30 PM GMT||Every Monday from October 10th||Disney Plus|
|European Time||5:30 PM CEST||Every Monday from October 10th||Disney Plus|
|India Time||9 PM IST||Every Monday from October 10th||Ani-One Asia|
|Philippine Time||11:30 PM PST||Every Monday from October 10th||Ani-One Asia|
|Japan Time||12 AM JST||Every Tuesday from October 11th||Tv Tokyo|
|Australian Time||2 AM ACDT||Every Tuesday from October 11th||Disney Plus|
Bleach: Thousand Year-Blood War Trailer
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War was first released as a trailer in December 2021 by Shueisha and Viz Media. The trailer does show familiar characters, but it does not reveal major plot points for the upcoming season. There is a good chance that another trailer will be released to give us a closer look at the story of the highly-anticipated final season.
Bleach Thousand War Blood Arc Total Episode
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will have 52 episodes, according to its official website. Four split cours will be offered. As a result, each cours should have 13 episodes.
Once the first season is over, the anime will go on a hiatus for around three months. This pattern will be followed by Studio Pierrot after completing each part, so the entire season may be complete by the end of 2023 or the first half of 2024.
Bleach Thousand Year-Blood War Storyline:
Even though we do not wish to spoil the whole arc, for non-manga readers, we will provide you with a basic plot summary so that you can form an idea of what to expect for the comeback of one of the most iconic shonen franchises around.
The Bleach anime ended just after a string of Hollow murders and a line of disappearances from the Rukongai District. During this time, it is revealed that the Quincys and their leader Yhwach are still alive.
Just in case, the word Quincy has departed from your mind and you no longer remember them, Quincy is the order of reishi-controlling human mediums who unlike Soul Society murder Hollows rather than purify them.
The Quincy society was thought to have become extinct thousands of years ago, except for the Ishida family. However, that was far from the truth. They were the ones killing the Hollows. In contrast, the Soul society attempted to purify the Hollows and save them.
It was revealed that the Quincy instead of being dead was led by their founder and son of Soul King, Yhwach who had, in reality, used reishi to hide in the Shadow Area of Seireitei. With their newly gathered power, they called themselves ‘Wandenreich’ (which is German for invisible empire). They eventually conquered Hueco Mundo after Aizen’s defeat. Soon after revealing their presence, the Quincy society declared war on Soul society.
Yhwach’s plan was to destroy Soul society and kill his father, the Soul king. He basically wanted to reshape all of existence into a new empire of his own. Uryu Ishida also joined the Wandenreich to seek revenge against the Soul Society for murdering his mother. He was designated as Yhwach’s successor and heir.
Now, although this sudden attack from a seemingly “extinct” society shocked Soul society at first, they quickly went on the offensive. That’s how the Thousand-year Blood war started.
As the war progresses, everyone in the war discovers new abilities and forms as they fight against each other such as Yoruichi who can turn into a unique cat-human hybrid form known as” Shihoin Gohenge” and Quincy with their fatal final form: Vollstanding. Ichigo and his comrades vow to save Uryu Ishida and all of creation from the evil plans of Wandenreich.
There is so much more to the story but we would like to stop here because you want to experience all these emotions and be surprised, don’t you?
We will also obviously find how well the anime adaptation turns out to be and the careful remarks of fans when the anime adaptation finally airs in October 2022.