Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Gets Trailer and Release Date

Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War

Just in time for the holiday season, we officially have a new trailer for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. On December 18, 2021, a new trailer was released during the Shueisha Jump Fest 2022 event. The anime is set to premiere in October 2022. Also revealed in the trailer is the fact that this arc will cover the rest of the Bleach story through the end of the manga.

Finishing the Storyline

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will follow the final arc of the Bleach manga. When the anime ended in 2014, the last arc covered was the Lost Substitute Shinigami arc. This essentially left the anime unfinished. Fans were left disappointed, even as the manga’s conclusion followed in 2016.

The final arc sees main character Ichigo Kurosaki returning to the supernatural landscape. Chaos is unfolding as Hollows start to appear more frequently in the World of the Living. Ichigo and friends, as seen in the trailer, take on new opponents and display new powers.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Confirmed Staff and Cast

For those interested in the finer details, the new trailer also confirmed a number of staff and cast that are working on Bleach. 

Tomohisa Taguchi, known for Twin Star Exorcists and Akudama Drive, will be taking up the mantle of director at Studio Pierrot. Shiro Sagisu and Msashi Kudo will return as music composer and character designer, respectively.

Japanese voice cast members returning include:

  • Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki
  • Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kuchiki
  • Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue
  • Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryū Ishida
  • Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado

The special 20th anniversary manga one-shot, Bleach: No Breaths From Hell, released last August. You can read our review of the one-shot here.

Much more of the original Japanese cast are also returning. So, are you looking forward to the return of Bleach for the first time in 7 years? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter!