Following the rumorsmultiplesources recently confirmed that the Bleach anime is finally returning the adapt Thousand-Year Blood War Arc. A leaked scan from Weekly Shonen Jump issue 17 confirmed that Bleach 20th Anniversary Project will be Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Anime.
The "Bleach" Thousand-Year Blood War arc anime adaptation has also been confirmed. pic.twitter.com/njNP5mYPKM
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As you can see the above leak scan comes with the opening color page from manga. The leak scan also contains message from Author Tite Kubo.
The anime studio haven’t been confirmed yet but studio Pierrot is expected to return to adapt the series. According to Yonkou Productions Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War Arc anime will release in 2021.
The original stage presentation would have had voice actors Masakazu Morita and Ryotaro Okiayu, Weekly Shonen Jump editor-in-chief Hiroyuki Nakano.
The event will also reveal the next project which Kubo is working on.
Weekly Shonen Jump #16 announced that Bleach will have a big news in Weekly Shonen Jump issue 17 which will release on March 22 a day after the “Bleach20th Anniversary Project & Tite Kubo New Work Presentation” will be streamed.
If you are unfamiliar with the series,Bleach is a Shonen battle manga written and drawn by Kubo Tite and published in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump since 2001 and ended in August 2016. Viz Media published the manga in English digitally and in print. Bleach received an anime adaptation in Fall 2004 by Studio Pierrot and ran for 366 episodes covering 54 volumes. The franchise has inspired numerous games, novels, stage plays including one live action.
The story centers around Ichigo Kurosaki an ordinary high schooler—until his family is attacked by a Hollow, a corrupt spirit that seeks to devour human souls. It is then that he meets a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki, who gets injured while protecting Ichigo’s family from the assailant. To save his family, Ichigo accepts Rukia’s offer of taking her powers and becomes a Soul Reaper as a result.
However, as Rukia is unable to regain her powers, Ichigo is given the daunting task of hunting down the Hollows that plague their town. However, he is not alone in his fight, as he is later joined by his friends—classmates Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, and Uryuu Ishida—who each have their own unique abilities. As Ichigo and his comrades get used to their new duties and support each other on and off the battlefield, the young Soul Reaper soon learns that the Hollows are not the only real threat to the human world.