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.

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 scan also confirms that Tite Kubo’s one-shot “Burn the Witch” will anime adaptation by Studio Colorido the same Studio behind 2018’s Penguin Highway and Pokemon web series Pokemon: Twilight Wings and will be directed by Tatsuro Kawano. Format is expected to be in the form OVA and will release in Fall 2020.
Official announcement will be announced during the “Bleach 20th Anniversary Project & Tite Kubo New Work Presentation” will be a live streamed event scheduled for March 21 9:45 JST (March 20 at 8:45 p.m. ET). The event was supposed to be presented during AnimeJapan 2020 but was cancelled due to COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.
The event will be live steamed in Japanese on Jump Channel and in English on Shonen Jump YouTube channel.
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.
About Bleach

Bleach Volume 1 Cover Art
Bleach Volume 1 Cover Art

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.

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