BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War air date, OP/ED songs reportedly leaked, NYCC to screen Sennen Kessen-hen Ep 1

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War key visual
Key visual for the TV anime BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War. 1000 people are pre-screening live viewing event. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

October is right around the corner, and @AniNewsAndFacts on Twitter posted an unconfirmed air date for BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War! In addition, @WSJ_manga on Twitter leaked the opening and ending songs.

Neither of these rumors has been corroborated by official sources fo far, so keep an eye on the developments!

The Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War release date has been confirmed to be in October 2022, the Fall 2022 anime season.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War key visual
Key visual for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. Pic credit: @natalie.mu

Unfortunately, the big question regarding whether BLEACH: Sennen Kessen-hen will be simulcast is still unknown. However, New York Comic Con (NYCC) on Twitter did post that attendees will see the first episode, along with a special message from Tite Kubo before the simulcast.

The screening will take place during the NYCC event on October 8, 2022.

READ: Bleach Disney Plus streaming deal: What it means for uncensored blood, weekly episode release schedule

BLEACH: Sennen Kessen-hen — What has been confirmed?

Pretty much everything regarding the TV anime premiere date is still unconfirmed, except that BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War Episode 1 will be screened during the NYCC event on October 8, 2022., which was announced a while back.

Reportedly, the opening song is “Scar” by Kitani Tatsuya, and the ED song is “Saihaite” by SennaRin. In addition, Tatsuya created a new song for the BLEACH exhibition in Japan.

SennaRin created the theme song for the Legend of the Galactic Heroes.

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Tokyo will have an advanced screening of the first two episodes of BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War on September 11, 2022.

Aniplex Online Fest 2022 will have a BLEACH panel on September 24, so hopefully, fans will get that remaining answer: when can we watch it outside of Japan?

What Bleach means to me

BLEACH was my introduction to Tite Kubo, which is still one of my favorite anime and manga. I have Tite Kubo’s Zombie Power manga, and I’m still trying to collect the rest of the Bleach manga.

The music is gold, the fighting is incredible, the humor rarely fails to make me laugh, and my heart has been ripped out of my chest too many times! I live and breathe the movies.

Especially, BLEACH: Fade to Black and BLEACH: Hell Verse! I’ll watch these two back to back whenever I can, and I don’t care that some of the plot points in Hell Verse have been done in the main series.

Speaking of, I hated how they broke up the Arrancar arc. It’s bad enough when TV stations show the episodes up to a certain point and then toss you back to episode one when you’re getting to the good part.

But to break up an arc and insert a completely new one, with the characters in a different area and dealing with new enemies is a pain! I loved some of the anime-only arcs, and I understand why they exist, but I don’t want my fights to be interrupted.

The Zanpakuto Rebellion arc is my favorite, and I’d love to see more of the Zanpakuto. And in a way, I will.

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Even long-term anime-only fans should notice something important between the visuals of Thousand-Year Blood War and the rest of the BLEACH series. If you haven’t already, you’ll have to rewatch the anime or read the manga!

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