Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War reveals early premiere of 2 episodes for 1,000 fans

Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War official anime poster
Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War official anime poster. Pic credit: Studio Pierrot

One of the many massive franchises making a comeback for new episodes as part of the crammed Fall 2022 anime calendar is Bleach, with the Thousand-Year Blood War story. The anime has revealed that a few lucky fans will be able to experience a special premiere event for the series before its official launch!

Since Tite Kubo’s original manga series recently celebrated the 21st anniversary of its initial publication in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, all eyes have been focused on the anime adaptation, which is getting ready to premiere this Fall after spending the last few years in production. Waiting is becoming more difficult for fans, though.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War early premiere

The official Twitter account for the series revealed that a few lucky fans in Japan would be able to attend a special premiere occasion for the series on September 11th, 2022.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has also confirmed that new episodes will be released globally later in October 2022. One thousand fans will get the opportunity to watch the first two episodes of the new Bleach anime early and hear new messages from the actors, both new and old, as part of this contest. Unfortunately, it appears that only fans in Japan will be able to see this early premiere.

Although it will debut in October as part of the fiercely competitive Fall 2022 anime schedule, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War has not yet announced a specific date for the release of its new episodes.

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Viz Media has licensed the new anime for an English-language release. Still, they have not yet confirmed its plans for international streaming or whether it will include an English dub (let alone potentially bring back the cast from the original series). On the other hand, the original Japanese cast and crew have all rejoined for the new production.

The Bleach Epic’s next step

Many of the voice actors from the first Bleach anime have already been confirmed to return in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, including Masakazu Morita (Tiger & Bunny), Kentaro Ito (Blue Exorcist), and Fumiko Orikasa (Ascendance of a Bookworm) as Ichigo, Renji, and Rukia respectively.

Recently, several additional cast members were revealed, most notably Daiki Yamashita (Don’t Toy with Me, Miss Nagatoro) and Asami Seto (The Rising of the Shield Hero), who play Ryunosuke Yuki and Shino Madarame, respectively. Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba), Koichi Yamadera (Lupin the Third Part Six), and Hideyuki Tanaka (One Piece) are three additional seasoned performers who have joined the cast of Thousand-Year Blood War.

Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump first published mangaka Tite Kubo’s Bleach series in August 2001; the final chapter appeared in August 2016. Ichigo, a juvenile delinquent who gets the abilities of a Soul Reaper, battles to stop evil creatures known as Hollows from consuming innocent souls in the plot. With more than 130 million copies in print, Bleach is one of the most popular manga series ever, ranking alongside Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece and Masashi Kishimoto’s Naruto.

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