Will 'Bleach's' Thousand-Year Blood War Arc Get an Anime Adaptation?

Bleach celebrated its 20th anniversary at Shueisha's "Jump Festa" 2022 event on Saturday, December 18.

The virtual event marked two decades since manga artist Tite Kubo first created the series, which ended in 2016 with 74 volumes in total, by confirming that the story's final arc would finally be adapted for the small screen.

The iconic franchise was adapted into an anime series which ran from 2004 to 2012, with the show ending before the manga's "Thousand-Year Blood War" arc was released.

Here is everything you need to know about the anime adaptation new season.

How to Watch 'Bleach's' Anime Adaptation of the 'Thousand-Year Blood War' Arc

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"Bleach's" final manga arc the "Thousand-Year Blood War" is going to be adapted into an anime series, which will be released in October 2022. ©Tite Kubo/Shueisha, TV TOKYO, dentsu, Pierrot

During the announcement it was confirmed that VIZ Media had landed the rights to the continuation of Bleach's anime series.

In a landmark deal, the company have garnered worldwide rights to the anime, excluding Asia, and this means they have the rights to video on demand, home video, electronic sell-through, television, and merchandise.

Of the deal, Brad Woods, chief marketing officer of VIZ Media, said in a statement: "Through his visual genius, Tite Kubo has had an indelible impact on the fandom world and the course of manga and anime history.

"He is also a supremely gifted and accomplished storyteller, and it is a great honor for VIZ Media to acquire this final arc in his legendary catalogue Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, for fans everywhere."

To celebrate the show's return, Viz Media also announced they will release a limited-time special offer that will allow fans to buy the complete English dubbed series of Bleach for $99 in the U.S. in February 2022.

VIZ Media have not yet confirmed where the anime's final arc will be available to watch, but all 15 seasons of the original series run are currently available to stream on Crunchyroll.

When Will 'Bleach's' Anime Adaptation of the 'Thousand-Year Blood War' Arc Be Released?

Following the announcement the anime would resume after an almost 10-year absence, it was revealed the "Thousand-Year Blood War" arc would begin airing in October 2022.

The final episode of the anime's original run, episode 366, was first released in March 2012 in Japan, so this means the anime will return over a decade after it first ended.

A trailer for Bleach's final arc was released during the "Jump Festa" event, and it showed a new, updated look for Ichigo Kurosaki and his fellow Soul Reapers.

It also teased how Ichigo and the Soul Society will go up against Yhwach, the father of all Quincies, and the Wandenreich.

A new full-length trailer for the series' return was shared at Anime Expo on Saturday, July 2, 2022, which gave fans a closer look at the Stern Ritter, the villains that go head-to-head with Ichigo and the Soul Reapers.

New art of the 13 Court Guard Squads was also revealed at the panel, which included English voice actors Michelle Ruff (who plays Rukia Kikuchi) and Dan Woren (who plays Byakuya Kikuchi).

Creator Kubo shared a special video message for Bleach fans during the panel in which he discussed his excitement for the anime adaptation of the manga's final arc, which he began working on when the show first started.

For a limited time from July 5 to July 7, the English-dubbed version of the complete series of Bleach will be available to purchase together as one product for $99 in the U.S. and the sale will be available on Apple TV, Microsoft and VUDU.

07/04/2022 11:11 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include new information shared about "Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War" at Anime Expo.