ORICON News Japan has reported that the new cast members for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War includes very popular voice actors. As such, they are part of other anime series as well. Their recording schedules with the other anime series they were part of got affected because of their involvement with Bleach.
Noriaki Sugiyama, the voice actor for Uryū Ishida, has stated that there is an existing list of the voice actors’ frequency of appearance in the series. The largest number is 80 people recording in a day. The other anime series’ production team are unable to get ahold of the cast members because of this.
Masakazu Morita and Fumiko Orikasa, the voices for Ichigo Kurasaki and Rukia Kuchiki respectively, agreed with Sugiyama’s statement. Morita even shared an experience that his manager complained about the busy schedule. Morita could only apologize.
Bleach tells a story about Ichigo Kurasaki, who was just living an ordinary high school life until his family got attacked by a man-eating corrupt spirit. This spirit is called a Hollow. A female god of death or a Shinigami named Rukia Kuchiki protected them – getting injured in the process. Ichigo expressed the desire to protect his friends and family from the Hollows, so Rukia offered her Shinigami powers. Ichigo accepted this. Together, he and Rukia embarked on a journey hunting down Hollows and investigating the mysteries of the spirit world. Ichigo was eventually joined by his friends: Uryū Ishida, Yasutora Sado, andd Orihime Inoue. Rukia, however, got in trouble with the Shinigami world as the transferring of her powers was illegal.
Bleach first aired as a TV anime in 2004 in TV Tokyo that ended in 2012. VIZ Media acquired the rights to broadcast the anime in other territories starting in 2006. It has 16 seasons and 366 episodes in total, with the 17th season coming soon in October 10, 2022. Pierrot Studio serve as its animation producer.
Bleach started as a manga in 2001, and was serialized in the Weekly Shounen Jump until 2016. Tite Kubo is the author and illustrator of the series. It was published into English by VIZ Media in 2011. The manga has a total of 74 volumes.