The television anime Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War will simulcast on Hulu and Disney + starting on October 10 at 11:30 a.m., according to a Viz Media announcement made on Monday.
The anime will run for four cours (quarter of a year) with breaks in-between. The program will debut on TV Tokyo and its affiliates on October 10 at 00:00 (effectively, October 11 at 00:00) and stream on more than 20 services in Japan, including Hulu and Disney+.
The North American premiere will be held by Viz Media on October 8 at New York Comic Con and the premiere event will take place before a “simulcast” stream of the anime, according to NYCC.
The anime will cover the remainder of the original manga by Tite Kubo until its ending.
The animation will now be directed by Tomohisa Taguchi (Twin Star Exorcists, Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World, Akudama Drive) at Studio Pierrot in place of Noriyuki Abe. Shiro Sagisu is back to write the music, and Masashi Kudo is back as the character designer.
The opening theme song, “Scar,” is performed by Tatsuya Kitani, who also sang the image songs for the “Bleach Ex” exhibition, while the closing theme, “Saihate,” is sung by SennaRin (The Farthest Reaches).
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The manga’s concluding storyline, The Thousand Year Blood War, spans volumes 55 to 74.
In August 2016, Kubo put an end to Bleach, which he had started in 2001 in Weekly Shonen Jump. While Shueisha continued to release new chapters in Japan, Viz Media released the manga in North America in digital form in English. The manga was printed as well by Viz Media. There are 130 million copies of the manga in use.
A 366-episode television anime series based on the manga ran from 2004 to 2012. The anime’s television and home video rights were acquired by Viz Media in 2006. The series debuted with an English version in Adult Swim on Cartoon Network that same year, and all of the episodes were eventually broadcast by 2014. Crunchyroll and Tubi TV are no longer streaming the original series, but Hulu is streaming the series.
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