When asked about what he is excited about in the second cour of the anime and what he wants the audience to pay attention to, Kubo stated that there will be a battle in the anime that is not in the manga. He had wanted to include the fight in the original work however, the production staff asked him if he wanted to include it in the anime and he agreed.
Kubo didn’t reveal which characters will be involved in the fight. He said that he didn’t illustrate the whole scene in detail, panel by panel but he drew them on about five or six sheets of paper, “moving like this, changing like this, fighting like this”, and so on.
The author expressed that the battle will leave a good impression on the fans.
The anime’s original fight scene is consistent with what Kubo stated in an earlier interview, in which he stated that his goal was to include the battle scenes in the anime that were not included in the manga.
The second cour of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War will air in July 2023. The first part of the anime started in Japan on October 10, 2022, and ended last December 26, 2022, with a one-hour special episode combining episodes 12 and 13.
VIZ Media describes the plot Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War as follows:
Was it all just a coincidence, or was it inevitable?
Ichigo Kurosaki gained the powers of a Soul Reaper through a chance encounter. As a Substitute Soul Reaper, Ichigo became caught in the turmoil of the Soul Society, a place where deceased souls gather. But with help from his friends, Ichigo overcame every challenge to become even stronger.
When new Soul Reapers and a new enemy appear in his hometown of Karakura, Ichigo jumps back into the battlefield with his Zanpakuto to help those in need. Meanwhile, the Soul Society is observing a sudden surge in the number of Hollows being destroyed in the World of the Living. They also receive separate reports of residents in the Rukon District having gone missing. Finally, the Seireitei, home of the Soul Reapers, comes under attack by a group calling themselves the Wandenreich.
Led by Yhwach, the father of all Quincies, the Wandenreich declare war against the Soul Reapers with the following message: “Five days from now, the Soul Society will be annihilated by the Wandenreich.”
The history and truth kept hidden by the Soul Reapers for a thousand long years is finally brought to light.
All things must come to an end—as Ichigo Kurosaki’s final battle begins!