The year 2023 brings joy and excitement to anime enthusiasts worldwide, as some of their most cherished series return to the screen. Titles like Demon Slayer, Jujutsu Kaisen, Attack On Titan, and Bleach are captivating audiences once again with their captivating narratives. Bleach, renowned as one of the all-time classic anime series, made a remarkable comeback in 2022 after a nine-year hiatus. Fans and critics alike were pleasantly surprised by the upgraded animation quality and the action-packed storyline.
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This revival of Bleach focuses on the climactic Thousand-Year Blood War arc, marking the final chapter in the adventures of the Substitute Shinigami, Ichigo Kurosaki. Tite Kubo, the creator, originally intended this arc to be the longest in the Bleach manga. However, due to Kubo’s declining health, it was cut short. The good news is that the entire arc has been adapted into the final season of the anime, spanning 52 episodes distributed across four courses, with each course consisting of 13 episodes.
The first part of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc graced screens on October 11, 2022, and received a warm reception from fans. The eagerly awaited release of the second cour is approaching, generating a fresh wave of excitement among enthusiasts. In this update, we’ll explore the release date, trailer, cast, and everything else we know about Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2. Get ready for more action, intrigue, and soul-reaping adventures in the world of Bleach!
When Is Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 Coming Out?
Mark your calendars, because the official release date for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 was officially unveiled on May 28, 2023. Fans of Ichigo and his comrades can look forward to the epic showdown with the Quincy as they embark on their ultimate battle. The long-awaited date for this thrilling confrontation is set for July 8, 2023. The return of Bleach promises to be an exciting event for anime enthusiasts!
Where Can You Watch Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War?
Anime fans, take note! While Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War was unfortunately removed from Crunchyroll and FUNimation, there’s good news. You can still catch all the action and excitement on Hulu. And for those eagerly awaiting Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2, mark your calendars for the release. It will be available on Hulu in the US from 7:30 AM Pacific/10:30 AM Eastern, and on Disney+ in the UK/Europe from 1:30 PM BST. Anime adventures continue!
Watch the Trailer for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2?
Bleach fans, you’re in for a treat! The official trailer for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 dropped in May 2023, and it’s a must-see. The trailer kicks off with Yhwach, the Quincy leader, declaring Ishida as his heir, setting the stage for an intense battle. As the video unfolds, you’ll witness both sides gearing up for the ultimate showdown, with Ichigo wielding his new dual Zanpakutō. Get ready for an epic clash between the Shinigami and the Quincy, featuring familiar and new Bleach characters. The surviving captains, despite their losses, engage in fierce combat against the Sternritter. And for the grand finale, the trailer teases the long-awaited face-off between Ichigo and Ishida. The excitement is building!
Who’s In the Voice Cast of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War?
Get ready for an epic showdown in Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War! All your favorite characters from previous arcs are joining forces for one final battle. With an impressive cast of voice actors, including Masakazu Morita and Johnny Yong Bosch, this is a showdown you won’t want to miss. Prepare for thrilling performances from Takayuki Sugô and Richard Epcar, Ryûsei Nakao and Terrence Stone, Hideo Ishikawa and Aleks Le, Binbin Takaoka and Neil Kaplan, Akio Ôtsuka and Steve Kramer, Yûichirô Umehara and Robbie Daymond, Yuki Matsuoka and Stephanie Sheh, Shin’ichirô Miki and Doug Erholtz, Kentarô Itô and Wally Wingert, Noriaki Sugiyama and Derek Stephen Prince, Hiroki Yasumoto and Alain Mesa, and Fumiko Orikasa and Michelle Ruff. Don’t miss out on the excitement!
What Happened In Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 1 (And What’s the Story of Part 2)?
It’s been a considerable journey for Ichigo Kurosaki, the high school student from Karakura Town who became a Substitute Shinigami. Starting with his fateful encounter with Kuchiki Rukia, Ichigo has faced a multitude of challenges, battling Hollows, other Shinigami, Bounts (Vampires), Arrancars, and Fullbringers, each with their unique abilities. His pivotal moment came when he saved the Soul Society by defeating Sōsuke Aizen at the end of the Arrancar arc, although it came at the cost of losing his own powers. Fortunately, he regains them later in the Fullbringer storyline, a few months before the Thousand-Year Blood War saga.
During the first arc of Bleach, Uryū Ishida hinted at a devastating war between the Shinigami and the Quincy clan, where the Quincy were almost entirely wiped out two centuries ago. This historical conflict resurfaces in the TYBW arc as the remaining Quincy, now led by their awakened King, Yhwach, launch an all-out war against the Soul Society.
Yhwach is an immensely powerful being, capable of bestowing unique abilities on his followers, earning him the title of a God King. He was defeated a thousand years ago by Captain Genryusai Yamamoto and his Lieutenant, Chōjirō Sasakibe, leading to his long slumber. Upon awakening, Yhwach and the Quincy wage a brutal attack, utilizing devices to steal Bankai, the Shinigami’s ultimate offensive power. This leads to the deaths of many, including Head Captain Yamamoto, and the theft of Bankai from several powerful captains.
The Quincy eventually retreat after Yamamoto’s demise, leaving the Soul Society in ruins. Towards the conclusion of TYBW Part 1, Ichigo makes significant progress, discovering his true self, finding his genuine Zanpakutō, and reaching another level of his Bankai. On the other side, Uryū Ishida, Ichigo’s old friend and rival, has aligned himself as Yhwach’s successor, setting the stage for their inevitable confrontation in Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2. The battle ahead promises to be nothing short of epic.