The Bleach TV anime returned for its final outing last night on Japanese TV for the Thousand-Year Blood War, finally resuming the series after a 10-year break. During the broadcast, a special video was used as the ending credits looking back at all the big battles in Bleach so far set to “Rapport” by Kitani Tatsuya, which was used as the theme for the BLEACH 20th Anniversary & Original Art Exhibition BLEACH EX announcement video.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War began on TV Tokyo on October 10 at 24:00, which is effectively 12 AM on October 11, with Viz Media confirming that the series will stream the same day through Hulu in the United States and Disney+ around the world. The Thousand-Year Blood War is described as such:
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… 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!
Daryl Harding is a Senior Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram.