Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War release slate and voice cast confirmed

Thousand Year Blood War release slate and voice cast confirmed

The release window and production staff for the new Bleach anime, Thousand-Year Blood War, have just been confirmed in a new trailer.

When talking about the biggest and most iconic anime of all time, you will likely have to at least include a mention of Bleach.

However, the infamous franchise has been notably absent from our screens for a number of years, with season 16 concluding domestically in Japan back in March 2012.

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The good news is that another Bleach anime is in the works, with a new teaser trailer confirming the release slate and preview caption for “Thousand Year Blood War” – here’s everything that fans need to know.

A new chapter in the Bleach anime legacy

In March 2020, it was revealed that Bleach’s next manga arc, titled ‘Thousand-Year Blood War’, would be getting an anime adaptation.

Then, in November 2021, Crunchyroll reported that the hit franchise would be making an appearance at the then-upcoming Jump Festa 2022 event in Japan – driving speculation that Bleach’s return in the Thousand Year Blood War was on the horizon.

Thankfully, on Day One of the Jump Festa 2022 celebrations in December, the first trailer for the new anime arc was shared online – see below.

Per Aniplex Japan, translated via DeepL, The Thousand Year Blood War will focus on “Ichigo Kurosaki, who became an “Acting Shinigami” after acquiring the power of a Shinigami through a chance encounter, is caught up in the upheaval of the Soul Society, a place where the souls of those who have died in this world gather, and has grown up together with his friends through fierce battles.”

“Then something strange happens in Karakura-cho, where Ichigo lives. A new Shinigami and a new enemy appear. And there are voices calling for help. Ichigo picks up his zanpakuto again and sets off for the battlefield. Meanwhile, in the Corpse Realm, the sudden and continuous disappearance of hollows in this world is observed, and the residents of Ryutonmachi, where the souls that have been led here live, disappear.” – Thousand Year Blood War preview, via Aniplex YouTube.

“The identity of the bandit army is that of the Unseen Reich, led by the founder of the Quincy, Juhabach. The “Unseen Empire” declares war on the Shinigami. Five days later, the mortal world is annihilated by the “Unseen Empire”. For a thousand years, the Shinigami have carried the fate of the dead on their shoulders. Their karma and hidden truths are finally unraveled. Everything comes to an end. Ichigo Kurosaki’s final battle begins.” – Thousand Year Blood War preview, via Aniplex YouTube.

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War release window confirmed

As confirmed alongside the PV trailer shared at AnimeJapan, the Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War anime adaptation will release on the next Fall broadcast slate, set for October 2022.

A specific launch date was sadly not revealed, but fans should expect the anime to premiere in the first two weeks of October 2022. Although the first two episodes are set to release for advanced screening in September; more information is expected to be shared then.

Similarly, the number of episodes in the new anime arc was not revealed; previous seasons have been anywhere between 16 and 51 episodes, barring season 11 which consisted of only seven episodes.

Per Anime News Network, author Tite Kubo also added a personal to a recent livestream at AnimeExpo, “in which he said fans can expect modern contemporary coloring and a new and refreshing viewing experience with the new anime.”

“He added he is closely involved with all aspects of the anime. Kubo also acknowledged that the anime thus far has omitted some scenes from the manga, but he wants to add them back in if possible.” – Tite Kubo, via ANN.

Whilst currently being publicly unconfirmed, fans can expect Crunchyroll to be the international streaming partner for Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War, with the platform currently having all 15 seasons in their library.

Who are the production staff and voice cast?

The Thousand-Year Blood War anime arc for Bleach will be directed by Tomohisa Taguchi, a veteran of the anime industry, working previously on the Persona 5 and Kino’s Journey franchises.

In charge of character design is Masashi Kudo and Shiro Sagisu will be leading the music composition, with Michio Hasegawa, Sey Komatsubara and Kumiko Takayanagi as chief animation directors.

As with previous seasons of Bleach, the series will be animated by Studio Pierrot (Black Clover, Boruto: Naruto Net Generations, Tokyo Ghoul and Kingdom).

The full voice cast list was also revealed via the official Bleach anime website:

  • Ichigo Kurosaki – Masakazu Morita
  • Rukia Kuchiki – Fumiko Orikasa
  • Uryu Ishida -Noriaki Sugiyama
  • Orihime Inoue -Yuki Matsuoka
  • Yasutora Sado -Hiroki Yasumoto
  • Renji Abarai -Kentaro Ito
  • Kisuke Urahara -Shinichiro Miki
  • Yoruichi Shihouin -Satsuki Yukino
  • Genryusai Yamamoto Shigekuni -Binbin Takaoka
  • Soifon -Noriko Kuwashima
  • Rojuro Hobashi -Shoto Kashii
  • Retsu Unohana -Aya Hisakawa
  • Shinji Hirako -Masaya Onosaka
  • Byakuya Kuchiki -Ryotaro Okiayu
  • Komamura left team -Toru Inada
  • Shunsui Kyoraku -Akio Otsuka
  • Kensei Muguruma -Tomokazu Sugita
  • Toushirou Hitsugaya -Romi Park
  • Kenpachi Zaraki -Fumihiko Tachiki
  • Mayuri Kurotsuchi -Ryusei Nakao
  • Ukitake Jushiro -Hideo Ishikawa
  • Ichibei Hyousou -Naomi Kusumi
  • Futatsuya Oetsu -Ueda Yoji
  • Kirinji Tenjiro -Tomoyuki Shimura
  • Shutara Sentemaru -Rina Sato
  • Kiryu Hikifune -Ayumi Tsunematsu
  • Euhabach -Takayuki Sugou
  • Eugram Hashwald -Yuichiro Umehara
  • Askin Knucklevar -Shunsuke Takeuchi
  • Bambietta Buster Vine -Ayana Taketatsu
  • Busby -Tomoki Ono
  • Candice Catnip -Yumi Uchiyama
  • Gremy Tomu -Natsuki Hanae
  • Lille Barro -Satoshi Hino
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