BLEACH anime has officially returned in 2022 after over 10 years with its Thousand-Year Blood War arc, and fans are already hyped as the anime is now trending following the release of episode 1 in Japan and Hulu (in the US). There are hundreds of thousands of tweets regarding the franchise, although quite a few of those are about the accidental leak of the episode that occurred yesterday.
To give more information on the leak, the episode was accidentally released a day early on Disney Plus in certain regions (Brazil and New Zealand), leading to an avalanche of posts about it. Disney Plus is meant to be streaming the series outside of the United States, but availability details are still unknown.
Masakazu Morita and Yuki Matsuoka are reprising their roles as Ichigo and Orihime, while Takayuki Sugo is joining as Yhwach. You can check out the full voice cast, while the main staff for the anime consists of:
- Director: Tomohisa Taguchi
- Character Designer: Masashi Kudo
- Series Composition: Masaki Hiramatsu, Tomohisa Taguchi
- Chief Animation Director: Michio Hasegawa, Sei Komatsubara, Kumiko Takanayagi
- Music: Shiro Sagisu
Studio Pierrot previously produced the original TV anime adaptation of Tite Kubo’s BLEACH manga, which aired between October 2004 and March 2012 with a total of 366 episodes. VIZ Media licensed it in English, and they describe the BLEACH 2022 (TYBW) story:
The peace is suddenly broken when warning sirens blare through the Soul Society. Residents there are disappearing without a trace and nobody knows who’s behind it, meanwhile, a dark shadow is also extending itself toward Ichigo and his friends in Karakura Town…
Source: Official Twitter
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