BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War arc (TYBW) anime released a new trailer for the second cour with an announcement that the cour will begin in July 2023. The anime also posted a special ending video for episode 13. The last two episodes of the first cour, episode 12 and 13, were broadcast together as a one-hour special. Animation studio Pierrot is animating the adaptation, which is set to have a total of four cours. The official title for the second part is BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2: The Separation.
SennaRin performed the ending theme song “Saihate” in the anime adaptation. A special ending video was revealed for the finale:
The key visual was updated with new text:
Tite Kubo’s BLEACH manga was serialized in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine from August 2001 to August 2016 with a total of 74 volumes. Pierrot studio also worked on the original TV anime adaptation that aired between October 2004 and March 2012 and had a total of 366 episodes. The new anime is covering the manga’s chapters from the 480th to 686th (volumes 55 to 74). Masakazu Morita and Yuki Matsuoka are reprising their roles as Ichigo and Orihime from the original anime.
VIZ Media licensed the manga series for English releases and released the final, 74th compiled volume on October 2, 2018. The official website describes the plot of volume 55, which compiles the first chapter of the Thousand-Year Blood War arc as:
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…