Thousand-Year Blood War Delivers an Explosive New Trailer

The official date for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’s highly anticipated premiere is revealed alongside a new action — and hollow-packed trailer.

A brand-new action-packed trailer has revealed the official release date for the highly anticipated anime series, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War.

VIZ Media’s official YouTube account uploaded the subtitled trailer, which opens with series protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki and his friends preparing to battle a monstrous hoard of Hollows. Throughout its two-and-a-half-minute runtime, it hints at what the story has in store for fan-favorite characters like Uryu Ishida, Orihime Inoue, Rukia Kuchiki and Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck (aka Nel), while also teasing Thousand-Year Blood War‘s main antagonists. Moreover, the trailer confirms that episodes will begin airing on Oct. 10. The anime will be divided into four cours, with an estimated 45-50 episodes.

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The voice actors for more new cast members were revealed in the trailer as well; Takahiro Fujiwara (My Hero Academia) is voicing Jerome Guizbatt, Wataru Komada (The Irregular at Magic High School) is playing Asguiaro Ebern and Daiki Hamano (The Genius Prince’s Guide to Raising a Nation Out of Debt) voices Luders Friegen. It has already been confirmed that several voice actors from the original Bleach anime series, including Masakazu Morita (Ichigo), Fumiko Orikasa (Rukia), Fumihiko Tachiki (Zenpachi Zaraki) and Kentaro Ito (Renji Abarai), are reprising their iconic roles in Thousand-Year Blood War.

Bleach Is One of the Best-selling Manga of All Time

Mangaka Tite Kubo first published his iconic manga in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump in August 2001 and the final chapter of Bleach appeared in the magazine in August 2016. Told across 74 volumes, the story follows teenage delinquent Ichigo, who can see spirits and receives the power to fight Hollows, corrupted entities that devour innocent souls. Alongside Masahi Kishimoto’s Naruto and Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece, Bleach is one of the best-selling manga series of all time with over 130 million copies sold across the globe and is categorized to be one of the shōnen genre’s Big Three.

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The first anime adaptation of Kubo’s beloved series by studio Pierrot (Tokyo Ghoul) initially aired its 366 episodes from October 2004 to March 2014. This left the final chapters of the manga, including the Thousand-Year Blood War story arc, unadapted. A few members of Bleach‘s creative team have returned to work on the new series; this includes composer Shiro Sagisu (Shin Godzilla) and character designer Masashi Kudo (Tower of God). Tomohisa Taguchi (Persona 4: The Golden Animation) has replaced Noriyuki Abe as director.

Longtime Bleach fans and new viewers can catch up on the adventures of Ichigo and his comrades before Thousand-Year Blood War‘s debut by streaming Pierrot’s original anime on either Crunchyroll or Hulu.

Source: YouTube, via Crunchyroll and Twitter

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