During the first live-streamed “Krew beInside” special dedicated to Tite Kubo’s popular franchises, Bleach and Burn The Witch, exciting news was unveiled for fans eagerly awaiting the return of the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime. The event treated viewers to the highly anticipated third promotional video, as well as the fourth key visual, setting the stage for the upcoming action-packed arc. The video not only showcased thrilling animation sequences but also introduced the opening theme song titled “STARS,” performed by the talented three-member rock band, w.o.d. The announcement also brought forth the exciting revelation of new cast members who will join the anime’s stellar lineup.
Taking the reins as fresh additions to the cast are notable voice actors and actresses who will breathe life into their respective characters. Aoi Yūki lends her voice to the intriguing character Liltotto, while Tsuyoshi Koyama portrays the enigmatic figure named Gerald. Sōichiro Hoshi brings his talent to the role of Nianzol, and Nao Tōyama takes on the character Giselle. With their impressive vocal skills and ability to capture the essence of their roles, these talented performers promise to add new layers of depth and excitement to the Thousand-Year Blood War arc.
Notably, this marks the first collaboration between w.o.d. and an anime production, making their contribution to the opening theme even more special. Tite Kubo himself expressed his admiration for the band, highlighting his personal fandom, although it did not influence the selection process for the song. Fans can look forward to the invigorating sound and energy that w.o.d. brings to the series’ soundtrack.
The eagerly awaited return of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’s second cour is set for July 8, and fans worldwide can expect a thrilling continuation of the story. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliates, while simultaneously reaching audiences through various platforms. The premiere will take place at 11:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. EDT), ensuring an electrifying start to the new cour.
Since its initial premiere on October 10, the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime has captivated audiences in Japan through TV Tokyo and its affiliated networks. Additionally, the series has garnered a strong online presence, with streaming availability on over 20 services within Japan, including popular platforms like Hulu and Disney+. International fans can enjoy the anime through streaming on Disney+, and Ani-One Asia provides access to the series in multiple Asian countries.
The first cour of the anime concluded in December, leaving fans hungry for more. To compensate for the hiatus, a special one-hour episode combined the 12th and 13th episodes, further intensifying the anticipation for the upcoming cour. With four cours planned, the anime aims to cover the remainder of the original manga, specifically the climactic Thousand Year Blood War arc spanning volumes 55-74. This highly anticipated adaptation promises to bring the epic conclusion of the beloved series to life, leaving fans on the edge of their seats.
Director Tomohisa Taguchi takes the helm for the anime at Studio Pierrot, bringing his expertise from renowned works such as Twin Star Exorcists, Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World, and Akudama Drive. Masashi Kudo, known for his exceptional character designs, returns to lend his artistic talent to the series, ensuring the characters’ visual portrayal remains faithful to Kubo’s original vision. Accompanying the stunning visuals is the exceptional musical composition by the renowned Shiro SAGISU, who rejoins the production to deliver a powerful and emotionally evocative score.
In addition to the familiar Japanese cast members returning to reprise their roles, the anime will also feature cast members who have previously portrayed these characters in the Bleach: Brave Souls game. This collaboration between the anime and the game serves as a delightful treat for fans, bridging the gap between different mediums and uniting beloved portrayals.
With the blend of new cast members, captivating visuals, an electrifying opening theme song, and the dedicated team behind the scenes, the return of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War promises an unforgettable continuation of the beloved series. Fans worldwide eagerly await the premiere on July 8, ready to immerse themselves in the thrilling battles and emotional journey that lie ahead.
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