Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga is about to be celebrated in a major way to continue with its 20th anniversary festivities. The BLEACH EX. art exhibition is planned for December 18 to January 16, 2022 at Hikarie Hall—located on the ninth floor of Shibuya Hikarie in Tokyo—and a new promo is here featuring some stylish art from the manga and the theme song “Rapport” by Tatsuya Kitani of rock duo Yorushika.
Kitani—whose “Seijya no Koushin” song was used as the opening theme song for The Idaten Deities Know Only Peace—is a big Bleach fan. Here’s what he had to say about Kubo’s work:
“Something that cannot be seen but can be felt. Something that is created when interacting with others. Something that can never be created if there is only one person in the world. For me, ‘Bleach’ was a work that carefully depicted it that could be called the ‘heart,’ spending a long time. I have reinterpreted it with the word ‘Rapport.’ It is a word that refers to a relationship of trust, something like a bridge that connects people to each other. I was able to make music about a precious other who appeared before an isolated person. Let’s enjoy together the passage of the 20th-anniversary of this great work, a place to reflect on the past and look to the future!”
BLEACH EX. promo:
The earlier promo featured an instrumental version of the song but didn’t reveal the artist: