Bleach fans are eagerly awaiting the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime, which will adapt volumes 55-74 from the manga and conclude the story. Some people in Tokyo will be lucky enough to get a sneak peek on September 11, and about a month later some lucky people in America will get their own preview. That’s because the anime will premiere at New York Comic Con. After this a simulcast of Bleach will roll out, courtesy of VIZ Media.
Not a whole lot of information has been shared about the NYCC premiere, but we do know the event will take place Saturday, October 8, at 2:15 PM, at the Jacob Javitz Center in New York City.
Studio Pierrot is behind Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, and it’s being directed by Tomohisa Taguchi, who previously worked on Twin Star Exorcists. Both the director and Masaki Hiramatsu are overseeing the scripts. Shiro Sagisu is back to compose music and Masashi Kudo is back for character design.
The English dub cast hasn’t been announced yet, but here are some of the actors in the original Japanese version: Masakazu Morita plays Ichigo Kurosaki, Fumiko Orikasa plays Rukia Kuchiki, Noriaki Sugiyama plays Uryu Ishida, Yuki Matsuoka plays Orihime Inoue, Hiroki Yasumoto plays Yasutora Sado, Kentaro Ito plays Renji Abarai, Shinichiro Miki plays Kisuke Urahara, Satsuki Yukino plays Yoruichi Shihoin, Binbin Takaoka plays Genryūsai Shigekuni Yamamoto (who was previously voiced by Masaaki Tsukada), Houko Kuwashima plays Suì-Feng, Shouto Kashii plays Rojuro Otoribashi, Aya Hisakawa plays Retsu Unohana, Masaya Onosaka plays Shinji Hirako, Ryotaro Okiayu plays Byakuya Kuchiki, Tetsu Inada plays Sajin Komamura, Akio Ohtsuka plays Shunsui Kyoraku, Tomokazu Sugita plays Kensei Muguruma, and Romi Park plays Toshiro Hitsugaya.
Bleach has played on Adult Swim on Cartoon Network in America, with its 366 episodes airing there between 2006 and 2014.
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