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Check Out This Ceremony as Buddhist Temple Blesses Artwork from Bleach

Many anime and manga fans take really good care of their items, but some Bleach artwork just got something extra special — blessings from a Buddhist temple.

The Bleach art scrolls in question are part of The Millennium series, meant to keep the artwork in good shape for a millennium, if not longer. Perhaps it was thought that some blessings could also help keep it in good condition during that time period. The ceremony was meant to attract good fortune and keep evil spirits at bay.

The art scrolls were blessed at the Jindaiji Temple in Tokyo, and you can see part of the ceremony here.

The Conflict, the third part of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, is scheduled to come out this year. VIZ Media offered up this description for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’s plot:

Was it all just a coincidence, or was it inevitable?

Ichigo Kurosaki gained the powers of a Soul Reaper through a chance encounter. As a Substitute Soul Reaper, Ichigo became caught in the turmoil of the Soul Society, a place where deceased souls gather. But with help from his friends, Ichigo overcame every challenge to become even stronger.

When new Soul Reapers and a new enemy appear in his hometown of Karakura, Ichigo jumps back into the battlefield with his Zanpakuto to help those in need. Meanwhile, the Soul Society is observing a sudden surge in the number of Hollows being destroyed in the World of the Living. They also receive separate reports of residents in the Rukon District having gone missing. Finally, the Seireitei, home of the Soul Reapers, comes under attack by a group calling themselves the Wandenreich.

Led by Yhwach, the father of all Quincies, the Wandenreich declare war against the Soul Reapers with the following message: “Five days from now, the Soul Society will be annihilated by the Wandenreich.”

The history and truth kept hidden by the Soul Reapers for a thousand long years is finally brought to light.

All things must come to an end—as Ichigo Kurosaki’s final battle begins!

Source: Tokyo Weekender

Image Credit: 2023, Tite Kubo / Shueisha Inc. All rights reserved via Tokyo Weekender


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