Bleach came to inception when Tite Kubo came up with it for Shueisha’s Shonen Jumps. It ran from 2001 to 2016. Since the end of the last season it left many fans wondering “is Bleach coming back?” In this article, we will talk about the Bleach return date and why it’s taken so long for it to come back on screen.
The series detailed on the life of the young and feisty Ichigo Kurosaki, who had the power of seeing and transcending into spirits. He eventually assumed the power of Soul Reaper – the one who can usher the lost souls to the path of the afterlife. After assuming the new role, he was now driven by the duty of defending the people of the living world from the ghastly dark spirits called Hollows.
Owing to the immense popularity of the series, it was later adapted to English with Viz Media. Since then, it has managed to sell more than 900 million copies across Japan. This series was also adapted to an anime by Studio Pierrot between 2004 and 2012. It came with 4 feature-length animations, some gripping rock musicals, interactive video games, and plenty of other goodies.
The series is now available on Hulu and can also be streamed on Netflix.
Why Was The Bleach Series Cancelled?
Considering how ground-breaking this series was, it is quite difficult to digest that it was wholly canceled. Sadly, it was. The episode 366 was the final episode to be aired, and despite the positive talks, there’s still a lot of speculation as to whether or not it’ll see the light of the day again.
There are several theories regarding this, one of the primary ones stating that the series was subpar’. According to many enthusiasts, this anime show was abundant with fillers. Some of them even stated that entire seasons of the series were filled up with inconsequent details.
An alternative theory suggests that Bleach temporarily ended at the 366th episode as it was moving at a great pace concerning Manga. The makers, therefore, had to put a halt before coming up with any new episodes. The break has been going on for more than three years, and there’s still a lot of speculation on it.
Considering that there is ample Manga material that hasn’t yet been covered by the Bleach, we would want it to be resumed sooner. That said, if they are seriously looking to avoid inconsequential episodes, we are more than willing to wait.
Is Bleach Anime Coming Back?
There has been lots of speculation if and when Bleach will come back. The great news is there are lots of fans who are putting pressure on the creators to continue the series. There are rumors that state the series will indeed make a comeback. Several fans are demanding the return of the anime, and it seems like they’re pretty much in luck!
The anime means a lot to the fans, and they are not willing to live with the disappointment of the abrupt ending. Throughout the series, Ichigo had plenty of epic moments and he was not alone! There were other characters at the Quincy Blood War who deserved a proper, conclusive character arc.
Even though there hasn’t been any official word, many fans are expecting Studio Pierrot to announce the comeback during the annual Jump Festa which is one of the biggest events celebrating the Japanese mangas and animes.
What Else Triggered The Bleach Anime Return?
While Tite Kubo’s Bleach has officially ended a couple of years back, the series had been consistently popular through multiple, small-scale side projects. A certain novel series focusing on Shuhei Hisashi; Bleach: Can’t Fear Your Own World had recently wrapped up, and Kubo had a lot of things to say about it.
Thanks to the translations of the fan, some interesting insights from Kubo came up. According to most fans, these statements directly teases the future of the franchise.
What Did Kubo Have To Say About Bleach Anime?
As per the translations of Reddit user “scheneizel”, the conversation between Tite Kubo and Ryohgo Narita was interesting, to say the least. As per the conversation, Kubo still has plenty of ideas for expanding Bleach’s world. He intends to implement it in an upcoming project shortly.
While talking about Bleach, Kubo specifically emphasized the forms of Shuhei and Bankai that he has originally tailored for his novel. He mentioned that he was ecstatic about both Shuhei and Shinji’s Bankai, which sadly couldn’t be implemented in the final arc. He still, however, believes that they played great roles.
Scheneizel has remarked that this statement implies that Kubo did have eventual plans for Shuhei and Shinji in the series. It is evident that he wanted to do something better in their final arc, but sadly, he wasn’t given a chance to explore.
As Narita has discussed in her novel’s afterword, after Kubo decided to wrap up the series, he wanted to drive his entire concentration on some of the battles and Ichigo. He reportedly mentioned the same to Narita. She has directly remarked in a statement that Kubo Sensei’ was fond of delving deep into the lore, offering insights on the characters fans were already aware of. He then went on to introduce new characters. Thus, the story progressed detailing on the malice of nobles where Shuhei Hisagi was selected as a protagonist.
The most ground-breaking comments from Narita revealed how Kubo already had a story about Urahara and Yoruichi, and how Narita wanted to witness Kubo make the drawings himself. She stated that when Matsubara san and she came across the story of Urahara and Yoruichi from Kubo, they immediately asked him to draw it. They wanted to read it as Manga and they were confident that Kubo could do this for them.
When is the Bleach Return Date?
While we don’t have an exact return date, Bleach will indeed continue, the very idea that Kubo is still working on ideas for this popular series is a great sign indicating many future projects to be in place. Whether these will continue as novels or as Manga is not known, but the ideas are certainly out there!