Masashi Kudo, who served as the character designer for the original Bleach anime, unveils new art of the series’ main protagonist, Ichigo Kurosaki.
new art of BleachIchigo’s Ichigo Kurosaki has been unveiled.
The new artwork comes from Masashi Kudo, who served as the character designer for the original Bleach anime, which ran from 2004 to 2012. Kudo portrayed the swordsman Shinigami in the uniform he wears during the Bloody Thousand Year War arc, which will finally premiere its long-awaited anime adaptation next October. The artwork is currently on display at VIZ Media’s showroom booth at Anime Expo 2022 and was shared online by Twitter user @bleach_fan20.
More information on the Bloody Thousand Year War the anime is set to be revealed at the convention, which will host a panel dedicated to the anime’s new season on July 2 at 6:30 p.m. PST. The sequel to the series was first announced in 2020, with the first trailer showing at the last Jump Festa convention in Japan. Bloody Thousand Year War will pick up where the original anime left off in 2012 and feature the first anime adaptation of Tite Kubo’s manga ending arcs, which were originally released after the release of the first anime series. Earlier this year, Kubo said the anime will have expanded on story elements that his manga lacked, such as a reveal of who attacked Rukia during the Quincy invasion.
At Tite Kubo’s Bleach was first published in 2001 and is still one of the most popular shonen manga series in the world, with a circulation of over 120 million copies. The original manga ended in 2016, but Kubo returned to his world in 2018 with a spin-off series, burn the witch, which is set in England and explores the Western branch of Soul Society. In 2021, Kubo released a new chapter of the main Bleach series called “No Breaths from Hell”. While the new version was originally promoted as a one-off, standalone release meant to celebrate the series’ 20th anniversary, fans were pleasantly surprised to discover that the chapter was actually a prologue for a new adventure featuring Ichigo and the rest of the soul. Harvesters. Since its release, however, Kubo and Shonen Jump publishers Shueisha have been tight-lipped about releasing further chapters or a possible series of sequels.
Both the original Bleach and its spin-off series are available in English from VIZ Media. The 2004 anime series is available to stream on a variety of platforms, including Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.