Musical artist Yoh Kamiyama (Drifting Dragons, Horimiya) is contributing the song “Endroll” as the ending theme for the second part of the Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War anime. Kamiyama noted that he has been a fan of Bleach since he was little, so this opportunity is like a dream come true. He added that he wishes he could tell his childhood self that he would someday do this in the future.
The anime will return for its second cours (quarter of the year) and premiere on TV Tokyo and its affiliates (as well as on other venues) in Japan on July 8 at 11:00 p.m. (10:00 a.m. EDT). The second part will premiere in the United States on Hulu, Latin America on Star+, and in select other countries internationally on Disney+ on July 8 at 10:30 a.m. EDT. The anime will be available with English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, and Italian subtitles.
The new cast members include:
The three-member rock band w.o.d. is performing the opening theme song “STARS.” This is the first time that w.o.d. is contributing a theme song for an anime. Manga creator Kubo noted that he himself is a fan of the band, although that was not a factor in choosing the song.
The show premiered on October 10 in Japan on TV Tokyo and its affiliates, and is streaming on 20+ services in Japan, including Hulu and Disney+. Viz Media began streaming the anime on Hulu in the U.S. on October 10. The English dub of the anime premiered on Hulu on November 4. Viz Media held the anime’s North American premiere at New York Comic Con on October 8. The anime is streaming on Disney+ internationally, and Ani-One Asia is streaming the series in many Asian countries.
The anime’s first cours ended in December with a one-hour special that combined the anime’s 12th and 13th episodes. The anime will run for four cours with breaks in between.
The anime covers the rest of the original manga up through its ending. The Thousand Year Blood War arc is the final arc of the manga, and covers volumes 55-74.
Tomohisa Taguchi (Twin Star Exorcists, Kino’s Journey – The Beautiful World, Akudama Drive) is replacing Noriyuki Abe to direct the anime at Studio Pierrot. Masashi Kudo is returning as the character designer, and Shiro SAGISU is returning to composing the music.
The show’s Japanese returning cast also includes cast members who have not appeared in the anime, but are reprising their roles from the Bleach: Brave Souls game.