VIZ Media’s series, based on Tite Kubo’s manga, follows Ichigo Kurosaki, a Soul Reaper, in the Soul Society’s war against the Wandenreich.
Manga and anime producer VIZ Media has announced Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2, based on Tite Kubo’s manga, will debut on Hulu in the U.S., Star+ in Latin America, and Disney+ in select countries internationally on Saturday, July 8th, 2023.
In the series, Ichigo Kurosaki becomes a Substitute Soul Reaper caught in the turmoil of the Soul Society, a place where deceased souls gather. When new Soul Reapers and a new enemy appear in his hometown of Karakura, Ichigo jumps into the battlefield with his Zanpakuto to help those in need. Meanwhile, the Soul Society notices a sudden surge in the number of Hollows being destroyed in the World of the Living, and receive reports that residents in the Rukon District have gone missing. Finally, the Seireitei, home of the Soul Reapers, comes under attack by a group calling themselves the Wandenreich, instigating war. The history and truth kept hidden by the Soul Reapers for a thousand years is finally brought to light.
Part 2 will premiere with Episode 1 at 7:30 AM PDT on Hulu, Star+ and Disney+, simulcast with English; Latin American Spanish; Brazilian Portuguese; French; German; and Italian subtitles. VIZ Media holds worldwide rights (excluding Asia). Part 1 of the series currently streams in Argentina; Australia; Austria; Balkans; Baltics; Belgium; Bolivia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Colombia; Costa Rica; Czech Republic; Denmark; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; El Salvador; Finland; France; Germany; Gibraltar; Greece; Guatemala; Honduras; Hungary; Iceland; Ireland; Liechtenstein; Luxembourg; Mexico; Netherlands; New Zealand; Nicaragua; Norway; Panama; Paraguay; Peru; Poland; Romania; Slovakia; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Turkey; the United Kingdom; Uruguay; and Venezuela.
The award-winning and bestselling manga series “Bleach” has over 130 million copies in print since its debut in Weekly Shonen Jump (2.7 million copies in the U.S.). 366 episodes of the anime series were produced, airing in Japan 2004-2012. In addition to the manga and anime, the Bleach universe includes video games, musicals, and a live-action film adaptation.
The Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 Japanese cast includes Masakazu Morita as Ichigo Kurosaki; Fumiko Orikasa as Rukia Kuchiki; Noriaki Sugiyama as Uryu Ishida; Yuki Matsuoka as Orihime Inoue; Hiroki Yasumoto as Yasutora Sado (Chad); Kentaro Ito as Renji Abarai; Shin-ichiro Miki as Kisuke Urahara; Satsuki Yukino as Yoruichi Shihoin; Binbin Takaoka as Shigekuni Genryusai Yamamoto; Houko Kuwashima as Soi Fon; Shouto Kashii as Rojuro Ohtoribashi; Aya Hisakawa as Retsu Unohana; Masaya Onosaka as Shinji Hirako; Ryotaro Okiayu as Byakuya Kuchiki; Tetsu Inada as Sajin Komamura; Akio Otsuka as Shunsui Kyoraku; Tomokazu Sugita as Kensei Muguruma; Romi Park as Toshiro Hitsugaya; Fumihiko Tachiki as Kenpachi Zaraki; Ryusei Nakao as Mayuri Kurotsuchi; Hideo Ishikawa as Jushiro Ukitake; Naomi Kusumi as Ichibe Hyosube; Yoji Ueda as Oh-Etsu Nimaiya; Tomoyuki Shimura as Tenjiro Kirinji; Rina Sato as Senjumaru Shutara; Ayumi Tsunematsu as Kirio Hikifune; Takayuki Sugo as Yhwach; Yuuichirou Umehara as Jugram Haschwalth; Shunsuke Takeuchi as Askin Nakk Le Vaar; Ayana Taketatsu as Bambietta Basterbine; Yuki Ono as Bazz-B; Yumi Uchiyama as Candice Catnipp; Natsuki Hanae as Gremmy Thoumeaux; and Satoshi Hino as Lille Barro.
Other credits include animation production by Studio Pierrot; general supervision by Tite Kubo; series directing by Tomohisa Taguchi; character design by Masashi Kudo; music by Shiro SAGISU with Part 1 Opening Theme Song “Scar” by Tatsuya Kitani, Ending Theme Song “Saihate” by SennaRin, and Part 2 Opening Theme Song “STARS” by w.o.d.
“Through his visual genius, Tite Kubo has had an indelible impact on the fandom world and the course of manga and anime history,” said Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer VIZ Media. “He is also a supremely gifted and accomplished storyteller, and it is a great honor for VIZ Media to acquire this final arc in his legendary catalogue Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War for fans everywhere.”