Shonen anime series thrive off its villains, and Bleach is no exception. The supernatural series ended it main run last year when Tite Kubo wrapped his manga, but the creator still has some tricks up his sleeve. To honor an upcoming Bleach novelization, Kubo has taken to the Internet to reveal never-before-seen art of one of franchise’s villains.
The artwork below features two new Bleach antagonists featured in Bleach - Can’t Fear Your Own World. The novel is being penned by Durarara!! author Ryohgo Narita, and Jump j Books plans to collect the serialized manga by August 4th. The new story focuses on Hisagi Shuhei, the vice captain of Squad 9 and drinking partner to Rangiku. The canon novelization was thought up in part by Kubo, and it explores a growing mystery surrounding the Soul Society and its nobility.
Kubo’s new artwork gives fans a peek at Tokinada Tsunayashiro, the story’s main antagonist. The younger child seen with the villain is Hikone, his protege. Looking at the artwork, there is no denying the similarities between Tokinada and another Bleach villain Gin. Both characters share a messy hairdo and elongated eyes; Even their frames look similar thanks to their wide shoulders.
As for Hikone, the protege looks quite young and partial to the scrawny side of things. The wide-eyed kid can be seen wearing shorts, an open-shoulder tunic, and there is a large sword stung across their back.
You can read Viz Media’s synopsis of Bleach below:
“Ichigo Kurosaki never asked for the ability to see ghosts—he was born with the gift. When his family is attacked by a Hollow—a malevolent lost soul—Ichigo becomes a Soul Reaper, dedicating his life to protecting the innocent and helping the tortured spirits themselves find peace.”
Bleach is author Tite Kubo’s second title. Kubo made his debut with ZOMBIEPOWDER., a four-volume series for Weekly Shonen Jump. To date, Bleach has been translated into numerous languages and has also inspired an animated TV series that began airing in Japan in 2004. Beginning its serialization in 2001, Bleach is still a mainstay in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump. In 2005, Bleach was awarded the prestigious Shogakukan Manga Award in the shonen (boys) category.