It’s a good day to be a Bleach fan. The franchise is on a break since its manga and anime are done, but Bleach isn’t ready to roll over. The series has a live-action movie to debut, and Bleach Brave Souls continues to draw in players everyday. Now, the game is prepping a new arc, and it has released some intense new artwork of Ichigo Kurosaki to celebrate.
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Earlier today, the latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump hit shelves, and the magazine features a spread about Bleach Brave Souls. The update was inserted to inform fans the game would be adapting a new manga arc for the game, but the spread’s artwork is what got fans buzzing.
As you can see below, Bleach Brave Souls debuted some artwork of a brand-new Hollow Ichigo form. Fans have not seen this particular transformation before as it isn’t sourced straight from Tite Kubo’s manga. The form looks like it is an altered take on Ichigo’s Vasto Lorde transformation thanks to his long hair. However, the hero’s Hollow mask appears to be broken here.
If you want to learn more about Bleach Brave Souls, you can check out details about the mobile game below:
The first smartphone action game based on the mega-hit manga and anime Bleach. Build a team using your favorite characters from the Bleach universe!
EXCITING 3D ACTION
3D graphics and simple controls make for free-flowing and fast-paced hack-and-slash action.
EPIC SPECIAL MOVES
Unleash each Bleach character's unique special moves to carve your way to victory. Special moves are fully voiced by the original Japanese anime voice actors.
Combine your favorite characters into teams of three. You can even make combinations of characters you would never see in the original story. The possibilities are almost limitless!
RELIVE THE BLEACH STORY
Follow the Bleach story from the moment Rukia and Ichigo first meet. Develop your characters as you complete quests that recreate pivital scenes from the story.
BATTLE OTHER PLAYERS
Compete in weekly leagues. Pit your best warriors against other players' teams and vie for the top spot.
DEVELOP YOUR CHARACTERS
Brave Souls features a highly flexible character improvement system that allows you to create exactly the warriors and the team you want. Enter battle and earn experience to level up characters and improve their base stats, Ascend them to increase their max level, train them on the Soul Tree to further improve specific stats, or link characters together to provide additional power.
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."
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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.