At last, Bleach fans can breathe a sigh of relief. If you did not know, the anime is slated to launch a comeback this month, and that means all eyes are on Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War. The anime will return to television more than a decade after its original series ended, but until today, fans had no idea where the show would be streaming this fall. And now, Viz Media has confirmed Hulu and Disney+ will be carrying the show for fans!
"Through his visual genius, Tite Kubo has had an indelible impact on the fandom world and the course of manga and anime history. 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 catalog Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, for fans everywhere," Brad Woods, Chief Marketing Officer VIZ Media, shared in a new statement confirming the news.
For those curious, Bleach will be simulcast on Disney+ and Hulu as the anime goes live. "VIZ Media has acquired worldwide rights (excluding Asia and Arabic-Speaking Africa/Middle East) to launch the series with the debut episode premiering 8:30 AM PDT, October 10, 2022," Viz Media announced. "Bleach will be available on Disney+ internationally, Hulu in the U.S., and select markets will sunrise the series beginning on 10/10. The episode will simulcast in the U.S."
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As you can see, Viz Media has made good on its promise that Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War will be simulcast in the United States. This much was assured a few weeks ago online, but fans were left in the dark about where the anime would stream. The usual platforms like Netflix and Crunchyroll had not announced the license to the surprise of many. Of course, rumors have swirled for months that Disney+ was in the running to stream Ichigo Kurosaki's comeback. Now, we know Hulu will release new episodes weekly in the U.S. while fans internationally tune into Disney+.
Of course, those rumors were made reality today, and fans were all but assured Disney+ was going to bring Bleach home when an update went live over the weekend. The anime's official Japanese website announced when Bleach would stream globally, and while no specific regions were labeled, Disney+ and Hulu were listed among the platforms. Further reports went on to suggest Canada would be streaming Bleach's new anime on Disney+, so you can see why fans aren't too surprised by today's announcement.
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