‘Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War’ Gets USA Part 2 Release Date

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Nick Davis

The North American release date for Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is officially out.

The sequel to the original Bleach anime finally hit streaming last year after a decade of anticipation. Fans had been waiting for a long time to see the last volumes of the show’s manga get an adaptation. That adaptation finally began to arrive last year with the release of the first Thousand Year Blood War episodes. The sequel anime has been on hold since the finale episode for Part 1 that came out back in December. Now, the release date for Part 2 in the West is finally here.

Thousand Year Blood War Part 2

The confirmation of Part 2’s North American release comes via a Viz Media press release. The press release confirms that the release date for Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 will be the same as in Japan. The only difference is that Japan is getting it slightly earlier.

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Some of the cast of ‘Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War’

In North America, Part 2 of the hit action anime will be available first for streaming on Hulu and Disney+. Bleach is currently one of the major anime that both Hulu and Disney+ can claim as part of their streaming services over Crunchyroll, which corners the market on most other properties. Bleach is certainly no name for Crunchyroll to shrug off, though. It’s one of the most successful anime and manga of all time. The manga has more than 130 million copies sold worldwide, and the anime has won numerous awards.

The Future Of Bleach

On day one, Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 will only be available with English subtitles. The dub will likely begin arriving one to two months later, depending on if there are any production issues. In total, there are supposed to be four parts (or cours) for Thousand Year Blood War. So no worries about this being the end of the anime again. At least, for now.

The original Bleach anime didn’t actually make it to the end of the manga source material. Well, at the time it had caught up to the manga, but after the end of the anime, there were 19 more volumes made by creator Tite Kubo. This led to fans demanding more Bleach for years after the end of the initial anime in 2012. It took a decade to get here, but fans finally have more Bleach. These four parts are supposed to cover every remaining volume of the manga, though. Kubo has no plans of putting any more out at the moment. So the future of Bleach may look fairly empty.

Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 2 will be available in North America on July 8th. Are you looking forward to it? Let us know in the comments.

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