Bleach’s anime return has been speculated since the anime was abruptly cancelled in 2012. However, some of the few good-news stories from 2020 confirmed that the speculation of a Bleach return can finally end, as the anime series is coming back! Because of this great news, I spoke with Steve Staley, the voice actor for Shūhei Hisagi and Tōshirō Hitsugaya in the Bleach series about the project.
You can watch the full exclusive interview with Staley in the video linked below, as he talks about his involvement in the upcoming series. The chat took place last weekend and right from the start, you can see his excitement to Bleach’s return, as he showcased his Bleach T-shirt. Staley has since been preoccupied by numerous other anime, games, directing and voice-acting gigs, with his work in Naruto and Demon Slayer.
Despite being busy on several other franchises, Staley is excited to start working on the project again. Earlier this year I spoke to Staley’s colleague in Spike Spencer, who is known for his voicing roles in Naruto, Bleach and Dragon Ball Super. He too was eager to be involved in the series again and shared some insight, as Staley did, for the upcoming production.
Both interviews are available on our YouTube channel and can be viewed either through the video above or via the button below. The Bleach anime will be returning in 2021 and will showcase the final manga arc the Thousand-Year Blood War, which wasn’t animated when the anime was cancelled.
The manga was also cancelled a few years after the anime and too had an abrupt ending, which left Bleach fans unsatisfied. Now, with the anime returning, fans are hopeful that the ending will be changed to satisfy all the questions we have since the underwhelming manga ending.
Furthermore, there’s a possibility that the anime will extend the content as much as possible and create new anime-only content. There’s even a possibility where they animate some of the canon side-stories. For now though, anything outside of the Thousand-Year Blood War is just speculation.