Here’s everything we know about Bleach’s Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2: release date, content, characters, trailers and more.


After more than half a decade of being dormant, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War sparked a new interest in the franchise. With the new interest naturally comes a curiosity about where the series is headed for its second installment.


Bleach is something of an anomaly in the world of Shonen Jump. Originally a member of Shonen Jump’s big three parallels Naruto and One piece, Bleach was a huge success for much of its initial run. Unfortunately, waning interest among the fandom led to the series’ anime adaptation being canceled in 2012, long before Bleach’s manga finale in 2016. Despite the series’ divisive ending, the final arc’s anime adaptation, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, was met with an outpouring of support. With part 1 of Thousand Year Blood War Finally, on December 26, many have wondered what to expect from the second part of the revival.

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Most recent Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2 News

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The first part of Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War concluded with a two-part finale on December 26, 2022, and that finale was immediately followed by a trailer for the second part, which offered a July 2023 release window. A tweet by Viz Media from December 26 also gave a name for Part 2: Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War – The Separation. Most recent, Bleach creator Tite Kubo stated in an interview that at least one match was cut Bleach manga will be restored and animated in the second part, although he was not specific as to what this battle would be. However, it does open the door for more cut content to be restored in the future, either later in Part 2 or even in Part 3 or 4. Like the first part, the new episodes of Part 2 are expected to debut on Hulu first in the US and Disney Plus elsewhere places.

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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2 Publication date

Official art of Ichigo and his parents from Bleach: The Thousand Year Blood War

The trailer that debuted after the end of Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War Part 1 stated that it will return in July 2023, although it did not offer a specific date within that month. New subtitled episodes of Part 1 debuted on Monday at 7:30 PST, and it’s likely that will be true for Part 2 as well. Dubbed episodes so far have been about four weeks behind, debuting on Fridays instead, so it’s likely that the dub will debut sometime at the end of July or early August.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2 Story details

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Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 would pick up exactly where part 1 left off, which would be about chapter 543 of the manga. The first part adapted around 60 chapters, so it’s fair to assume that the second part will cover a similar amount of ground, putting the end of part 2 at around chapter 600. At least one cut manga fight scene will be added to the anime, and the addition of non-manga content can slow down the pace a bit. Fans can expect the story to pick up again with Ichigo’s training with Squad Zero, while also getting into Uryu’s apparent betrayal by joining Quincy Wandenreich. Several other high-ranking Soul Reapers, such as Soifon, Hitsugaya, Komamura, and Hisagi, are also engaged in various training arcs or quests to help restore their lost powers, which the anime will likely check back in on when it returns. Some of these storylines were teased in the trailer for Part 2.

Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2 Trailer

Viz released the trailer for Bleach: The Thousand-Year Blood War Part 2 on December 26, 2022 through their Youtube channel after Part 1’s finale. The trailer teases the split between Uryu and Ichigo, as well as the restoration of lost Bankai and the true form of Rukia’s Zanpakuto. Uryu’s betrayal is significant i Bleach because he was one of Ichigo’s first real friends, giving the potential conflict depicted in the trailer an extra weight that will surely have fans of the series on edge.

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Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2 Cast and characters

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Bleach is known for having a massive cast – far too many to list here. So far, almost all have Japanese voice actors from the original Bleach anime has chosen to reprise their role for The Thousand Year Blood War. The same has largely been the case for the English dub cast, with a few exceptions. Ichigo’s friend Yasutora “Chad” Sado is now portrayed by Alain Mesa instead of Jamieson Price. Price stated regarding Twitter that he would prefer to pass the role on to someone of Mexican descent, such as Chad, and that wish was respected.

Kenpachi Zaraki was also recast and is now portrayed by Patrick Seitz, who also voices Ichigo’s father in Bleach, Isshin Kurosaki. Kisuke Urahara is now portrayed by Doug Erholtz, who also voices Gin Ichimaru, apparently because his former voice actor retired from the industry. Jushiro Ukitake is now voiced by Aleks Le, who also now voices Shinji Hirako. It’s possible that other roles will be recast in Part 2, but most relevant characters have already been reintroduced in Part 1, so there shouldn’t be much of a need. There has been no casting news so far for new roles in Part 2, and likely won’t be for the dub until after the subtitled episodes begin for the premiere.

Where to see Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War, Part 2

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Part 2 of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War expected to stream on Hulu in the US and Disney Plus everywhere else. Fans looking to catch up on the series ahead of its return can also find Part 1 streaming at these locations.

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Watch for the premiere of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood WarThe separation when it debuts in July 2023, and check back to this page for any updates on the series’ return.

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