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Will "Bleach" Anime Return, and When?

Updated on April 19, 2016

Did Bleach the anime end permanently?

If you are here reading this article, you probably know everything you need to know about Bleach and want to know only one thing - and that is why Bleach anime ended at episode 366 and will they continue making it. Will Bleach anime return?

Bleach manga is ongoing - it has been coming out in Weekly Shonen Jump in Japan since August 2001 and is still being published weekly to this day. That means it is already coming out for over 12 years, and as of August 2013, Bleach manga has been compiled into 60 tankobon volumes which can be purchased all at once. Impressive, right? It sure is.

The animated television series (or to be simple, the anime) came out three years after the first publication of the manga in 2004 and has been keeping us entertained until its episode 366 that came out in 2012. This franchise also has four animated feature movies and two video games, as well as a sea of merchandise that involves action figures, sword replicas and a lot of other things. Everything for the fans, right? Well, yes, except for the continuation of the anime.

So what exactly happened with Bleach the anime?

All we know for sure is this - after episode 366 that was shown on 27th of March 2012, Bleach the anime series was cancelled. That was the last episode that was aired on TV Tokyo.

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Why was Bleach cancelled?

Bleach the anime was cancelled and that is all we can know for sure. Episode 366 was the last episode to air, and whether we will see another episode of this anime remains to be seen. However, there are a lot of rumors and speculations about the matter.

The primary question that we will try to answer in this part of the article is why Bleach was cancelled in the first place. There are several theories, but the most likely one is that Bleach the anime was cancelled simply because it was sub-par.

Let's first see what people are saying regarding this before we agree with this statement, though. There are two main opinions about the anime end at episode 366.

  • Bleach was sub-par and it had too many fillers

Let's view this from an objective angle. Bleach is one of the titles that can be regarded "the holy manga/anime trinity", along with Naruto and One Piece. Now, we all know that these anime shows are filler abundant, but in this aspect, Bleach indeed takes the cake. Why? Well, in comparison to Naruto and One Piece, that did have their respective shares of filler episodes, Bleach had filler seasons. For instance, the Zanpakuto arc in Bleach anime was literally a filler season. It did not happen in the manga.

Bleach is considered to be sub-par because almost half of the episodes were fillers, and some people were not satisfied with it quality-wise and considered the manga to be far superior.

  • Bleach anime stopped because it was catching up with the manga

Another group of Bleach fans believes that Bleach ended temporarily at episode 366 because it was catching up with the manga, so they had to stop making new episodes and take a break. This seems to be a bit further from the truth, actually, as this break has been going on for over a year and the anime still did not continue where it left off.

Considering that there is enough manga material that the Bleach anime had not covered, we would have expected it to have restarted sooner. But then again, if they do want to avoid filler episodes, waiting is a prudent choice.


The ominous facts

The main fact that needs to be mentioned immediately is that when this anime show ended, not a single person that was somehow involved with the making of this series mentioned that it will ever be continued. This immediately implies that any theory discussing the return of Bleach the anime is a bit far-fetched and revolves around a hopeless dream that the show WILL continue.

However, let's not be too hasty and agree with this.

Several shows in situations that awfully resemble the situation of Bleach anime have resurrected and started airing again. This is again a fact. In fact, if we think about it, most of these shows were not announced when they continued, and this was a great factor in the resurrections of their respective franchises. When we think about it from the marketing perspective, this is a brilliant solution to pull out a popularity-declining show from the mud.

More facts - and possibly good news for the anime

It has been confirmed that Tite Kubo is working hard on the final arc of the Bleach manga. Some fans are speculating that it is exactly because of this that the anime is on hiatus (and has not been cancelled) and that it might take some time for it to restart, but it most definitely will. Again, these are all assumptions, but they do make some sense.

Think of it from a marketing perspective again - if the anime started getting a lot of bad reviews it would make sense to call the gig off and end it right there. Temporarily or permanently - it's hard to say, but it's most likely the former. If something gets bad reviews, it needs to vanish from sight temporarily for two reasons and those are: 1. to be missed and to rebuild fandom and 2. to have enough time to rethink it and revamp it accordingly.

Bleach was by no standards a stereotypical anime and it had a lot going for it - a lot of these things can still be cashed in. Which brings us to the next part.


Can Bleach anime still earn?

Money is always a thing to consider in issues like show cancellations. For instance, it is pretty safe to say that the Bleach anime took a lot of money to make, but also earned quite a bit. Now, if the show was plummeting in popularity before the famous last episode 366, it would be logical to cut your losses and end it while you still can.

However, if the demand increases enough, and it is increasing substantially, there would be good reason to return the show once the hype builds up enough. And when will the hype build? To be fair, it s hard to state anything with certainty, but the final arc IS coming soon.

Would it be logical to just end with it once the manga is done and miss out on a really good opportunity to earn more with the anime? Or a better question, when you think about it. Do people want Bleach the anime to return? Yes. And there you have it - potential audience.

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To conclude

A lot of fans speculate that Bleach the anime will return sometime in the end of 2014 or during 2015, and this is mainly because the manga is supposedly nearing its end. If this should happen, we could expect to see a lot of people happy. However, there is still that distinct possibility that when this anime was cancelled, it was done so after a lot of elaborate consideration. Not announcing its continuation may not be a marketing ploy - which would make the episode 366 really the last one.

Anyway, if you enjoyed this article and would like to read more about anime, you can always read some speculations of when Naruto will end.

As for Bleach - only time will tell, but the odds seem to be slightly in its favor. It only remains to wait and see.


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      Thomas Ridgdill 2 weeks ago

      I never really got into anime much but Bleach turned that around for me and now that I've watched every episode I find myself only wanting more. I really hope they bring it back to life sometime. My girlfriend and kids and I all watch it together. There isn't another show we have found in any category that all of us like well enough for the whole family to get into.

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      (_) 3 weeks ago

      there is the Bleach Live Action movie next year that Kubo himself will be on the team for so they know there is still a want for Bleach content so there is hope that afterwards the anime will continue

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      CorCOUS 4 weeks ago

      When Bleach new episode come out? Really missed Kon

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       5 weeks ago

      Hope it won't end, it's my favourite anime.

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      Bleach is life 5 weeks ago

      I feel I speak for everyone when I say bring bleach back it is inspirational and just very interesting to see how the characters rolls play out and I myself have to say that I want to see where ichigo's life ends up and I think the ending of episode 366 is a big slap in the face to all of us Bleach anime and manga fans and I feel like it could have ended better I mean how are you going to end it with each go saying goodbye to Rukia and all of his combatants only to have Rukia say that it's not the end that they will meet again if you're going to up and cancel the series completely when obviously at that point in time you leave it wide open for start of a new series and if you don't it would be bad for profits for the fact being you left it wide open and not to act upon it would only and in everyone losing interest if you would continue the series so in my personal opinion if you are planning on continuing the series the perfect time would be now because there is no time like the present and I felt like the present time calls for bleach to continue bleach has a Legacy and I feel like the Legacy should live on and the start of a new era should begin now so once again for all of our bleach fanatics and viewers alike bring bleach back and do what you guys do best and just produce a long-running legacy of the bleach universe please and thank you and I hope that I could sway your decision and I truly and deeply hope that you bring bleach back once again

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      A bleach fan 6 weeks ago

      I fear bleach will reach the point in wich half life 3 it is , just a bad joke and a very expected thing from fans around the world

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      T C 7 weeks ago

      Bleach is dead

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      OmarCo*2L 7 weeks ago

      The manga ended earlier this year. If it doesn't return in 2018 i am lost of all hope

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      TM 7 weeks ago

      certainly the fans are not dead so this anime shouldn't! I've kept on repeating watching it from the start and still love it.!

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      tom 7 weeks ago

      Please Tite kubo, Resurrect Bleach

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      2 months ago

      It's not fair to the loyal fans that actually love and enjoy the Bleach anime with a passion. Sucks it had to end unfinished. Its 2017 and we get little to no news of return. All we want is some more news!

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      Philly skills 2 months ago

      Oh yeah bleach will be back. Too many fans and to much money to be made

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      Please bring Bleach back!!! 2 months ago

      Love every episode wish there was more. Please continue new seasons.

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      lovere of bleach 2 months ago

      I hope bleach will come back

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      zeeshan nawaz 2 months ago

      I just finished watching bleach, so I am desperately waiting for its revival, and I totally loved it I believe it's one of the best anime by far,i wish I could make appeal directly to the makers to keep going with further episodes, so let's hope for the best

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      ichigoisawsome 3 months ago

      do you know when bleach will return and i am really looking forward to know and when it is released

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      XxsasukeBoyxX 3 months ago

      Well, I honestly believe that it's the ''bleach catching up to manga'', they wouldn't just cancel it because there were too many fillers, I mean, look at the other animes, like Naruto for example, they have a lot of fillers, but they never canceled it.

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      brox 3 months ago

      we dont care about the fillers, just bring back bleach. pumped to see ichigo's new bankai, ichigo and aizen team up and how powerful the new villain ycbach

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      GireiYamagasumi 4 months ago

      It's 20 fuckin 17, Tits Kubo probably dead and won't air the goddamn anime, and we still freaking too lazy to even read manga and it's no fun coz it doesn't have those explosion sound and when ichigo say "bankai" which is the coole momen I've ever witnessed when I was a lonely kid who got nothing but only anime

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      azaniadragon 4 months ago

      It cannot be a money issue. Being that Bleach was the most popular anime, how would it be that they were losing money with the largest fan base where Naruto kept going. Pokemon kept going. Yu-gi-oh kept going. All the crappy anime shows kept going, yet Bleach, with all its merchandise, shows, manga, and commercial values, just stopped. I personally cannot thing of a logical reason it ended like it did and has yet to come back after 5 long years and no news of any continuation. I hate to say it, but Bleach may be gone forever.

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      nick 4 months ago

      Chances are the anime went on brake not for the manga, but for the upcoming live action film which i believe the same company that makes the anime is infact producing which would take up time

      so yeah its perfectly logical to assume that is taking allot of time

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      Suvan 5 months ago

      It's god news

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      bleachfan 5 months ago

      i pray for it to come back

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      Rahul gupta 5 months ago

      Really wanted too see yachiru fight.

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      Regina 5 months ago

      this year is 2017 and bleach have not yet return but if you go download video of bleach amv then there are some sense that maybe bleach will return and ichigo kurasaki have his soul repear powers and his zanpakuto will be diffenernt i am a fan of bleach love to watch it

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      Duane 5 months ago

      There are two logical reasons for the series to return.

      1. They truly never fully explained all the noble families, especially the most powerful first family. These storylines kept the hype up for the bleach series and is the backbone. Fans will not be happy until they fully understand all of them and not just two.

      2. Aizen is a very cunning foe and most fans know that his arrest is just a part of his plan to overtake the first noble family. There is probably more than one way to make the key and the other way is hidden from all of them, including three of the noble families. There has to be a hidden book that only few can reach. The only way to get the book is to make sure that all eyes are off of Aizen. That allows them, those who secretly follow Aizen, to finally get that book while their guard is down. It is just too easy for him to give up yet, he is just too cunning.

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      Dexden 5 months ago

      They need to keep the tv series going

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      ms 5 months ago

      its 2017, there still is no 367

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      IchigoKing 6 months ago

      Right now it is 2017 still no bleach

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      Robert 6 months ago

      It's 2017 already pls bring anime back just tell us it'll atleast return.

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      JJ 6 months ago

      2017 and still waiting

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      Bob 6 months ago

      You should make it come out soon and if u guys do make it better then any anime in the world. One more thing put soul king in the new season.

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      Mer 6 months ago

      What if it's 2017..

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      Christopher w 7 months ago

      I really love the bleach anime even the fillers made me love it even more

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      BleachHardFan 7 months ago

      Sad, really wanted anime to continue, wanted to see more bankai's like Kenpachi's Badass Bankai, Yamamoto Old Man Bankai's, and the other captains.... and ichigo controlling his hollow-form making even more super badass sigh..

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      Maybe it'll return 7 months ago

      Bleach is nothing like Naruto and one piece. Bleach is more like yu yu Hakasho and dragon Ball z

      Heres all the manga http://mangaseeonline.us/manga/Bleach

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      Robert 8 months ago

      But its 2017 and still no news :(

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      Mahib Bleach Fan 8 months ago

      Bolzo if you are reading this let me tell you naruto is the face of anime it can be compared with dragon ball super.but bleach this manga is the best manga in my life better than naruto.as far as I can tell one piece is a fucking manga dust.I think bleach is the best anime.

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      bleachaddict 8 months ago

      hoping for the next episode. :(

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      sana 8 months ago

      now, Bleach is one the greatest and somehow one of the most popular animated mangas in the whole world !! when the anime has been made untill episode 366 and put it in the webs to watch (for eveyone), it means you have to be responsible instead of all that people. I, am one of those thousand people who is a big fan of this anime. and unfotunately there is NO mangas to buy (at least legally) in my country and I hardly can even watch my favorite anime: Bleach. so my question is just this: What can I do ?!

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      Moon 8 months ago

      Dont you think its about time to continue this anime... after all these years and people still watch the show more fans are still growing for the series, almost any anime lover will tell you that bleach was something they watched fanatically. Understandable they already put in a lot of effort compared to other series.. only lasting 12-60 episodes .. with occasional exception like Naruto / SAO / Dragon Ball / Magi etc ... they put an AMAZING 366 episodes of pure gold. I have never desperately wanted an anime back so bad in my life and I have waited years to hear the word of its return. If anyone reading this is involved with its franchise I implore you, please for all of us. Help get it running again.

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      Laura 9 months ago

      I really want it to aired again.

      I have watched all 366 episodes and I still wanting to return already.

      I want to see all until the last one played for certain.

      I can't wait for bleach to come back and hopefully very soon.:')

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      Mary Hayes 9 months ago

      wish it would come back soon it was one of the shows that i would stay up and watch along with looking forward for the next eppisode to come on

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      Cece 9 months ago

      I hope that it does come back its just a really good anime lets just keep our hope up

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      El Chapo 9 months ago

      I need bleach back as of 12/31/2016

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      Wigywac 9 months ago

      I think they shouldve ended it with him defeating aizen and keeping his powers because the last season sucks, or if anything getting his original powers back

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      Common meme 10 months ago

      Sadly it already near 2017 and bleach has still not returned. Get your crap together tite kubo!

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      bleach bring back 10 months ago

      bleach needs to come back- todays date is 12-15-2016

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      Reefaya Noortaj 10 months ago

      Bleach seriously needs to come back, it's probably one of the best anime series I've ever watched and would watch it all over again and again.

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      hope 11 months ago

      Not back yet, oh man maybe at 2017 they will continue publishing. Let's just wait until then.

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      Hope 11 months ago

      It isn't back yet and I don't think it'll be. But we should never lose hope even thought we know that making a nine episodes is a hard task.

      Hope someone replies to me so that I won't be alone here.

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      anime fan 11 months ago

      i hope bleach will return

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      זיו זולטי 11 months ago

      bleach needs to come back to the END to complicit the anime.

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      Zjun 11 months ago

      When you're reading this 3 years later and feeling sad bleach is never coming back.

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      Dragonblood 11 months ago

      Dudes i feel really bad because the bleach series is still not back and it is 2016 it really sucks i have read all of the comments, I have litteraly read every single comment all the way up to now and they all say the something similar to each other they all say stuff like Bleach will be back and Bleach will continue, I am sorry i really am, i love Bleach a lot i really do, but most of these posts are like 3 or 4 years old, this whole thing about Bleach continuing on till 2014 or 2015 or whatever year it is supposed to continue on, I think that it is not coming back, I am Super sorry, I know i said it but i really thing it is time for all of use to face the music so to speak i mean all of our predictions are saying that Bleach was supposed to already be here, I am not trying to be a hater or anything but i am jut sayin mabe Bleach is not coming back, I mean it could in mabe a few more years mabe but what if it does not? what then? huh? I have gone through every single one of these comments word for word letter by letter and i know how passionet some of you guys are about Bleach but plz at least try to move on i mean, life is not an anime or manga even if you were to belive that Bleach were to come back with as much enthusiasm as Ichigo does when trying to protect his friends it might not come back.

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      ssj93 11 months ago

      I really hope it well come back cuz its one of anime Legends

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      Nate Kubo 11 months ago

      Honestly its nearing the end of 2016, and it still hasn't come back.. I wish it would but I'm led to believing it won't. I'm sorry guys.

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      Uchiha Sarada 12 months ago

      Come on Kubo, please don't let us Down, We cannot wait any longer, We want BLEACH back!

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      Fuk 12 months ago

      Its not coming back is it? :-(

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      HaloReach 2 13 months ago

      Bring it Back I love it and I want it back I havent even gotten to episode 200 but i want it to come back as the Manga is basically done they should Bring it back!

      Bring Back Bleach!!!!

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      cravengod 13 months ago

      i really really love bleach so please bring out the next epsiode

      thank you

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      Ahmed Amlas 13 months ago

      I Rely Wish That Bleach Comes Back

      I Don't Car Wen. I Just Wanted To Come Back

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      Still waiting... 14 months ago

      "Updated on April 19, 2016" Where's the updated part?

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      malay 14 months ago

      i hope, bleach come back next year,i like bleach, this anime bleach so good...✌

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      Rem 14 months ago

      And its 2016 and the show aint started up again, ontop of that manga ending next week :o

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      HydraTheWarror 14 months ago

      I believe that bleach can run and compete against boruto the movie I want to know what's next and if Naruto keeps running so does bleach

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      Kp 14 months ago

      Just bought the bluray release. In the hope that the anime would return.

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      ilb 14 months ago

      bleach plz

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      Kurusaki ichigo 15 months ago

      Why do bleach is not return?i love this anime.But why? This anime is not return.bleach return this anime pls.im a very very fans us bleach.pls.

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      Kachiro 15 months ago

      Bleach the anime really needs to come back. It's been gone for way too many years. I just finished the Bleach anime series a few minutes ago, and I've heard from my friend about the Quincy arc. I want to see it in the anime. It would feel weird, switching to the manga after 366 episodes of Bleach. I wouldnt have the same feel for it as it wouldn't be how I was used to seeing Bleach. I'm really interested to go read the manga, to continue the story. Honestly though, it needs to be brought into the anime series. I need to see the Bleach series proper end. I just hope someday, the company that made the series, including Tite Kubo, bring the final Bleach arc into the series. I'd do anything to have thelat accomplished.

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      hm 15 months ago

      Bleach is coming back bc johnny young bosch has already done ichigo voice overs for the new series of bleach already so its just a matter of time before it airs an also the bount series of the anime was also in the manga so it wasnt a filler arc

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      jnathanghost 16 months ago

      bleachedlife same here agree with you and feel the same

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      DVS 16 months ago

      Well I haven't counted the fillers in Naruto and Bleach but I can't see Bleach having considerably more. Also like some others here I have really not like Naruto fillers in the past where often they r just pointless short stories, which often take place in the past. I really didn't mind how they did fillers in Bleach tbh, I think turning them into a proper story arc was quite creative and gives viewers like me to keep watching.

      I am really hoping that once the manga has finished (which I don't read sadly as I am purely an anime fan) that they bring it back as then like some theorised they could show it all without the need for fillers as well.

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      Aizen 16 months ago

      just like me, the bleach anime series is forever sealed away. i can always still hope though

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      Ultimetas 17 months ago

      dont understand how theres still nobody willing to animate this. bleach may not be a the peak of its popularity at the moment but seeing as we are now in the final fight and really close to the end, the hype will start to build up again. if an anime is not released before sometime after the manga's end that hype will be gone. therefore i really hope some company decidec to pick it up right around the shows end so we arent left with a big gaping hole between the manga end and anime release

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      animegodd 17 months ago

      bring back the anime and a full roster game

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      Otakuthroughmanga 17 months ago

      It will return. It will take some days..months or even years but in the end itll continue its unique streak.

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      jennyX 17 months ago

      i takes about 1-5 years to create the whole thing

      and the last manga chapters come out somewhere in may

      and so far what i have been told that Bleach anime will come back in years 2018-2020

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      conner whitton 17 months ago

      i say we need to do something that show they makers how we all love this show so much so that way they can see that we want them to acctully put the show back on air if do that hopyfully we will be able to watch the show again i mean we did they take it off air in the first place am i worng i mean come just after things were just about to get a whole lot better they go and take it off the air . i say we need to make some kind of rally to make them reliz how much we all love this show its like the best thing ever

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      MONEYTiteKubo 17 months ago

      Tite Kubo wanted the anime to end since the fans are waiting for the anime instead of his manga, there are supposedly 2 more arcs before the Quincy Arc then the final arc, but Kubo cut it after Xcution and went directly to Quincy, stupid old man, even faked his own health condition to get more attention from the fans, Bleach was supposed to be on the level of OnePiece and Naruto but Kubo's selfishness caused Bleach it's popularity to go downhill

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      AtBigfan 18 months ago


      Life has ups and downs. You just have to stay strong when you're down and eventually you will rise again.

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      reeeee 18 months ago

      bleach pls

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      ed 18 months ago

      well its 2016 and nothing has been released not even new speculations sadly i think it might be a end to the once great anime

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      blank 20 months ago

      no please dont tell me this bleach is my life ive been waiting for new episodes now this you have to be kidding

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      History 22 months ago

      Bleach needs to come back

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      BleachedLife 2 years ago

      Bleach better come back...it was the only thing that kept me happy during the time when nothing when right and took my mind off the shit called 'life'. Heck, I'll even go as far as to say that I didn't commit suicide only because of Bleach, so....

      The manga is amazing, the anime will be too.

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      Ichigo Kurosaki 2 years ago

      I'm sorry guys,when I said "see you again!" I meant some day next year 2016,I have to consult my boss Tite Kubo as to whether he thinks its wise. Do not fear though,you will get more BLEACH

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      Akio Hayasaki 2 years ago

      Well read bleach on any device with internet and go to manga town.com its 10000000% free ive tried it new chapters every thursday.

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      jt 2 years ago

      I would pay jump to bring it back

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      Damien 2 years ago

      They should make more bleach for 2015

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      Zeke Maddox 2 years ago

      i heard its coming back summer 2015

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      Maya1109 2 years ago

      I love Bleach! I first watched Naruto and thought it was the best anime ever but then I watched Bleach... And Bleach stole my anime loving heart forever! Up until today Bleach is still my favorite.

      As for the issue of fillers... Although Bleach had a lot of fillers and they spanned over a season, it wasn't that bad, I actually enjoyed some of it especially the Zanpakutō: The Alternate Tale. Many of Naruto's fillers are even more pointless than Bleach's fillers and don't let me get started on all the flashbacks that was utterly meaningless and just way to fill the time and get an episode out there.

      In my opinion if they bring Bleach back it will probably happen after the manga ends. But my fingers are crossed for it to come back someday... I'll still be waiting.

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      ichigo 2 years ago

      I think they will make more episodes because a lot of people liked the amine I did f I for one.

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      Jasutin Rai 2 years ago

      No the anime currently is ended at episode 366. Until they decide to bring it back (Possibly when manga is finished) there will be no more episodes

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      scarlet 2 years ago

      One of my friends told me that there Is 800 episode of bleach but I can't find any episodes past 366 and the trailer of episode 367 will there be any more episode I really love the show I hope there is.

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      Jasutin Rai 2 years ago

      I love bleach, a big fan in fact heck I even have a Kisuke hat.

      I finished the final episode of bleach (Episode 366) about an hour or two ago then I jumped online to see if they really are going to bring it back. I do think it hinted at a return with Ichigo saying " See ya around" at the end of the anime and earlier in the episode he says to Rukia "When I say see you around it doesn't mean this is our last goodbye. I'll see you again, don't worry about it."

      So this could be a hint at the return of it. I say we wait until the manga is finished then we will see what happens.

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      Dominick 2 years ago

      For those that say that the order of the anime are different, sir/miss you are ignorant of the situation, Naruto, Bleach, and One Piece are all made by Shonen Jump. They each had an amount of fillers but honestly fillers are not that bad, it's like a break, to see some other stories you didn't know about, or too see the characters personal life for a change for one episode. For example near the end of the Bleach anime they had the New Years episode, it put my mind at ease and see how most of the characters enjoy there time flying kites and having a hilarious competition at the same time. Also it is almost 2015, I would love a return of bleach, but all we can do is hope, the author of this article did make some key points about it, and reasons why it might not come back, so entirely the outcome of this is a 50/50 on Bleach's return.

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      Angeline 2 years ago

      I really want it back, I am a toshiro hitsugaya lover and I would gladly like to see more of him. Ichigo is alright although I don't mind him much even if he is one popular main character.

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      2 years ago

      bleach is very nice it can also be continue and im sure it will continue u can't tell it .im waiting for the contuination of the episodes