On Friday, November 25, the official Bleach: TYBW website made a shocking and kind of bad announcement about how often new episodes would be coming out. It looks like episodes 8 and 9, which were supposed to air on November 28 and December 5, have been moved.
The announcement doesn’t say why the change to the release schedule for Bleach: TYBW is happening so quickly. Also, it doesn’t say if the delay only affects Sendai Broadcasting or if it will also affect international releases on Hulu and Disney+.
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As was already said, the change in the release date was announced on the official Bleach: TYBW website earlier today, along with how it would affect Sendai Broadcasting. Even though this delay in release for Sendai Broadcasting is likely to also delay international releases on other platforms, this has not been confirmed as of the writing of this article.
Fans, on the other hand, think that the change in how movies are released will have an effect on when they come out in other countries. The eighth episode, which was supposed to come out on November 28, and the ninth episode, which was supposed to come out on December 5, will now both come out on Monday, December 12.
Since the news just came out this morning, many Bleach: TYBW fans don’t seem to know about the change in release dates. Even though ignorance is bliss, the fans will be upset and want to know why the delay is happening. But it’s unlikely that Studio Pierrot will say anything during the two-week gap between episodes.
One reason could be that Sendai Broadcasting hasn’t announced yet that something else will air at the same time. With Bleach: TYBW being as big as it is, the team that made the adaptation may have felt confident enough in the popularity of the series to change when the episodes came out on their own. This could also be why the show will get a full hour of programming when it comes back.
Another possibility is that Studio Pierrot is taking some time to fix up scenes in the next episodes based on what people have said recently. Even though most fans have been very happy and vocal about it, Pierrot could have found a quiet minority that made good points that they have since thought about.
In any case, all of this is just a guess, since there is no news about the delay other than the fact that it has been announced. Also, fans aren’t likely to get any kind of explanation for why this delay is happening.
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Still, the Bleach: TYBW anime is set to run for four seasons, with breaks in between. It can also still cover the rest of the original manga up to how it ends in the real world. At the same time, Viz Media also confirmed that the actors from the original anime series will be back for Thousand Year Blood Battle. This list includes the following:
- Johnny Younger Bosch as Ichigo Kurosaki
- Michelle Ruff as Rukia Kuchiki
- Derek Stephen Prince as Uryu Ishida
- Stephanie Sheh as Orihime Inoue
- Wally Wingert as Renji Abarai
- Doug Erholtz as Kisuke Urahara
Because of this delay, both episodes 8 and 9 of Bleach: Thousand Year Blood Battle will air for the first time on December 12. At the moment, you can stream the anime on Hulu.