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Published on: August 27, 2021 at 11:18 PHT (GMT+8)
The official Twitter of the mobile game Monster Strike announced on Thursday that the second collaboration with the giga popular television (TV) anime “BLEACH” adapted from Tite Kubo’s manga will run from September 2 to September 17.
The above tweet includes details on the start of the collaboration while also introducing some of the newer characters joining the game’s roster this time around: Urahara Kisuke, Inoue Orihime, Ishida Uryu, Matsumoto Rangiku, and Sado Yasutora. In addition, a few of the Ten Blades (espada) will appear in quests including Ulquiorra, Grimmjow, and Stark.
Aside from the new entries, old characters from the previous collaboration are available such as Ichigo Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, and Toushirou Hitsugaya. These old characters can now be transformed into more powerful versions (see photos included in the above tweet). Logging on during the collaboration period gives players orbs once a day, collaboration character Shinji Hirako, and a free gacha draw for the collaboration gacha on selected days. For more information on the event and updates, check out Monster Strike’s official website.
More on BLEACH
Tite Kubo’s manga BLEACH started serialization in 2001 through Weekly Shonen Jump and ended in August 2016. Last August 7, the manga approached its 20th anniversary.
The manga then inspired a TV anime adaptation with 366 episodes that ran from 2004 to 2012 which adapted the first 54 volumes on the manga series. Studio Pierrot was in charge of the animation with director Noriyuki Abe. Character designs were based from the creations of Masashi Kudo. VIZ Media obtained the anime’s distribution rights in 2006. The series premiered with English dub in Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in 2006 and aired all episodes until 2014.
Apart from the TV anime series, the franchise also includes four films ("Bleach: Memories of Nobody" in 2006, "Bleach: The DiamondDust Rebellion" in 2007, "Bleach: Fade to Black" in 2008 and "Bleach: Hell Verse" in 2010), special episodes ("Bleach: Memories in the Rain" in 2004 and "Bleach: The Sealed Sword Frenzy" in 2006), two OVAs and a live-action film produced by Warner Bros in 2018.
In March 2020, a new TV anime adaptation inspired by the manga’s final arc, “Thousand Year Blood War”, was announced.
Last August 10, a new 73-page One-Shot issue was released in English to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the manga’s launch. This issue focused on Ichigo receiving an invitation to a ceremony in Soul Society. The special issue was free-to-read.
Check out the synopsis of the original TV anime below (AniRadio Rewrite):
An ordinary high schooler named Ichigo Kurosaki lives a normal life up until his family is attacked by a corrupt spirit, hungry for human souls, known as a Hollow. Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper, intervenes and gets injured while trying to keep Ichigo’s family safe. The injured Rukia proposes that Ichigo take her powers as a Soul Reaper in order to protect his family and he accepts. Since the injured soul reaper cannot seem to regain her powers, Ichigo takes up the challenge of protecting his town from the Hollows.
Luckily, Ichigo gains companions along the way as his friends — Inoue Orihime, Sado Yasutora, and Ishida Uryuu — assist in the battles with their own unique abilities. Their happy group of friends power through and acclimate to their difficult duties but they eventually learn that other dangers threaten the world of humans.
More on Monster Strike
Monster Strike is a Japanese mobile game that mixes elements of role-playing, physics, puzzles, strategy, and cooperative gameplay. It was developed by XFLAG for iOS and Android with former Capcom game designer Yoshiki Okamoto at the helm. The game launched locally in 2013 and went global in 2014. In 2018, Monster Strike grossed over USD 7.2 billion worldwide and became the highest-grossing mobile app of all time (but it was eventually surpassed). This title also inspired the release of a role-playing game on Nintendo’s 3DS back in 2015. The game also received a web anime adaptation on YouTube back in October 2015 with a second season that came out in April 2017.