Written by: Allysa Malicdem
Published on: August 10, 2021 at 10:21 PM PHT (GMT+8)
The official English account of Shonen JUMP magazine has announced on Monday the release of the new 73-page one-shot of Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga in English. The said chapter was also published in Shueisha’s MANGA Plus.
This year’s 35th issue of the Weekly Shonen Jump magazine previously announced the new chapter in commemoration of the manga’s 20th year from launch. The magazine’s combined 36th and 37th issue published the manga’s one-shot.
The official Twitter of the mangaka has shared the publication of the new chapter in the merged issue by posting a commentary tweet with the issue's cover:
The main plot revolves around Ichigo upon receiving an invitation to a certain ceremony in Soul Society. The new chapter ended with what seemed to be a cliffhanger.
The issue also contains information on the original painting exhibition, “BLEACH EX.”, to be held at the Hikarie Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo which will run from December 18. 2021 until January 16, 2022. A promotional video was released to announce the upcoming exhibit.
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.