Tite Kubo launched a particular chapter of Bleachin Shonen Soar to mark the Twentieth-anniversary of the manga collection.
The 73-page one-shot was printed in English by Viz on Monday, after being launched in Japanese in Weekly Shonen Soar‘s mixed version of problem 36 and 37.
Set 12 years after the manga’s finish, the chapter sees lead character Ichigo Kurosaki participate in a particular ceremony with the Soul Society.
Generally known as the Konso Rensai, the ceremony sees the Soul Society honor Captain Jushiro Ukitake within the World of the Dwelling Soul after he was misplaced in battle 12 years earlier.
Regardless of it being introduced as a one-shot, the chapter ended on a dramatic cliffhanger that teased a possible new arc for the manga.
Kurosaki, Rukia Kuchiki, Renji Abarai and different members of the Soul Society are ambushed by Hollows that don’t have any non secular strain earlier than the ceremony may even start.
After keeping off their assaults, they’re shocked to find the return of Szayelaporro Granz, who reveals to that the Soul Reapers have been sending the spirits of lifeless captains to Hell.
However, as a result of the forces that had been holding Hell at bay are now not round, it might probably now be opened by spirits from the opposite aspect.
Earlier than Szayelaporro can kill Kurosaki he’s stopped by the spirit of Ukitake and is drawn again into Hell, however not earlier than ominously warning the Soul Society to consider the implications of their actions.
Kubo has not mentioned whether or not the manga may return for a brand new arc, however the chapter actually left followers hoping there might be extra to return.
The manga artist is presently engaged on Bleach spin-off Burn the Witch for Shonen Soar, the primary season of which was printed within the journal on August 24 to September 12, 2020.
Whereas Burn the Witch is in the identical universe as Bleach, it’s unclear if Kubo may have time to write down and illustrate extra chapters of his basic manga within the close to future as he’s engaged on a second season of his new collection.
Bleach was initially printed in Shonen Soar from August 7, 2001, to August 22, 2016, ending with 74 volumes in whole.
The manga had an anime adaptation that aired from 2004 till 2012, and there are additionally 4 movies: Recollections of No one, The DiamondDust Revolt, Fade to Black, and Hell Verse.
It was introduced in March 2020 in the course of the Bleach Twentieth Anniversary Mission & Tite Kubo New Mission Presentation that the anime would return.
Whereas it’s identified that the anime will adapt the “Thousand-Yr Blood Struggle” from the manga, it has not but been revealed when the collection is more likely to be again on the small display screen.
The manga was additionally tailored right into a live-action movie in 2018, which stars Sota Fukushi within the lead position of Kurosaki and was launched internationally on Netflix.