Eight years since the last time Bleach aired, fans have almost given up on the hope of seeing a proper conclusion to the series. However, the creators of Bleach surprised fans with an announcement saying that Bleach season 17 is happening.
The announcement came on the 20th anniversary of the manga series in March 2020. Bleach itself originally aired in Japan from October 2004 to March 2012 with a total of 366 episodes.
Knowing that the anime series will be returning for one last time, the anime series’ fans are hyped up.
Bleach: A Quick Recap
Ichigo Kurosaki is an ordinary high schooler until his family is attacked by a Hollow, a corrupt spirit that seeks to devour human souls. It is then that he meets a Soul Reaper named Rukia Kuchiki, who gets injured while protecting Ichigo’s family from the assailant. To save his family, Ichigo accepts Rukia’s offer of taking her powers and becomes a Soul Reaper as a result.
However, as Rukia is unable to regain her powers, Ichigo is given the daunting task of hunting down the Hollows that plague their town. However, he is not alone in his fight, as he is later joined by his friends and classmates: Orihime Inoue, Yasutora Sado, and Uryuu Ishida, who each have their own unique abilities. As Ichigo and his comrades get used to their new duties and support each other on and off the battlefield, the young Soul Reaper soon learns that the Hollows are not the only real threat to the human world.
Bleach Season 17: Will It Ever Return?
Bleach Season 17 Release Date
The makers have confirmed that Bleach season 17 will release sometime this year. The exact release date is yet to be announced. There are numerous speculations from different websites regarding the show’s exact release date. Some are guessing that season 17 will drop in late 2021, in line with an art exhibition in December 2021 in Hikarie Hall.
However, none of these dates has been officially confirmed yet.
We will continue to update upcoming announcements and the release date in this article once it’s announced.
Bleach Season 17 Plot
The final season will adapt the last story in the manga series titled ‘Thousand-Year Blood War.’
Just a quick recap, in the 16th season of the anime, we saw Ichigo Kurosaki losing all his powers. Struggling to regain his abilities, Rukia Kuchiki assisted him in getting his powers back as a Soul Reaper.
Meanwhile, all the Hollows mysteriously disappeared, causing the hard-fought union to crush. No one knows what happened and what circumstances triggered their disappearance.
Eventually, a new group of soldiers called Wandenreich (which translates to Invisible Empire) launched its attack against the Soul Society. The Wandenreich is a secret group of the Quincy. After losing the war against the Shinigami 1,000 years ago, Quincy escaped from the human world and built a hiding place in the Seireitei.
They used Reishi to create space in the shadows, successfully concealing their whereabouts. Wandenreich wants to use the abundant Reishi that can only be found in the Soul Society. For a thousand years, they have been secretly growing their powers in the shadow, waiting for the day to orchestrate an attack and harness all the Reishi in the Soul Society.
The Wandenreich is determined to take down everyone who gets in their way. In season 17, Ichigo must undergo intense training and find a way to defeat the Wandenreich to save the Soul Society. Judging from the lack of censorship, expect the final battle of Ichigo to be bloody and brutal.