A great Bleach cosplay pays the perfect homage to Yoruichi Shihoin’s craziest transformation in the series ahead of his official anime debut later this year! The anime’s original series ended before fans got to see the final arc of Tite Kubo’s original manga animated in its entirety, so they’ve been waiting for a potential return for quite a long time. Fortunately, the wait will soon be over as part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the original series which will be an all-new anime adaptation finally bringing the Thousand Year Blood War arc to life.
This means fans will finally be able to see the series’ most visually impressive arc come to life, and that includes fan-favorite characters who received new forms, upgrades, and makeovers for the final battle. The most notable of these was Yoruichi, who not only made a comeback with the final arc, but with the help of Urahara debuted in the wild form of Thunder Beast who took his Shunpo into a new animal and violent direction. Today, artist @katsu.u helped bring this look to life through cosplay on Instagram, and you can check it out below:
Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War is currently slated for an October release as part of the Fall 2022 anime schedule, and Viz Media has licensed the series for international launch outside of Japan when the new episodes debut. They officially describe the series as such: “Was it all just a coincidence or was it inevitable? Ichigo Kurosaki gained the powers of a Soul Reaper through a chance encounter. Society, a place where deceased souls congregate, but with the help of his friends, Ichigo overcame all the challenges to become even stronger.
When new Soul Reapers and a new enemy appear in his hometown of Karakura, Ichigo returns to the battlefield with his Zanpakuto to help those in need. Meanwhile, Soul Society observes a sudden increase in the number of Hollows being destroyed in the World of the Living. They are also receiving separate reports of missing Rukon District residents. Finally, the Seireitei, home of the Soul Reapers, is attacked by a group calling themselves the Wandenreich.
Led by Yhwach, the father of all Quincies, the Wandenreich declare war on the Soul Reapers with the following message: “In five days, Soul Society will be wiped out by the Wandenreich.” The story and the truth hidden by the Soul Reapers for a thousand long years is finally revealed. All must end, as Ichigo Kurosaki’s final battle begins!”
What do you think? Are you excited for Bleach’s big return to anime later this year? What are you most looking forward to seeing in the new episodes? Where does Yoruichi’s return rank among the most anticipated of the new series as a whole? Let us know all your thoughts on Bleach and all things anime in the comments!