Tite Kubo’s highly successful Bleach is one of the most widely known manga and anime series to date. However, after 11 long years since it was first serialized, the popular series is entering it’s final story arc starting Monday the 6th of February.
For those of you unfamiliar with the series, Bleach follows the adventures of a young man named Ichigo Kurosaki, who obtains the power of a Soul Reaper (Shinigami) and is tasked with the duties of defending humans from evil spirits and guiding souls to the afterlife.
The series’ end was announced in Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine on Monday. Kubo started drawing the manga in 2001 and has since gone on to sell more than 72 million copies in Japan and has become one of the most sold mangas in the United States. The anime adaption’s original run began in 2004 and was also received well with viewers. The series has also since gone on to spawn four anime movies.
It is indeed sad news that after 11 years this epic series is coming to an end. Growing up with Bleach, I for one will never forget the first time Ichigo used Bankai. As it takes its place in manga and anime history, fans all around the world will surely remember the series forever.
Below is a preview of the colour opening page of the manga’s final arc published in the 10th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump.