Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War marks the return of the popular shounen series in anime format, adapting the manga’s final arc to its conclusion. Initially, fans suspected that it will be streamed on Crunchyroll but if a new report is to be believed, then Bleach might be heading to the house of mouse as it will stream on Disney+ instead.
According to a new report, Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War‘s streaming license has been acquired by Disney+, igniting a mixed response from fans. On one hand, the anime will likely reach a far greater casual audience than Crunchyroll. However, Disney+ is known to heavily censor some of its content, which poses a problem for Bleach as the anime features plenty of violence and gore.
The last anime that Disney+ licensed was Summer Time Rendering, though it was only limited to audiences in Japan. This blocked out access for international viewers, who will likely have to wait until the anime completes its 25-episode run before being able to watch it elsewhere.
However, acquiring the license for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War would be a big move as it remains one of the year’s most anticipated anime and will almost certainly bring a lot of attention to the show. Fans are concerned, however, that Disney might attempt to censor the anime which doesn’t bode well for its mature content. Furthermore, author Tite Kubo confirmed that the anime will feature revised scenarios and brand new fights. Censorship might hamper that experience.
Kubo remains confident in the creative team at Studio Pierrot that they will do the return of Bleach justice. This includes not restricting or toning down any content to fit a specific audience, allowing them to go all-out with the new anime adaptation. Hopefully Disney understands the assignment and doesn’t censor some of the anime’s most promising elements.
As with all reports and rumours, take this with a pinch of salt for now until we get an official confirmation.
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War airs this October.
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