A special 20th-anniversary edition of ‘Bleach’ volume one is being released!

See where it all started!

(Featured Image Source: ©Tite Kubo/Shueisha, Viz Media)

Iconic anime series Bleach has re-entered the pop culture headlines with the announcement of its anime series continuation and its 20th anniversary. Well, a new collectible is on its way, as the first volume of Bleach’s manga is getting a special anniversary edition later this year.

The Bleach 20th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 1 includes a special cover art from the series original August 20, 2001 launch in Weekly Shonen Jump!

Bleach began in 2001 as a manga series. It tells the story of Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager able to see spirits. He is shocked when he comes across a “soul reaper,” later becoming one himself. It is now up to Ichigo to help souls crossover to the afterlife and defeat powerful monstrous spirits named hollows. The series got an anime adaption in 2004, several anime films, novels, video games, stage shows, and a live-action film. The anime adaption will continue with the premiere of Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War later this year.

Viz Media


“Was it all just a coincidence, or was it inevitable?
Ichigo Kurosaki gained the powers of a Soul Reaper through a chance encounter. As a Substitute Soul Reaper, Ichigo became caught in the turmoil of the Soul Society, a place where deceasedsouls gather. But with help from his friends, Ichigo overcame every challenge to become even stronger.

When new Soul Reapers and a new enemy appear in his hometown of Karakura, Ichigo jumps back into the battlefield with his Zanpakuto to help those in need. Meanwhile, the Soul Society is observing a sudden surge in the number of Hollows being destroyed in the World of the Living. They also receive separate reports of residents in the Rukon District having gone missing. Finally, the Seireitei, home of the Soul Reapers, comes under attack by a group calling themselves the Wandenreich.

Led by Yhwach, the father of all Quincies, the Wandenreich declare war against the Soul Reapers with the following message: “Five days from now, the Soul Society will be annihilated by the Wandenreich.”
The history and truth kept hidden by the Soul Reapers for a thousand long years is finally brought to light.

All things must come to an end—as Ichigo Kurosaki’s final battle begins!”

via VIZ Media

Bleach 20th Anniversary Edition, Vol. 1 releases on August 2, 2022. Learn where you can get your copy by setting a course for Viz Media.

You can catch up on the adventures of high school student turned Shinigami, Ichigo Kurosaki, and his allies as they face off against the terror of the Hollows, by checking out Bleach! And watch BURN THE WITCH, the latest anime series to take place in the world of Bleach! Both streaming now on Crunchyroll!

(Source: Viz Media)

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About Tai

Editor-in-Chief of the Tides. He has contributed articles and helped write for sites across the wide expanse of the internet. Comic book craving, video game playing, Star Wars fanboy at your service. Mention all forms of geekdom and you will have a friend in him.

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