Bleach Anime May Be Ending Soon, or May Be Moving Timeslots

This comes from a news article on AnimeNewsNetwork, and which I found on Reddit’s /r/Bleach, which in turn comes from a program listing in a Japanese publication.

It says that Bleach will end its run on TV Tokyo’s 6pm Tuesday timeslot on 27 March, a bit over a month from now. It will be replaced by Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Power Ninden, a new spin-off of Naruto.

Bleach animation director Hiroki Takagi replied to this on Twitter by saying, “So quick. I was going to paste it… /(^o^)\”.

So that’s that. It’s not confirmed as of yet that Bleach has been canceled. I’m actually reading that as the show being moved to a different timeslot, which isn’t a bad thing. If I’m remembering correctly, Bleach used to air on Thursday evenings, and was moved during the Bount arc (which was also around the time the anime had some double-length episodes). Nowhere in that does it say that Bleach is being canceled, exactly, so it might just be moving to a different timeslot.

Given that, I’m not jumping to the conclusion of Bleach being canceled. Others are thinking that, but I’m awaiting further details. It’d be a shame for the series to be canceled after, as of now, nearly eight years and 361 episodes. The current story arc, the Fullbringer arc, is just now getting exciting, and the new, final arc, deserves to be animated.

We’ll see how this unfolds.

Update: Looks like the anime series has been canceled. The manga, however, will continue to be published.

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3 thoughts on “Bleach Anime May Be Ending Soon, or May Be Moving Timeslots

  1. unstopablenerd March 7, 2012 / 10:29

    So is it ending i love bleach so freaking much please let me know or keep me up to date please i dont want it to end whenit is just getting good thanks

    • Rand al'Thor March 7, 2012 / 13:48

      It’s actually looking more likely that Bleach is simply changing time slots over in Japan (moving to 6.30pm instead of its 6.00pm slot) in April.

      I’ll write up a new post about this.

  2. Alex March 19, 2012 / 15:30

    My friend robert was worried but you are right it doesn’t say its being canceled and why would they. In the middle of a new season

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