It has been years since fans saw the last episode of "Bleach." We have not heard from the popular anime after 366 episodes. The last episode was shown on March 27. There are a lot of rumors as to why the series cancelled, but one thing's for sure - fans are hoping for a comeback.
The anime series was based on the manga by Tite Kubo. It was produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. The manga ended in August of last year, and Kubo previously posted an emotional story of ending the manga a few months ago, Crunchyroll said.
The Character Designer For The Series Hinted A Revival
One of the rumored reasons why the anime was abruptly ended is so that it can keep up with the manga. Now that the manga has concluded, will the "Bleach" anime series return? Masashi Kudo, character designer for the series, seemed to have hinted that the anime series will be revived.
According to Comicbook, Kudo was invited during the PMX 2016 at the University of Southern California which was held at the end of last year. When he was asked about his thoughts on "Bleach" now that it is over, he said: "As a manga story, it has ended but there are parts that haven't been made into an anime yet. I talk a lot with the anime staff about things we can do later."
The Original Director For "Bleach" Is Doing Another Project
Kudo has since stressed that Studio Pierrot has currently no plans in developing a new anime, but there may a come a day when the studio will be. "Bleach" anime was plagued with a lot of fillers, and so, if a reboot will really happen, narrative precision would be needed.
Also, a "Bleach" comeback may need new helmers, because the original director of the anime series, Noriyuki Abe, is directing the "Naruto" spin-off. What's good is at least Studio Pierrot has expressed desire to do a reboot for "Bleach." But for now, everything is really just up in the air.