Tite Kubos Bleach is a great booksong in the history of anime and anime, a title that has helped make anime and manga all right. And while the anime adaptation of Bleach ended a little abruptly with the fullbringer Arc, we will finally see the infamous Thousand-Year Blood War in October 2022 as an adaptation of the movie, and we’ll never get happier. And since everyone thought Bleach would be coming to Crunchyroll, who has all of the previous seasons also accumulated rights, a recent rumor suggests that Disney acquired the streaming rights, so we’ll discuss these rumors here.
Recent internet rumors suggest that there was a bidding war for the streaming rights for Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War and Disney+ has managed to outbid Crunchyroll and will stream the anime internationally. No one confirmed this all officially and there is still a rumor I hope to see.
With this article, you will be able to get the most of all the necessary information you need to know about the rumored acquisition of the Thousand-Year Blood War Arc by Disney and how many times it would have been for the international fans of that show. This rumor is very shocking, as it seems to me that Disney isn’t so good at a anime section.
Is Bleach a Thousand-year-old Blood War coming to Disney+?
That all began on August 12, 2022 with a tweet: “You had to go with my father on August 12, 2022.”
Sugoi LITE (OCE) (Oyster) (@SugoiLITE) August 12, 2022.
Sugoi LITE shook the anime scene with this said leak. So, it was no secret a confirmation, but Sogui LITE has been known as a good-looking source in the past, and so, he is pretty respected. The Tweet states that Disney+ has supposedly acquired the access rights to the Thousand-Year Blood War arc and Crunchyroll. That was the safest bet for almost everyone.
During this time, it’s a pretty shocking turn of events, since Disney+ isn’t a major player in the anime market, whereas Crunchyroll is the world’s biggest one. Bleach is a big title and Crunchyroll also has all the previous episodes, so they were expected to stream the final arc as well. Now, we should remind you if you take the case with little hesitation at all.
Apparently this is a rumor on Twitter that may be true or false, but only time will tell. But while we had the chance to get some official news, let’s see what Disney would have a potential acquisition.
How did Disney+ outbid Crunchyroll?
If you don’t ask that, then then it’s a question for which I have no answer. We know that Bleach will premiere in Japan on TV and Tokyo & distributors put up a certain price. Crunchyroll wanted to be able to get him for several reasons: (1) Crunchyroll is the world’s biggest anime streaming site and is accessible to the widest audience; (2) Crunchyroll usually gets all the new and big titles (with a few notable exceptions), unless he is re-created by another streaming service, and (4) Disney+ doesn’t pay a lot of anime.
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If rumors were true, Crunchyroll might have been surprised by Disneys offer since it would have been unexpected. Disney clearly has the money to outbid Crunchyroll, but it was not expected they would be interested in it. There is not reason for Bleach, but because they don’t usually stream anime movies. This is why Crunchyroll is likely surprised but it will explain how Disney can outbid them.
What does it mean for Bleach going to Disney+ for?
We should say that Bleach fans aren’t very happy with this rumor and we can only agree with them. Sure, Disney’s a respectable source and they will do their best to distribute the series internationally, but there are two valid concerns with regards to the streaming schedule and the possible censorship.
Now, Bleach will have its regular episodes on TV Tokyo. It’s a fact. Crunchyroll is usually simulcasting anime content, meaning it would end up airing in the West within an hour of Japanese premiere. Will that be the case with Disney+? We don’t know and it could be a potential concern. In particular, Disney recently bought the distribution rights to Summer Time Rendering, a third anime series. Nevertheless, Asian subscribers can watch this show on simulcast, and the viewer will be able to see it when it’s actually finished its run, which is a lot of fun.
Now, Bleach won’t be as long as Spring Time Rendering, but it means that it will not necessarily be looking at this in simulcasting. It would be bad to see how western audiences would get new episodes weeks or even months after Japanese premiere. This was never a concern with Crunchyroll. And since we don’t know for sure what Disney had planned for Bleach, this is a valid concern and we’d have to cover it. We hope that isn’t happening.
Another issue is censorship. Even the asian distributors always censor anime; this is a fact since many decades ago, (heck, they even censored Digimon, a children’s show). And since it wasn’t an issue when you had Crunchyroll stream the original version, it might be an issue if Disney+ bought exclusive distribution rights. No matter how socially conscious Disney is, and while Bleach itself isn’t controversial, there could be a potential question on the fact that Yhwach and Sternritter are the reworking of the Nazis. After that, many of the heavy violence, even the blood and blood – and the violence will occur in this series. The Quincy war was pretty brutal.
And while Tite Kubo confirmed that this arc won’t be censored and it will include a lot of new content, especially battle scenes, were not sure that Disney will interfere if the show ends up on its platform. It might be that Disney+ wants more subscribers, thus they’ll just simulcast the show n its original format like in Japan, since its goal is to attract more people, but also a classic Disney story they will take, censor it and air a more toned-down version of the anime for western audiences.
Now we don’t know whether that would be the case, so neither Disney can’t even say that anything but that’s another valid concern. First, let alone the fact that these rumors are true but that they have been incorrect, and these concerns may end up being unfounded. So when you are ready to give up, you’ll have some official news in the coming weeks. Keep following us to see what we will see.