Why ‘Bleach’ Was Canceled and When the Anime Is Coming Back


Bleach is considered one of the Big Three anime, but despite its place in the cultural zeitgeist, its television adaptation was canceled back in 2012. As such, the show never got to cover the final arc of Tite Kubo’s manga. However, fans will get the ending they deserve this fall. Bleach is coming back in October, with the anime bringing viewers the Thousand-Year Blood War arc. Read on to learn why the series was canceled and what we can expect from its big return.

Why was ‘Bleach’ canceled in 2012?

Ichigo Kurosaki in 'Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War,' which sees the anime coming back after 10 years.  He's lifting his weapon over his head and yelling.
Ichigo in ‘Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War’ | VIZ Media

Bleach has long been considered a classic anime, quickly rising to fame after its 2004 premiere. Sadly, its popularity didn’t last — at least not on paper. By the time 2012 rolled around, the anime adaptation was cancelled. According to Comic Book Resources, that’s because it was getting low ratings. This pushed the show to have a premature ending — despite the fact that Tite Kubo’s manga continued for several more years.

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