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Bleach reportedly getting Thousand-Year Blood War anime in 2021

Published: 18/Mar/2020 17:58

by Brent Koepp

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Popular anime Bleach is reportedly making its long awaited return. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the groundbreaking franchise is supposedly getting a new set of episodes in 2021 to cover the Thousand-Year Blood War arc.

Bleach originally debuted as a manga in the iconic Weekly Shonen Jump magazine, however its 2004 anime adaption made it a household name. The animated series ended in 2016 and didn’t cover the full story – until now.

According to reports, after an almost 10-year hiatus, the beloved property will make its return to television to tackle the ‘War’ arc in the long-running saga. Here is everything we know about the new show.

Bleach reportedly making its return

The long-running series was formed into an anime by studio Pierrot, and aired from 2004 to 2012 for a total of 16 seasons. However, much to the dismay of fans, the final arc was never given an adaptation.

Scans of an upcoming Weekly Shonen Jump Magazine made their way onto social media, and surprisingly revealed that Bleach will get a new set of episodes.

Twitter user TheOrihime tweeted out pictures taken from the magazine and exclaimed, “It’s Confirmed!! The Bleach Anime Is Being Animated yay!” with one of the pages confirming a “2021” release.

According to gaming outlet Polygon, the announcement was supposed to be revealed during a panel at AnimeJapan 2020 – but was cancelled due to the ongoing virus crisis.

The official announcement seems to be set for March 20th, as Shonen Jump’s official YouTube account has a “20th anniversary project” stream which is scheduled to go live then.

Fans of the anime went absolutely wild for the breaking news, and took to social media to celebrate, such as user ‘DinoDeeBleDee’ who emotionally said “I honestly want to cry… ITS BEEN 9 YEARS. APRIL 2012. since Bleach ended!”

Bleach follows protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki who has the ability to see ghosts. The teenager meets a death god called a Soul Reaper, and inherits its powers. He then takes on the responsibility of destroying evil spirits, and ensuring souls reach the afterlife.

Those interested in experiencing the series’ epic plot can catch the show in its entirety on Crunchyroll and Netflix. It’s the perfect time for fans to catch up, and for new viewers to start watching before the new season arrives.

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Eugene Lee Yang goes viral cosplaying Avatar: The Last Airbender

Published: 29/Oct/2020 12:39

by Georgina Smith

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Writer, Director, and Try Guys member Eugene Lee Yang has absolutely blown Avatar: The Last Airbender fans away with his flawless cosplays, recreating not just Azula but Zuko too.

Since rising to internet fame with his work on YouTube series ‘the Try Guys,’ Eugene Lee Yang has established himself as a creator in his own right, producing many hugely viral videos exploring LGBTQ+ and Asian-American identities.

Each year in what he describes as his ‘Asian Halloween Tradition,’ Eugene cosplays different Asian characters from popular movies, TV shows, books and more to celebrate different aspects of those cultures, and works alongside a team to flex their outstanding costume and makeup skills.

In the past, he’s recreated characters like Mulan, Magnus Bane from the Mortal Instruments Series, and many more dating back to Halloween of 2009 when he cosplayed Russell from the animated film UP.

But this year, Eugene and his talented team treated fans to not just one, but two Avatar: The Last Airbender cosplays, and they were both as fantastic as each other.

Eugene cosplays Zuko and Azula

First, in a post that at the time of writing has 99,000 likes, he recreated the banished prince from the Fire Nation, Zuko.

Eugene models the brilliant costume by Kinetic Cosplay perfectly, the bold oranges and reds of the fabric creating a vibrant fire-like glow, which combined with the mix of silk trims and various types of fabric give a perfectly dynamic edge to the look.

His makeup artist Arianna Blean has also reformed Zuko’s signature eye scar, the scar wax looking intricate enough to be realistic, but also with a slightly animated feel in keeping with the original art style.

To fans’ surprise, Eugene even pulled out a second Avatar look to celebrate Halloween this year, also having a go at one of the show’s most popular villains, Fire Nation princess Azula in beautiful photos taken by JD Renes.

The absolutely stunning images show the YouTube star surrounded by lightning, filling the images with a mesmerizing blue-white glow. The black and gold plates contribute to a powerful silhouette, with the wig by danekez sculpted perfectly to look like the original, even keeping with the gold hairpiece in the center of the head.

Eugene put both characters together in the same image in a post that gained 40,000 likes, and even participated in a TikTok trend where he wipes a mirror to switch between the two characters, injecting the video with electric personality.

His series of posts about the cosplays have garnered hundreds of thousands of likes all together, and has already got people excited about what Eugene will pull out of the bag next Halloween.