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11 January 2011 @ 01:18 am
Bleach anime to end?  

From animenewsnetwork: Band blogs About Bleach's Last Season, Deletes Mention.

The ratings were down. There hadn't been talk of a filler and the series was really catching up with the manga. It seems to follow. Maybe this is a break? I was never a big fan of the anime as much as I love Morita-kun and Non-tan and other seiyuu and so many other things about the anime and as much as I'm looking forward to tomorrow's crack!ep about the Halloween spread. Probably too early too mourn and the band just made a mistake but ... hey, it's not unlikely. *prepares self and clutches manga volumes* This happens. Could be temporary. The anime could resume after a hiatus.

ETA: Rumors Denied. On Twitter, zack_mori (aka as Morita Yosuke, assistant recording director of the Bleach anime) wrote "The airing schedule has been fixed far in advance and it won't be ended soon." His tweet is here
Danielwdboldstar on January 11th, 2011 07:26 am (UTC)
To be honest, it might be for the best. I have never felt that the anime ever got back to the same animation quality it had during the SS arc, and I have more or less given up on it, focusing on the manga and watching only when there's an especially good fight from canon coming up or there's a lot of buzz about a given episode or filler one-shot.

I'd love to see the Bleach anime go away and only come back long enough to animate each major manga arc in one go as a single season or some such, if that's feasible.
_debbiechan__debbiechan_ on January 11th, 2011 07:29 am (UTC)

Same here. I only tuned in for a special fight or a couple episodes or so. Lately I've only been catching the crack!eps about the spreads.

balladbirdballadbird on January 11th, 2011 07:30 am (UTC)
As soon as the last Bleach OP showed that they were taking this season up to Ichigo's final Getsuga Tensho I knew it was possible they were going to gecko the Bleach anime ending. as fast as anime chews through manga chapters, the end of the season would see the bleach manga <20 chapters ahead of the manga. it would take several fillers seasons to regain a large enough lead to start, which would lead to another example of what happened to Rurouni Kenshin and the first Naruto series.

Then of course, as you said, ratings for Bleach have never been mindboggling. Even during its more popular arcs it never scored as high as an adaption of such a popular manga should have, and the latest seasons have seen progressively worse performances. Strong DVD sales have kept the series going from around the amagai arc onward, but since Kubo wrote in a perfect ending place, the anime may not decline to take it.

it's not unlikely in the least. I'd almost wager on it, though I'd hesitate to place a bet juuuust yet.

If they end the anime now, it probably means that everything to happen from here on won't ever be animated, but if the Bleach manga runs the full 'nother decade that Kubo has promised, it's highly likely that at some point OVA adaptions or season-shots of later manga arcs will occur. This would almost be preferable to the current setup, since not only would the animation quality increase, the insane censorship would be lessened.

The anime ending with the arrancar as the final enemies overcame by the heroes... I like it, if for no other reason than that it makes my favorite characters seem like a little more than just cannon fodder for those detestable shinigami creatures.
qwirky on January 11th, 2011 07:31 am (UTC)
Someone from ANN's forum: "I'm not worried. This just means they're going to make Bleach Z/Shippuden/Greed Island." I wouldn't be surprised if that's the case. Though I wouldn't be surprised by a hiatus either. I think it's rather doubtful the series will permanently end. Time skip is an appropriate point to give the anime series a new subtitle.
(Anonymous) on March 27th, 2012 12:00 pm (UTC)
I was thinking about Bleach Shippuden too :D. I hope it will starts soon lol.
Jayce: Urahara loljayceanime on January 11th, 2011 07:33 am (UTC)
Personally, I kind of expected a hiatus after the Aizen fight finished, so this is no surprise. After you take away Ichigo's powers there really isnt much to work with for a filler arc without messing with the main plot.

Hopefully bleach will be back after the manga has had enough time to get far ahead!
Kim!: Mushroom Mushroomspartydragon on January 11th, 2011 07:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, not surprised. I kinda figured there was a hiatus in order when the new OP premiered.
nivek01nivek01 on January 11th, 2011 08:44 am (UTC)
Honestly, I would be kinda happy that the anime would end.

While one part of me would be upset that they would just cut off the ending with the IchiRuki farewell, if they don't stick to the manga, then why bother? I mean, the manga is wonderful. But from what I've heard about the anime (I don't watch it), they either edit scenes, or their fillers are just...weird.

Plus, it would save everyone from an eternally long english dub! (I mean, seriously, have you people read the Viz translations? I buy the manga more to support Kubo and feel like I'm not pirating the new chapters then anything else, really...).

So, I don't know, maybe it'll come back in 6-10 months, when the plot's developed a bit more and they have room to work. But then again, maybe not.
I don't care either way-I read the manga!

Although, does anyone know who Kubo feels about this? Can't imagine what that would be like...having the show based off your story canceled...
Super Nintendo Chalmers: Ichiruki love ♥strawberries_85 on January 11th, 2011 09:12 am (UTC)
I wouldn't be surprised if this really happened. The quality of the anime hasn't picked up since the SS arc, which has always disappointed me personally. I prefer the manga so this doesn't really bother me, but if it's true I'll miss hearing Rukia's voice. :(

Maybe it's just a hiatus though and if that is the case, can we get better quality animation afterwards?
njxaxsonnjxaxson on January 11th, 2011 10:09 am (UTC)
I could see it going on hiatus and coming back as a second series after the manga has gotten a head start.

But I don't know what you're talking about regarding the quality of the animation. This year's fight with Ulquiorra was spectacularly animated, as were many of the other scenes this year (Starrk and Barragan's resurreccions, for example). And while the Zanpakutou Tales arc was filler, it had some excellent animation in it, with some of the fight scenes being extremely well done. Of course, not every episode will be fantasticly drawn - that's the nature of weekly serialized shows like Bleach - but still, it hasn't been as 'meh' as people here seem to describe.

I think the real problem is that if it is the 'final season', then what happens if the anime diverges from the manga? For example, the handholding scene in the anime between Ichigo and Orihime was absolutely non-canonical and heavily influenced perception at the time. Similarly, Rukia and Ichigo's final meeting before Ichigo returns to Fake Karakura town was in the anime - and even praised by Kubo - despite not being in the manga. What happens if the anime crew decides that they want better closure of the series, and cast additional material that influences the ending?

For example, I could easily see them slipping in a scene where Rukia watches Ichigo recover from the final battle, before he wakes up and has his departing scene with her; almost like a parallel to Orihime in Goodbye Halcyon Days. Or we could see Rukia's reaction while Ichigo can't - maybe she cries afterwards, or thinks something that the audience can hear but no one else can - who knows? Who knows what kind of things they could do to deviate the ending?

And, I think it's actually quite possible. I could see a lot of people (who only follow the anime) get upset that there wouldn't be closure on the Ichi/Ruki/Hime love triangle by the end of the series. I could imagine that the animators would be under pressure to appease the fanbase, so I wouldn't dismiss it that they wouldn't try - my examples above prove that they have before.

That's what would worry me more. That they won't leave the right opening for the series to pick up again as Bleach 2, or Bleach Z, or Bleach Shiiiiipppppuuuuuden, or whatever it is they wanna call it. That's more of my concern.
miss_ragdollmiss_ragdoll on January 11th, 2011 10:40 am (UTC)
Well, for me it would be a shame if the anime ended, I just love the openings and endings, and the voices are already in my mind when reading the manga xD buuut I agree it kinda has been a bit deceiving in the last times, and I don't like censorship (I mean, she was cut in a half, I wanted to see that!). If the anime ended where the espada arc ends in the manga it would be sad, though. Just think of your fav anime ending like this: sad separation of canon nakama. Very unfair XDDD so I hope it's an hiatus and soon they'll be hopefully following the manga outline (but please no more fillers!).
林: skippyhaya5h1 on January 11th, 2011 10:42 am (UTC)
This happened to Gintama for a bit, and it's coming back this year.
Lizzy, a harmless lecher and pyromaniac: bitches love Pokemonwicked_liz on January 11th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
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廚二病chuuni on January 11th, 2011 12:04 pm (UTC)
Happening with Reborn. Why not.
Lizzy, a harmless lecher and pyromaniac: nii-samawicked_liz on January 11th, 2011 12:22 pm (UTC)
I think it's just a hiatus.

Bleach is still incredibly popular - especially the manga.

As an anime fan I way prefer when shows take a break rather than do a lot of fillers. Bleach has had entire seasons of fillers, so it's time to take a break. The animation has already suffered, best to go away before it completely loses all credibility.
The Main Gauche of Enlightenmentvelvetsword on January 11th, 2011 12:40 pm (UTC)
The manga has taken a hit in popularity due to the HM arc. I've seen people joking that the new 'Big Three' is Naruto, One Piece and Kimi ni Todoke since Bleach has dropped in the Oricon ranking.
(no subject) - wicked_liz on January 11th, 2011 01:03 pm (UTC) (Expand)
The Main Gauche of Enlightenmentvelvetsword on January 11th, 2011 12:39 pm (UTC)
Bleach anime taking a break would be nothing but positive for the quality of the show.
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和山一朗: derpface!Ichigoburn1ngcha0s on January 11th, 2011 01:11 pm (UTC)
I still like the anime adaption as much as the manga so I'd be happy if it was just a hiatus.
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redgreendressredgreendress on January 11th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
Hmm, can't say I'll be sad, either. I used to like the anime a veeery long time ago, but these days it just embarrasses me. The seiyuu are all such sweethearts, though, I feel bad for them if this is true. No more Morita interviews...that does sound depressing D;