It’s the end of another long-running battle between good and evil. Bleach, Tite Kubo’s successful manga, is about to end with its 74th volume. The last volume is scheduled to release in the fall, as reported by Anime News Network.
It was announced on Monday by Weekly Shonen Jump #31 that Bleach is about to end, so the news may not come as a huge surprised for avid fans.
Bleach was first launched in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine way back in 2001 before it was digitally published in North America by Viz Media complete with English translations.
The manga was soon adapted into an equally successful anime series, which began in 2004 and ended in 2012. The series aired a staggering 366 episodes. With numerous movie, novel, and video game adaptations, Bleach is considered one of the most renowned mangas in the world.
English-speaking otakus can rejoice, now that Viz Media has announced on Saturday the release of the series on Blu-ray. According to Viz Media’s description of the anime:
For as long as he can remember, Ichigo Kurosaki has been able to see ghosts. But when he meets Rukia, a Soul Reaper who battles evil spirits known as Hollows, his life is changed forever. Now, with a newfound wealth of spiritual energy, Ichigo discovers his true calling—to protect the world of the living and the dead as a Substitute Soul Reaper. When Rukia is taken away to face the ruthless justice of the Soul Society, Ichigo and his friends must cross over and do battle in the spirit world…
The set, which will comprise 27 episodes, will release on July 19 and will cost $54.97 in the U.S. and $63.99 in Canada, according to Anime News Network.