The controversial ending of Bleach there is a realistic explanation that will break the hearts of fans. It is known that the manga was created by Tite Kubo rushed to an end, but more than six years later, assumptions, urban legends, and untested theories still surround that decision. With the recent return of the Bleach anime to the adaptation of the Thousand Years of Blood arc, it’s more important than ever to understand exactly why Bleach ended the way it did.
When the Bleach manga ended in 2016, fans of the series had to swallow bitterly. The anime actually ended four years earlier, in a very rare case the anime adaptation stopped before the end of the source manga. The final part of the manga, The Thousand Years’ Blood War, is often considered one of the worst, due to the many plot holes, underdeveloped characters, and loose story themes, especially after the battle. First invasion of Soul Society by Quincy. Fans know that, in 2015, author Tite Kubo was given a year by publisher Shueisha to end the manga, but the details of why that happened are still hazy, and many theories have been suggested. introduced for many years. A common misconception is that Kubo was forced to end the manga by Shueisha due to low sales, but the truth is quite different.
Tite Kubo’s health was the real reason Bleach ended so badly
In 2016, Kubo suffered a decline in physical and mental health due to stress caused by his uncompromising schedule to publish a manga series in Weekly Shonen Jump. It’s important to remember that, since the beginning of his career, Kubo has struggled to meet weekly magazine requirements and relationships with his editors, but he still continue to overcome all stress. Around 2016, Kubo severed part of the tendon in his left shoulder that he never got the chance to have surgery on. As his health deteriorated, Kubo finally approached the editors and asked them to end his series in a period of one or two years, and they agreed to him. So while it’s true that Shueisha decided to rush to end Bleach (two years would certainly make the story go better), it’s actually Kubo who wants the manga to end, since he’s already reached the limit. its term. Fortunately, the mangaka has taken care of his health in the years since, and he is currently involved in the production of the anime Bloodthirsty Thousand Years.
This story, although extremely sad, is also very popular in the harsh world of manga. Animators have to work to a terrible schedule to ensure that a new chapter is published every week, and cases like Eiichiro Oda, who has worked non-stop on One Piece for 25 years, are an exception. rather than the standard. Tite Kubo is focused on taking care of himself after the end of Bleach, and his health is much better now (but has no plans to remake an ongoing series). Unfortunately, the issues related to the Thousand Years of Blood are still pretty obvious, and they take a lot away from the ending of one of the most popular manga of all time. It’s testament to Kubo’s commitment as an artist that, even with tendon ruptures, these issues have nothing to do with actual art, but all revolve around collages in plot.
Kubo’s involvement in the Thousand Years’ Blood War could fix the Manga’s ending
However, there’s still a chance that the Bleach: Thousand Year Blood Battle anime will fix the manga’s disappointing ending. Kubo’s direct involvement in the anime’s production means he can add a lot more to the story, including showing the missing Bankai of many Shinigami or remaking the final battle, one of the most disappointing battles in manga history. While Shueisha bears some responsibility, her weak health Tite Kubo is the real driving force behind the hasty conclusion of Bleachso let’s hope that the new anime gives fans the series the ending they deserve.
Sources: several sources have been referenced for this article, including this Reddit thread and this HitReg YouTube video.