Bleach creator Tite Kubo has revealed the upcoming original artwork at the upcoming Bleach EX art exhibition currently taking place in Tokyo.
The illustrations, posted on These are the teaser images for a special time-lapse video of Kubo drawing and coloring some of his early sketches, included in one of the premium ticket packages for the art exhibition Bleach EX Final.
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Bleach EX (full name Bleach 20th Anniversary Original Art Exhibition: Bleach EX) is a traveling art gallery featuring never-before-seen artwork and animation by Tite Kubo as well as behind-the-scenes sketches from Bleach, as well as limited-edition themed merchandise. This will be the exhibition’s final showing after traveling across Japan since its inception in 2021.
The time-lapse video is available through the “Merchandise Set” ticket, which includes a Blu-ray disc with animated videos launching at the Bleach EX gallery location and an exclusive booklet containing original drawings by Bleach. The “Suit” ticket costs 5,800 yen (about $39.38 USD), while the regular ticket costs 2,000 yen ($13.58 USD). The exhibition in Tokyo opened on December 1 and will run until December 24 at Warehouse Terada Building G1. Even though Bleach EX has been celebrating Bleach’s 20th anniversary for almost three years now, big fans will want to attend the expo this winter in anticipation of the upcoming Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 3 anime, expected expected to launch in 2024.
Bleach first debuted as a manga in 2001 in Weekly Shōnen Jump. It quickly became famous for its bold art style, complex plot, and well-made action scenes. The story revolves around Ichigo Kurosaki, a teenager with the ability to see ghosts. His life changes when he meets Rukia Kuchiki, a Soul Reaper tasked with protecting humans from evil spirits known as Hollows. During an incident, Rukia transfers her powers to Ichigo, turning him into a substitute Shinigami. The series follows Ichigo’s journey as he fights Hollows and protects the world of the living.
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The popularity of the series spawned the now legendary anime adaptation, earning it a place in the “Big Three” alongside Naruto and One Piece. The first Bleach anime ran from 2004 to 2016, and the anime received a sequel in 2022, adapting the “Thousand-Year Blood War” arc from the manga. The upcoming Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 3 will continue the Shinigami’s fight against the Quincy. A Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Part 4 has also been confirmed.
Bleach is currently streaming on Hulu and Prime Video. Information on purchasing tickets to Bleach EX Final can be found on the Bleach Ex website.
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