Remember that manga Bleach that used to be one of the big three of Shonen Jump alongside Naruto and One Piece before its creator Tite Kubo realized that he did not have the knack to do long-form storytelling? Well looks like he’s going to be releasing a special artbook to commemorate those wonder years of hero Ichigo Kurosaki being a Soul Reaper/Shinigami and fighting Hollows/other Shinigami/whatever cool stuff Kubo could come up with at the time.
The artbook will be called Bleach JET and will feature over 700 pieces of artwork being collected in more than 500 pages.
View this post on Instagram
. BLEACH Artbook JET Now accepting pre-orders!!! *More than 700 pieces of all the artworks created over 15 years of publishing *Also includes many newly drawn artwork *Also includes unreleased sketches and setting references *Comes as a box set of two volumes, with over 500 pages The complete package of 15 years of BLEACH is now here. Head to Weekly Shonen Jump for further information!!
Here’s where it gets interesting: Tite Kubo himself sent out a recent tweet which featured two images. One of them is Ichigo in a graphic tee that says “and little sequel”. Fans are theorizing that there might be a follow-up story in the collection. Whether it’ll be about Ichigo himself, his kid, or his two siblings Yuzu & Karin is entirely up in the air.
As someone who used to read Bleach religiously before it, to put it politely, s*** the bed post-Hueco Mundo arc, I still hold out hope that the last half of the manga was a fever dream. I also hopelessly dream for a follow-up that focuses on Ichigo’s kid and further shinigami exploits from the Gotei 13.