Today (July 4th), Shonen Jump magazine makes yet another big announcement, and this might well be the biggest of the big. Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga will be confirmed as nearing its end, in an unspecified amount of chapters as Jump‘s teaser purposefully obscures the number, after it entered its final arc in February 2012.
Kubo launched his slick flagship in Shonen Jump in 2001, where it’s remained running ever since. In its time, it has inspired 366 anime episodes in a series stretching from 2004 to 2012, besides a slew of films, novels, video games, and the beloved Rock Musicals which make a triumphant return this summertime. The manga will be much missed by many when its soul is sealed for good, and it will truly mark the end of an era in otaku culture.
Update: As well as the announcement of Bleach‘s approaching end in Shonen Jump magazine, the 73rd compiled volume of Tite Kubo’s manga revealed today that the 74th volume will be the last. The final volume will be published by Shueisha this fall.