As expected, it was announced in Monday’s (August 1st) Shonen Jump magazine that Naoshi Komi will publish his last Nisekoi chapter in next week’s 36-37 double issue. But as for Bleach, that apparently set-in-stone ending date has backtracked to become more tentative. This coming Monday’s (August 8th) double issue will announce that Tite Kubo’s manga will instead end in issue 38, to be published on August 22nd. In the same publication, there will also be an “important announcement” for Bleach.

While Nisekoi‘s 25th and final compiled volume will be out in Japan in October, Komi’s brand new work will begin serialisation in issue 4 of Jump GIGA magazine (formerly known as Shonen Jump NEXT!!) on the 20th of that same month, beginning with a colour opening page. It’s not yet been confirmed whether this new manga will be a full series.

Kubo launched his slick flagship in Shonen Jump in 2001, where it’s remained running ever since, and embarked on its final arc in February 2012. In its time, Bleach 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.

Komi drew the original ‘Nisekoi’ as a one-shot for Jump NEXT!! magazine in 2011, but it was brought back as a manga series in November that same year. The 24th compiled volume of the manga was published by Shueisha today (August 4th), and VIZ Media, who serialise English-language chapters of the manga as they’re released in Japan, describe the story:

It’s hate at first sight—or rather a knee to the head at first sight —when Raku Ichijo meets Chitoge Kirisaki! Unfortunately, Raku’s gangster father arranges a false love match between Raku and their rival gang leader’s daughter, who just so happens to be Chitoge! Raku’s searching for his childhood sweetheart from ten years ago, however, with a pendant around his neck as a memento…but he can’t even remember the girl’s name or face!

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Just end Bleach already, Kubo. The manga turned into trash years ago!

Elisabeth O'Neill

Seeing this news was a bit of an eye roll moment, but it seems like it’s definitely just two more chapters. Full stop. No more. At least, we hope.