The Bleach franchise is due for two new novels, which came of some comfort to those who are already missing Tite Kubo’s manga since it ended. The first, due in December, will be from Makoto Matsubara, who has written several previous Bleach novels including The Death Save the Strawberry. The second will be written by Ryohgo Narita, original creator of the Baccano! and Durarara!! anime series, and author of the Bleach: Spirits Are Forever With You novels.
That much we’ve known since last month, but as of this week’s double issue of Weekly Shonen Jump, the magazine revealed more details. Matsubara is writing Bleach: WE DO knot ALWAYS LOVE YOU, in which we’ll see Rukia and Renji’s wedding in the Soul Society. This novel will be released on December 27th. Narita’s novel, on the other hand, follows Shuuhei Hisagi in a new battle that arises from the mystery Kaname Tousen left behind. This story will enlighten us further about the four noble families, the Soul King, Arrancar, and Fullbringers, and is slated for release in Spring 2017.
Speaking of the returns of old friends, Kubo recently logged back into Twitter. The authenticity of the account was confirmed by Jump staff, as there have been fakes, obviously. He settled in with a simple “long time, no see” and a sketch, but then, for further fanfare, he indulged his followers in some cosplay.
Ah, we did miss you, Kubo-sensei.
Kubo launched his slick flagship in Jump in 2001 where it remained running until the very end, its last chapter announcing a new stage for the series in the form of its first live-action movie. 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 made a triumphant return this summertime.