‘Bleach’ Manga Novel To Focus On Shūhei Hisagi And His Bankai

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Shuhei Hisagi in the 'Bleach' anime. TV Tokyo

The Bleach manga finished its run in 2016 after over 600 chapters, but the stories from Seireitei are far from over. It seems that a brand new novel with characters from Bleach will be serialized in Japan.

According to Crunchyroll, the new Bleach manga novel begins its run starting April 28 in the Jump+ digital magazine each Friday. The story will be penned by Durarara!! author Ryohgo Narita and feature Shūhei.

Take a look at the excerpt from Jump.

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A Japanese ad for the upcoming new 'Bleach' manga novel. Photo: Jump

Here’s a translation of what is said with words from the upcoming author and whether this story will be canon or not. 

Hisagi Shūhei, vice captain of squad 9 and editor-in-chief of the Seireitei communication, is the main character.

Rangiku: “wait a minute!! Why is Shūhei the main character!!

Shūhei: "it’s inevitable isn’t it?!! Even I would like to use Bankai!!”

An assassination attempt aimed at the four great noble clans. An unknown shinigami attacks the Quincy and the Arrancar that survived in Hueco Mundo. A rapidly growing, mysterious religious group in the Human World…The turmoil in each of the three realms of existence was rooted in the new head of the Tsunayashiro family, one of the four great noble clans. Apart from being a shinigami, Hisagi Shūhei approaches the case from a journalistic viewpoint. However, he does not yet know that he is trying to touch the fearful secrets of Soul Society itself…!!

Narita Ryohgo’s comment:

“Many scenes were based on directions I received from Mr.Kubo personally, I will do my best to be up to the task of extensively conveying the charm of Bleach even further!”

Ryohgo’s comment does confirm the upcoming Bleach manga novel will be canon and follow what series creator Tito Kubo had in mind for the character and, more importantly, his Bankai.

Shūhei has been one of the more popular characters in Bleach and with the end of the manga, his Bankai was never achieved. It looks like this upcoming novel will see Shūhei achieve Bankai, which could open the door to other minor characters getting some of the spotlight and gaining their Bankai like Rangiku.

So what do you think of the upcoming new Bleach manga novel? Which character do you want to see get the novel treatment next? Let us know in the comments section below.

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