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This year’s 38th issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Monday that Tite Kubo’s Bleach manga is getting a live-action film adaptation that will open in Japan in 2018. Sōta Fukushi (live-action Toshokan Sensō/Library Wars’ Hikaru Tezuka, live-action Strobe Edge’s Ren Ichinose, live-action Kami-sama no Iu Toori’s Shun Takahata) will star in the film as Ichigo Kurosaki, and Shinsuke Sato (live-action Gantz, Gantz II: Perfect Answer films, Oblivion Island anime film) is directing the film.
Shueisha is publishing Bleach’s final chapter in the 38th issue on Monday. The combined 36th-37th issue had teased on August 8 that the 38th issue would have an “important announcement” for Bleach.
Bleach entered its final story arc in February 2012. The manga’s 73rd volume then announced that the 74th volume will be the final volume.
Kubo launched the manga in Weekly Shonen Jump in 2001, and Shueisha published the manga’s 73rd volume on July 4. Viz Media is publishing the manga in North America digitally in English as new chapters are published in Japan. The company is also publishing the manga in print and published the 67th volume on July 5.
Bleach began airing on Adult Swim as part of its “Adult Swim Action” block from September 8th, 2006 to May 19th, 2012 then on May 26th, 2012 Adult Swim started airing Bleach as part of the newly revived Toonami block.
On November 1st, 2014 the series’ final episode made its U.S. premiere on Toonami.
Source: Anime News Network